Wednesday, November 14, 2007

40 Years Later

Dry Bones cartoon: 40 years after 1967, fighting for Jerusalem.
It's forty years after 1967. An interesting number. We are taught that we were condemned to wander in the desert for forty years after our liberation and the great exodus from Egypt. It is commonly agreed that it took 40 years for a new generation to arise ...and that having taken Israel out of Egypt it was necessary to "take Egypt out of Israel". What was needed was a tough desert generation to replace the diaspora "galut" Jews that had grown up in Egypt.

These last forty years of our wandering since 1967, however, are different. During most of that time it was our diaspora-born leadership (like Golda, and Begin, and Shamir) that was like a tough desert generation.

Olmert and today's "leadership" are something else.

Do we really, after forty years, now have to rely on Diaspora Jewry to stop an Israeli giveaway of Jerusalem... and the Golan Heights?

So what do you think?


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