Around the World without ever leaving Zion Jerusalem


Yup, I’m a Christian Zionist. As such I grow weary of all the hate-propaganda spewed against Israel and Jews. It’s high time you get a glimpse of the great things that are in Israel that seems overlapped by the hate-Israel crowd.

 

Ari Bussel takes us on a tour trip of Israel that should make Christians and Jews yearn to visit the Holy Land of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (and not the land of Ishmael or religion-hating Marxists). Since I am more Gentile than Zionist, I added some links that brought me up to date on understanding. Enjoy the read.

 

Ari included a huge amount of photos in this submission of which I will post some (sorry –  not all) at the end of the tour of Israel.

 

JRH 10/6/17

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Around the World without ever leaving Zion Jerusalem

 

By Ari Bussel

Sent October 4, 2017 11:07 PM

 

Dear Friends,

 

Every time a foreign journalist arrives Israel, he or she ascends to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem, to get the official Press ID Card.

 

For an entire decade, upon my arrival to Israel, I would do exactly that.  I never wandered a bit farther than my destination.  I particularly avoided the shopping center next to the Government Press Office building, a clear “destination” for locals.

 

And yet, just around the hill (for Jerusalem is a City on the Hills), is a world unto its own, an oasis “hidden” in the valley, nestled among the hills.

 

There the world is gathered, and the Bible comes alive.

 

Much like in Noah’s time that the animals gathered in twos, entire species so they do not get extinct, so nowadays in the Holy City of Jerusalem.

 

And so it is told in Genesis 7:

 

 

יג  בְּעֶצֶם הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה בָּא נֹחַ, וְשֵׁם-וְחָם וָיֶפֶת בְּנֵי-נֹחַ; וְאֵשֶׁת נֹחַ, וּשְׁלֹשֶׁת נְשֵׁי-בָנָיו אִתָּם–אֶל-הַתֵּבָה.

13 In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;

יד  הֵמָּה וְכָל-הַחַיָּה לְמִינָהּ, וְכָל-הַבְּהֵמָה לְמִינָהּ, וְכָל-הָרֶמֶשׂ הָרֹמֵשׂ עַל-הָאָרֶץ, לְמִינֵהוּ; וְכָל-הָעוֹף לְמִינֵהוּ, כֹּל צִפּוֹר כָּל-כָּנָף.

14 they, and every beast after its kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after its kind, and every fowl after its kind, every bird of every sort.

טו  וַיָּבֹאוּ אֶל-נֹחַ, אֶל-הַתֵּבָה, שְׁנַיִם שְׁנַיִם מִכָּל-הַבָּשָׂר, אֲשֶׁר-בּוֹ רוּחַ חַיִּים.

15 And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh wherein is the breath of life.

טז  וְהַבָּאִים, זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה מִכָּל-בָּשָׂר בָּאוּ, כַּאֲשֶׁר צִוָּה אֹתוֹ, אֱלֹהִים; וַיִּסְגֹּר יְהוָה, בַּעֲדוֹ.

16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God commanded him; and the LORD shut him in.

 

Visitors to Israel

 

The best kept secret of the State of Israel is likely not its nuclear arsenal, as this is always reported by “foreign sources.”  Nor is it the ingenuity, creativity and innovation of the Jewish mind, for Israel has long been known as “Startup Nation.”  There are other well-kept-secrets, but these are all publicly discussed and the global rumor mill around them works non-stop.

 

Christian pilgrims arrive in droves to Israel to Walk in the Footsteps of Jesus.

 

Jews arrive here to celebrate a Bar/Bat-Mitzva (reaching adulthood ceremony for boys/girls), to visit family and friends and to witness the miracle of their homeland.  The holiest place in Judaism is the Temple Mount and its visible Western Wall.

 

Young Jews come here on Birthright-Taglit [Blog Editor: Apparently anti-Zionists (aka Leftists & Muslim Apologists) hate the concept of Birthright Taglit] visit for approximately ten days, to get to know their ancestral home and have fun during this process of discovery.

 

Europeans come here to bask in the sun.

 

Anarchists and other “human rights” activists come here to demonstrate against the only true Democracy in the entire region, and they are not interested in trying to help the Syrians, Yazidis, Coptic Egyptians, Kurds, those who oppose the Mullahs in Iran and other persecuted and oppressed minorities throughout the Middle East and Africa.  Only against Israel they come to fight; nothing else angers or even concerns them.

 

There are many who come here to get medical treatment (“medical and dental tourism”) for it is relatively inexpensive.

 

And many academicians and professionals come here for conferences, on cyber security and water, agriculture and emergency medicine, investment opportunities and commerce.

 

Perceptions of Israel vs. Reality

 

Those who arrive and have never been to Israel often think of an ultra-orthodox country like Afghanistan, a military country like North Korea, a desert with camels as the main form of transportation or an Apartheid state like South Africa of yesteryears.  We often hear of a “Separation Wall” and other non-sense accusations, which add to one’s wrong perceptions of Israel.

 

Upon arrival, a miracle is discovered, evolving in front of one’s very eyes.  A modern country that breathes history.  People of all skin-colors.  People of various faiths.  Freedoms the likes of which one can find no where else in the world.  A skyline resembling (almost) that of New York or Hong Kong.  Construction springing upwards everywhere.  The most magnificent wonders of nature and a man-made oasis in a region otherwise known for suffering from little or no water, very harsh conditions and very few natural resources.

