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Israel, Hear Our Prayer
"Postcards from Israel - Postcards from America" ^ | december 16, 2009 | ari Bussel

Posted on 12/17/2009 12:34:38 PM PST by Ari Bussel

Israel, Our Prayer by Ari Bussel

‘I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob, to give them.” —Deuteronomy 30:19-20

As I sit in the plane departing Ben Gurion Airport in Israel, I think of a country like no other. Senior Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer, also known by “Fu’ad,” moments ago told me: “Israel does not fail in its Public Diplomacy efforts, she simply has none.” He further stated we are at war.

A former defense minister, Fu’ad understands the core ramification of such a statement, not as a politician, rather from a purely professional viewpoint. We seem to have essentially agreed regarding Israel’s failure in Hasbara (“explaining”), the difference being his knowledge can – and should – translate into action, whereas I write. Given his position, failure to act carries with it a great responsibility. At one point, Israel’s current and immediate past leadership will be held accountable.

Minister Ben Eliezer’s destination is very close, here in the Mediterranean. I extended an invitation for him to visit in the USA, but he says it is too far for him nowadays. He commented there is one place he is prohibited from visiting – the United Kingdom.

Again, we returned to the very same starting point. Today, a very senior minister is restricted in his travels, not because of national security considerations, rather due to Israel’s failure to explain her positions. Israel’s enemies find new ways to fight. They cleverly use existing systems and democratic ideals against the very same systems. We admit there is much to do and do little if anything at all.

Head of Opposition and former Foreign Minister Livni had a field day yesterday. A court in the UK had issued a warrant for her arrest for committing war crimes in Gaza. I would not go as far as “crimes,” although I would ascribe to her “dereliction of duty.” As the Foreign Minister, Mrs. Livni was responsible for Israel’s Public Diplomacy efforts during the war. Her Ministry’s top officials, though, were convinced we were doing phenomenally well.

So convinced they were in their success, that for a moment I needed to check that I was not dreaming. I was at that time reporting from Israel. Reality check proved their mistake. The success was only in their minds and has translated into the recent Goldstone Report and now the UK action.

Since Livni chose not to go to the UK, the warrant was dismissed. Livni’s office issued a statement her visit was cancelled due to scheduling conflicts and her inability to meet those she intended. An interesting way to say “we failed.” Prime Minister’s Netanyahu’s office, as well as that of the current Foreign Minister issued statements and took action – all too little, too late. Soon, they too may be unable to land, as happened to Gen. (ret.) Doron Almog who did not deplane. The Israeli Ambassador to the UK embarked the plane, and Gen. Almog stayed on, returning home not leaving the aircraft. Hopefully he enjoyed the service and the frequent flyer miles.

The danger is becoming more and more visible. We get closer to a cliff, and we do not truly realize the depth of the abyss. Israel must start acting. Minister Ben Eliezer’s admission is a first step in the right direction. If the realization, encapsulated in his statements, will not translate to immediate actions, Israel will remain at great peril and will suffer greatly.

Our enemies, he surmises, constantly act. We both realize the time has almost run out. I offered to be of service, but such a gesture is unheard of and thus unacceptable. Israeli politicians – much like the population at large – is, to paraphrase Minister Ben Eliezer, too smart, too accomplished, too successful. Everyone is set in their ways, concerned usually with personal gains and comforts of the moment rather than medium range and long term planning. National considerations are often secondary to everything else.

Thus the knowledge and ability that are present in Israel are stuck at a roadblock. Where is Machsom (Roadblock) Watch to come and tell us how to better enable free and fast movement? They are needed now with their wisdom and sharp criticism, calls to action and personal example of leadership. Israel is drowning and the self-anointed lifeguards are busy with the enemies’ welfare first.

Minister Ben Eliezer explains that most do not understand the local mentality. He gives two examples: President Mubarak of Egypt refused to meet Netanyahu, until he called and arranged the meeting. He also recently visited Turkey and met with the Vice Prime Minister. The President, he says proudly, walked him to the car seeing him off.

Without a doubt, Minister Ben Eliezer who has fulfilled so many top government positions indeed knows his people and his neighbors. Life has been good to him. He does not travel far nowadays, nor does he take good care of his own health. He admits it indirectly (and it is readily visible). Likewise, he states straightforwardly Israel’s need to improve her failing health (visible to the outside as the failure in Public Diplomacy), but here too he does little. Lack of action may result in a heart attack or stroke, or his country may be a victim.

