John Donne wrote, "No man is an island entire of itself; every man is
a piece of the continent, a part of the main..." This may have seemed a
reasonable and sagacious admonition for non-Jews of John Donne's era of
history, even for non-Jews in any given era of history. But the same
admonition cannot be reasonably applied to the Jews, not to any Jew, and
especially not to those Jews who now are representative of or live
within the State of Israel. Israel and her Jewish population, if one is
to believe the Arab-Muslim view, have no right to exist in the Middle
"Any man's death diminishes me" wrote Donne. A salubrious and humane
thought indeed. But the Arab-Muslim view, a view induced by Islam,
vulgarizes that the slaying of a Jew and the extermination of his
national identity (the State of Israel) does not in any way diminish the
Arab-Muslim nor the legitimacy of the Islamic nation he represents.
Those Arab-Muslims who kill Jews, whether they live or die in the
process of committing such an atrocity, are honoured as heroes in the
Islamic world. Moreover the successful elimination of the State of
Israel by any means necessary (and that includes nuclear attack) would
not be mourned as a loss to the Arab-Muslim Middle East: it would be
celebrated as a joyous occasion, and especially should it be achieved by
way of genocide. To be more specific, it would be celebrated by the
same countries who, in Durban, South Africa (2001), as Alex Grobman
recounts in his book License To Murder, inveighed to the non-Jewish
world against the State of Israel and her Jewish citizens that "Israel
should not only be censored, but also no longer allowed to exist."
Israel is become an island in the world not by her own hand, nor by
choice, but by those hands who work long and angry hours devising her
annihilation. There really is "no rest for the wicked."
Therefore Israel is an island entire of itself. Because the
non-Jewish world wants it that way. Israel cannot but fail to
accommodate a non-Jewish world unwilling to accommodate a nation of Jews.
Israel and her Jews should be convinced by now that giving away parcels
of Jewish identity (read "land for peace") does not beget peace from an
"A nar git un a kluger nemt" goes the Yiddish proverb. A fool gives
and the clever one takes. For far too long the Jewish leaders of Israel
have been fools and the Arab-Muslim terrorist entities have been the
clever ones. What was it Rabbi Kahane said? "Better an Israel that
everyone hates than an Auschwitz that everyone loves." Better the Jews
of Israel now learn to take and the Arab-Muslim terrorists learn to
give. If the death of a Jew does not diminish the Arab-Muslim, then let
the Jews of Israel learn that to conquer their enemies is not an evil.
Let the Jews learn that if their nation is not counted as "a piece of
the continent" in the eyes of their Arab-Muslim enemies, then let Israel
therefore become the island of Jewish culture and tradition as
prescribed for her long ago in the Torah. If living as Jews on an island
of Jewish tradition and culture is the only choice left to the Jews of
Israel, better then they live contentedly as Jews on that island than to
diminish themselves by diving, bereft of any hope, into the sea of
anti-Jewish hatred that presently surrounds them from without and
befouls them from within.
Israel is an island entire of itself. Israel is not a piece of the
continent nor a part of the main, therefore the death of her enemies
cannot diminish her Jewish identity. The bell does not toll for the
Jews of Israel; it tolls for their enemies.
"...I will fear no evil, for You are with me." - Psalms 23:4