Yesterday, I woke before dawn, as I have for the last few days. As I always do, I drove with the radio playing - news. I'm a news-aholic. The news is not good. Rioting, stone throwing. One neighborhood ordered into lock down for hours a few nights ago as the army searched for a terrorist....on a day when two young people were murdered simply, as the father of one said, simply because they were Jews living in their homeland.
I often try to include a simple
message in many things I write - we are all settlers, all Israelis. It
doesn't matter where you live - it really, honestly, truly doesn't.
Yesterday's attacks offered their own irony...how can anyone deny this
simple message when the Arabs so horribly delivered it yesterday.
stabbed a 20 year old in the heart of Tel Aviv, and a 26 year old in
Gush Etzion - and then celebrate the deaths of these two equally. The
message is obvious - to anyone willing to listen. This has never been
about the "occupation," this isn't about settlers, it isn't really even
My youngest son was having a discussion with his
friends. He told me about it last night as we drove home. His friends
argue that this isn't an Intifada - don't call it that. "How many dead
Jews do you need to call it an Intifada? Fifteen? Fifty?" my son asked
I would ask the same question of a high ranking police officer
who warned Israelis not to speak of an Intifada - lest the mere
discussion of it, cause it to become reality. How many dead Jews does it
take until you call it an Intifada? And more, why do you give THEM the
power to label the violence they throw at us?
Abu Mazen accuses
Israel of waging a war of religion against the Palestinians. It was the
Palestinians who built a mosque on OUR Cave of the Patriarchs, on OUR
Tomb of Samuel, on OUR Tomb of Joseph. It was they who built on OUR
Temple Mount and they who wage war against those who dare to ascend and
whisper quiet words of prayer in a place that three religions hold as
holy, but only one places above all other places on earth...the Jews.
Abu Mazen says Jerusalem, all of Jerusalem, will be in Palestinian hands
and I respond - not in your life time, not during the lives of your
children, your grandchildren, your great-grandchildren. Not even in the
lives of your great-grandchildren's great-grandchildren's
great-grandchildren. It never was, it isn't, and it never will be. You
can accept it - or not. You can wage the Third Intifada or the
It makes no difference because the one unshakable truth that
no one can change is that Jerusalem was created by Jews, sustained by
Jews, saved, built and loved by us. We do not burn down its forests; we
do not murder its inhabitants in cold-blood.
Yes, one Arab boy was murdered by a few Jews - in a crime that was condemned by the entire
nation, and almost immediately solved by Israeli police who worked around the clock
to solve it and bring the perpetrators to justice...compare that to how
many Arabs communities celebrated the kidnap and murder of our three
boys with fireworks. Compare that to the the cold-blooded attacks that
are taking place now - murdering an infant in her carriage, running down
and stabbing a young woman, attacking and stabbing a soldier in the
middle of Tel Aviv.
With guns, with firebombs, with stones, with
fireworks, with boulders and with
knives and anything and everything else you have in your arsenals, you
will not defeat us, you will not send us into exile again. Only we have
the power to do that to ourselves and we won't do it again. At least
that much, we have learned.
If anyone is conducting a war of
religion, it is the Arabs. It is they who riot on the Temple Mount,
throw stones down on worshipers at the Western Wall.
It is those who act
in the name of Islam, who call Jews pigs and cattle, they who attacked
Jews and synagogues in France, Belgium, England and elsewhere. In the
name of Islam, churches and synagogues and holy places are "converted"
It was Hamas who said that the attack on Ammunition
Hill a few short weeks ago was a "natural response" to "Jews" - not to
Israelis, to Jews. When I first thought to write this, I began with the
title - the new Intifada because we are fools to deny that is what is
happening and that it has been happening for months.
part of the title is the "new sun." Yesterday and today and likely
tomorrow, I woke and God willing will awaken, very early. And as I left
my house, the sun broke the horizon to the east reminding me that each
morning God sends the sun to watch over us and remind us that there is
light in this world. Light and great beauty.
The Arabs can build on Har
HaBayit, they can even attack our homes, our cities, our buses and all
that we have built here...but they can't stop the sun from rising over
another day in our homeland. They can't stop us from living here.
darkness is lost in the brilliance of our sun; their hate blinded by
our determination to love and live. They can make us cry, they can make
us sad but the very next day, all we have to do is look at the sun and
think...another day here in our home. For all that they try, they don't
have this simple reality because the more they attempt to deny the
obvious connection we have to the land of Israel, the more they look like fools.
Abbas can lie all he can and still the ground brings forth the truth and the sun rises to shine upon it.