Two weeks ago I would have been considered a moderate regarding the situation with Israel and the Palestinians. I even held hope that the Palestinian Authority would do the right thing in response to what then was the kidnapping of the 3 Israeli teens. However, like anyone else in life I have a breaking point. Mine was the moment it was clear that these 3 boys had not only been kidnapped, but murdered as well. Having reached that breaking point I have come to following conclusions. Any person who does not believe Israel is in its rights to use any manner of force necessary, be it in Gaza, Judea or Samaria (aka ‘The West Bank’) falls into one of the following categories:
Non Jew: Ignorant; Gullible; Anti-Semitic
Jew: Ignorant; Naïve; Flat-out stupid; Self-hating
As a Jew, two weeks ago I fell into the naïve category. That is a category with many different levels. My naiveté was rooted in the belief and hope that a peaceful solution was possible. I was a moderate. The 3 murdered Israeli teens are 3 among thousands killed by terrorists, but somehow it was their murder that destroyed my moderate status as well. Yes I questioned my moderation even then, but I was always open to the idea that there were enough people in power on their side who wanted peace more than they wanted the destruction of Israel to create an atmosphere of coexistence. Sadly that is not the case. As Golda Meir once said so eloquently, “Peace will come when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us.” It is with genuine pain that I say that day is further away from us than ever before.
First to the Non-Jewish people I make mention of, I say this. I respect anyone whose genuine desire is a world of peace. Even if you are ignorant to the truth or gullible as to the intentions of Israel’s Arab enemies, you may desperately cling to the hope that peace can break out. I admire your motivation and appreciate your decency. However, if you really take time to look at the situation you will come to the same tragic conclusion. They do not want peace. They want dead Jews. If you can show me any concrete evidence to prove otherwise I would be happy to see it, but I truly do not believe that evidence exists.
If you are anti-Semitic I have nothing to say to you. You live with hate in your heart and to make matters even worse, that hate is directed towards me and my family. You therefore are nothing to me other than disgusting and potentially dangerous.
To the Jews in these categories I say this. Please learn from the past. The Nazis set out to kill every last Jew. Not merely the Jew who opposed them, but even the Jew whose fear motivated them to work for them in concert in the hope that they would be spared. They were all targets. As we all are today. The naïve amongst you who believe in a peaceful solution, are making the mistake I so genuinely understand. You are applying rational thinking to irrational minds. These are people who are taught that the greatest honor they can achieve in life is through death. Not merely death, but death through murder and destruction. I am sure those of you who are applying your rational standards do not for one second relate to that way of thinking, but if you analyze it honestly and without personal prejudice you may see the sad truth.
To the self-hating Jew, the one who chooses to be extra vocal about criticism of Jews when they do things wrong but are only half as vocal, at best, when Jews are attacked and murdered, I say this. It is not just your fellow Jew you will bring suffering to, but to yourself as well. You are a pawn on a chessboard of evil, and those who play chess know that the pawns are the most expendable. My father, Rabbi Nardus Groen of Blessed Memory once wrote when referring back to his account of the Holocaust, “We may in the course of it meet people who, for whatever it’s worth,may be portrayed as heroes, while others are cowards, pacifists, or activists.They are all the products of mankind. For them, there will always be a place under the sun (with the exception of the traitor).” It is not my place to determine who are the cowards and pacifists and who are the traitors. God will know what is in your heart and I trust will judge you accordingly.
One may make the argument that every day a moderate turns radical Hamas has gained another victory. That may be true. But it is safer to be a realistic radical than a delusional moderate. Unfortunately I now believe those are the only two choices.