(Submitted by Hilary Abrahamson)
From: kenan [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Subject: This is very inspiring!!!
Excerpts from a friend in Israel ....thought you would find this of
I am not the least afraid to go any place, by bus or to a mall. I didn't
change or stop doing Anything I used to do before this mess began! People tend to forget that twice the casualties from terror get killed on the
roads! More people still die from heart attack, cancer, and other things;
they just don't show them on TV.
Don't misunderstand me, there is a war going on, it's not pleasant, but
lets face it.. WE HAVE NEVER BEEN BETTER!!!! It's only TV and media that make people think it's the end of the world coming.
Only 60 years ago!! They were leading Jews to their death like sheep to
No country, no army. 55 years ago!!
Seven Arab countries declared war on the small Jewish state, only a few
hours old!! We were then 650,000 Jews! Against the rest of the Arab world!
No IDF, no mighty air force, just tough people with nowhere to go
(Lebanon,Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, attacked all at
once). The country the U.N. "gave us" was 65 % desert. The country
started from scratch! 35 years ago!! We fought the three strongest armies
in the Middle East, and wiped them out in six days. We fought against
different coalitions of Arab countries, with modern armies, and masses of
Russian soviet weapons, and still won!!!
We have today a country, and an army, and a strong air force, and hi-tech
economy, exporting millions, Intel-Microsoft-IBM develop their stuff
here,our doctors win world prizes for medical developments, we made the
desert flourish, selling oranges and vegetables to the world.
Israel has sent its own satellite!! In space (three satellites all
together!!), we sit proudly with the U.S. (250 million people), Russia
(200 million people!),China (1.1 billion), the Europeans --
France-England-Germany (350 million), as the only countries in the world
to shoot something into space!!
Israel is today in the world nuclear power family with USA, Russia, China,
India, France, and England. (We don't admit it, but every one knows...) To
think that only 60 years ago, we were led, shameful, with no hope, to our
We crawled out of the burning ashes of Europe, we won our wars here with
less than nothing in our hands, we built an "empire" out of nothing. Who
the hell is Mr. Arafat to make me scared? Terrified? You make me laugh!
Passover was last month, let's not forget what the story is all about. We
overcame Pharaoh, we overcame the Greeks, the Romans, the inquisition in Spain, we overcame the pogroms in Russia, we overcame Hitler, the Germans, the Holocaust, we overcame seven other Arab countries at once, we overcame Saddam. Take it easy, folks, we will overcome these ones too.
No matter at what part of human history you try! to think of, for us, the
Jewish people, our situation has never been better!!! So let's lift our
heads high, and remember: any nation or culture that tried to mess around
with us was destroyed to the ground - while we kept going!!! Egypt?
Anyone know where their empire disappeared to? The Greeks? Alexander of Macedonia? The Romans? Anyone today speak Latin? The Third Reich? Anyone heard any news about it lately?
And look at us, the nation from the Bible, from slavery in Egypt we are
still here, speaking the same language!! Right here, right now. The Arabs
don't know it yet, but they will learn there is one God. As long as we
kee our identity, we are eternal.
So, sorry for not worrying, bitching, crying, or being scared, things are
going o.k. here. They surely can go better, but still, don't fall for the
media junk, they won't tell you that there are festivals going on, people
keep on living, going out, seeing friends. Yes, our morale is low, so
It's only because we weep for our dead while they enjoy the blood
(and this is the same reason why, we will win, after all).
You can forward this e-mail (if you choose) to the whole of the Jewish
community in the United States, and the world. They are part of our
strength and it might help some of them to keep their head up high. ; tell
them there is nothing to worry about. Tell them to think BIG and to see
the whole picture.
"See you next year in Jerusalem."