We did not discuss Israel’s “problem of 43 years, The Occupation,” as he called it. I would have politely, although firmly, have disagreed with his assessment but chose not to react. Israel’s problem today, we both realize, is that she is a country at war, yet she is in denial.

Israel may be reacting sporadically and quite intermittently to the increasing attacks on her, a Goldstone Report here, a EU decision regarding Jerusalem there, a legal action against the head of Opposition today and something new planned for tomorrow. But there are symptoms that say, “Be warned, an impeding cardiac arrest is just around the corner, a massive stroke is imminent unless you change your lifestyle.” We do not listen for we are preoccupied with a notion of a demographic risk to her democracy, to the plight of the eternal refugees or to some other clever nonsense. We are busy elsewhere and ignore the obvious signs of failing health.

“The Occupation” is the drug keeping us delirious in a state of semi-consciousness and others in a state of constant euphoria – money and sympathy keep pouring, no end in sight. The doctor’s advice is acknowledged yet ignored. We continue our daily lives, not exercising, consuming too much sugar, salt and carbohydrates, forgetting to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. We know what needs to be done, yet we choose to continue on a fast path toward our own destruction.

We live the “here and now” and care not about what may happen later. Our arteries in the meantime have become clogged to the point of complete blockage, Israel’s heart is weakened, the muscles out of shape. The immune system’s ability to respond deteriorates and an annual checkup would result in many bells ringing, numerous red lights blinking.

Shape up, Jewish State. So much depends on you. There are so many who need you to survive and be well, to be healthy and vital. Like a mother and a father, you must get better and be around to protect your children. We count on you, Israel, and cannot see you in this quickly deteriorating state. We will do everything in our power and then more to help you regain your health.

World Jewry needs you. Yet, our pleas fall on deaf ears. Perhaps you are simply unable to do what is necessary, to remember the promise God made to his people, Israel. Thus, we pray to the Almighty to protect you, help you awaken and heal you. We pray with our hearts aching and our tears dropping. May you only find the strength to survive!

And the Lord will take away from you all sickness, and none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which you knew, will he inflict on you, but he will lay them on all who hate you. —Deuteronomy 7:15

### In the series “Postcards from Israel,” Ari Bussel and Norma Zager invite readers throughout the world to join them as they present reports from Israel as seen by two sets of eyes: Bussel’s on the ground, Zager’s counter-point from home. Israel and the United States are inter-related - the two countries we hold dearest to our hearts - and so is this “point - counter-point” presentation that has, since 2008, become part of our lives.

© Postcards from Home, December, 2009 Contact:

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fuadbeneliezer; healthconditions; publicdiplomacy; tzipilivni

1 posted on 12/17/2009 12:34:39 PM PST by Ari Bussel
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To: Ari Bussel

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman said, on a tour in Arad on Tuesday (15 December 2009), that Britain’s recent behavior does not bode well.

“Israel will not be indifferent to arrest orders for senior Israeli officials, Britain’s position in the votes on the Goldstone Commission, the decision to mark imported goods produced in Judea and Samaria, or the British position regarding the Swedish draft at the recent EU meeting.”

Terrorism, said FM Liberman, is the real threat to world peace in the 21st century and combating it is not like confronting regular armies. Democratic states must adjust to the new situation, vis-à-vis terrorists that use the advantages of a democratic society to destroy democracy in the world.

2 posted on 12/17/2009 12:35:55 PM PST by Ari Bussel
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To: Ari Bussel

John 14:6 (King James Version)

6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

3 posted on 12/17/2009 12:41:07 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: Ari Bussel

Israel is drowning and the self-anointed lifeguards are busy with the enemies’ welfare first.

As it is with our country. I ask Divine Providence to
watch and guide our two nations for we both are “at war”
with an enemy declared but not acknowledged.

Peace be upon you, and upon all Israel.

4 posted on 12/17/2009 12:53:23 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Ari Bussel

“Israel will not be indifferent to arrest orders for senior Israeli officials...”

And the targeted assassination of your high officials
as retaliation for a strike on Iran’s growing nuclear
threat? Be not indifferent to that either!

I’m afraid the words of Churchill are wasted upon our leaders as we will not fight when we have a chance of
winning but must fight when there is no chance at all.

5 posted on 12/17/2009 12:58:18 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Ari Bussel
1  The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,
2  and caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.
3  And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.
4  Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.

6 posted on 12/17/2009 1:16:02 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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7 posted on 12/17/2009 3:36:31 PM PST by SJackson (In wine there is wisdom, In beer there is freedom, In water there is bacteria.)
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