Israel and America: The Best of Both Worlds.
In 2015 Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was invited to speak before the American Congress about the dangers of Iran. Knowing what it would mean to Israel if Iran acquired nuclear weapons, he agreed to warn the world about the havoc a nuclear armed Ayatollah Caliphate would wreak on mankind.
Bibi was forewarned by the leader of America not to kick him in his own backyard. The president at the time was not a member of the party that controlled Congress. Bibi was warned: If he were to follow through, the American president would do everything in his power to drop Mr. Netanyahu in the forthcoming Israeli elections, 2 weeks later.
Netanyahu knows what it means to sacrifice for his people. In his youth, he took a bullet for his nation while fighting for the country. He didn't let anything get in the way of our security then, and he certainly wouldn't let anything stop him now.
On March 3, 2015, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of the American Congress about the existential threat of Iranian nuclear weapons to all humanity. Here is some of what he said:
". . . America's founding document promises life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Iran's founding document pledges death, tyranny, and the pursuit of jihad. There's no place for America or for Israel, no peace for Christians, Jews or Muslims who don't share the Islamist medieval creed, no rights for women, no freedom for anyone.
When it comes to Iran and ISIS, the enemy of your enemy is your enemy. The greatest dangers facing our world is the marriage of militant Islam with nuclear weapons. To defeat ISIS and let Iran get nuclear weapons would be to win the battle, but lose the war. We can't let that happen . . ."
The American leader followed through on his warning and did everything in his power to bring Mr. Netanyahu down. I saw it. The amount of money poured into the Prime Ministers opponent's was very obvious.
Just like he did forty years ago, our leader took a bullet for his country: The Prime Minister of Israel was willing to lose his job to protect his people. In the words of many, “the man is addicted to being Prime Minister.” He was willing to give up something he loves most in order to protect the people of Israel.
He refused to let 6 million Israeli Jews hang out to dry and took on the most powerful man on earth 2 weeks before a close election just to protect his people. That’s a leader. That’s the Israeli leader.
About 8 weeks later, it was uncovered that an American Secretary of State and eventual presidential candidate, along with her former President husband, prostituted the public trust for money.
They sold out their country by contracting sensitive military tasks to enemy nations. Their only requirement was that the foreign leaders give money to their foundation.
With G-d's help, good won out over evil. In a stunning upset, Mr. Netanyahu won his bid for re-election, defying every poll which projected a huge victory for his opponent. 18 months later, despite all polls indicating a big victory for this former Secretary of State, another man emerged as leader of the free world.
A leader, like our leader, determined to set the world right.
Things are a lot clearer when you replace the media with your own common sense.
My community sits three hundred yards away from an Arab town. We hear celebrations every night during Ramadan, but silence on Israeli Independence Day. Mosques chanted “victory” on loud speaker's moments after grad missiles, launched from Gaza, landed right in our homes. You don't need to read the news to understand who your enemies are.
We are a holy nation inside and out.
We speak the tongue of the Bible. Our name, Israel, has G-d’s Name embedded into it. Our flag is modeled after a prayer shawl. Our national emblem is a vessel in the Holy Temple.
We are a nation that never forgets.
John Kerry led his State Department to pass a UN Resolution calling our holiest site "occupied Arab territory." Then he enraged all of us when he followed up this act of outright betrayal with a naïve and condescending speech that did nothing but endanger the lives of the people living here.
Since his acts of outrage, we stopped buying his products. No calls for boycott. No organized action. We all know who Botox boy is married to: the heir to the Heinz fortune. After his act of sheer madness, most groceries have to offer his products at a 50% discount because they now gather dust on their shelves. So far, no takers.
Many of the “panhandlers” give more than they take.
One man came up to me with beautiful spices and helped me make a blessing over them before asking for some help. Another man gave my family a personal blessing. Another sold me a pen with the Grace After Meals prayer scrolled into it. A woman made a type of Yom Kippur atonement on behalf of my family for a donation. One man gave me good career advice.
Our health care industry is designed to keep people out of doctor's offices.
In some countries, doctors, nurses, and hospital staff do their best to uphold their medical oath, but administrators work to make it profitable. Insurance "requires" lots of mandatory tests for patients that aren't necessary.
Quite often, excessive drug prescriptions, and visits to the doctor are recommended.