 

Modernity, art, culture, history, archeology, fun, sun and water, music, travel – all mix into one amazing experience, with honking (a form of speech / conversation in Israel), little patience, no respect to lines or generally to order or orderly behavior added to spice up the mix.  It is never boring in Israel; is it a country that kicks, breathes and acts 24/7.

 

Unlike many of the Arab countries that stretch over enormous portions of land with black gold underneath, where some of the most wondrous construction projects take place, Israel is different.

 

Here one finds creativity and innovation, where almost every kid and every senior and everyone in-between is engaged in a startup of some sort.  And the “exits” one hears about went from hundreds of millions to $15b (the most recent).  The imagination is on fire, everyone dreams of the next big exit.

 

Beyond putting its fantastic minds to practical uses, Israel is the world being pregnant and having its children running and jumping up and down all around.  It is the most amazing picture to see and experience, for children here are safe, they are raised on the value of the sanctity of life and being a light unto the nations, of doing good, of not recognizing evil.

 

Children here are color-blind.  They do not differentiate one from the other based on one’s skin color, ethnicity or cultural background.  After two thousand years of forced absence, Israelis laugh at the so-called “differences” indicating countries of origin (Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Poland, Hungary, …).  They are all one – indistinguishable family – Israelis!

 

And children here, out of necessity, all go into the military, where rich and poor alike are treated equally, these and other differences stripped away and just the person remaining, with traits and values (either already acquired or needed to be learned and implemented).  They learn to serve and protect, and they become productive members of society.

 

It is only here in Israel that bad and evil (constant terrorism attacks and the threat of annihilation) is turned into something else, that out of grief and sorrow new branches sprout with ever-growing intensity and strength of being.

 

It is the home of the Jewish people, the only country in the world that is truly theirs.  Here, in the Land of Israel.

 

Bird Migration

 

Every year, hundreds of millions of (estimates are at half a billion) birds migrate via Israel’s skies.  They do so twice a year, in the Fall to escape the cold in Europe and Asia as they migrate south to Africa, and then in the Spring, as they return northward to their countries of origin.

 

Many just fly overhead on their way.  Others stop for a rest and recharge.  Some will stay here several months, either during the winter or during the summer, they like the accommodations so much they actually come back!

 

In short, Israel is the hub for bird migration, a phenomenon so unique in the world there is only one other place like it – Panama.  In Israel three continents meet, Asia, Europe and Africa, whereas in Panama the two Americas.

 

Flocks traveling together may number in the thousands or even tens of thousands (actually observed), and they add up to convoys numbering hundreds of thousands.

 

Several years ago, the Ministry of Tourism had invited foreign journalists stationed in Israel to view the migration of the cranes and the Hula Valley “Agamon” tourism park, a world-famous bird-watching site.

 

Israel is indeed famous for bird-watching and the twice-annual migration of birds, but yet, we are about to discover a secret only few know.

 

The Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem

 

So imagine my surprise when I discovered the members of the Tisch Family Zoological Gardens in Jerusalem.  I did not expect to meet male Asian elephants (a gift from Thailand), Asiatic lions, Syrian brown bears, red pandas, chimpanzees, entire types of monkeys, penguins, giraffes, zebras, hippopotamuses, parrots, birds of prey, deer and tigers, cheetahs, ostriches, Nile crocodile, and so many more animals.

 

One can see them in their natural “habitats.”  One can see them being fed, or just read the menu of what they eat each day.  One can take the trolley (warning:  no space, there are so many kids), or just walk around.  The hustle and bustle of the city around disappear, and one journeys to Africa or “Down Under,” to the Amazons or to the Sahara desert.  In fact, I realized that I can now “travel” to Africa and still continue to donate blood (it is otherwise prohibited, but not if one never leaves Israel!).

 

The place is so enormous yet manageable.  There is so much to see and experience, that one remains breathless.  As if the entire world has come here, to Noah’s Ark, to the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem, to say “Welcome!  Cherish Us!  Celebrate with Us!  Protect Us!”

 

Indeed, only in Zion Jerusalem.

 

So during your next trip, come see Lemur Land, Australian or South American Yard, the West Side Story Exhibit or the Bible Land Wildlife Preserve.  You will need a ticket (approximately $12), and you will not regret it.  Or, you may want to make a very special repeat, or a first ever, trip to Israel, just for this purpose!

 

Facts and Figures

 

The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo was originally established in 1940 by Zoology Prof. Aharon Shulov of the Hebrew University.  It has since moved several times until it opened in 1993 in its current location.

 

The Zoo is home to more than 2,500 mammals, birds, reptiles and fish belonging to some 250 species.

 

The animals at the zoo are native to the land of Israel that are mention in the Bible, many of which have become extinct in the wild, alongside species from all over the world, many of which are endangered.

 

The zoo is spread over 250 dunks (roughly 62 acres).  The route inside is about two kilometers (1.25 miles) long.  It is shaded, comfortable and wheelchair-accessible.  Benches and water fountains are aplenty.

 

The zoo is opened seven days a week (although the Zoo Train does not operate on Jewish holidays and Saturdays).

 

The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo is administered as a non-profit organization and works in partnership with many conservation groups.  It is a partner in global conservation efforts to save endangered species.

 

 

SHALOM!

 

Always,

Ari Bussel
Saybrex International, Inc.
345 N. Maple Dr., Suite 277
Beverly Hills, CA  90210, USA

 

Ari’s own personal tour guide – Ofir!

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Edited by John R. Houk

Links as well as text enclosed by brackets are by the Editor.

