Thursday, August 9, 2012

Arrogance, Silence and the Saudi Threat

Saudi Arabia has, according to the US, threatened that they will step in to protect Iran by shooting down any Israeli planes on the way to destroy or damage the Iranian nuclear threat to its people. There are so many facets of this concept and so many things go through my mind.

First, is the arrogance. I am reminded of the single plane in 1967 that kept flying into Eilat, landing and then appearing to unload war equipment and then taking off again, only to circle around out of sight and then reland - all to convince the Arabs that Eilat was being supplied with massive arms and it was not worth attacking. It worked. One plane...

I am reminded of the story - fact or fiction - of Israeli jet fighters making their own statement by not only overflying Saudi Arabia, but daring to touch down on their runways before lifting off again to the skies. I am reminded of our daring flight to Uganda to save the hostages in Entebbe; of our flights to Ethiopian and Yemen to bring the persecuted Jews of those communities home. I am reminded of our flying in to Iraq to bomb the beginnings of their nuclear reactor; of our flying in to Argentina to kidnap and bring Adolf Eichmann to justice. I am reminded of a few years ago, as Elie was on the Syrian border, of our planes flying overhead to bomb the beginnings of what would have been a Syrian nuclear reactor.

It is arrogance on my part to laugh at the Saudi threat; to wonder if they would even have, in the blink of an eye, the time to identify the Israeli jets, let alone scramble and catch them. Of course, it is arrogance. The Saudis have advanced warning systems - thanks to their allies in the United States. And still I dismiss the Saudis. I think of them, probably wrongly, as lazy and arrogant men who belittle their women, sit around in long robes smoking on ancient water pipes. It's a silly image and yet it persists.

Second, then, in my thoughts, is the fact that this threat is being made public by the US and not by the Saudis. The Saudis have apparently chosen to voice this threat through American officials and this time, Israel has correctly identified it as yet another attempt by the US to control Israel. Obama's government doesn't want Israel to attack Iran until it gives the go-ahead either by performing the attack itself, or by granting us permission.

On the flip side, Israel understands quickly that if the US attacks Iran - Iran's first target will be Israel. We will pay for any attack with missiles against our civilian population. And yet, the US expects us to alert them to our plans, to delay and/or go according to their schedule.

There is one great truth that all Israelis know; that all Jews have accepted. Today's modern Jew, at least in Israel, is different than the Jew of yesteryear. A former boss of mine was once describing his life in Poland before World War II. He explained how the Jews would step into the streets in his village, so that the Christians could walk on the sidewalk. The Jews would bow their heads a bit; look at the ground. I was young, a new mother with two children in my first few years of marriage as I listened to his description.

Without thinking, I blurted out, "I'd be dead." He looked at me, a bit shocked, and I clarified, "I don't know how to do that. I don't."

My children - a generation of Elies and Shmuliks don't know how to do that either but where I can at least understood the need Jews once had to feel that they needed to behave this way, my sons won't even understand that. No, we will not return to what we once were and we will leave the defense of our land in no one else's hands.

Will Israel strike at Iran? For all the politicians on both sides of the ocean that speak of this and to all the journalists who discuss it, my answer is clear and unequivocal. You'll hear about it hours AFTER it happens. It will happen in the dead of night, or first thing in the morning. Perhaps in the afternoon of a particularly hot day, or just before the first stars come out. It will happen when...when it needs to be done.

Until then, don't listen too much to what others say. Our future is in our hands. We are, for the first time in 2,000 years, finally finally in control of our destiny. Years ago, an Israeli general stood in Warsaw, at a memorial to the Warsaw Ghetto fighters and said, "We've come, but we came 60 years too late."

No one will say that about Iran; no one will stand over the ruins of what was Israel and say they came too late to help. We will help ourselves.

No, the US will not be told in advance of our attack.

Yes, we will attack if we believe we must.

No, we are not going to let the Iranians stop us and, by extension, we thank the Saudis for their warning...silly men who don't even let their women drive.

There is one great truth that all Israelis know - Israel will do what Israel must to survive.


Pam Machefsky said...

I hope and pray that you are right, that Israel will do what Israel must do to survive. I hope that we will not be required to "step off the sidewalks" again because the big, rich US thinks it knows better than we do how to take care of our own country, security, and destiny. Keep up the good words and the good work!

Kim said...

I don't think any country is in control of its destiny, only the Lord has that control. He makes nations rise and nations fall.

Anonymous said...

Do whatever you have to do.

If I wake up one morning, here in Australia, and the news tells me that Israel has dropped a selection of somethings down the chimneys of Iran's nuke project and blown it to smithereens, then I will be offering heartfelt prayers of thanksgiving; and then I will be sending a message of congratulation to the Israeli ambassador in my country that very moment.

And I don't think I'm the only person in the Western world - and even beyond it - who feels that way.

The prayers of many are with you.

Findalis said...

You forgot one:

The Saudis need to search their desert for the spent fuel tanks the IAF dropped in their desert on the way to Iraq in 1981.

They are still there with Hebrew writing on it and IAF symbols.

Unknown said...

Thank you for your article. I read it on The Jewish Press website.

I scour the internet every day looking for the real news about what is going on over there because our bias American media only tells us half the story. I'm an administrator for a Christian group on Facebook. I've spent, gosh, I don't know how many hours over the past year, just praying, reading, researching, posting, and at times crying for God to protect your country. We pray for Israel and we are very anti Obama.

I'm wondering if you realize how much we love God's chosen people and Israel because we know the He does. It's just something that God has done in my heart and for so many Christians.

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