The state of Israel was reestablished in 1948 to end the Jewish nation's 2000 years homelessness.
From the time the Romans expelled the Jews from their homeland, Judea, in 70AD, to be scattered all over the world they were vagabonds. They lived in hosting countries, as a marginal, fringe society, at most times lacking equality with the rest of the country's citizenry. The Jews often found themselves expelled from a country where they have established a fully functioning community presence. During those years, Jews suffered religion and ethnic oppression and prejudice, anti-Semitism, persecutions and mass murder, the last one the devastating Holocaust. After 6 Million Jews were systematically murdered by Nazi Germany, the world, rather reluctantly, had done the Jews a favor and voted in favor of allowing them to return home, to the Land of Israel and Judea.
That sense of guilt, after causing the Jews the worst atrocity in the history of the world to have been perpetrated on human beings, from which people and nations may have suffered – or have pretended to have suffered from - did not last very long.
These days anti-Israel and anti-Semitism is becoming rampant of campuses. Without the right tools Jewish students are at disadvantage when entering college. Here is where SWU steps in to educate, through conferences, social media and speaker's programs.
This week, at the Century Plaza Hotel, in Los Angeles, 1,200 donors and supporting guests gathered to partake in StandWithUs – an organization not for profit - annual fund raising gala, 'Festival of Lights,' celebrating the organization's 12 years - Bat Mitzvah – achievements. (https://www.standwithus.com/)
Stephens, as always brilliant, in his low key but profound speech delivery style, has left the audience with food for thought second to none. His speech was centered on the nuclear Iran threat to the entire world and in particularly Israel. He compared the interim agreement, the USA, EU, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany (the P5+1) have just signed with Iran to the situation the South African apartheid regime found itself years ago.
Sanctions eliminated the South African apartheid AND dismantled its nuclear program. Sanctions on Iran must increase till Iran clearly understands that their sweet talk and deceitful modus operandi will not help them to keep their nuclear program.
"Israel suffers from phony friends", Bret says. "Friendship does not come free and it has its benefits. It maybe unfashionable to stand with Israel but to be unpopular and unfashionable means to stand for the truth and that means to stand with Israel." I am afraid for Israel like I have never been before and being courageous is to overcome one's fears," says Bret.
Bret's explanation of the meaning of the state of Israel and the people who advocate for her, just like SWU, left no room for misunderstanding.
"The reason we support Israel is not because it is good; Israel is good and will always be good. That is not why we support Israel. You do not support a country based on its performance, because, sometimes, that performance will fail. Israel is a country that consists of human beings.
"We support Israel because it is OURS!
"The state of Israel did not come into existence to showcase Jewish vulnerability and Jewish victimhood. The state of Israel exists to end Jewish vulnerability and Jewish victimhood."
And that is the junction where Bret Stephens, StandWithUS and every supporter of Israel meet to strengthen the Jewish state and the Jewish nation for whom the state of Israel serves as the nation state.
And to that, as they say, Yishar Ko'ach!
The world's nations have a moral obligation to defend the Jewish nation they have mistreated for so long. Above it, all Jews must have the moral obligation and the desire to defend Israel and the Jewish people. We may not win the war but we will not lose it either.
I, for one, am in awe to be a Jew!