Monday, June 14, 2010

Why I support Israel - via Helen Thomas...

I am a Christian. My life is dedicated to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (though that's not as evident as I would hope it some day will be...).

Jesus is my favorite Jew. He is 'of the lineage of David,' whose God is the God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob. I believe what the Bible says about Jews being the Chosen Ones of God, and that I (a Gentile) am considered among the 'chosen' only because of Jesus, whose sacrifice allowed for the rest of creation to be reconciled - grafted - into the People of God, the Father...

Thus, I will always support Israel, God's original chosen People...I believe that if America backs away from supporting Israel, then she backs away from the God's favor. Therefore, I maintain that America MUST remain Israel's ally, friend & encourager...

Please, friends, read this article that I found @ my friend Nicki's blog . It came originally from Sara Eisen's blog, where the comments are fascinating.

Get the Hell Out of...My Face

Here’s the thing. I’ve been thinking about poor Helen Thomas, who I believe was probably just saying what everyone thinks and has therefore been made a scapegoat. Not that I really care, because we ought to share the scapegoat status once in a while. It’s the least we can do to dispel the stereotype that we are stingy, us irritating Jews.

Irritating enough, apparently – like the too-talented and bossy fame-hog Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) on Fox’s Glee – in our discovery of the written word, monotheism, modern physics, psychology, vaccinations, and the film industry, that every country that has ever “hosted” us has found it necessary to tell us to get the hell out, like Thomas did. (Ironically, the aforementioned Jewish character Rachel, in a particularly annoying moment in one episode, was told by classmates to move to Israel. I doubt the writers coordinated this telling joke – Jews do equal Israel in the eyes of the world, sorry J Street – with the State Department.)

Anywho. Helen, you know why we were in Germany and much of Eastern Europe in the first place? (And by the way, if I follow your advice, do you think the nice old ladies who got my grandmothers’ large houses and farms from the Nazis in what was once Czechoslovakia will kick the property back two generations? That would be cool because I’d love a vineyard and an agricultural estate.)

…We were in Germany and Hungary and Czechoslovakia and Russia (where we were regularly just plain killed by Cossacks), and also, for many centuries, Poland (ditto), cuz we were told to get the hell out of England, France, and Spain. (Or, you know, just plain killed by handsome and heroic fairytale knights.)

And you know why we were in Western Europe to begin with? Cuz we were told by the Greeks and the Romans – wait for it – to get the hell out of “Palestine,” where we had been living since the beginning of recorded history.

We also ended up in Babylonia (Iraq) and other Middle Eastern and North African countries, where we stayed as second class citizens for hundreds and hundreds of years, till the Arab world finally caught up with the pagans and the Christians in their hatred of the Jews. Amazing how the student has now far surpassed the teacher. But I digress.

(By the way, I am aware that the Arab narrative has us Ashkenazi Jews as descendants of the Khazars, but the actual facts have it different. See this new DNA study linking European Jews with their Middle Eastern counterparts, all stemming from one original population of Holy Land Jews predating Roman times. Never mind our own texts that say the same thing; I know they are inadmissible in the international courts of the mind.)

In any event, there is no way around it: Jews being asked (usually not by old ladies on the White House lawn) to get the hell out of anywhere and everywhere is just the way it goes.

So it came to pass that about 200 years BCE the Macabees got sick of it and established a Jewish state in Palestine, within the Roman Empire, which lasted till about the time of Jesus (another Pesky Jew) and the destruction of the Second Temple.

And it also came to pass that Jewish settlers began arriving in Ottoman Palestine in the late 1800’s, after the Russians and the Poles made it clear that Jews were persona non grata in Eastern Europe. Palestine was as good a place as any to escape to, since it was the last place, about 2000 years before, that the Jews had a sovereign state (see above). Never mind Jewish liturgy and texts pining for Jerusalem, since I know these, too, are inadmissible in the international courts of the mind.

Anyway, nowhere else wanted European Jews any more than Russia did, not even America really, where there were very strict quotas, although the Americans, again politely, refrained from all the messy European killing, which was apparently in vogue until after Hitler. Besides, those Ottoman Turks, as now, were known around the world for their amazing human rights activism and the Jews were excited to see it first hand. (No, not really. But…they were better than the Polish peasants. Unless you were Armenian.)

