Aliza Davidovit is a writer, commentator, journalist and former TV producer. She is a contributing editor at Lifestyles and Mann About Town magazines, specializing in interviewing the world's most famous and influential people for cover stories. Davidovit worked at ABC News' "20/20" for six years and the Fox News Channel. She is the author of "The Words that Shaped Me." Her website is Davidovit.com.More ↓Less ↑
Someone once told me that if you want to see how well Jews are doing just read an anti-Semitic paper. In it, the Jews, who make up .02 percent of the planet’s population, are alleged to be running the entire world. The statistics alone would prove this to be preposterous.
Yet as my BlackBerry lights up like wildfire with hundreds of e-mails a day from legitimate news sources, it is quite evident that Jews are in deeper peril today than ever before. All the fences Jews relied on to protect them are crumbling before our eyes. The troubles facing the Jewish state of Israel lie at the core of these tenuous times for the Jewish people. A new generation has arisen that remembers not the smell of smoke that arose from the crematoriums. This generation knows only Facebook, Twitter and iPhones and faces the world through flat plasma screens and not in 3-D reality where hate is spreading with alarming speed. It does not realize that without Israel every Jew throughout the world is a hated orphan who will be abused, assaulted or even murdered though they have assimilated into their local cultures. Remember the Jews of post-Weimar Germany. They, too, felt more German than Jewish … until they were brutally awakened as to their true status in the Fatherland.
In the past, education and strong ties to Eretz Yisroel have preserved a people confronted by villainous persecutions. But today, Jews have become too comfortable in their host countries and have forgotten how much they need Israel for their survival. As such, Jews donate more charitable funds to save opera and whales than they do to save Jews. What message does this send to the next generation? As the “poisoning” of America’s elites against Jews and Israel, especially in academia where an anti-Israel agenda is metastasizing across campuses, our Jewish youth don’t even know how to respond because they don’t know the facts. Their ignorance has become our enemy’s greatest tool. Our kids live in an educational vacuum that we have let others fill. So, who is left to defend Israel: Obama, Ahmadinejad, Hamas, Hillary Clinton, the United Nations, or you and me?
My friends, I believe that as pertains to the Jewish state there is an enemy in the White House. How can we forget that prior to becoming president, Obama addressed AIPAC in 2008 and said, “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided” – until he changed his mind the next day. Now that’s commitment! Maybe we missed the fine print on his AIPAC statement that modified the word “undivided” as meaning that Jews can’t build houses in Jerusalem but Arabs can.
Oh, and then there was Obama’s promise in that same AIPAC speech, “I’ll do everything in my power to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” which translates into, “We will do nothing but offer carrots and sticks until they have a chance to complete their nuclear program and be a certain existential threat to Israel and the Western world.” If that devotion to its loyal ally is not enough, the president now sends Vice President Biden to Israel to make sure Israel does not defend itself against Iran in a pre-emptive strike. I ask you again, “Who is left to defend Israel?”
Shouldn’t we all be terrified when Biden calls the United States’ bond to Israel “unshakable” on Tuesday and then three days later Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tells Netanyahu that building housing for Jews in East Jerusalem puts Israel’s bilateral relations with the U.S. into question? I have never seen something so unshakable shake so quickly.
This week Jews begin to read the third book of Moses, Leviticus. It begins with a call of duty to Moses, but its timing has never been more crucial. It is a call of duty to all Jews and friends of Israel to defend the Jewish homeland by all means. For Jews who voted for Obama, it’s time you woke up and realized that behind whatever facade you wear in this life you are a Jew, and no one will let you forget it as hard as you may try. It is time to get behind your people and your Jewish homeland; it is time to teach your children and wake up already.
If you still believe in the “yes, we can” man, fine, but put the pressure on him to stand by America’s most loyal ally in the Middle East. Tell the contortionist-in-chief to stop bowing and bending to foreign leaders and to stand up straight for his friends.
The days of wine and roses are over. There is a jihad against our people, and the clock is ticking in double time.