About Ari Bussel
In the series "Postcards from Israel,” Ari
Bussel and Norma Zager invite readers throughout the world to
join them as they present reports from Israel as seen by two
sets of eyes: Bussel’s on the ground, Zager’s counter-point from
home. Israel and the United States are inter-related - the two
countries we hold dearest to our hearts - and so is this "point
- counter-point” presentation that has, since 2008, become part
of our lives.
Slaughter of Israel
Would Stand By Israel
Well Coordinated Attack
& Speak Out
Bunch These Jewish People
They Burned Books
Indicators of Our Time
Candles of Darkness
December 1, 2009
Palestine, Stand Proud Israel
for Israel, But Why?
Blaming the Messenger
for Our Country, Fighting for our Lives
The Slaughter of Israel
June 11, 2010
"And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built the
altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him
on the altar, upon the wood.” -- Genesis XXII:9
"And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.”
-- Genesis XXII:10
And God tried Abraham and told him to take his son, his only one, whom he loved,
Isaac, to sacrifice him as an offering. Today, like in the times of Abraham, the
Jews are called to make a sacrifice of the thing they hold dearest to their
hearts and minds, that which defines their whole and complete being.
The Jews are called to sacrifice their State, Israel, on the altar of the "Two
State Solution” as an offering to the Palestinians who want nothing but their
Before I am stoned for blasphemy, I ask for your indulgence. If I do not make my
case clearly, then proceed, title me as you like, avoid my future writings, omit
me from within your midst, make me an outcast. But if what I say finds an ear, I
urge you to reassess, for the only way for us to survive would be to change
course, to return to the paradigm in which there is no Palestinian narrative.
We, the Jewish people throughout the Diaspora, once had a dream. We craved to
have our own State of Israel. We wanted to see the Temple that was twice
destroyed rebuilt in our lifetime. The return to the country of our forefathers
was part of our very being. Every holiday we ask to be blessed "for next year,
in Jerusalem.” Every prayer we say, we face toward Jerusalem. Even in our
deaths, we are buried facing Jerusalem.
This vision of rebirth had materialized in our lifetime, that of our parents and
grandparents. In 1948, we once again had a state in the Land of Israel. Some say
that our enemies, who were set at destroying us, understood after the 1948,
1956, 1967 and 1973 wars they could not defeat us militarily. They chose another
path by which to achieve the same result.
It was Arafat who turned from a terrorist to a "Statesman.” He did not really
change at all, remaining the terrorist to his very death. Yet he crafted a new
narrative, and did not hide what he was doing. He created a notion of a state,
that of a Palestine that belonged not to the Jews but to Amalek. He admitted his
people had no roots in the Land of Israel, and hated everything that smelled or
breathed a Jew, but this creation would serve his purpose.
Arafat, cleverly and skillfully borrowed Israel’s narrative and made it his own.
With his famous, twisted smile, he grabbed and made unholy everything he
touched. Arafat managed to change our mindset. He talked in his broken English
in one manner to the Western World, but he told the truth in Arabic to his
constituents and followers.
The world knew but preferred to listen to the melody, so sweet of fake honey.
Logic, reason and history played no part, no one was looking for accuracy, so
entangled we became in the web of lies and deceit. If it were only the world,
but Israel, too, fell into the trap.
The narrative of an ancient people, with a history and suffering, who were
singled out by the nations of the world and earmarked to suffer for their Sin of
Crucifixion, and doomed to be outsiders in whatever community they resided,
assumed a new inhabitant. Here too, Christianity will play a role, although as
the persecuted minority in Muslim lands.
In the leading role was Arafat’s new creation of the Palestinian People craving
for statehood with national aspirations to return to "their” holy land. Even the
Jewish "Right of Return” was used – it is the right of every Palestinian refugee
(notice how the name now assumed capitalization) to go back to his and her land,
to the homes they were forced to leave behind. An industry developed,
manufacturing keys to homes that never were. Ten of thousands of employees in a
huge bureaucracy are employed and waste billions to perpetuate the myth of
At some stage Jerusalem, the very essence and craving of every Jew, was stolen
from the Jewish People. Does anyone care those in charge of the Holy Places in
Islam never visited Jerusalem, not even once? Does it really make a difference
if Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Holy Book of the Muslims—not even once?
A savage would tear open the chest cavity of a wounded captive and with his bear
hands pull out the trembling heart, waving it for his comrades and followers to
see. The hands will be dripping of blood, and the person would be roaring with
joy. Arafat did exactly that with the very heart of Jewish existence, taking
ownership of a new-ancient capital called Jerusalem.
