I don’t normally open my email until I’ve written my ‘piece’ for the day – which means that I often don’t get to my emails until MUCH later than I would like. But today, I made an exception. Mostly because there was a certain person that I hadn’t heard from and was wondering if that person wrote me back. (hint! hint!)
Anyway, Yossi wrote me and provided me with today’s post, and I am really sorry to have to post it. Let me allow him to start it out:
IÂ tried to attendÂ a good friend’s wedding last night; Khina was getting married in an Israeli Arab Muslim town called Kfar Yesif (near Acco). I got there a bit early and went to the bathroom. Five waiters followed me into the bathroom and tried to attack me. When I got out of the bathroom, the manager joined the attack. He said that since I’m a Jew, they can do anything they want to me, at which point 30 or 40 waiters started laughing and calling meÂ [—–]Â in Arabic. I took a photo of him with my digital camera, which he tried to steal and break, and punch me and capture me etc. Good thing I can handle myself in a physical fight when I have enough adrenaline.Â
Yossi can take care of himself, but the problem is that he is not well – which may be one of the reasons why they felt that they could attack him with impunity. But, before I go on, I’ll allow Yossi to finish his email to me:
The only decent people seemed to be the investigator, the Arab cab driver who had taken me to the celebration Hall to begin with, and the Druze people from the Pki’in where I had stopped off to learn about Druze herbal loreÂ up until I went to the wedding.
Why am IÂ talking about Yossi’s email here?Â Because, there is a lesson to be learned here -Â a lesson that Israel has learned the hard way.
Yossi is not in good health.Â I won’t go into his illness, but the Arab waitersÂ in Kfar Yesif undoubtedly saw Yossi as someoneÂ that they could attack with impunity. They undoubtedly saw him as someone who was weak. Just as undoubtedly, they saw an opportunity to hurt, to maim – and maybe even to kill.
At the same time, theÂ United StatesÂ congress is draftingÂ bill after bill to force the President of the UnitedÂ States to bring home American soldiers from Iraq. This is one of the deadliest bits of foolishness that I’ve seen in a long time.Â God forbid that the SenateÂ and the Congress be successful, because that will be the clearest sign to the Muslims that America is ‘easy meat’.
Even if you oppose this war. Even if you thought that it was started for the wrong reasons. Even if you believe that it is being mismanaged. Even if…
Whatever ‘Even If’ you have, the US MUST win this war if they want toÂ live in security. InÂ theÂ Middle East, weakness is an invitation to war.
Israel learned this the hard way, more than a hundred years ago.Â My friend Yossi hadÂ a first-hand experience of it last night. IÂ fear that the US willÂ have many harsh years of ‘learning’ this in the years to come.Â