In October, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Israel must be prepared for all manner of threat to her existence. “Otherwise, in thirty years’ time, Israel will not be celebrating her 100th Independence Day,” Netanyahu gloomily predicted. He reminded those gathered for a Bible study at his official residence that the Hasmoneans ruled in the Land for less than 80 years. In its 3,500-year history, the nation of Israel has only three times been able to live free, united, sovereign and independent, as it does today. And only for very short periods of time.
It is an interesting and enlightening debate that today dominates the Israeli media. People want to learn from the mistakes of the past. Why is there so much division among the Jewish people as soon as they come to live in their ancestral homeland? Why is the nation of Israel always exposed to destruction and expulsion? What is our weak point in the areas of sovereignty and independence? It seems the moment the Jewish nation is free to make its own decisions regarding its fate, that’s when...
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