If the description of tearing a body is not to the liking of Western ears, mind
not. It is customary in the Middle East. In fact, these were the Muslim
Palestinians who used to torture Christian Lebanese (and some times victims of
their own religion) in the following manner: They would tie each limb of a
person they suspected of treason or wanted to use as a lesson to a different
horse or a different vehicle, pointing in four directions, to be torn off to the
cheers of the crowd in the square. They then let the body that was left without
four limbs lie there, bleeding to death, as a warning.
The Western media was sheltered from the scenes that were unsuitable for the
delicate taste of Western audiences. This trick has worked well. On Tuesday,
September 11th, 2001, the footage showing the Palestinians celebrating in the
streets soon disappeared, the reporters and stations threatened. It simply did
not fit the narrative of peace-loving (American-hating) people.
A year earlier, on October 12, 2000, two reservists soldiers were lynched in
Ramallah. To the cheers and chants of the crowd, the men were beaten almost to
death then thrown to the ground floor where the beating continued. Those doing
the beating savagely waved bloodied hands in victory and cheered. The whole
lynching was broadcast live to the world.
Mr. Riccardo Cristiano, the representative of the Italian state television that
broadcasted the celebratory lynch, had to quickly withdraw the footage. He
declared in a letter "he had acted according to the Palestinian Authority’s
working rules for journalists.” His letter implied that he would never again
film events liable to cast a negative light on the PA.
More recently, footage of Israeli elite commando unit who were lynched as they
boarded the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish "humanitarian” mission to end the blockade
on Gaza, was damaging to Turkey. Several pictures had to be doctored to remove
knives from the hands of the "peace activists” holding them. A cast of doubt was
placed over the footage so as to confuse the perpetrators and the victims.
The Palestinian Teflon Cover manages to protect it from any wrongdoing and
deflect any criticism. Nothing sticks to it. Inside though, the Palestinian
narrative is made of magical crazy glue. It holds so strong that the narrative
became an inseparable part of our very own thinking.
There is a new buzzword by the pro-Israel crowd: Israel is being delegitimized.
"We must change our thinking paradigm. We must first resolve the Palestinian
issue,” experts tell us.
Imagine how strong is the hold on us. So strong in fact, that even in the face
of an indisputable act of terror against the Jewish State, we cannot separate
ourselves from the narrative. It is not "our right to exist and defend our
selves.” It is also not the brutality and savagery of those who intended to
inflict harm at any cost. Rather, "we must reach a solution as soon as
possible.” Then, all our troubles will go away, gone with a flicker of a magic
Imagine a home-invasion robbery. The robbers rape your daughter in front of your
very eyes and butcher your son. Luckily a neighbor was suspicious and called the
police. The police arrived in time to save your wife and you. Following the
rescue, you were evacuated to a nearby hospital. The Media, though, blames you
for all that happened and a new witch-hunt ensues, one in which the robbers are
glorified as saints and your wife and you as the barbaric savages.
Alas, our enemies do not want peace. They want to destroy us. This is not the
story of Abraham, willing to sacrifice his only son to God. Here our enemies who
want our destruction managed to hypnotize us so skillfully that we bring our
very essence, our heart which is still pumping blood, ensuring oxygen supply to
the brain and to all the body parts, to be offered on the Altar of Evil to the
There is nothing good in the Palestinian proposals. For those who doubt, take a
few moments to read the Hamas Charter, look at any map of any Palestinian
organization – Fatah, Hamas, and the plethora of other terrorist organizations –
or open any textbook, view any TV series, listen to songs over the radio or the
internet or visit the main squares or the school playgrounds.
The "Palestinians” are breathing and breeding hatred toward the Jews. There is
only one solution, the Final Solution, and that is to exterminate the Jews
wherever and everywhere they are.
So how is it that we, of our own doings, bring Israel to the Altar?
We are responsible for our actions. Despite the fact that we are hypnotized, we
will not escape the results of our own doing. Arafat, the terrorist whose mantra
was to kidnap the innocent in order to inflict fear and terror, who had no value
to human life, managed the most successful hijacking in modern history.
A whole people as one now talk about Palestine, the Palestinian Capital of
Jerusalem and their dream to return to their fatherland that must be rid of
Let there be no mistake, as we walk Israel to the Alter of Evil, we are not
doing God’s work; we are perverting it. We are about to sacrifice God our Lord
on this altar.
A change of narrative is needed – we must return to our own Holy Book, the
Bible. Isaac lived a hundred and eighty years, and he died and was gathered to
his people, old and full of days. In Genesis XXXI:27 we are told Isaac lived in
"Mamre, Kiryat HaArba which is Hebron.” Hebron according to the Palestinian
narrative is part of Occupied-Occupied lands by the brutal Zionists. But note:
It is the same Hebron in our Judea and Samaria where our forefathers lived.
These cannot be two sides of the same coin.
May Israel continue to thrive, strong and everlasting. May this period in our
lives be remembered for all times as the test we overcame and in which we
prevailed. May we know not to sacrifice all that is dear to us on a false Alter