 

Ari Bussel Bio via Saybrex International

 

Ari Bussel is Vice President of Operations at Saybrex International, a privately held family business specializing in the distribution of fine wines and spirits. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company and has held various positions in the company since 1993.

 

Prior to joining Saybrex, Mr. Bussel served as First Lieutenant in the Center for Systems Analysis at General Headquarters of the Israel Defense Forces, where he led the implementation of the Logistics War Doctrine in the Computerized Wargame Program.

 

Mr. Bussel is involved in a variety of philanthropic and civic activities. Mr. Bussel completed the Team Beverly Hills Leadership Program and served on the Environmental Sustainability Topic Committee of the City of Beverly Hills. He was a member of the Steering Committees of former Beverly Hills Mayor MeraLee Goldman and the current Beverly Hills City Treasurer, the Hon. Eliot Finkel. Mr. Bussel also completed and participated in the Community Emergency Response Training Program of the City of Beverly Hills as well as the Crisis Response Team of the Maple Counseling Center.

 

Mr. Bussel was among the founding members and served on the boards of Gen. Shimon Erem’s Israel Christian Nexus, the Western Region of Friends of Israel Firefighters and the Israel Institute for Alternative Energy Advancement. He completed the Salvin Leadership Program of the Anti-Defamation League.

 

Mr. Bussel writes regularly. For the past decade, his weekly columns appeared in print in Israel Jewish Life, Shalom LA, Muslim World Today and Israeli Week. Mr. Bussel’s articles appear on numerous websites, including Canada Free Press, Free Republic, NewsBlaze, SlantRight and OpEdNews. He is a member of the Los Angeles Press Club.

 

Mr. Bussel received a Master of Science in Operations Research from Stanford  READ THE REST

 

My Thoughts Leading to Ari Bussel


John R. Houk

© August 23, 2017

 

Ari Bussel is dynamic supporter of Israel, Jewish, an American by birth and my Internet pal. Courageously Ari is a supporter of President Trump.

 

Ari sent me an email about his response to compatriots from the Jewish Press wondering where he stood after the Dems and the media had connected President Trump to creepy racist White Supremacists (who are typically Antisemitic) going full-Nazi at the Charlottesville Rumble.

 

I intended this to be a short intro to the email Ari Bussel sent to me, but I couldn’t help myself to my two-cents of the thugs on the Left which as it turned out has turned into something a bit longer than an intro. Ari’s email will be below (“President Trump – Chaos in the Administration”) my thoughts because all Americans should take stock in Ari’s thoughts and not just American Jews.

 

Here goes my two-cents

Most American Jews gravitate toward the Democratic Party politically meaning they support a Liberal (some say Progressive, I usually say Leftist) agenda for America and Israel. The American Jewish Liberal stance is mind-boggling to me since it will lead eventually to as much Antisemitism as that which the American White Supremacists openly display. AND the Liberal agenda supports the existence of a Palestinian State under the delusion that will bring peace for Israel and the West. The thought of a Palestinian State is delusional because the Arabs that call themselves Palestinians are devoted to Israel’s destruction.

 

With such Jew-hatred and anti-Israel animus, how do you think a Palestinian State will bring peace rather than a military confrontation capable of threatening Israel’s existence?

 

As Liberalism in America, look how the Left dominated media and the Dems in general NEVER vilify the Communist oriented Antifa movements and Communist oriented Black Lives Matter. Rather those groups blame all societal violence solely on the racist White Supremacists as if Antifa/BLT thugs are innocent of violence and are merely the victims of the White Supremacist racists.

 

Racism indeed is evil, but so is Marxist thuggery designed as sedition against the U.S. Constitution and traditional American values. Trust the end goal of all Marxism is a dictatorship in which the State tells how to think, live and survive. Violating the Marxist State agenda is a crime that history shows leads at best to oppression and at worst – DEATH.

 

Hitler’s Nazis killed 12 million civilians, 6 million of those were Jews. That is a horror that White Supremacists usually deny ever happened blinded by racism. But few realize the two most Communist nations of the former USSR (Stalin alone – best estimate 20 MILLION) and the still existent Red China’s (Mao Zedong best estimate – 65 MILLION) political genocide dwarf the genocide perpetrated under the guise of Aryan race superiority.

 

Progressive American Jews in their logical earnest to denounce White Supremacist racists are unwittingly being duped to ignore the Communist legacy behind Antifa and BLK.

 

The American Left is so determined to take down Trump that there is no thought on how such duplicity will end with the dismantling of the Constitution. In the long run, such a dismantling will affect American Liberty on all sides of the political spectrum. That is not good for anyone.

JRH 8/23/17

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President Trump – Chaos in the Administration

 

By Ari Bussel

Sent: 8/20/2017 10:30 PM

 

Dear John,

 

I was asked if my opinion of the President, to whom I voted, has changed.

 

Do I criticize what he has said (or the manner in which he has said it, or the tone or the volume or anything else that might sound as “I accuse!”)?

 

These were part of a list of questions by the Jewish Journal, as we are salivating at the thought that here comes the downfall of the President!  L’Chaim!

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“Time to Gloat – We have told you so?” – Not Really!

It is Time to Unite and Support the President!

 

There is a lot of chaos in the White House, and President Trump is learning, adjusting and trying to run the country, while he has been given not an iota of patience or civility, not a chance to prove his capabilities or his ability to be a good President.

 

A President who demands absolute loyalty, has he shown the same to the people surrounding him?  That I do not know, as I am not privy to the inner circles of the Administration.  But his devotion to the USA is complete, and he is trying to do the best for the country.

