Facing an existential threat from an-about-to-become-a nuclear-state Iran, it appears that this week a slender majority of Israelis are about to toss out on his tuchus one of the great leaders of this century, and chose instead…..what?
As one who is a great support of Israel, and who admires the monumental accomplishments of the Jewish state in a few mere decades, I am, to put it mildly, somewhat confused.
Netanyahu addressed Congress two weeks ago. He spoke the truth about Iran..what the mullahs have done, are doing, and what they will do in the future…indeed, what they live and breathe for..which is to see Israel gone..wiped from the face of the earth.
So why then is this election even close? Netanyahu appears more popular in the US (even after a considerable Democrat effort to demonize him for making a supposedly “inappropriate” speech to Congress)
Are Israelis about to prove yet again Alexis De Tocqueville’s maxim that “in a democracy, people get the government they deserve.”
Given recent events in Europe, we are now seeing increasing calls for European Jews to flee the continent en masse. Tens of thousands have already done so. A superb read from “The Atlantic:”
Talk about leaping from the firing pan into the fire.
De Tocqueville also had it absolutely right on Islam:
- “I studied the Koran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammad. So far as I can see, it is the principal cause of the decadence so visible today in the Muslim world and, though less absurd than the polytheism of old, its social and political tendencies are in my opinion to be feared, and I therefore regard it as a form of decadence rather than a form of progress in relation to paganism itself.”
The philosopher George Santayana taught us that “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Neville Chamberlain promised Britons “Peace in our time” 75 years ago. It took the world more than 6 years and 80 million dead to recover from that misstatement.
We’ve made considerable progress since then. It would take the Iranians only 75 minutes to wipe out 8 million Israelis.