Israel still stands strongly on 72nd Independence Day

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The miracle nation of Israel turns 72 today. Despite being surrounded by enemy countries, and the BDS Movement, and the anti-Semitic United Nations, the Jewish nation of Israel is flourishing like never before.  In fact, Israel’s innovation and ingenuity have been on full display since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Israel is perhaps only second to the United States in fighting this deadly pandemic, despite it’s small size. Israel will no doubt have a significant role in solving other challenges that the world faces in the coming years. The world could not ask for a better friend than Israel. Am Yisrael Chai! Happy birthday, Israel!

Israel still stands strongly on 72nd Independence Day

It has not been easy, it has not been without pain and incredible sacrifice, but it has worked.

By Jerusalem Post, April 28, 2020

“We are one people – our enemies have made us one without our consent, as has repeatedly happened in our history. Affliction binds us together, and thus united, we suddenly discover our strength.”

And, indeed, Herzl’s words have reverberated with truth throughout the first 72 years of Israel’s history. Hopelessly divided and fractionalized within from the very beginning – religious vs atheist, socialists vs capitalists, Right vs Left, immigrants vs the native born, Ashkenazi vs Mizrahi, haredi vs secular – the country has shown that when external enemies threaten, it rallies together to fend off the threats.

“V’he sh’amda l’avotenu ve’lanu,” goes that Seder song played repeatedly on Israeli radio stations during the Passover season. “In every single generation people rise up to destroy us, but The Holy One saves us from their hands.” The Holy One, since Israel’s birth in 1948, and the country’s ability to rally together and pool its tremendous human resources to face down a common enemy.

It has not been easy, it has not been without pain and incredible sacrifice, but it has worked. Faced with affliction, the People of Israel – as Herzl recognized 124 years ago – discovers reservoirs of great strength to survive and persevere.

If the Muslims would just leave the Jews alone for a few years, goes an old joke, the Israelis would destroy themselves. It’s only unquenchable enmity that unites the country and ensures its survival.

But what if the enemy was not some external army or terrorist organization? What if the affliction did not ride in on enemy tanks or rockets sent by terrorist organizations, but rather on germs spread by a simple sneeze? And what if Israel was not the only target of this enemy?

Thus spake Theodor Herzl of the Jewish people in 1896 in his seminal pamphlet, The Jewish State.

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