 

Against fierce opposition and challenges, not by the Chinese or the Russians, Iran or Daesh – none of whom sits idly – but by a country divided, a country that is refusing to allow the President to lead it, President Trump is now vilified as the greatest satan, the actual fulfillment of imaginary fears and baseless accusations.

 

Half the country is disappointed, as was the other half eight and four years ago.  But the previous disappointment did not lead to riots in the streets and to distraught students and faculty on campuses requiring mental health intervention, while then President Obama refused to call any terrorist attack by its name and, rather than try to heal, pointed an accusing finger at our first responders causing havoc and mayhem directed toward police officers.

 

The current disappointment is of those spoiled who cannot admit a loss, for they cannot – by definition – lose.  It stands contrary to the laws of nature.  So their anger festers and looks for outlets to release all the pus that has accumulated.  Lacking such an outlet, the body will keep poisoning itself, and that is what we are seeing now:  a President being judged according to different standards than ever before, tailored-made to attack only one, the most-horrible President Trump!

 

Let us focus!  If Barcelona has not been a sharp-enough reminder, coming days surely will.  A House Divided We Fall, and we cannot afford to be divided at this time.

 

Those who support Israel and/or are involved in Jewish communal life and organizations have witnessed a coordinated attack against the President.  “He did not say enough.”  “He supports extremism.”  “He is fulfilling everything we said about him.”  It is a feeling of self-vindication, self-righteousness and self-indignation.

 

Has President Trump been that bad for America?  He may not be a Kennedy or a Clinton, or even (I dare say not) a Bush, but he was duly elected to carry out the job of running the country.  It is time to unite and respect the Office of the President, Democrats and Republicans alike, for else, our own betrayal will come to haunt us.

 

As for the latest accusations, whatever the President would have said would not have satisfied some people, and the American Jewish leadership, exactly those who vocally and fiercely fought against his being elected, will stop at nothing.

 

The previous open door and listening ear at the White House is not there for them anymore, and the Jews cannot buy their way in, for the President needs not their money and would rather listen to common sense and do his own evaluation.  Suddenly they feel powerless, for the obsession with the “Occupation” and the “Two State Solution” comes to a head-on collision with reality:  Israel craves for a true and lasting peace, while her enemies want her complete and utter destruction.

 

The Arabs understand this.  Israelis understand this.  But American Jews know better.  Except, they no longer have an administration blindly at their service.

 

American Jewry and its leadership took wrong stands in the past, most notoriously during WWII.  In recent years, American Jewry and its leadership have turned away from Israel, trying to force her to do what is bad for Israel, supporting BDS (although largely stopping short of calling for an outright boycott of Israel, her institutions and products) and overall utilizing its influence to advance an agenda that is no longer tied to Israel.

 

It will all come back to haunt us, for we must remember:  We are a tiny minority in this country, and the general established consensus is already that the Jews Control the World (from business to finances to entertainment to government).  Let us reduce the rhetoric against the President of the United States, for it will end up harming us in the long run.

 

The blame game is very effective, and changes are abrupt.  What is currently being utilized against President Trump will easily change course, and Jews have always been a most convenient scapegoat.  All that will have to be done is point the finger at us – American Jewry – and the hatred that is already started to boil will explode like a volcano.

 

 

Ari Bussel

Business owner

Beverly Hills, California

 

An American by birth, to a family that has emigrated to the USA a century ago, I have been a registered Republican since I was first able to vote.  Previous generations in our family were Democrats, but the party is no longer what it was last century.

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My Thoughts Leading to Ari Bussel

John R. Houk

© August 23, 2017

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President Trump – Chaos in the Administration

 

© Ari Bussel

 

Ari Bussel Bio via Saybrex International [Editor: I am uncertain if Ari still employed there or also owns a separate business]

 

Ari Bussel is Vice President of Operations at Saybrex International, a privately held family business specializing in the distribution of fine wines and spirits. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company and has held various positions in the company since 1993.

 

Prior to joining Saybrex, Mr. Bussel served as First Lieutenant in the Center for Systems Analysis at General Headquarters of the Israel Defense Forces, where he led the implementation of the Logistics War Doctrine in the Computerized Wargame Program.

 

Mr. Bussel is involved in a variety of philanthropic and civic activities. Mr. Bussel completed the Team Beverly Hills Leadership Program and served on the Environmental Sustainability Topic Committee of the City of Beverly Hills. He was a member of the Steering Committees of former Beverly Hills Mayor MeraLee Goldman and the current Beverly Hills City Treasurer, the Hon. Eliot Finkel. Mr. Bussel also completed and participated in the Community Emergency Response Training Program of the City of Beverly Hills as well as the Crisis Response Team of the Maple Counseling Center.

 

Mr. Bussel was among the founding members and served on the boards of Gen. Shimon Erem’s Israel Christian Nexus, the Western Region of Friends of Israel Firefighters and the Israel Institute for Alternative Energy Advancement. He completed the Salvin Leadership Program of the Anti-Defamation League.

 

Mr. Bussel writes regularly. For the past decade, his weekly columns appeared in print in Israel Jewish Life, Shalom LA, Muslim World Today and Israeli Week. Mr. Bussel’s articles appear on numerous websites, including Canada Free Press, Free Republic, NewsBlaze, SlantRight and OpEdNews. He is a member of the Los Angeles Press Club.

 

Mr. Bussel received a Master of Science in Operations Research from Stanford ... READ THE REST

 

Passover – Easter, 2017


Ari Bussel

 

Ari Bussel, a good Internet Jewish friend, sent a combination Passover/Easter message to me on Easter Sunday. Due to other research opportunities and the holiday itself I did not get to his email until yesterday (4/18/17).

