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The World Is Betraying the Jews by Failing to Set Boundaries for Israel

While the world once ignored the Jews suffering, today the world, especially the most powerful part, gives Israel carte blanche in the occupied territories

Odeh Bisharat
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with his son Yair at the Western Wall, March 28, 2015
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with his son Yair at the Western Wall, March 28, 2015Credit: Thomas Coex / AFP
Odeh Bisharat
Odeh Bisharat

I want you to think about how you would feel if they were trampling your kids with unbridled, malicious aggression, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday before departing for India. Actually, Mr. Prime Minister, the better question is, How would you feel if your children behaved like Yair Netanyahu? I, for one, would try to disappear under a rug, and Im sure many other people feel the same way. If I were you, Mr. Prime Minister, Id have put off the trip to India for some real soul-searching, to try to figure out how a beloved son got to this point. Its terrible for a parent to abuse his son, but its no less terrible for a parent not to set boundaries for his son.

At any rate, its hard to imagine that the prime minister will learn the lesson, and even if he does, its too late. The boy is already a grown man, and what is etched in childhood is not erased in adulthood.

Netanyahu betrayed his son when he didnt rebuke him at the time of his transgression, when he didnt set boundaries of what is permitted and what is not, assuming that Netanyahu Sr. is aware of these boundaries himself. Netanyahu is not an abusive father, but he abandoned his son to his wild behavior and misdeeds. Now he is paying a heavy price for it, and his son is paying an even heavier one.

This is a universal rule. If you set no boundaries — not only for your son, but for your neighbor, for your society, for the political or social framework in which you live, you will pay a heavy price. The Arabs, who have suffered so much misery and disappointment at the hands of their leaders, who sold out when they should have taken action, say: Pharaoh became Pharaoh because no one stood up to him.

Likud has become Netanyahus puppet; just as he failed in raising his son, at the moment of truth the figures in the party who were entrusted with the alarm bells stayed their hands. That is one reason why Likud is more aggressive and unenlightened than ever.

This kind of behavior is universal. The Jewish people suffered from the worlds indifference during the Holocaust. The world knew, but the majority remained silent, and even the great United States and Britain were unwilling to help in the hour of distressed and refused to take in Jews. The single point of light today is that the lesson was learned, and now the world is ready to take in refugees and save their lives — in the Middle East, with the exception of Israel, of course; and in Europe, especially Germany.

While the world once ignored the Jews suffering, today the world, especially the most powerful part, gives Israel carte blanche in the occupied territories. Apart from an occasional limp condemnation, the world does almost nothing to put an end to the 50-plus years of in which millions of Palestinians are imprisoned behind fences and checkpoints.

That is how the world betrays Israel, and the Jewish people. The fanatics here already say, and rightly so: Hey, you there in Breaking the Silence, BTselem and Machsom Watch, why the fuss? The world is embracing us. Europe and India and Russia are expanding their ties with us. Saudi Arabias King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud Salman is falling in love with us, not to mention President Donald Trump and the United States. So dont bug us about checkpoints and human rights.

And really, if the world is silent, why not just continue? Who would be dumb enough to switch horses when things are going so well? Yes, the world is betraying Israel with its silence, and abandoning it to the nationalists and messianists. Who knows? Maybe its all a plot by the goyim to hurt the Jews, to let them stew in their own juices.

The signs of the future can be seen on the horizon. The future belongs to Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who is turning schools into military bases.



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