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"I Am a Jew"

The following beautiful message written by Dan Sporn, an Israeli, around the time of Israel's 60th Independence Day Celebration --makes us all better understand why we are all part of the millennial chain of tradition and history of the Jewish people.


Our condition in Israel has never been better than it is now! Only the television and the media make people think that the end of the world is near.

Only 65 years ago, we Jews were brought to death like sheep to slaughter. NO country, NO army...

Only 60 years ago, seven Arab countries declared war on little Israel, the Jewish State, just a few hours after it was established. We were 650,000 Jews against the rest of the Arab world. No IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) or Air Force. We were only a small group of stubborn people with nowhere to go.

Remember Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Libya, and Saudi Arabia?  They all attacked at once. The state that the United Nations "gave" us was 65% desert. We started from zero!

Only 41 years ago, we fought three of the strongest countries in the Middle East...and we crushed them in the Six Day War.

Over the years, we fought different coalitions of Arab countries with modern armies and huge amounts of Russian-Soviet ammunition, and we still won.

Today we have a beautiful country, a powerful army, a strong air force, and a thriving high tech industry -- Intel, Microsoft, and I.B.M. all develop their businesses here.

Our doctors have won important prizes in the medical development field...

We turn desert into prosperous land...

We sell oranges, flowers, and vegetables around the world...

We launched our own satellite...in fact, three satellites at once! We are in good company -- together with the USA (280 million residents), Russia (220 million residents), China (1.3 billion residents) and Europe ( France , England and Germany – 350 million residents). We are one of the only countries in the world that has launched something into space!!

Israel today is among the few powerful countries that have nuclear technology & capabilities. (We will never admit it, but everyone knows it.)

To think that only 65 years ago we were disgraced and hopeless!

We crawled out from the burning crematoriums of Europe. We won in all our wars with just a little bit of nothing and we built an empire from zero!

Who are Khaled Mashal (leader of Hamas) or Hassan Nasrallah (leader of Hezbollah) to try and frighten us? They just amuse us.

As we celebrate Independence Day, let's not forget what this holy day is all about: We overcame everything!!

We overcame the Greeks, the Romans, the Spanish Inquisition, the Russian pogroms, Hitler, Germany...and we even overcame the Holocaust and the armies of seven countries!

And relax, chaverai (friends), we will also overcome our current enemies.

Never mind where you look in human history. Think about it, the Jewish nation and our condition have never been better than now!

So let's lift our heads up and remember...

Never mind which country or culture tries to harm us or erase us from the world. We will still exist and persevere.

Egypt? Anyone know where the Egyptian empire disappeared to?!

The Greeks? Alexander of Macedon? The Romans? Is anyone speaking Latin today?!

The Third Reich? Did anyone hear news from them lately?

And look at us -- the Bible nation -- from slavery in Egypt we are still here and still speaking the same language! Exactly here, exactly now!

Maybe The Arabs don't know it yet, but we are an eternal nation. All the time that we keep our identity, we will stay eternal.

So...sorry that we are not worrying, complaining, crying, or fearing.

Business here is beseder (fine). It could definitely be better, but it is still fine.

Don't pay attention to the nonsense in the media.  They will not tell you about our festivals here in Israel or about the people that continue living, going out, and meeting friends.

Yes, sometimes morale is down...but so what? This is only because we are mourning the dead while they are celebrating spilled blood. And this is the reason we will win in the end, after all.

So be proud to say: "I AM A JEW"!!



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