It is true that there were people in Palestine before the Jews arrived en masse (for there was always a handful of Jews that remained here….), not *A People*, but rather a group of assorted regional Arabs (think Native American tribes in North America…who by the way were treated much worse by the Colonialists…) who had settled the area with not much agricultural success and had endured various rulers over the millennia.

But when the *Jews* came back, it was suddenly necessary, once again, to tell them to get the hell out. There was no living side by side, even though that was an express Jewish desire right up until 1947/8, when the Partition Plan was summarily rejected by the Arab League, who started the war that Israel won. If keeping land you win in a war others provoke (when you wanted to make peace) is called occupation, Helen, the world’s axis of furious justice has a lot bigger fish to fry than shitty little Israel.

The Arab desire to kick the Jews the hell out of Palestine did not begin in 1967, and not in 1948. It began the moment the initial groups of Jews arrived and started to make the land flower and produce crops. That’s when the attacks on Jews began, and when the Arab world decided a new Jewish presence in the land would not do, back when there were about half a million Arabs and just under 100,000 Jews in the Holy Land, in the early 1900’s. 20% was too much, apparently, to bear. (The Hebron Massacre of 1929, where marauding Arabs killed nearly 70 Jews and wounded countless others, took place long before a single house was built over the Green Line.) I can only imagine how awful it was – probably for both the Arabs and the British – when it became clear we were here to stay and grow to much further percentages. We are that annoying, what with trying to get rid of malaria and tuberculosis and everything.

At any rate, it seems that every time a Jewish minority starts to make a society too successful – so annoying!!!! – the indigenous people start to feel very uncomfortable, and tells them one way or another to get the hell out.

But now, alas, there is nowhere left for us to go, except the eternal place Ahmadinejad wants us to go, and Haniyeh and Nasralla, and Hitler before them, and Chemilniki before him, and Haman before him, and so on. And, I suspect, in her heart of hearts, perhaps Thomas and the likes of her, who, the pesky Jew Freud may have observed, seriously let her slip show.

Let me make it clear: I know that Israel has made mistakes over its 62 years, some clumsy and inept (was there no intelligence regarding the terrorists aboard the Mavi Marmara?!?), and some borderline immoral. But none worse than every other democracy on earth has also done, and most much better than the large majority of the UN rogue nations which condemn Israel daily have done…daily. There is MUCH to improve in the way we govern, I will be the first to say it. I will also be the first to say that various Jews of the Bernie Madoff and Greed-is-Good-Goldman-Sachs ilk make me want to crawl under a rock. I know that the world is only waiting for these guys to emerge in order to pin their crimes on all of us, even though everything they do is in direct contradiction of actual Jewish values.

But let’s be honest: the international community’s human rights crusades on behalf of the Palestinians are just the latest Crusades, and the ones who REALLY suffer are not the Jews or the Israelis but the poor occupants of the Third World who are ignored while the enlightened First World castigates the Jews… and yes, of course, the Palestinians, who are kept in misery *by their own leadership* in order to provide the polite Jew haters with a media club to beat them with.

So here’s the thing: We are not going anywhere this time, Helen. We totally get it: Ya’ll pretty much hate us. It’s just the way it is, like a natural law. Nothing we can do – not giving away pieces of Palestine / Israel (witness our evacuation of Gaza in 2005, and handing over the keys to army bases and greenhouses- a new economy! Food for the children! – which were summarily torched as property of the infidels); not donating billions annually to global charity, nor discovering a cure for Polio or the Theory of Relativity, or writing revered legal and religious texts, or co-founding Google, or manufacturing the microprocessor in the majority of laptops that spew Jew hatred to the Internet, or founding Christianity itself, or championing women’s rights and gay rights in the US and helping to bring about a *human rights revolution* in America in the 60’s, …None of those things will absolve us of our real sin: Existing and overcoming.

I’m really sorry they told you to get the hell out of the White House, Helen. It really wasn’t your fault that you thought you could say what you said. It’s not like it’s a secret: That’s what people think.

But this time, seriously. Getting the hell out is not in the cards. We’re just sick of moving all the time.

I know. Irritating.
~Sara Eisen

America, stay grafted.



DUTA said...

1. Thank you, Susannah, for your warm words on jews and for your support of Israel.

2. As for Helen Thomas' words - following her line of thought - I would say to her and to all Thomases that dare raise their ugly heads now during Obama's presidency : "Get the Hell out of this country, Go to Lebanon or to where you came from, and give back America to its original owners." How about that?!

