From the rebellion against Rome to the U.S.-Israel, nothing changed (by Yishay Kimmelman)
Those are days of self-reflection.
A painful reminded to the consequences of the fools who thought to go against Rome, arrogance for which hundreds of thousands paid with their lives. History, as usual, rhymes. Alongside the domestic self-destruction, take a look at the way fanatics are not overlooking the foreign aspects, especially the U.S.-Israel relations.
Israel's alliance with the United States - decades of efforts led to a global-power support over half a century, probably the most important component in Israel's security, prosperity, and free society.
3.8 billion dollar, every year, to purchase the most advances capabilities that allows us to defend ourselves and avoid innocent casualties; support on the global stage without which we are a pariah state; our neighbors' perception that Israel is a bridge to Washington, leading them to strengthen ties with us; and mostly - our enemies understanding that any escalation would have the U.S. involved, during and after. Not to mention the issues that cannot be brought up in this public platform. Naturally the U.S. has interest in the relations too, but Israel is over proportionally on the receiving end.
Destroying all that is suicidal.
Sceptics may say - "but the progressives" etc. - or would mention the Pivot to Asia and the changing priorities. Even if that's true, those are long-term trends that take decades. The fanatic-led government policies are a one-way street to a confrontation with the U.S. administration, leading to the quick loss of all the above.
History will judge the destroyers of the special relations with the most important global power. It is even worse, more childish, than the rebellion against Rome, as unlike Rome the power supports Israel - and we spit in their face.
After the domestic destruction and division domestically, the arsonists do not stop until they make sure all is set for hermetic chaos. Whether we like it or not, we don't have the privilege to cut ties, or even shrink, the partnership with the United States. The challenges are enormous, and the U.S.' support is more needed than ever.
How unaware one must be, both historically and geopolitically, to mourn during the three weeks and fast on Tisha Be'Av, while simultaneously believe in the processes leading to domestic destruction and the annihilation of the U.S.-Israel relation.
Two thousand years ago, we learned the price of rebellion against an empire. Jewish Religious zealots destroyed the second temple. The zealots are consistent, about to destroy the Jewish home for a second time. Those are not pompous empty words, but a concrete - and terrifying - reality.