Barack means “blessing” in Swahili and the similar word in Hebrew, “Baruch” denotes the same and so with that in mind, I watch as our 44th President travels to my Jewish ancestral homeland of Israel this month with ideas and plans to bring blessings of stability to the region. Oy veh – been there and done that is the tonality and apercu of such efforts. Maybe it will be different this time? I think not as the naivete of the United States and other nations presents an almost deafening lack of REAL awareness as to what reality is in the Middle East. I love you President Obama – I campaigned and contributed twice, worried about you and consistently championed/worked in support of your plans for America but oh darling, Israel is not your play toy and you nor any other U.S. President gets to dictate that sovereign nation’s policies. Trust me – I REALLY get it – we need to embrace all people of the Middle East but that does not equal tolerance for those hell bent on Israel’s destruction and annihilation. Never again REALLY, REALLY, REALLY does mean never again. So lets chat – discuss – dissect and analysis what this President REALLY needs to understand and consider as he journeys to a place that I have visited more than a dozen times – Israel and the rest of the very complex Middle East.
Foolish and mislead is anyone who believes the strife in the Middle East is based on religious intolerance … it is not and never has been a G-d issue. In fact, we Jews and Muslims lived amongst one another for centuries … each in constant argumentative postures toward Christianity and yet it is that preeminent faith that exists in those counties attempting to dictate the outcome of Middle East conflicts. Odd don’t you think – considering what REAL history defines as militaristic approaches from outside forces in that region from Rome, France, Britain and Germany – followed and currently the United States. The REAL consternation for everyone is real estate and what we all know is the predication that informs it is all about location, location, location – this location is oil rich and posed perfectly between many nemesis at battle for that resource. No need for angst nor demand for purity of intention as far as the whys that bring so many to focus on Israel’s positions in relationship to its many hostile neighbors – modernity demands no pause for analysis of true or underlying motivation in this matter. The only REALLY important subtext is survival and how Israel as a prosperous, productive and enlightened world stage contributing nation will stay viable. Do we allow [as Diaspora Jews] the delusion of security in our countries of birth or do we face the hard and difficult truth that ours is a narrowly accepted – one might even say tolerated - presence throughout the world? Despite my people being high income earners, successful in academics, scientific and artistic areanas, business and government/politics, Jews are still the “other” and I REALLY believe that without Israel, we would be subjugated to much worse. So it is with this serious concern in mind that I implore my fellow Jews and all people of good conscious to REALLY be involved – in a honest and forthright review of the whole truth of how Israel must be treated and addressed concerning its difficult situation.
I am a proud American Jewish Zionist … a liberal democrat politically and am proud to acknowledge the genealogical fact of my maternal Albanian Muslim heritage. Quite a package – don’t you agree? My heart is gladdened that President Obama has agreed to visit [on this 2013 trip to the Holy Land] the grave of Herzl – our founding Zionist. Why should this bother the world or even our enemies? I answer on account of erroneous and prejudicial perpetrated myths of what Zionism stands for – is the knee jerk reaction and disgusting suggestion that it represents apartheid not based in antisemitism? I say it is totally and completely a matter of hatred toward we Jews and Israel that causes so many ignorant persons to see Zionist attitude any differently than America patriotism, French chauvinism, et al.. Are there racist Zionist – indeed but there are racist everything in this world. Still no one complains when any nation other than Israel demands the right to protect itself, thrive and exist without constant barrage from its sworn enemies. Surely we Jews nor Israelis must adhere to a route toward perfection – we are flawed, as are all people, but we are G-d’s chosen … not a braggart statement but instead of a REAL plead that the rest of humanity acknowledge our gloried history and all that we have and continue to contribute.
Cleverly I can quip that Israel no more has to divide Jerusalem nor not have its national capital there, then the Unites States need give back D.C. to the Native Americans; likewise neither would anyone tolerate my suggestion that California’s lower parts be ceded to Mexico – same with other of the lower West Coast States. Equally ridiculous would be for me to suggest that fine northern U.S. neighbor of Canada need not have a territorial divided border with checkpoints between us and them. Believe me if Mexico or Canada were shooting rockets into the U.S.A. we would invade immediately – so why does not Israel have the same rights to self determination and protection? I think we all know the answers – not singular but obvious … it is the Jewish State and there is oil in there them hills [Arab territory that is]. Let me tell you plain and clear – I have heard it with my own ears when I was in Geneva at a brunch (in the 1990′s) with Saudi royals types – the dirty little secret is not any of the Arab states [not the Saudis, not Jordan, not Egypt - who by the way are ALL in one or another way, friendly with Israel] want the so called Palestinian as residents in their countries – none I tell you and truth be stated it is Jordan that is the REAL homeland of that group of individuals. From the founding of modern day Israel in 1948, all people – of all faiths have been welcomed to live there, if willing to be peaceful residents. The religious and civil liberties of Jews, Muslims and Christians have had equal protection under Israel jurisprudence. Our Knesset, unlike any other government body in the world, allows elected officials from a population determined to take over Israel – yes my readers, the Israeli government has Arab Knesset members [since 1949]. Tell me – is that a nation not inclusive? Hmm … seems there is an obvious answer of apparently not at all – Israel wants and has demonstrated in many forums its willingness to live peacefully with its neighbors, within and outside its legal borders. Why then, all the faux angst about my ancestral homeland – think about it and get back to me. I will be waiting while admiring the greatness of Israel … our many, many, many technological developments, medical breakthroughs, glorious arts and culture. Come visit – you will REALLY love the land that G-d choose for we Jews!!!
P.S. In my end 2013 memoir, Heiress Mommy … A Modern Woman Life! I will share all my REAL Middle East travel experiences, as well as my REALLY unique genealogical background. for now – Shalom my darlings!!!
Note: Please allow me to acknowledge and give my affectionate gratitude to ALL the many Christian and other organizations that defend, protect and REALLY love Israel - and ALL its inhabitants. As it is written, G-d blesses those that do so – Amen!