3. There's one remark I would like to make on an important matter (not mentioned in Sara Eisen's article).

The people of european descent(german, polish..)in Israel are in the minority. The vast majority of the population consists of jews born and/or whose parents and ancestors were born in the muslim countries of Asia and Africa. That is, they are locals, an integral part of the Middle East So, where would you send them to, Helen Thomas? back to the arab muslim countries were they would be immediately slaughtered?

Suppose the jews that were born in Europe, like me, or their descendants, who haven't experienced any atrocities there, would like to go back , where would they go? Europe has been invaded by millions of muslims. The muslims have occupied the western world and this liberal, stupid world is blind to the ongoing catastrophy.

4. By the way, how come Helen Thomas has been employed for so long despite her advanced age, when there are so many unemployed people in the USA? It should be thouroughly investigated.

fuzzys dad said...

I agree 100%

Susannah said...

1. You're very welcome for my words, though I didn't say them for any other reason than to state my firm conviction.

2. Ouch!
3. "The muslims have occupied the western world and this liberal, stupid world is blind to the ongoing catastrophy"

Yes. The blindness has been caused by POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, & it will be the death of the Western world - God in heaven forbid it!

4. Why? Same answer as #3...Heaven help us!!

Additionally, I'll say that I believe you folks who live in Israel are some of the bravest, most courageous people on the face of the earth. No wonder God loves you so.

Fuzz~ Thanks! I'm sure it's helpful to our Israeli friends to know that WE support them even if that boob in the WH doesn't...Go tell some others!!

Z said...

Wonderful that you posted that, Susannah...I hope more and more Jews know just how much we Christians support them...they have every right to be there and stop giving away their land.
As it is said "Take away Palestinian's guns, there'd be peace; take away Israel's guns, there'd be no Israel"

ExPatMatt said...


In point number 2, when you say 'original owners' I presume you're talking about Native Americans, right?


Just kidding; Helen Thomas needs to go sit quietly in the corner and do the sudoku or something.

tha malcontent said...

Why was Helen Thomas even allowed to be bashing the Jews in the press room instead of being committed to a insane asylum or at least a nursing home.
Helen Thomas is a hateful old hag that has been allowed to be a White House correspondent for decades; how many decades, I can't even guess. She is a hard-core left-winger who thinks Barack Obama is nowhere near radical enough. She is also, frankly, an idiot, and has been humored by White House press secretaries for about as long as I have been alive. Thomas revealed her lunacy once again last week, when she confided that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine" and go "home" to Germany and Poland. Here is the clip; as usual, Thomas gives hags a bad name..
There can be no doubt that Helen Thomas is an anti-Semite ... and she just happened to let it slip out in public on this occasion.
As for her stupid sounding apology, "I deeply regret..."

That IS NOT an apology--it's an admission that she got caught, her employer is angry, and she wishes it were otherwise.
This senile, anti-Semitic mad cow has got to go - she can't be allowed to come back to any further press conferences. She has out lived her usefulness... (if she ever had any useful purpose at all.)

Goodbye, Ms. Thomas. You Have Disgraced Yourself log enough. Now it's time for YOU to go home to Lebanon when you belong.

Susannah said...

Z, darling! You're welcome for posting it - but props really go to Nickie Goomba, and of course to Sara Eisen. When you have a few minutes, take a peek @ the comments @ Sara's blog, there's a Palestinian woman arguing at length w/ Sara...fascinating.

Oh, & I'd like to borrow your quote for my sidebar. Excellent.

Matt~ I think that's precisely what Duta means, & she makes a good point...

"Helen Thomas needs to go sit quietly in the corner and do the sudoku or something." Indeed.

Mal~ Welcome back!
"has been humored by White House press secretaries for about as long as I have been alive." Me too.

"she got caught, her employer is angry, and she wishes it were otherwise."
yep - busted!

Oh, & thanks for the support you gave me over @ Joe's blog. I really appreciated your wistful spontaneity! ;)

Annie said...

Thank you Susannah...Great Post. It is rediculously retarded for ANYONE in America to tell another person to "get the hell out". None of us can trace our roots to America, except for the American Indians....perhaps it is time for them to tell the whole lot of us to "Go back to..."

Praying for the peace of God's precious land and people...

Susannah said...

Annie~ "Praying for the peace of God's precious land and people..."
Me too, friend, me too.