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.
Audacity of Being
Ands & Buts
Middle East Mirage
Absurdity of Existence
War: Outside the Walls of the Temple Mount
Holy War: The Al Aqsa Mosque on Temple Mount
Delegitimization from Within
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
Israel’s Audacity of Being
October 5, 2010
My heart is aching. I am hurting. It feels like an elephant is standing on my
chest, a belt tightening or two hands gripping my neck forcefully. My lungs
constrict, air is unable to pass through to the millions of nodes and from there
to the brain. I am suffocating.
"Relax. Control yourself,” I tell my brain, but the feeling remains, chocking
Inside my body, circulating in the blood, are trillions of tiny bubbles, all
threatening to explode. The pressure has been building for some time, and there
is no escape.
In the series 24, the good guys always seem to escape at the very last
minute, almost completely unharmed, miraculously recovering from the torture of
the previous scene. In superhero movies, Superman or Batman always comes to the
rescue. But in real life, we must count only on ourselves.
As I look at Israel, I feel the very same feeling of suffocation. How long will
she continue sliding this slippery slope with nothing to hang to as she
accelerates into the abyss?
Watching the Harry Potter movies, we know that good will prevail. This, however,
does not stop us from cringing every time Harry, Hermione and Ron are in deathly
peril, and from pronouncing a sigh of relief whenever the skies turn blue and we
seem safe again.
To watch Israel, though, is a terrifying experience. Our body aches and yet we
cannot make her understand her ways are fault. It is like watching an anorexic
son or daughter struggling to stay afloat. Even worse, it is watching a spouse
or a parent suffering from an illness that is either not diagnosable or its cure
as yet unknown.
American President Obama is determined to bring peace to the region. All he
needs is the declaratory relief "I brought about the peace that has eluded all
previous American Presidents!” That will elevate him to new heights, a feeling
not yet felt.
Present Obama does not really need another Nobel Prize – he already won one
although few understand for what achievement. The only triumph to-date is his
pronunciation of "Change” and "Hope” for which he already won the White House
and entry into the pages of history as the originator of the two words that have
brought down the United State of America.
Similar to the Health Care reform, the President will stop at nothing to win
"Peace,” irrespective of the distance of that achievement from any semblance of
a true peace. Israel has been given a very short window of opportunity before
she will feel the full strength and iron will of Obama – he is currently
distracted by the upcoming mid-term elections, so he is not pressing so hard –
until the first Wednesday in November.
Israel has imposed a self-moratorium on construction in Judea and Samaria. The
pregnancy complete, the child was born healthy on the 26th of September, 2010,
welcomed into the world with the Palestinians’ demand he be immediately
murdered: There must be no construction, else there will be no resumption of
direct talks. They are indeed eager for peace – just throw out the baby with the
The Israelis even had the audacity to demand from the Palestinians recognition
as a Jewish country (what a racist, bigoted idea!) and offered to continue the
freeze if President Obama releases Jonathan Pollard (just imagine, betraying
your own friends and asking for forgiveness).
What great Chutzpa and utter nonsense – these Israelis forgot who they are and
at whose mercy they exist. Jerusalem is Palestine’s eternal capital, and Israel,
from the Mediterranean to the Jordan River and beyond, is Palestine.
Construction anywhere in this land must be prohibited, for it is not the
Israelis’. They are The Occupier, soon to be defeated, crashed and thrown away.
It seems that not only the Palestinians and the World at large believe this
nonsense – Israel, too, fell into the trap of Middle Eastern fairy tales and
behaves as if she has no claim to the land. I do not know if it is strictly
arrogance displayed by Israelis, but I am astonished anew every time.
Israelis themselves are able and willing participants, and so they truly must
give up, stop with the nonsense and yield, raise their hands in surrender and
march to the new death camps, to the crematoriums singing their anthem, "The
Hope” ("Peace in our Lifetime”). Done, finished, throw away this experiment
called the Jewish State – you do not believe in it any way, so why bother?
Israel’s Environmental Protection Minister Erdan along with IDF representatives
and the media will tour the site of planned Palestinian city of Rawabi, which is
designated to house 40,000 residents in 6,000 units. The first residents are due
to move in into their units in 2013. They may even be incentivized to move in,
with no charges imposed on them for these units.
No Jewish construction, only Palestinian ones allowed and promoted by Israel.
What is wrong with this picture?
While camouflaged as a tour to "inspect the measures that will be taken to
prevent environmental damage – water and ground pollution, illegal dumping
sites, etc.,” it is the pinnacle of capitulation to the Palestinians.
Defense Minister Barak, the true ruler of Judea and Samaria and his boss, Prime
Minister Netanyahu, must join the tour. For that the US President might fly in
to bring the full weight of America to the songs of the defeated – no, Israelis
are not going to lament that which is apparently not theirs – and the joyous
shouts of the Palestinians. What an achievement that would be – gone with the
Jews, throw away the American Jewry along the way, they control too much of the
media, the banking and other elements of beloved America.
Israel should earmark now one billion shekels, a number that will at least
generate some interest, for immediate construction throughout Jerusalem – from
East to West – and Judea and Samaria. Teams of bureaucrats from all relevant
ministries must be made available to expedite building applications and ensure
all red tape is erased, at least temporarily. Readily available are all those
highly paid "negotiators” from Likud and Kadima and the various ministries that
are engaged in much of the same for already 18 years.
Instead of supporting new Palestinian cities for tens of thousands of enemies,
Israelis must embark on new cities for Jews in the Jewish State of Israel,
particularly in Judea and Samaria, those areas from which the defiled and hated
word "JEW” came into being.
How about taking care of 40,000 Israelis, those who believe in the God of
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Moses and Aaron, David and Solomon, who serve in the
Israel Defense Forces and are constructive members of Israeli society? [Yes,
they wear yarmulkas and are otherwise known as "religious right,” "modern
orthodox” or the most vilified word in today’s lexicon, the dreaded word
Why advance the goals of the enemy rather than your own – UNLESS you believe the
enemy is correct and has the greater right over this land (possibly the only
right)? Maybe the reason Israel is not fighting any more should be interpreted
as Israel’s admission and recognition in the rights of the Palestinians to
destroy the Jewish State?
Our cries to Israel to Wake Up are unheeded – possibly she does not want to wake
up? Is it even possible that Israel has already capitulated and it is only a
question of time before her total elimination?
It is not for me to answer. Israelis must think very carefully before they do
anything else. At the very least they need to have the courage to admit: If
Judea and Samaria are not rightfully theirs Israel must disengage and leave. She
better do it right away. But be warned: first Judea and Samaria, then the rest
of Israel. Give away Jerusalem and you allow the enemy to stab the body Israel
right at the heart.
It will hurt no more. The body will be dead, even if it would appear to be
quivering for a few moments longer.
I am still gasping for breath. Israel has no will to survive.