We – The Israeli
We – means all Israelis. Those who live abroad, those in the territories, and those in Tel Aviv. We – means the left and the right, the black and the white, those wearing bikini and those wearing the long-lap frock-coats, those wearing Yarmulkes and those bald-headed.
We do not yet fully comprehend this, but Time is a very upright gentleman. The one that always tells the truth. We have been doomed by entire world, and this is a "default" sentence. We have been sentenced to death – but we say, nuts to you!
When in 1992 I told Shmulik that applying administrative arrest to Arabs is worthless, he did not get the point, until 1994 when he was arrested under the same decree. In 1994 inhabitants of Sderot did not quite understand why we – the settlers – live in Gaza, Judea and Samaria. Now they get the point. Population of Ashkelon and Be'er Sheva in 2005 could not imagine how people can live in Sderot. Now - they understand.
And what happens in the world? The demonstrations all over – against Israel, against us. No one was giving a shit about how millions of Israelis can live in constant fear of terrorism and rockets?! But they feel sorry for the Arabs. I feel sorry for them too. If nobody understands us – then who will understand them? Poor things, they cannot say that Israelis brought down their children's mortality rate to one fifth of what is was before; that living standard in Judea and Samaria is eight times higher than that in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt. Poor things – the Israeli socialists summoned up the bandits to rule them, who now shut them up, who rob and rape, and use women and children as human barrier…
But we – the Israeli – descendants of Yaakov - Israel, - we are united. We send our children to the battle asking them to be merciful. We do not disagree when Israeli army before attacking the storages of "Grads" calls the civilians asking them to run away. We are Israelis. We do not want the blood of infants.
We are Israelis. Beyond the borders we are sentenced to death even more than in our Land. The recent events in Bombay are one of such examples. But we are not frightened although all mass-media are trying to impose the fear on us. Our children walk into the buses and shopping malls an hour after an explosion. We laugh at the "sentence by default".
'Need to put on some nice underwear. What if there will be a terrorist act, and I will be evacuated by a young soldier!' – from a dialogue of two coquettes from Kiryat Arba.
We are Israelis. Though, we ourselves do not always comprehend this entirely. Looking at Mea Shearim, at black frock-coats and swarms of kids, we have a feeling that we come from a different planet. But, we are Israelis. And our ultra-orthodox are not loafing around – they produce the most needed product in Israel. They produce literate children. Some 95% of Israelis grew up from the children of those Mea Shearim and Kiryat Sefer and townships of Russia, Poland, Yemen and Morocco. Few people know that Esterina Tartman is from Mea Shearim.
We are Israelis. We have been taught to march onto a terrorist – not to run away, not to start negotiations, rather to attack. With the firm finger on a trigger. We are not trigger-happy, although we are armed. We have the Highest Court above us, even above those who don't believe in it.
We are Israelis. And we have not been invented as was invented "the Palestinian people" in 1972 by Yuri Andropov.
We are Israelis. The children of Israel who – as entire world knows – wrestled with the Angel and conquered. Out Torah is the basis of Christianity as well as Islam, - and maybe this is one of the reasons why they sentenced us to death "by default"?
We are Israelis. We do not want to kill; we rather want to live quietly. We are even ready to help the Arabs get from their barbarian 11th century into our 21st, absolutely free of charge. Because we – are Israelis.
Our Rabbi Moshe Ben Maymun (Rambam) living in the 12th century knew things that are unknown to most of nations of the world until now. (Arabs misappropriated him, calling him Ibn Maymun, while Europeans know him by name Maymonid).
We are Israelis. From the scratch we built the country that is now among the 30 developed countries of the world. We are solvent despite constant outlay for wars. A quarter of this country is built by us – the Jews from Russia. And we are already Israelis as well.
We are Israelis – and we know how to stand up for ourselves.
It happened that we find ourselves in a situation that Poland faced in 1939, where 'the noblest were governed by the most abominable' (W. Churchill). But we have no choice! In spite of the venality of the powers-that-be we must stand firm and stay the course, despising their corruption. The life is the price. And we are paying the price. I teach the kids that they have no option of surrender. It is like in the cage with lions – fight through the end. No Israeli has an option of surrender.
We are Israelis, even those who are not Jews according to Halacha.
We are Israelis – but not it the meaning given to this word by our corrupted President when he says that Israelis defeated the Jews when they removed the Jewish settlements from Gaza. It is him – who defeated the Jew in himself to sell himself to the enemy. (An Arab doctor from Gaza blabbed out in the broadcast of Galatz radio that he is maintaining close contacts with Peres Foundation.)
We are Israelis – because we CHOOSE to live in Israel, because we are in one way or another connected to Israel or his descendants.
WE ARE ISRAELIS!
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