So you like to fight do you? You want to go after the enemy? It’s very possible that many will not even pay attention to this post once they find out what it is really about. After all, a call for peaceful interaction between people isn’t any fun. What’s interesting about that? It’s a lot more fun to attack someone for their views. Everywhere I look I see Jews attacking each other over their politics. It is my view that the biggest problem facing the Jewish people today is lack of unity, and at this point, and I am sure this will raise some eyebrows, I don’t even care whose fault it is. The bottom line is that it MUST stop. If it doesn’t we will continue to play into the hands of the true enemy, the one that actually openly calls for our death, and in the process we will become more and more divided until we are ultimately conquered.
Although I don’t know the number, nor do I care, let’s say for argument’s sake that 4 million of the 6 million Jews murdered by Hitler were Liberal? Would an angry Conservative say they only mourn 2 million because the rest brought it on themselves? Would an angry Liberal say that the 2 million caused the hatred of the Jews with their right-wing approach? Would we ever mourn someone more or less for their level of religious observance? Fortunately I’ve never heard anyone from either side say anything so heinous, but the way people talk today you would almost be led to believe that the value of each person’s life is directly connected to their political view. Maybe I’ve never hears it because in retrospect, when speaking against a specific enemy defeated 70 years ago it is relatively safe and there’s no reason not to attack those who deserve to be attacked. But today, given a choice between going after the real enemy, a very dangerous one, or going after each other, sadly it seems people have chosen to go after each other.
It is the epitome of arrogance to believe that just because someone disagrees with you on how to keep Israel safe, that the same person cares less for Israel than you do. Sitting with my family over Passover, I heard one person who believes in no compromise whatsoever and that the Palestinians should be part of Jordan, one that believes a two-state solution is critical but hates the deal with Iran and no longer cares for Obama, and one who was hopeful over the deal with Iran and believes the details were promising. Every single one of these 3 people are strong supporters of Israel and proud Jews. Yet if any of those 3 would post their views on social media, someone out there would call them an idiot, or even worse a traitor. Ironically, the person who would attack them, very often does nothing other than come online and talk garbage, while these 3 individuals have done a lot more than just talk about supporting Israel.
Yet here we are thinking we are helping by berating each other. I do not claim to be perfect. I am by no means a moderate. But I don’t believe someone who disagrees with me is an idiot or a traitor. We need to start from one basic premise and understand that it is that premise that should bring us together no matter what. The premise is the safety and security of Israel and the Jewish people. If we are to debate the strategy to achieve this goal, and we will, we must do so with a mutual respect and appreciation for those that want this goal achieved as we do.
Are we to sit in judgement over people whose viewpoints we find to be misguided or even harmful? Can we not debate the argument without attacking the individual? There are some who will see this post and immediately comment on how Liberals are tolerant for everyone but Conservatives, and Liberals that will call Conservatives vicious people with irrational views, and use that statement as a distorted way of supporting this piece. Here is my absolute statement in response to anyone who does that.
If it is more important to you to show yourself to be better than your fellow Jew and fellow-man than it is to protect your fellow Jew and fellow-man, your very actions are an indication of your failure. If you are more concerned with showing a few dozen people how tough you are online than you are with doing something constructive, it is not Israel or the Jewish people you care about, it is only yourself and your ego. I have an ego. Everyone reading this knows that I have an ego. I continuously write my feelings on issues and actually believe that what I am saying is important enough for others to read. That is unquestionably ego and I am very willing to admit it. But I can also say with confidence and a lot of evidence that I primarily go after people whose viewpoints are clearly anti-Israel and anti-Semitic. I don’t come on here to berate my fellow Jew and Zionist. That’s easy to do. All they are most likely to do is berate me back. I much rather go after those who make no bones about being against me and my people.
It is time for all of us to do some serious self-examination. Are we here to show how smart we are or are we here to make a difference for this generation and future generations. If we are only here for the sport of arguing than have fun and while you are doing so, please stay out of my way. I have better things to do with my time than argue just for the sake of arguing. I rather do my little part in making things better.
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