To begin with, this is already a very good year. I refer to the fact that scores of you actually knew that my birthday was on the 5th and filled my inbox with good wishes. Obviously, somewhere along the way, I must have mentioned it, but I don’t remember doing so. My best guess is that it could have happened when I was writing about the fact that March 31 is celebrated in California because it’s Cesar Chavez’s birthday, and he was a communist, but Jan. 5 is just another day of the year.

Of course, I don’t recall the big event, but rumor has it that the obstetrician back in Chicago slapped me on the tush and I punched him in the nose – and he handed me off to my mother, saying: “It’s a bouncing baby conservative!”

When even the likes of Obama apologist Chuck Schumer took the lame duck to task for knifing Israel in the back, one can see what liars Joe Biden and John Kerry are when they claim that Israel has never had a more loyal friend than Barack Obama.

Sometimes, though, I think I see the Middle East through clearer eyes than anyone in Israel or Washington, D.C. For instance, when everyone was tossing confetti in the air and Nobel Peace Prizes were being handed out like candy corn on Halloween, I said the Oslo Agreement, which called for Israel to cede land for peace, was as dangerously absurd as the peaceniks in America calling for us in the ’50s and ’60s to unilaterally destroy our nuclear arsenal, insisting that the Soviet Union would follow suit.

It wasn’t that different when most of our foremost pundits were breaking out their party hats to celebrate the Arab Spring. Anyone who believed that in overthrowing the despotic likes of Mubarak, Hussein and Gadhafi, Arabs and Muslims weren’t going to replace them with the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaida, ISIS and the mullahs just wasn’t paying attention.

I didn’t even think I was being particularly prescient when I stated that the Arab Spring was inevitably going to become the Arab Winter.

Part of the problem is that we Americans think that revolutions are a good thing. But that’s because we forget that ours was the lone exception to the rule. In France, the end of royalty led to the guillotine, Robespierre and Napoleon. In Russia, the end of the czars led to Josef Stalin. In China, the end of Chang Kai-shek led to Mao Zedong; in Cuba, liberation from the corrupt Batista led to the brutality of Che Guevara and the Castros.

Revolutionaries like Washington, Madison, Jefferson – men who pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor, and meant it – do not grow on trees. And neither, it should be obvious to one and all, do they sprout in the barren sands of Arabia.

I blame Israeli politicians along with the hypocritical leaders of the so-called democracies for wasting the past quarter century sitting down with the likes of Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas and offering to trade away what precious little land Israel possesses for the promise of peace from vermin who continue calling for the extermination of Jews.

If Israel is serious about wanting peace or at least something resembling it, the Jews will have to get it the same way we obtained it with Germany and Japan 70 years ago, by force. All the diplomatic posturing has done is convince the Arabs and Muslims that Israel is negotiating from weakness. After all, in their world, a world in which the weak submit to the will of the strong, why else would the Israelis sit down with those who continue to idolize Hitler, but feel he took his leave with the Final Solution only half-solved.

Although I suspect that Israel has controlled its temper thus far because of its concern with world opinion, after such seemingly benign nations as France, Britain and New Zealand voted to concede even Jerusalem to the so-called Palestinians, it’s time for Israel to put on its big-boy pants and stop fooling around.

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As for American Jewry, they’re basically hopeless. For the most part, they are Jews in name only; their true faith is Liberalism, which is why, had it been possible, 70-75 percent would have voted for a third term of Obama.

The sad truth is that when it comes to politics, most of my fellow Jews have their heads so far up their butts, they have to fart through their nose.

In case you missed the news, California, the state that had to settle for re-electing Obama in absentia by providing Hillary Clinton with a 4 million-vote margin, has decided to take on President Trump – and his promise of eliminating sanctuary cities, closing down the border, pushing for school choice and resuming oil drilling on public lands – by hiring Eric Holder, at $25,000-a-month, to fight him every inch of the way.

When federal funding stops flooding into California in spite of the best efforts of such heavy hitters as Jerry Brown, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Xavier Becerra, Adam Schiff, Brad Sherman and Dianne Feinstein, Eric Holder may find his next job is as a crossing guard in Berkeley or San Francisco.

Speaking of California liberals, those endless videos of barely recognizable Hollywood nonentities finishing each other’s sentences in attack ads targeting Trump are really getting to be predictable and boring … very much like their movies and TV shows.

It recently dawned on me that everything good Trump does once he’s installed in the Oval Office will be twice as good simply because it will be the exact opposite of what Mrs. Clinton would have done. If the nuance escapes you, it means that as effective an attorney general as I expect Jeff Sessions will be, he will even better when you realize that if he didn’t have the job, someone as sleazy as Eric Holder or Loretta Lynch would be running Hillary’s Justice Department.

When a reader sent me an email making fun of Al Gore and his league of climate-change hoaxsters, I wrote back: “Ridicule them if you must, but four months ago, temperatures here in the San Fernando Valley were in the 90s and 100s, but this week they’re in the 50s. Don’t try to tell me the climate isn’t changing.”

When he replied: “I thought part of the definition of climate was that it changes,” I promptly set him straight: “Silly you! It took Al Gore to explain that climate is not only supposed to be static, but that even the slightest change in the atmosphere is bound to be catastrophic; and that the only way to deal with it is by sending lots of money, in the form of a carbon tax, to Mr. Gore, aka the great and powerful Oz.”

Even asking if the money is tax-deductible is enough to label you a climate-change denier, and if you live in California, you just might expect Eric Holder to come knocking on your door.

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