23 November 2008

Israel's Schizophrenia

We are tired of fighting, we are tired of being courageous, we are tired of winning, we are tired of defeating our enemies.  
These words, spoken by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in 2005, baffle me and should baffle everyone.  The main function of government is to protect its citizens.  When the Prime Minister of the country has effectively given up on ... everything, it's time to move on.

If nothing else, anyone can see that the State of Israel has its problems with security.  It is constantly under attack from its surrounding neighbors and even from those within it.  The Gaza Strip, while no longer under Israel's control, has gone ahead to become a official terrorist state.  Hundreds of rockets fall on the cities of Sderot and Ashkelon (unreported of course), and no one cares.

While we in the United States discuss the economic situation we find ourselves in - should we bail Company A out or Company B - Israeli discussions center around the issues of dividing the capital city, or evicting Jews from their homes.  Should Judea/Samaria be given to terrorists?  Can we trust the Syrian President Assad to keep the peace if he's given the Golan Heights?  

These are all serious questions, but they all come back to the question that has never been answered by any government since the beginning of the State:  Is Israel a state of Jews - or a Jewish State?  It cannot be both.  60 years later we see now what the results are of this schizophrenia - just take a look at Ehud Olmert.

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