Comment: A member of the family of nations (JERUSALEM POST) By DAVID BRINN 12/05/10)
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Is there a silver lining in the national disaster that’s taking place
in the North?
The willingness of our global neighbors – near like Jordan, Egypt and
the Palestinian Authority; regional like Greece, Cyprus and Turkey;
and those as far as Russia, Bulgaria, France, Italy, England and the
US – to send supplies and forces to help our country in its hour of
need is a heartwarming eye-opener.
On the one hand, there shouldn’t be any surprise at the offers of
aid - it’s a natural reaction that should be taken for granted. Human
life is in danger, so you help, regardless of your geopolitical
On the other hand, we’ve been conditioned over the years to be
paranoid. The world is against us, and if a government utters a pro-
Palestinian statement, it means they’re either at best anti-Semitic
or at worst seeking Israel’s destruction.
An example of our national obsession with connecting everything to
the Israeli- Palestinian conflict was the unfounded rumors that
spread almost as fast as the flames that the fire was the result of
arson perpetrated by everyone from al-Qaida to Hamas.
Those suspicious pro-Israel advocates who see an enemy around every
corner must have been shocked that such “cold peace” friends like
Egypt and Turkey have done the right thing and mobilized for a
neighbor. Even the Palestinian Authority, our closest neighbors and
those whom we are most at odds with, sent fire trucks to Taibe and
Barta’a, two Arab villages in the Galilee. It’s almost as satisfying
as recognizing Israel as the Jewish homeland.
Listening to reports of firefighters from Bulgaria and Greece
standing shoulder to shoulder with our exhausted men, barely unable
to communicate beyond a shared goal of containing the killer blaze,
was indeed an example of the spirit of the global community in
practice, not just in theory.
It’s a clear illustration – far beyond Israel’s participation in the
Olympics or in the Eurovision song contest – that, despite the bitter
divide over the future of the land we are destined to share with the
Palestinians, we are an accepted member of the family of nations.
It’s too bad it took such a monumental tragedy for that to be
revealed. (© 1995 - 2010 The Jerusalem Post. 12/05/10)
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