LESS THAN A BANANA REPUBLIC
by Emanuel A. Winston,
a Middle East Analyst & Commentator
Regrettably, it has come to pass that over time the "kleina menchen" (small men) who purport to lead Israel have dropped the Jewish nation down to being a shtetle, or as is more commonly known, a "Banana Republic".
To observe an American President come to Israel and make political speeches advising the nation of Israel to keep Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in office is a vulgar display of arrogance.The "small men" like Olmert and his political followers groveled in a way exceeding all past displays of submission.
President George W. Bush came into the Jewish State, swinging the axe of a threatening Super Power. Telling the Israelis that they must obey his orders and return to the 1949-67 Armistice Lines is the height of arrogance.
After more than 60 years of unnecessary war and terror by the Muslim Arabs, this ignorant politician ignored that history, parroting the State Department language of two democratic states living side by side in peace. He said this even as Kassam Rockets were falling on Sderot and Ashkelon.
It is permissible to be ignorant but, not to shout out one’s ignorance at the top of his voice. This President and his Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice both encouraged Israel’s former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and today’s PM Ehud Olmert to abandon 10,000 Jewish men, women and children from Gush Katif/Gaza and 4 Northern Samarian communities and surrender the Gaza. The Gaza Strip became the inevitable Global Terror base with tonnage of weapons - "homemade" Kassam Rockets, explosives, high tech arms and more Terrorists smuggled in from Egypt and the sea. The Kassam Rockets and mortars rain down on the southern communities every single day, giving the civilians 15 seconds to reach a concrete shelter. How would you like your children to live like that - every day, Mr. President and Ms. Rice?
The area evacuated by the 4 Northern Samarian communities enable the Terrorists to oversee and control access to Israel’s coastal plain with 70% of her population and industry. Now, under the direct orders of a sophomoric President, the center, the heartland, the ancient Jewish Holy religious sites are supposed to be given over to these same Muslim Terrorists so every centimeter of Israel can be in range of bigger, more accurate missiles.
The small-minded men and women, from Olmert on down to the Leftists who think they will be out of range along the coast, will bleat and moan as they cower in bomb shelters. Suddenly, the people, even the Leftists, will want to arrest and bring to trial the Kadimites and Labor Leftists - with hanging as a sentencing option - but by then it will be too late. They wanted the status of a Banana Republic, assuming others would somehow defend them and - when there was no defense, how they will cry. Some will suddenly find G-d and plead: "Why did You abandon us?"
Even Banana Republics, while glad to accept the money, at least retain their pride. When asked by their benefactors to roll over and grovel, they resist. But, Israel’s small-minded so-called leaders are not embarrassed to roll over, exposing their tender private parts - as long as they can stay in power and receive copious aid.Olmert is simply the latest of these flea-ridden leeches, willing to sell out their nation and her people for either personal gain or to fulfill their destiny of cowardice in the face of both their enemies and their so-called friends with deep pockets.
The message they convey is that "Israel has, indeed, become a Third World Banana Republic and, if the enemies and the world nations wish to own Israel, then they can have her. We didn’t really want her anyway. The State of Israel was too Jewish for us. We wanted to de-Judaize Israel but, it didn’t work. Too many Jews, real Jews, who wanted Israel to stand up for herself and be Jewish. Jews who wanted to build a Jewish State and come to live there - on the Land G-d gave us. To build a modern, Jewish State, with scientific discoveries and artistic creations to benefit mankind; to live in an ancient Jewish Land, following Jewish laws, raising Jewish children...being a 'Light Unto the Nations'. ""But, we really didn’t want it anyway." This is the message coming from the Government of Israel and the Jewish Media in Israel, America and Europe. "Sha-Sha; tone it down". Don’t speak about the naked leaders of Israel who strut about in high society as if they were robed in the finest of garments. Israel has become a zoo of grinning political primates whose leaders line up for photo-ops for the price of a banana. Have you ever seen Olmert with his arm hanging onto the shoulder of Bush and/or Rice, grinning like the man-child he really is? Notice the forced expressions of acceptance by Bush and Rice, who clearly wish that his offensive arm would shrivel and fall away from his shoulder. Remember: "If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand whither."
Of course, there are the good people in Israel, the majority, who love the Land and are comfortable within their skin as Jews. They definitely drift Right and, you will see them as pioneers in the Settlements, walking tall and proud. There are those in Tel Aviv and Haifa, etc., who are equally proud of their Jewishness and grateful for the Land but, not all. Then there are the large number of Leftists who hate the ground they walk on because it is imbued with Jewishness and they strive to distance themselves from their Jewishness.
There are those of us who are the "whistle-blowers" , the canaries in the mine, who speak out against those so-called leaders who have feet of dirty clay. We are not necessarily well-liked or appreciated because we "Shrei Gevalt" when we see our leaders bond with our enemies. Suddenly, editors and publishers get messages from Leftist friends, relatives to cease publishing exposés. Then calls come from Jewish organizational directors who themselves have received subtle or not so subtle messages from the State Department, friends of the Administration. Then calls come from Israeli government apparatchniks who complain about being researched and exposed in print to their nefarious activities. I recall how Shimon Peres as Foreign Minister issued an order to all government offices not to receive free issues of the Jerusalem Post because they published a host of exposés about him and the misuse of his position as Foreign Minister.
Whistle-blowers always take the heat. Today we observe Israeli Jewish leaders genuflect and grovel with a grin as an American President says "On my orders you must withdraw to the 1949/67 Armistice Lines as permanent borders." Where are the American Jewish organizations with their leaders, and the Jewish newspapers objecting to these high-handed "diktats" from a lame duck President? Are they cowering and spiking stories that say Israel cannot, should not listen to a President whose future is tied to oil-bearing Muslim Arab nations. He should have re-cused himself, not unlike a Judge who has personal interests in the outcome of a case before him.
Bush, his family, Baker, the multi-national oil companies - they are all tied to their prejudiced and vested interests in selling out the Jewish State of Israel. Where the hell is the Media? Where is the Jewish Press in Israel and America?
I know where we, the canaries in the mine, stand. We are compelled to shout and try to get the public to see what is obvious. I thank G-d for Christian Zionists who have no reluctance or fear to come to Israel’s aid and support. Their forceful presence shames the Jewish leaders, the Jewish Media because they are NOT fearful. Granted Jews have a justifiable fear that speaking up about it will increase anti-Semitism. They haven’t learned that silence also brings out anti-Semitism. The owners, publishers, editors of the Jewish media who "Tone Down" or eliminate those who "Shrei Gevalt!" - only exacerbate the assault against the Jewish State and Jews world-wide.
Blabbering about the "Peace Process" and the pursuit of peace - which never comes- is merely a false shield to avoid the guilt for not fighting back to defend ourselves and our people. Banana Republics have a way of simply being absorbed and thus they disappear.