 

A couple of things to think about while reading this.

 

One, marketing has become way too intrinsic with Christian Holy Days in the Western World. These days a Holy Day has been downgraded to a mere secular holiday.

 

Two, there is a truism in this essay. Judaism will exist without Christianity, BUT Christianity would never exist without Judaism. Now that is something to think about for those people who consider themselves in the Christian traditions yet are antisemitic Jew-haters. (Muslims can’t help it. Jew-hatred is encoded in their revered writings whether it is the Quran, Hadith or Sunnah.)

 

JRH 4/19/17

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Passover – Easter, 2017

 

By Ari Bussel

Sent 4/16/2017 5:47 PM

 

upper right hand side:  1937 Passover Haggadah printed in New York (p. 182:  Psalms 118) — lower right hand side:  2001 Passover Haggadah printed in Israel (p. 76 highlighting Jerusalem, the Holy City)

 

A mother walking with two daughters stops me this morning: “Do you know what time the stores open today?  Will they be open at all?”

 

It is Easter Sunday, and we are the only ones on Rodeo Drive, likely the most known street in Beverly Hills and one of the most iconic shopping destinations in the world.

 

Clearly, what is Ari to do?  Without preparation or hesitation, I send them to Church.

 

“It is too early on a Sunday morning,” I say, “but you may want to go up the block.  At the corner is the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church, and one block over is the Catholic Church.  Everyone is celebrating Easter, and it is very nice just to walk over there.”

 

The two churches sit atop what we call the Santa Monica Gardens, a wide strip of grass and magnificent trees separating the Business Triangle and the better residential part of the city.  Around the Catholic Church, like any morning, one can see the local homeless people, including one lady in particular with numerous bags and packages.  She had settled at the front steps of what looks like a private residence, and she is talking with herself, waking up the entire neighborhood.

 

Toward the Presbyterian Church, parents with young children are converging on the playground outside.  Everyone is dressed up nicely, in pinks and yellows and other Spring colors.  It is quite different than when we, the Jewish People, go to shul (synagogue).  We are dressed usually in blacks and whites or other very elegant but subdued colors, most appropriate for welcoming the holiness of Shabbat or Chag (the Sabbath or a holiday).

 

Easter.  Even the Farmers’ Market in Beverly Hills, a City predominantly Jewish, is closed.  In neighboring cities, the spirit of the holiday is absent; and this is most regretful.  Can we not survive one day without shopping?

 

Maybe it is simply too early on Sunday, because I expect more people to be at church, much like our own convergence on synagogues for our major holiday, Passover.

 

The two – Passover and Easter – are intertwined.  In fact, much like everything else, Christianity cannot be separated from Judaism.  Exactly a week ago we celebrated the Seder, the special meal at the first night of Passover; otherwise known in Christianity as The Last Supper:  Yeshu of Nazareth (Jesus), a Jewish Rabbi, led the Seder celebration.

 

Whether or not one believes in Jesus as the Son of God, the evidence is clear that He indeed came back to life and remains living to this very day, some two millennia later.  Christianity, along its various streams, is the manifestation of the lasting impact made on humanity, and it is living, changing, advancing, never relenting.

I cannot stop but note that Easter Sunday this year is the same day that we will be celebrating the eve of the last night of Passover.  Leviticus 23:4-8 declares the “appointed seasons of God,” starting in the first (Hebrew) month (of Nissan; Spring, right now), “on the fourteenth day of the month at dusk, is the Lord’s Passover.  And on the fifteenth day of this month is the Feast of the Unleavened Bread unto the Lord, seven days ye shall eat unleavened bread.  In the first day ye shall have a holy convocation, ye shall do no manner of work.  And ye shall bring an offering made by fire unto the Lord seven days, in the seventh day is a holy convocation, ye shall do not manner of work.”

 

Much like this past Chanukah and Christmas that coincided in December 2016, so now, Easter and the seventh day of Passover fall on the same day.  I think of the woman and her two daughters whom I sent to church early morning on this Easter Sunday.  Just the Chutzpah, what an idea!  Church instead of early shopping?

And I continue thinking of the influence of a single person, believed by so many millions to be the Son of God, thus God Himself, and His influence on our civilization, on our very being.  We hear constantly that “Jews control the world,” but we leave an imprint, never shy from expressing an opinion, trying to better the world, being a light unto the nations.  Here is the epitome of this understanding.  The heights to which a Jewish person can ascend, the influence He can attain – the promise that is embedded in each and every one of us, created in the image of God Himself, and the depth of the suffering and sorrow which one can experience.

 

Remember, “for whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.” (First Corinthians 11:26)

 

Via Dolorosa, the Way of Sorrows to the place of the Crucifixion, whereupon its entire length and its various stops, Jesus was mocked, spat upon, beaten and scourged, and yet He “carried our illnesses and our pains He suffered … and in His company we were healed” (Isaiah 53:4-5).  The death of Christ on the Cross and his bodily resurrection are pivotal events in Christianity, as Passover and the great miracles of God are in the Jewish Bible.

 

The deliverance from slavery to freedom, the Ten Plagues, Passing Over the abodes of the Hebrews and sparing them the Plague of the First Born, the Parting of the Red Sea, the Giving of the Torah and the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai, feeding the Hebrews Manna from Heaven, providing them water and guiding them during the 40 years of wandering in the desert, and finally bringing them to the Promised Land, a Land of Milk and Honey, and residing there, in the place of His choosing, among His people, [a very long sentence, to be read in one breath, as the Glory of the Almighty like a storm engulfs, overwhelms and uplifts us] is the paramount action of God the Almighty that we remember and celebrate to this very day.

