Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Armed and Semi - Dangerous: Israel 3.0

Time has finally caught up with the Jew.

The "Ancient Torah" dictates that reality isn't always as we see it, there is deeper meaning, and God generally is much more up to date in his ancientness than we are in archaic modernity.

The Jew is something that in this new millenium, we are starting to see a new Jewish People, and its starting to resemble something that only a Jew would think up in Hollywood, only now we are starting to realize that its not a coincidence either.

Chanuka gave us a miracle, one that we are largely living even more today: that the Jewish People are a Metaphysical Weapon. It's not that we are a warlike people, but imagine science: it can be served to understand the Universe, while conversely it can blow up Hiroshima. This is an odd dichotomy, yet it still resonates as true. Thus the Jew can be a weapon, or an agent of God - his choice, and both serve a function within proper perspective and time.

The Jews were given this task to conquer Eretz Yisrael, and the Vilna Gaon has laid down two ways of doing such: like Ezra and Nechemia, or like Joshua, namely planting and building or militarily. fatefully enough, this is what is happening today in Israel and with Jews around the World - where did this Ko-ach come from all of a sudden?

It's rather interesting, and when we view Am Yisrael from this angle, we can begin to see the Jewish People are great, and Geulah may be closer than we know, and the Jew of the future might be just around the corner, harnessing this power and implementing it in Torah and giving Light to the Nations.

From YNet News:

For visitors, it's the most enduring impression: Guns are omnipresent, tucked inside belts, slung over soldiers’ backs, clutched chest-high at checkpoints. From cafes in Tel Aviv to settlements on rocky hillsides in Judea and Samaria, Jews carry the guns.

Israel as pistol nation literally obsesses the rest of the world. It has nothing to do with the myth-soaked heroism familiar to Europeans from the propaganda of fascism and Stalinism. It’s the admirable construction of the homo israelianus: equal but combative.

In Israel, war and democracy have made an unusual marriage to create a Jew fit to survive in continuous sacrifice. It is not about gargantuan deeds by superhuman champions; it is family-and home-oriented, and rather intimate in tone.

The militarization of the Jew, which is the burden and the salvation at the same time, has been the most dramatic psychological transformation of the Zionist revolution. Where once Jews were mocked for being “cowards” and “parasites,” today they are condemned by the world for being “aggressors.”

The guns made possible Israel’s miracle: Israeli citizens live an average of 80 years, just like in the placid Norway; no other industrialized country does it better, especially for a nation that doesn’t have natural resources and has a population roughly half of Belgium’s.

Israel is one of the leading countries with companies listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange; it has the highest production of scientific publications per capita in the world, more museums per capita and the highest proportion of university graduates and PhDs in the world.

Great intimacy with death
Even Israeli humanistic preachers of “normality” and of being a “nation like all other nations” know that the Jewish oasis in the desert was made possible by the fact that Israel was “armed to the teeth,” as anti-Israel literary critic George Steiner once said. Even Diaspora Jews, from London’s Golders Green to Toronto’s Forest Hill, can enjoy quiet nights because they know that every Israeli fence is guarded by armed Jews and that Israel’s sky is sealed by its Air Force and by the Dimona nuclear plant.

Israel is the only nation deprived by the United Nations of its legal right to defend itself, the only UN member surrounded by neighbors willing to kill themselves to destroy the Jews, and the only democracy that in the last 40 years had to dig trenches in public parks as potential mass graves.

As the number of firearms proves, no Western society lives in greater intimacy with death than Israel. During the Second Intifada, the most effective protection against terrorism in the cafés and shopping malls, aside from IDF incursions into Palestinian cities, was a kind of spontaneous form of Jewish civil defense, the only thing that worked even when terrorists from Jenin and Nablus showed up at a café in Tel Aviv or a gas station in the settlement of Ariel.

That’s the Jewish revolution, which the West can’t accept, the most admirable Israeli phenomenon: A people still able to defend itself against the forces of evil.


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