PUBLIC ADVOCACY: Let’s be compassionate toward Israel, our ally!

The people of Israel are scared they will suffer the extra trauma of divorce. Divorce from America, Divorce from the American Jewish population.

After a stirring performance by David Rossa, a modern Israeli folksinger, listening to the poetry in the songs of Meir Ariel, even if you didn’t understand the Hebrew you felt their longing for each other, for love, for peace. Meir Ariel is an Israeli folk guitarist. He like Bob Dylan and reflects the impact of the Wars and events on the feelings of Israeli’s. His music reflects the soul of the Israeli people.

There was an interesting and sad commentary made about War, all wars produce music, however, when they , the Israelis , went in to Lebanon, everyone sat around the campfire and no music came,everyone sat with their musical instruments, silent, at that moment, they knew the battles were lost!

As I spoke privately to Yossi Halevi, he was saddened by the political turn of events between our two countries. His book, newly released, depicts the lives of 7 paratroopers who joined together during the 6 Day War , 1967, and how they changed the State Of Israel. ” Like Dreamers” There is hope for their Nation , but the loneliness of isolation pervades them again.

When someone says, we are like you but it takes us longer to bring in the new ways, you have to feel pathos and compassion for them. The State of Israel was formed out of extreme truma. Three generations later, whether it was the holocaust or the continued fighting for their survival, PTSD , persists. Their country is always fighting or vigilant, as they push away thoughts of War and continue with their daily lives. Now they live in real fear of isolation and destruction. They want the International Community to listen to their story. Yossi inscribed my book, ” with hope for the ” land” we both love.”

We ( America) have taken pity on the Iranian people, the sanctions didn’t destroy their way of life, building 19,000 centrifuges, building missile delivery systems and the exportation of terror to Lebanon and Syria , destroyed their economy. Yet World leaders had compassion for them. Why not have more compassion, or equal compassion, for a Nation forged out of geneocide, serving a community of refugees, living under the democratic banner and trying to live every day to the fullest, because it may be their last? Talk of Peace, this is one of our few democratic partners in the world. They are our brothers, have a heart and listen to their story as you suggest their next best path. Building trust and compassion doesn’t take a day, but it could take a year. Israel is worth the effort. They have already given the World 11 Nobel prize winners. Give them respect and a real chance for Peace and happiness, that’s what every one wants.

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