On Thursday, I went to a Jewish community program about entrepreneurship. The introduction video is bellow.
I love Israel and respect all of its people. The people who inhabit Israel are just as good or bad as you and I, but the only difference is how they were brought up. The Jews of Israel, that 75% percent of the Israeli population, never had to deal with Jewish identity problems. They are constantly surrounded by Jews, by people who are from the same ancestors (that is why all Jews are cousins; we all come from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob!) as they are, and who believe in roughly the same thing.
I like to say that I have many homes. Some are in the United States, some are in Canada, some are in Europe, and Israel is one of my homes too. I define a home as a place where I belong and I know that I will be safe when living there. Israel is the land of my people; I have walked on the land where my ancestors have walked, have fought, and have died in order for my generation of Jews to exist. That small piece of land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean will always be there for me and have my back. I know that I will always be safe there, for the people who fight for Israel will never be defeated; they are fighting for so much more than just a country.
If I was built for army life, I would never fight for the United States; I would go to Israel and fight for my homeland, my people, my religion, and my very extended family. Unfortunately, I’m a scrawny, 98 lb, 15 year old girl, so the military will never be for me. I have the uttermost respect for Israeli soldiers, for they are fighting for so much more than just a government. They are fighting for absolutely everything they believe in, down to the last Hebrew phrase in the tanach (the entire old testament) and the constitution.
There are thousands, if not millions, of people out there in the world who hate Israel and the Jewish people. With what the video told you, the world would truly be a sad place without Israel. Where would we be without its inventions? Where would we be without its military, given that it is a role model for other counties’ military units? Where would the world be without Jews? What would you be doing right now if I, a Jew, hadn’t written this for you to read? Einstein was Jewish; where would we be without him? For all of you who use the bible as a reference in your every day lives, Isaac was Jewish and he gave birth to twins. I’m the descendent of Jacob, the father of the Jewish people, and all Arabs are the descendent of the other twin, Esau. Where would we be without Isaac?
The answer is simple: in a worse place than we are right now. Long live Israel and let us appreciate all that it has offered us and will offer us. Shalom.