For those who are home, and for those who are on the way. For those who support the historic and just return of the land of Israel to its people, forever loyal to their inheritance, and its restoration.
The distance between Stockholm and Oslo is a little over 500 kilometers. In Israel however they seem to converge together.
According to Wikipedia: In psychology, Stockholm syndrome is a term used to describe a paradoxical psychological phenomenon wherein hostages express empathy and have positive feelings towards their captors. These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, who essentially mistake a lack of abuse from their captors as an act of kindness.
What more accurate description can be used to describe the “Peace Process” and its activists today in Israel? For that matter, the world also in its unique relationship with radical Islam? Is it not PC to wear a “Kafiyeh” (Arab Head covering) and support your local extremist calling for the end of Israel, while the same extremists are against every basic human right and principle that most “enlightened” people stand for?
In Israel we watch as demands are presented by those whose only true wish is to bring about the death [demise] of the Jewish State, and we are berated both from outside and within when we protest the danger to our people.
In the world of “I told ya so”, we are also champs. Our neighbors spiral out of control, wending their ways into the hands of various “Brotherhoods” who share a cry and demand to rise against Israel. We gave up Sinai, our buffer, only to read - too late, now-that Egypt is opening the border to Gaza. Our Syrian buddy to the north (Assad) is called a coward for not fighting Israel over the Golan as he murders countless numbers of his own people. Jordan’s “ Palestinian” majority growls in wait of taking their rightful place at the helm on our eastern border.
The “wise ones” at State have finally decided and furthermore even stated publicly that they feel that Syria is no longer a viable “Partner for Peace”, and are surprised at the Abbas/Haniyeh embrace of love handles. They get the big “Duh” award!
Yes, this coming from many of the same people who decided to fund and equip Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, the Extreme Islamists in Libya and, let us not forget, our own little PLO/Hamas Army in Israel. I might have over-stepped myself in putting the PLO and Hamas together…they haven’t signed their little paper yet.
Euphoria is in the air… the possibility of attacking and defeating Israel seems closer than it’s been since way back when, in 1973. Even the locals are entranced and caught up in the melee, celebrating even as we mourned the senseless and evil slaughter of two parents and three children, guilty of being Jewish…the 4 month old baby’s crime: crying, deserving of being stabbed through the heart. Let us not forget open season on Jews making their own way to Joseph’s Grave in Shechem (Nablus).
As the truth of our neighbors’ intentions rear their ugly head, a small phalanx of Israeli “intellectual illuminati” call for the gallows from Tel Aviv in their support of a “Palestinian State”…. hmmm, intellectuals?
Wait! Hold your breath! Bibi has yet to speak!
So that’s where we stand right now…not a pretty picture I know, but that’s how it is. We should be thankful that at least we (at least those of us that have the ability to see and hear) are able to see what others have in mind for us. This may enable us to act, wisely, hopefully, Gd willing. If we are smart enough, maybe we can prevent the “bad” from happening.
Some have even called these events a Blessing in Disguise. The problem is, sometimes the disguise is too good.
So Stockholm syndrome is alive and well and living in Israel…for now, but not for much longer.
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I visited Hevron in November 2000 after the outbreak of the Rosh Hashanah War to see what could be done to assist in the face of the growing daily attacks on the community. After returning to work for the community in the summer of 2001, a bond and a love was forged that grows to this day. My wife Melody and I merited to be married at Ma'arat HaMachpela and now host visitors from throughout the world every Shabbat as well as during the week. Our goal, "Time to come Home!"