They tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat

“They tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat” is regarded as a fair summary of many of the Jewish festivals (although not, of course, the upcoming Rosh Hashanah).  This phrase also has a resonance in Israel’s short history. 

Benjamin Netanyahu has been able to make it quite clear that a fundamental problem derailing prior and present peace efforts has been the failure of  Palestinians and many Arab countries to accept Israel’s existence as the Jewish homeland.  This failure to accept Israel has been encouraged by the biased barrage of left-wing criticism of Israel. That the fundamental problem is NOT the settlements is obvious when one considers that the Arab countries attempted to destroy Israel prior to 1967 and any West Bank settlements. 

Michael Freund provides an eloquent reminder of this in an article about the wringing of hands many indulge in after Israel’s victory in the 6 Day War of 1967.  As Freund says, “They tried to kill us. We won. Get over it.”

Jewmongous also reminds of this in the song They tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat which, although focused on Pesach, has general applicability.

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