 

Each Shabbat, the Jewish people read a consecutive portion of the Torah, the first five books of the Bible.  Corresponding to each of these Portions is a specific section from the Prophets.

 

For the Shabbat that falls during Pessach (Passover) we read Ezekiel 37, the Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones.  In Biblical days, it was the deliverance from slavery to freedom, and in modern times, in this era, it is redemption – Geulah.  We are not quite there yet, for even among us, we are still divided.  Ashkenazi Jews add more verses than Sephardic Jews, and it is very prophecy that tells us how a house united, one in God’s hands, becomes one people, God’s people, and He their God.

 

And Ezekiel then ends this prophecy: “And the nations shall know that I am God who sanctifies Israel when My sanctuary is in their midst forever.”  (37:28)

 

Despite all the minor though visible divisions, both internal and external, within Judaism and within Christianity and between the two religions, we are all God’s people, and it is good that there is a major holiday, Passover for the Jews and Easter for the Christians, to remind us of what is truly important, more than just shopping on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills on Easter.
As the Prophet Micah tells us (6:8):

 

“What does the Lord requires of thee?  Only to do justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with thy God.”

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This is the latest in the series “Postcards from America – Postcards from Israel,” a collaboration between Zager and Bussel, a foreign correspondent reporting from Israel.

 

Ari Bussel and Norma Zager collaborate both in writing and on the air in a point-counter-point discussion of all things Israel-related.  Together, they have dedicated the past decade to promoting Israel.

 

© Israel Monitor, April 2017

 

First Published April 16, 2017

Contact:  bussel@me.com

 

Chanukah – Christmas, 2016


Intro to ‘Chanukah – Christmas, 2016

John R. Houk, Editor

Posted December 25, 2016

By Ari Bussel

 

I am a Christian Zionist. A person decried by the American Left, many if not most Progressive Christians (typically Mainline Christians) and a lot distrusting Jews (I’m guessing among the Jewish Left and distrustful Observant Orthodox Jews.

 

Being a Christian Zionist means I believe in the sovereign existence of the Jewish State of Israel. AND since I’m a Right Winger that believes Israel is the Promised Land to the Jews, I also fall on the side of the Greater Israel as the Land of the Jews. That belief steps on the toes of a lot of current sovereign Muslim nations and not just the Arabs pretending to be the non-existent Palestinians.

 

I say all this because I am quite appreciative of my online friends Ari Bussel and Norma Zager who often share the Jewish perspectives on current events affecting Israel and the Jews still spread around globally.

 

In this case Ari sends a Christmas message to Christians which includes a very succinct explanation of Chanukah which should bring at least a little self-musing by non-Jews of how God Almighty’s hand is upon the Jews – the Twelve Hebrew Tribes – and their God-given Land.

 

From a Christian perspective, without Jews there would be no Redeemer Jesus the Christ come to save humanity from the curse bequeathed by Adam and Eve to their descendants.

 

JRH 12/25/16

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 My father, Capt. Dr. Bussel, second from left, with friends for life Chanukah in the Sinai Desert, Yom Kippur War, 1973

 

Chanukah – Christmas, 2016

 

By Ari Bussel

Sent 12/23/2016 7:04 PM

 

In Israel, especially in Orthodox neighborhoods, there are candelabra at the balconies, protected by glass structures, illuminating the surroundings.  For eight days, Israel is lit by light, laughter, play and song.

 

 

Candelabra on Balcony

 

In Israel, freshly cut Arizona cypress trees are being distributed for a symbolic price for the Christian community (and foreign diplomats and the foreign press) to utilize and enjoy. 

 

This year, terrorism hit with widespread forest fires.  The headlines read, “Israel is burning.”  Yet, all that terrorism achieved is to galvanize the spirit, reignite the determination and conviction and remind us what is really important.

 

 

As he called to wish Chag Samech (Happy Chanukah), my friend Brad Greenberg said: “Be thankful there is Christmas; be grateful that you can celebrate Christmas!”

 

The joy of the season is magnified this year in light of what is happening all around us.  The mere ability to worship, celebrate and enjoy the spirit of Christmas – something we take so readily for granted – is like the light of candles in the darkness:  fragile, uncertain, yet with immense potential to conquer the darkness.

 

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In Europe, Christmas is being ushered by terrorist attacks (and if last year is any indication, women beware during New Year).  There are entire areas under Sharia Law with no access to Christians, and there are countries where the name “Christ” is no longer allowed.

 

Europeans are dying, and their birthrate is approaching negative territory, whereas the immigrant Muslim population is exploding.  Europe is being replaced by Eurabia.

 

In Israel, the birthplace of Christianity, any connection between the Temple Mount and the Holy Temple with Judaism and Christianity has been conveniently erased by a UN body:  UNESCO declared the place to be a Muslim heritage site.  It may seem inconsequential, but it is not.  The poison is percolating the global mindset.  Another victory has been achieved.

 

The process of erosion has accelerated:  First, physical evidence has been destroyed when hundreds of truckloads of “dirt” from Solomon Stables on Temple Mount were removed by the Muslim Wakf that manages the place and dumped like trash to a ravine.  Then, the spiritual connection is being destroyed, thus leaving humanity with a mere memory of what once were Judaism and Christianity.

