THE MORALE IN ISRAEL
I am not the least afraid to go any place by bus or to a mall.
I didn't change or stop doing anything I used to do
before this mess began!
People tend to forget that road accidents
claim twice the casualties of terror!
More people still die from heart attacks, cancer,
and other things. They just don't show it on TV.
Don't misunderstand me: there is a war going on.
It's not pleasant,
but, let's face it:
WE HAVE NEVER BEEN BETTER OFF!!
It's only TV and the media that make people think that
the end of the world is coming.
Only 60 years ago, they were leading Jews to their
death like sheep to slaughter!
No country, no army, 55 years ago!
Seven Arab countries declared war
on the small Jewish State,
only a few hours old!!
We were then 650,000 Jews!
Against the rest of the Arab world!
No IDF [Israel Defense Force]. No mighty Air Force.
Just a tough people with nowhere to go.
Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Libya,
Saudi Arabia, attacked all at once.
The country the U.N. "gave us" was 65% desert.
The country started from scratch!
35 years ago, we fought the three strongest armies in
the Middle East, and wiped them out in six days.
We fought against different coalitions of Arab countries,
with modern armies, and masses of Soviet Russian weapons,
and we still won!!
We have today
A strong Air Force,
A Hi-Tech economy, exporting millions.
Intel-Microsoft-IBM develop their products here.
Our doctors win world prizes for medical developments.
We made the desert flourish,
selling oranges and vegetables to the world.
Israel has sent its own satellite into Space!
Three satellites all together.
We sit proudly -
With the U.S. and it's 250 million people,
With Russia and it's 200 million people,
With China and it's 1.1 billion people,
With the Europeans - France, England, Germany - with their 350 million people,
The only countries in the world to shoot something into space!!
Israel is today in the family of world nuclear power,
with the U.S., Russia, China, India, France, and England.
[We don't admit it, but everyone knows...]
To think that only 60 years ago, we were led,
shameful, with no hope, to our death!
We crawled out of the burning ashes of Europe;
we won our wars here with
less than nothing in our hands;
we built an "empire" out of nothing.
Who the hell is Mr. Arafat to make me scared?
To make me be terrified?
You make me laugh!
Let's not forget what the Passover story is all about.
We overcame Pharaoh,
We overcame the Greeks,
We overcame the Romans,
We overcame the Inquisition in Spain,
We overcame the Pogroms in Russia,
We overcame Hitler,
We overcame the Germans,
We overcame the Holocaust,
We overcame the armies of seven Arab countries,
We overcame Saddam.
Take it easy, folks, we will overcome our present enemies too.
No matter which part of human history you look at,
Think of it, for us, the Jewish people,
our situation has never been better!
So, let's lift our heads up high; let's remember:
Any nation or culture that tried to mess around with
us was destroyed, while we kept going!!
Egypt? Anyone know where their empire disappeared to?
The Greeks? Alexander of Macedonia?
The Romans? Does anyone today speak Latin?
The Third Reich? Anyone heard any news about it lately?
And look at us, the Nation from the Bible,
Since slavery in Egypt.
We are still here, speaking the same language!!
Right here, right now.
The Arabs don't know it yet, but, they will learn that there is
As long as we keep our identity, we are eternal.
So, sorry for not worrying,
Not being scared.
Things are o.k. here.
They surely can be better, but still:
Don't fall for the media junk,
They won't tell you that there are festivals going on,
That people keep on living,
That people are going out,
That people are seeing friends.
Yes, our morale is low, but so what?
It's only because we weep for our dead while they enjoy the blood.
This is the same reason why we will win, after all.
You can forward this text, if you choose,
To the whole Jewish community,
And to people throughout the world.
They are part of our strength.
It might help some of them keep their heads up high.
Tell them that there is nothing to worry about.
Tell them to think BIG, and to see the whole picture.
"See you Next year in Jerusalem."