It was not long after the beginning of the recent sniper shootings in the Washington, D.C.-Virginia area that many people made the comparison with what Israelis have come to live with every day. It seemed at the time like a good analogy: People having to plan carefully where they were going each day, making sure to stay away from targeted areas, i.e. gas stations; changing their daily routine in order that they might continue to live; never knowing where the enemy would strike next.
It started out a bit ominous. Random killings with no discernible motive or target. None of the victims had anything in common. The authorities were trying their best to make something fit. When a Tarot card turned up at one of the crime scenes it began to look as if the shootings were not the work of a terrorist organization after all. Rather, it began to look like the work of amateurs. Now it was a process of waiting. The gunmen eventually contacted the police and demanded a rather large ransom. Eventually they would make a mistake.
It seemed almost like what the Israelis have to live with on a day-to-day basis, except for one thing: in the back of everybody's mind was the assumption that, eventually, the murderer or murderers would be caught.
In Israel the murderers usually kill themselves, along with innocent babies, children, mothers, and fathers. In Israel the killings are not random without any discernible target or motive. In Israel the threat never goes away. There are some twenty-two Moslem nations surrounding Israel who work diligently for the destruction of the Israeli nation and the Jewish people. They do not even try to hide their objectives. They teach it in their schools and publish it in their newspapers and on their government Websites. They consistently preach it in their mosques. This is not an enemy that will eventually be "caught."
Most of the nations of the world stand on the side of Israel's enemies, even those who profess to be her friends. The lure of power and money are powerful tools in a nation's arsenal. They compel world leaders to demand that Israel make agreements with her sworn enemies, something they would never consider doing themselves.
The perception that "if Israel would only give up and be like the rest of the nations everything would be fine" is a very powerful lie. Even if it wanted to, Israel could never be just one of the nations. The word of G-d declares otherwise: "As I see him from the top of the rocks, and I look at him from the hills; Behold, a people who dwells apart, and shall not be reckoned among the nations" (Numbers 23:9). What other nation has ever been driven from its homeland and returned 2,000 years later? What other nation has ever existed outside of its homeland for 2,000 years?
Israel is a very small nation. Yet she is the measure by which every other nation was granted its land: "When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, when He separated the sons of man, He set the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the sons of Israel" (Deuteronomy 32:8).
The violence that is committed against Israel and the Jewish people is not due to the random shootings of some madman. It is the concerted effort of many nations and world governmental bodies to attempt to force Israel to "get in line." The violence does not stop when one of the murderers is caught or killed. It is much more than that. It is an attempt by man to control his own destiny without any outside interference. Israel represents that outside interference and the nations will not tolerate it.
There is no other nation on earth that constantly lives in the shadow of complete destruction. That kind of daily sinister presence cannot be understood living in a somewhat secure nation like the United States. Only by the Hand of G-d does the Jewish nation exist and maintain its sanity. Am Yisrael Chai!
[ Lee Underwood, Editor, Emet News Service | Published: November 15, 2002 ]
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