IF INDEED THE REPORTS COMING IN ARE AS AWFUL AS RUMORED TO BE, ISRAEL MUST AND WILL SEND THE MESSAGE AS TO HOW VALUABLE THE LIVES OF THESE BOYS WILL ALWAYS BE TO ALL OF US.
As the Israeli Security Cabinet gets ready to convene in an emergency session due to dramatic developments in the case of the 3 Kidnapped Yeshiva students, it strikes me that as Jews worldwide we are witnessing a prime example of what we always hoped we’d see, a modern nation whose primary purpose is to protect the Jewish people.
When Hitler’s Nazis came to power in 1933, the largest percentage of Jews were living in Eastern Europe. As a population the Jews had some degree of unity, but never had a defensive force of any kind. Jews were sadly for the most part, sitting ducks, with no way to defend against this powerful and evil military force.
Although the Jewish people find themselves exposed to hatred unseen for decades, the playing field is very different today. To truly see to it that “Never Again” is more than just a slogan, we need to recognize the importance and encourage the support of the State of Israel. More and more the world will see by the actions of the Israeli government, and I truly believe it is a bi-partisan policy, that actions against the Jewish people might take place on local levels, but any serious attempt to wipe us out the way that Hitler wanted to, will be met with the full force of a military that can and will cause serious damage if necessary.
As a people we may always find ourselves under attack, but thanks to Israel we will NEVER AGAIN be helpless. All Jews need to realize this, even those who feel Israel’s existence and government is contrary to the way they choose to practice Judaism.