Israel Shamir. Pardes
In 1973, my dashing unit of the Red Berets was ferried by a chopper into the yellow East Desert of Egypt and landed some 101 km from Cairo. We were given orders to block the Cairo-Suez road, and for two decisive days we kept a few small hills opposite the mighty crags of Jabal Attaka, shooting off every advance by Egyptian tanks and commandos.
We were just one hundred men poorly equipped with outdated anti-tank weapons but the Egyptians thought we had at least division strength. We dug into those hills, finding protection in their yellow soil from powerful salvos of enemy fire; and emerged again when the cannons ceased fire to enable their infantry to flush us out. Eastward-roaring Egyptian tanks came under our fire and paused to renew the bombardment.
We clung to our hill, though we had no water and no time to bury dead comrades. It was hard enough to keep the hungry and scraggy desert dogs from feasting on their swollen purple corpses. Not one of us (with the possible exception of our commander) understood the logic behind our actions. 'Theirs was not to reason why' -- soldiers do not work on need-to-know basis. We just tried to do our job and survive. Only two days later, when the armoured columns of General Brenn reached us, we learned of the General Staff's plans to cut off the Egyptian Third Army on the East bank of Suez Canal, and to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Much later we learned of the man who made it all possible - Henry Kissinger, the Jewish U.S. Secretary of State who gave the green light and spread nuclear umbrella of protection over Israeli troops 1. He told a hesitant Golda Meir to break the Security Council-ordered cease-fire and to complete the encirclement. Then our modest action began to fit into a strategy.
In a similar way, a Jew rarely knows or understands what the Jews want from themselves and from bewildered mankind. This lack of understanding causes many fine men and women to proclaim their support (or opposition) to the body politic called 'the Jews'. Being born and raised a Jew does not help at all, just as belonging to the elite troops does not provide you with understanding of the General Staff's plans.
A person of little knowledge is described in the Jewish lore as 'tinok shenishba', 'a kidnapped child'. A kidnapped Jewish child has no knowledge of Jewish customs beyond knowing that he belongs to the Jews. Recently, Israeli President Moshe Katzav described non-religious Jews as 'kidnapped children', and even religious Jews have a very limited understanding of the Jewish plans to reorganise the world. Many Israelis vented their anger at Katzav's words, but he was right!
Our goal is to understand and explain what 'the Jews' want. This task will be a hard one, for the Jews have no obvious leaders who create a single strategy -- no headquarters or central command. It is difficult to accept that the Jews can have a strategy yet no strategist; the Protocols of the Elders of Zion are popular precisely because they posit such a supreme (if obscure) strategist. However, 'the locusts have no king, yet but they attack in formation' (Proverbs 30:27) -- and devastate whole countries as if by plan!
It is possible there are no (or almost no) Jews who fully understand what the Jews want. The term 'The Jews, ' as used in this article, is meant to denote a spiritual persona of higher rank, relating to individual Jews in the same way that the Catholic Church is related to an individual Catholic, or a beehive to a bee. There is no subjective personal guilt associated with individual Jews, unless their specific actions or inaction are criminal or sinful per se. Thus, this discourse should help an individual to decide whether he wants to be a Jew, or not, in the same way one may choose whether one wants to be a communist or a Quaker, for it is my deep conviction that to be or not to be a Jew is an act of free will.
1 US let Israel stretch 1973 truce - documents WASHINGTON, Oct 7 (Reuters) - The United States gave Israel the green light to keep fighting Egypt and Syria after the official time for a cease-fire in the war of October 1973 and even encouraged it to do so, according to U.S. government documents released on Tuesday. "You won't get violent protests from Washington if something happens during the night, while I'm flying," U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger told Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir at a meeting in Israel on the afternoon of Oct. 22, 1973, a few hours before the deadline for a U.N. cease-fire.
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