The incoming rocket sirens may sound the loudest in Sderot, Ashkelon, Be’er Sheva, and even Tel Aviv, but make no mistake about it, the entire world is within range of Hamas’s deadly aim.
It is not the Qassams, Grads, M302s, and M-75s that pose an existential threat to Israel and the world, it is the willful blindness of so many millions of people – including heads of state and diplomats – that makes what is happening right now in Israel a threat to all civilized people.
The world once again seems unable to distinguish right from wrong, self-defense from aggression, lies from truth, good from evil. The last time such darkness descended upon us, Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich trounced over Europe, costing the lives of more than 60 million people – roughly 2.5% of the world population at the time.
It’s ironic that this past week, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of London, Paris and Oslo to protest – get this – Israel’s “offensive” against Gaza and Hamas. Around the globe, from Boston to Beijing, protestors, politicians and the mainstream media joined the growing anti-Israel chorus.
The same poisonous venom that flows through the murderous heart of Hamas – and is overlooked by those who should know better – is not targeting Israel alone.
Tens of thousands of innocents are being slaughtered, largely without protest, in Nigeria, Kenya, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Iran, Ukraine, Philippines, and even China.
And lest we fail to hear the sirens loud and clear, we ought be reminded that America is not immune.
Those of us who aren’t duped by pro-Palestinian propaganda, thinly veiled anti-Semitism, unfathomable duplicitous world leaders, and the shocking parallels between Hitler and those who seek to establish a 21st century global caliphate, look on at recent world events in stunned disbelief.
Most Jews, regardless of where they live, bleed when Israel bleeds.
And, though no one seems to notice, we also bleed when our sons and daughters are forced to defend their very lives and the lives of all Israelis at the expense of innocent Palestinians – for whom we seem to care far more than their immoral leaders who, safely ensconced in their own underground bunkers, egg their women and children on to serve as human shields.
“We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children,” Golda Meir once said. Her words ring just as true to this day.
Yet, for all of our rightful concern about Israel, we should not lose sight of the bigger, much bleaker, picture unfolding before our eyes.
A world that is quick to vilify Israel for defending itself against a daily deluge of deadly rockets – turning morality inside out – is capable of permitting untold ghastly deeds everywhere.
Today the rockets are raining down on Israel and the majority of the world chooses to close its eyes to the truth.
Israel may be evil’s nearest aim, but be forewarned, it certainly won’t be its only objective – or even its primary target – for very long.
No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manner of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.
-- John Donne