 

Nine centuries before the appearance of Muhammad, Jews in Judea and Samaria fought the Greeks and prevailed.  Today we are told these areas of Zion Jerusalem are “occupied” by “settlements,” and the UN is planning to send observers and to segregate any product from there by special markings.  (Some eighty years ago, the Nazis used a Yellow Star to identify Jews.  Today, the UN is marking Israel, in preparation to what may come next.)

 

We already hear the voices that call the Jews to pack their belongings and return to the places from where they came.  Stripped of any connection to the land, Jews may once again become unwanted guests in lands-not-theirs.  The craving of two millennia “for next year in Jerusalem,” the promise “If I forget you, Oh, Jerusalem,” praying toward Jerusalem and the fact that wherever Jews are buried, they always face Jerusalem, are all ignored, as is the Bible, archeology and any historical records.

 

Once before, the Nazis tried to do something similar.  First they started burning books, then they burned the Jews, apparently refusing to acknowledge history:  Empires rose and fell, and the Jewish people are still here.  The Jews are not vermin or cockroaches; the Jews are a Light Unto the Nations.

 

The two centuries leading to the Common Era saw the rule of the Greeks.  From 175 to 164 b.c., Antiochus IV (also known in Judaism as “Antiochus the Evil”) was in charge, and the Jews of Israel were being Hellenized.  The Greeks did not want to eradicate the Jews or erase them off the map.  Quite on the contrary, they had a great respect to the Jews.  But they expected the Jews to become one of them, in behavior and thought.

 

God had to cease, so no circumcision, no Shabbat observance and no other acts unique to Judaism.  The men were to join gymnasiums and dress like the Greeks, and God was to become one of many, reduced to non-being.  Many Jews in Israel followed suit, fully assimilating, but a small group stood firm.

 

A Jewish high priest from Modi-im rebelled.  Matityahu and his five sons, also known as the Hashmonaim or Maccabim prevailed and ruled until 32 b.c. (the Maccabiah Games are derived from the same word, that abbreviates four words from Moses Song, Exodus 15:11: “Who is like unto Thee, O Lord, among the might?”).

 

It was that rebellion that is considered a miracle.  A few against many led by Judea the Maccabi.  Two millennia later, a handful rose again, in the Warsaw Ghetto, and for almost an entire month stood their ground against the Nazi war machine.

 

The miracle of God’s greatness – of a few against the many – is thus remembered and celebrated to this very day.

 

Another miracle is highlighted.  When the Hashmonaim cleared the Temple (the one that is now controlled by the Muslim Wakf and has apparently no connection to Judaism), the olive oil there used to light the Menorah was not sanctified, and it would have taken time to prepare new olive oil suitable for worship.

 

Only a tiny tin was found with olive oil that could be used, enough to last for one day.  Another miracle happened, and the olive oil lasted for eight full days (until new olive oil was available to continue the work of the Cohanim – priests – at the Temple).

 

Thus, to this very day, we light candles for eight days, starting with one on the first night and adding an additional one each night.  These candles are to be watched and enjoyed but not used, so we are not allowed to use them to light one another.  A separate candle is used, “The Server,” or Shamash.

 

Candelabra

 

Eight indicates transcendence from the orderly world (the seven days of creation) to the spiritual.  (Circumcision, for example, takes place on the eight day.)

 

Thus came about Chanukah, the holiday of miracles.  It is also known as the Festival of Lights, or Festival of Inauguration (re-dedication of the Temple).  We are told (Maccabim Book II) that it was really the Festival of Tabernacles postponed (as it could not be celebrated before the rebellion).  For eight days, we eat potato pancakes (“levivot”) and doughnuts (“sufganiot”), all reminding us the miracle of the oil.

 

Latkes for Chanukah – Potato Pancakes

 

Chanukah is not included in the Jewish Bible, but it is mentioned in the New Testament (John 10:22):  It was now winter, and Jesus was in Jerusalem at the time of Hanukkah, the Festival of Dedication. (New Living Translation)

 

Chanukah is celebrated starting the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev for eight days:  25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31st, 1st.  While the Hebrew calendar is a lunar one, the fact that Christmas later evolved to be on the 25th of December, “in the middle of winter,” just eight days before New Year, is not a coincidence.

 

Nor is it a coincidence that this year, when the two calendars (Jewish and Gregorian) identically overlap, we celebrate Christmas Eve and the eve of the first night of Chanukah at the same time.

 

It is a signal to all of us – Jews and Christians alike – that we are one; we must stand together lest “a house divided falls.”  Our roots are one and the same, making us inseparable.  Also, our enemies do not differentiate between us – to them, we are all one enemy, the army of non-believers, composed of “pigs and apes,” the Saturday and the Sunday people.

 

So let us celebrate Christmas; let us celebrate the eight days of Chanukah, for miracles happened at that time so long ago and in these very days.  Let us celebrate the Glory and Might of God, Lord of Hosts, for He is our Salvation, our past, our future and our present.

 

Here is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Christmas greetings (2016):

 

To all of our Christian friends around the world, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

I send you these greetings from Jerusalem. I’m standing in the courtyard of this magnificent International Christian Embassy. I’m so proud of our relations with our Christian brothers and sisters. I wonder for many of you if you remember the experience you had when you first visited Israel, when you saw the Church of the Holy Sepulcher or the Via Dolorosa or the Sea of Galilee or Nazareth. I’m sure it moved you deeply.