The Israeli health care system insures everyone. There is money for everyone to profit, but not excessively, reducing the incentive to game the system. Everything is designed so the doctor will heal the patient to the point that he will not need further medical care.
The doctors and nurses practice medicine, give advice, even chastise patients for abusing their bodies with unhealthy habits. They do this to meet the primary goal for their patients: To keep them far away from doctors and hospitals for as long as possible.
No gay marriage here. Not now. Not ever.
The last Knesset vote for this abomination failed by a margin of over 100 votes. Our legislative body has only 120 seats. Even the Prime Minister, who at the time was also a member of Knesset, personally walked to the national legislature to cast his "no fckin way" vote.
The weak-minded thing to do about the latest fad in political correctness is to let our fellow man do whatever he wants in the name of "freedom." There is no liberty in allowing someone to drink Clorox. The average life span for someone engaging in same sex activity is what it was for everyone in 1871.
The worst thing we can do for gays to tell them that openness is the best remedy for their appetites. Rates of suicide, depression, and terminal disease are above average for active gays. Letting a man be openly gay is letting him commit suicide. The liberals are wrong on this issue.
In Israel, we can talk like this without a dread of losing our jobs. The thought police won't break down our door and start protesting. For our freedoms, we have to hide in bomb shelters every other year to evade enemy missile fire. We have to wait on longer lines at the bank, the mall, buses, and shopping centers to allow for greater security checks.
We make great sacrifices for our freedom every day. We value it. Sodom and Gomorrah aren't fables, they are cities inside our nation. They are located in the lowest point on earth. We know firsthand that for all our hi-tech and advancements in agriculture, getting a cow to produce double its yield of milk, and making the desert bloom – we still haven't been able to make anything grow in the place that was wiped off the face of the earth due to this monstrosity.
As individuals, we give gays the same rights and opportunities as everybody else. But we do distinguish between behavior that advances the body and spirit, and what extinguishes it. We fight for humanity, and against what is destructive to our country, our morality, and mankind as a whole.
Life is not, nor was it ever meant to be easy. Fighting for a world that forces the absolute best in all of us was never a simple task. I am proud to live in a place that will always take the most difficult steps to reinforce the optimal environment for all of its citizens to become the best people they can possibly be.
Our leaders aren’t afraid of making enemies.
They aren’t afraid of pissing everyone off day in and day out just to make their point. I lived in New York throughout the 1990s. I remember. If you were a “real” New Yorker you hated Rudy Giuliani. Yes – hated. He was autocratic, overaggressive, and hard headed. In 1997, when he won re-election with 60% of the vote, the city also voted in term limits so this victory would be his last.
Despite all the hostility he got from his city throughout his tenure, he never caved. He never changed. He never danced. He demanded that they either deal with it or shut up. He had no problems making enemies out of millions of New Yorkers. He was widely unpopular for 7 years and 8 months of his mayoral reign.
Then September 11 happened.
The mass murder of over 3,000 people left everyone shocked and scared. The city, even the entire nation needed someone who was resolute, passionate, and determined. Everyone knew where to turn. Much like Winston Churchill, who was not liked throughout most of his career – at least until the Nazis were about to invade his island and they needed someone fierce to stand in the face of evil, Mayor Giuliani instantly became everybody's leader.
When the world turned to chaos, he was indispensable. It was because of his refusal to bend over the 7 plus years of calm, that he earned the trust of the city the moment it all went to chaos.
The same can be said for the leaders of Israel. They don’t dance. Whether it be a Binyamin Netanyahu, Naftali Bennett, Avigdor Lieberman, they don’t change their stripes. Netanyahu has always been tough on terror. He refuses to let things “just happen.” As a result, we often find ourselves in horrifying diplomatic positions, much to our severe disadvantage.
As a citizen of Israel, I could care less. Better a leader to be reviled for never letting monsters have opportunities to massacre innocent people, then to win the next Gallup poll. Our next 9-11 moment can come at any time.
When there was a wave of terror attacks in France, Mr. Netanyahu came to Paris. He walked side by side with the French president in an act of solidarity against terror. As they walked, the people cried, “Save us! Help us!”
As they pleaded for courage, honor, and steadfast determination in the face of pure barbarity, the people weren't looking at the leader of France. In the heart of Paris, all Francois Hollande could do was watch – and learn about what it takes to be a leader.