In the wake of the terror attack in a synagogue on Jerusalem, where Jews have been slaughtered during morning prayers, what will be the reaction of the State of Israel? Ze’ev Jabotinsky
is the ideological forefather of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party – and he was a Zionist leader and author who spoke of the necessary response to attacks upon Jews:
“We were not created in order to teach morals and manners to our enemies. Let them learn these things for themselves. We want to hit back at anybody who harms us. Whoever does not repay a blow by a blow is also incapable of repaying a good deed in kind.” The Latin proverb says “of two evils choose the lesser.”
“When we are in a position where – through no fault of our own– physical force dominates, only one question can be asked: what is worse? To continue watching Jews being killed and the conviction grows that our lives our cheap, and among the whole world that we are spineless?…the blackest of all characteristics is the tradition of the cheapness of Jewish blood, on the shedding of which there is no prohibition and for which you do not pay.”
“It is always aimed at us, and we must respond. We must end this abuse of ourselves, at all costs. And it is very easy. They spit in our faces without fear, ‘in passing’, for no reason – not because our insulters are blessed with courage and want to pick a fight with us, but because this pleasure is so cheap for them: they will spit at us and go on their way, and nothing will happen. We must accustom them to the thought that from now on this pleasure will come at a hefty cost.”
“A new commandment must enter our hearts: that even where there is only one Jew, the word ‘Zhid’ must not be heard without response. Wise people will come and try to dissuade us – But it is not our purpose to win in every single incident. Our objective – to create about us the belief that a slur on our national feelings is no longer what it once was, a small diversion free of cost – but will rather, with an absolute certainty and a mathematical precision, result in a sharp and unpleasant confrontation.”
These quotes from Ze’ev Jabotinsky could have been spoken today rather than over 100 years ago – and as Israel’s Prime Minister vowed today a heavy price must be paid by those who committed this act of terror. In today’s world, there are terrorists who celebrate death and violence and killing – and people who simply wish to live in peace. Unfortunately, to live in peace and quiet sometimes requires guns and weapons – and the Israel Defense Forces must – and will – act to protect there innocent from the barbarians who celebrate death and killing.
Reprinted with author’s permission.