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Opinion

November 24, 2012

Column: Speaking out in defense of Israel

“Enough of the silence.

It’s time to speak up.

It’s time to speak out.

It’s time to speak truth.

It’s time to speak on behalf of Israel.”

Rabbi Baruch HaLevi, Congregation Shirat Hayam of the North Shore.

Time-out from dealing with the aftermath of the election in Massachusetts, to be one Gentile columnist speaking up, speaking out, speaking truth on behalf of Israel.

Sunday evening Chip Ford and I attended the Israel Solidarity Rally in Swampscott.

We’d been watching the news reports about the ongoing rocket attacks on Israel by the terrorist group Hamas. There had been 1,300 rockets since January of this year, close to 2,000 more this month; over 14,000 since 2001, which was our own turn to face the hatred of radical Muslims.

Fortunately, Israelis have their own version of President Reagan’s “Star Wars” program, meant to protect us from an attack by the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Their “Iron Dome” has shot down most of the rockets, or Israel would have been wiped off the map as its Arab enemies have long desired.

We Americans wouldn’t put up with, on average, three rockets a day; we would respond as we did in Afghanistan, which harbored the terrorists that attacked us. The Israeli army was poised on the border with Gaza, preparing to invade if their air-attack defense doesn’t end the aggression. Pro-Hamas activists rallied in some of our cities, blaming Israel for defending itself. Pro-Israel Americans began to speak up in response.

I’m not getting into the religious aspect of God giving the Holy Land to the Jews, either before or after the Romans occupied it. The simple historic truth, as far as I can determine it, is this: After Rome, Turkey occupied Palestine. Turkey picked the wrong side in World War I, joining with Germany; they lost. Great Britain, which led the battles in the Mideast, won Palestine, and allowed Jews to settle there. After World War II, when aggressive Germany lost again, the United Nations partitioned the area between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

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