According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a paradox is “something that is made up of two opposite things and that seems impossible but is actually true or possible.”
Israel is a paradox.
On the one hand, it is a literal testament to blood (wars, intifadas, terrorism), sweat (limited water supply, two-thirds of the land was desert and barren hills) and tears (citizens blown up on buses, seniors killed in rocket attacks, children murdered in classrooms).
On the other hand, Israel has absorbed and settled millions of immigrants, is one of the largest exporters of fruits and flowers, has revived a centuries-old language, ranks third in the world in the number of university graduates per capita, has produced numerous Nobel Prize winners, has the highest per-capita number of scientists in the world and its high-tech industry is second only to California’s Silicon Valley.
Despite her remarkable progress and continuing attempts to make peace with her neighbors, Israel is still the only country that not only must consistently defend to the international community of nations her right just to exist, but it is the only nation actually threatened with extinction by other countries, most notably Iran.
Terrorists’ rockets rain down on Israeli citizens regularly. According to reports, since Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, more than 11,000 rockets have been fired into that country by terrorists. Hundreds of thousands of Israelis have less than 60 seconds to find shelter after a rocket is launched from Gaza.
As Israel can pinpoint the source of the rockets fired against her, it launches retaliatory strikes. However, Israel warns the residents in the targeted areas via leaflets, phone calls and electronic notifications of the impending strikes. Generally speaking, the terrorists, to generate maximum anti-Israeli press coverage, deliberately use densely populated areas as launch sites. Furthermore, Israeli soldiers wear uniforms, terrorists do not; consequently, any terrorist operative, absent a uniform, can be labeled a “civilian casualty.”
While statistics are seldom heartwarming and generally fail to convey to those reading them the pain, anguish and sense of loss experienced by the survivors, they do serve a purpose. Used correctly, they can inform the reader of certain pertinent facts.
For example, stats show that the total reported Israeli casualties from terrorist attacks between 1948 and 2014 are 3,816 killed and 15,220 injured. (These figures include terrorists.) However, what the statistics almost always fail to show is the reverse stat. For instance, last year 180,000 Palestinian citizens entered Israel to receive medical treatment; more than 3,000 were emergency patients.
Additionally, unknown to most people, Israel has something else working along its borders with those people who are sworn to its destruction. Headline: “IDF allows first peek into secret Golan Heights field hospital.”
Officials confirm that due to the growing number of injured Syrians arriving at Israel’s border, a military field hospital was built on an IDF outpost. Thus far, the facility has treated more than 700 Syrians, and the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) has also established a field hospital to treat wounded Palestinians at the Erez border crossing north of Gaza City.
In addition to the above, Israel has allowed over a thousand tons of cement and other building materials, food, fuel, medical and survival supplies and other humanitarian goods to move through checkpoints into Gaza. This despite the fact that tons of cement and building materials were used to construct tunnels specifically for the destruction of Israel and killing of Jews.
All propaganda aside, no one seems willing to comment on the fact that more than a million Arabs (Palestinians, if you will) live, work, vote and serve in the government of Israel proper.
Consider: Six million Jews are living “across the fence” from approximately 4.5 million people sworn to their destruction. While they must stay constantly alert for suicide bombers in their restaurants, on their buses and in their schools and be prepared to run for cover at a moment’s notice, they live and work side-by-side with 1.5 million Arabs on a day-to-day basis.
What was that definition of paradox again? “Something that is made up of two opposite things and that seems impossible but is actually true or possible.”