Saturday, May 12, 2007

What are they thinking?

I really can’t understand world opinion. Here’s an example. A little-known Islamist group abducts Alan Johnston, the BBC's Gaza correspondent while BBC correspondents walk around in freedom in Jerusalem. At the same time, the BBC has a long-standing reputation for anti-Israel bias.

I can understand how someone can focus on the sad stories of Arabs living in disputed territories in Israel and feel sorry for the limitations in their lives. But I can’t understand how anyone can look objectively at the bigger picture of how this sad situation came into being, and what perpetuates it, and conclude that Israel is the oppressive villain in the story. So there must be something else going on.

I liken it to Hashem hardening the heart of Paroh before the Israelite slaves were freed. Gd took us out of slavery in Egypt after we had been slaves for 210 years. We had sunk so low, we were practically indistinguishable from the Egyptians themselves. How much greater was this redemption than if Gd had taken us from palaces and the highest crust of society!

So, the more Israel, and, by extension, the Jewish people, are reviled in the world, the greater the miracle when Gd sends our Ultimate Redemption.

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