 

And it moves us deeply to have this bond with you because we all know that this land of Israel is the land of our common heritage. It changed the story of humanity, it changed civilization. What a magnificent heritage it is. Yet, we also know that it is under attack these days, that the forces of intolerance, of barbarism that attack all religions attack Christians with particular vehemence. We stand with you and I’m proud of the fact that in Israel, this is the one place in the Middle East that the Christian community not only survives but thrives and it’s no accident. It’s because of our commitment to religious freedom; it’s because of our embrace of our heritage; it’s because of our embrace of our common future.  

 

So please come to Israel. Come and visit me, I’m waiting for you. It will be a great experience for you. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year.

 

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This is the latest in the series “Postcards from America – Postcards from Israel,” a collaboration between Zager and Bussel, a foreign correspondent reporting from Israel.

 

Ari Bussel and Norma Zager collaborate both in writing and on the air in a point-counter-point discussion of all things Israel related.  Together, they have dedicated the past decade to promoting Israel.

© Israel Monitor, December, 2016

 

First Published December 23, 2016

Contact:  bussel@me.com

Chanukah’s Chanukiah (candelabrum)

Kristallnacht, 2016


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Intro to Kristallnacht, 2016

Edited by John R. Houk

By Ari Bussel

Posted November 13, 2016

 

Have you heard of the Kristallnacht? My guess is if you are younger than a Baby Boomer (and probably a significant amount of Boomers too), you have no clue what the word Kristallnacht represents.

 

Kristallnacht is German for “NIGHT OF BROKEN GLASS”. That horrendous night came on November 9, 1938 aimed at Jews:

 

… violence against Jews broke out across the Reich. It appeared to be unplanned, set off by Germans’ anger over the assassination of a German official in Paris at the hands of a Jewish teenager. In fact, German propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels and other Nazis carefully organized the pogroms. In two days, over 250 synagogues were burned, over 7,000 Jewish businesses were trashed and looted, dozens of Jewish people were killed, and Jewish cemeteries, hospitals, schools, and homes were looted while police and fire brigades stood by. The pogroms became known as Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass,” for the shattered glass from the store windows that littered the streets.

 

READ THE REST (THE “NIGHT OF BROKEN GLASS”; United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)

 

Now that those of you who were unaware are updated this submission by Ari Bussel should have more meaning. Ari is a descendant of Holocaust Survivors. He attended his first remembrance event at annual conference held in California on the anniversary of Kristallnacht.

 

Ari writes of how few Holocaust survivors were at this annual event largely because of age. He notices that some of the other attendees were quite inconsiderate to the few survivors in attendance as if they forgot the significance of the reasons to remember that around SIX MILLION Jews were slaughtered by Nazi Germans.

 

Ari also spends a little time pointing out there is NO moral equivalence between Jews fleeing the Nazis and Syrian Muslims fleeing ISIS/Assad. The Syrian refugees are primarily Sunni. They may be fleeing the effects of war, but they are fleeing from a regime that hates their existence as the Jews did fleeing Nazis. Leftist err in vainly trying to make that moral equivalence.

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Kristallnacht, 2016

 

By Ari Bussel

Sent 11/9/2016 5:10 PM

 

And you will be mad of the sight of your eyes which you will see” (Deuteronomy 28:34)

 

And your life shall hang before you, and you will fear night and day and will have no assurances of your life.  In the morning you will wish it be evening, and in the evening you will say may it be morning, for the fear of your heart which you will fear and the sight of your eyes which you will see.”  (ibid:66-67)

 

It was a November night in 1938, a night that would be remembered ever after as the Night of Broken Glass.  Jews were no longer safe in Europe.

 

The 1939 Club – Members Now Extinct

 

Some years ago, Jews and Christians working together in defense of their shared values had an event at the exclusive Hillcrest Country Club in Los Angeles.

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The event was held by the Israel Christian Nexus and sponsored by the 1939 Club (today the 1939 Society).  I remember entering the room designated for our event, alongside Pastor John Hagee of Christians United for Israel.

 

Our hosts, members of the Los Angeles based 1939 Club, were seated at tables.  What I clearly remember are not the individual faces, just the fact they were all very old, very frail and dressed up so elegantly as if they came from a different world.  I do not remember canes or walkers, but the image of people hardly able to stand or walk has been etched deeply in my mind.

 

Small people.  People who, if one dares touch them most gently, might turn to dust or fog and disappear.  Appearing as a figment of imagination, or perhaps a prop?  Clearly, they did not seem real, making the entire event both surreal and holy.

 

The 1939 Club was supporting many causes at that time and doing so most generously.  Their money had to be put to good use, and they were there observing, stewards and guardians.
They were not checking, micromanaging or overseeing and gave most generously, no questions asked.  Rather they were a living testament to an awful era, and their task, with plentiful means was:  Do whatever is necessary to ensure such evil happens “Never Again!”

 

I saw small, little, frail individuals from whom intense will and determination emanated.  Powered by the means to do good, educate, influence, teach, instill courage, fight and ensure continuity, they focused on the task at hand, for it was apparent to everyone that time was of the essence.  Time was running out, yet the obligation was as formidable as always.

 

These were the survivors, and I am told not one of them is here with us today.  How is it possible?  Simple:  My parents were young children during the Holocaust.  The members of the 1939 Club were at least 20 years older, thus, they would be nearing 100 today.

 

Like them, other survivors are all disappearing.  On October 28th, Sol Berger z”l, would have turned 97.  He passed away on Rosh Hashana, three and a half weeks earlier.  His younger friend, Joe Davis celebrated his 96th birthday on November 7th and his wife turned 92 on the very same day.

 

Sol z”l, a member of the Partisans, and Joe and his wife are three of several Holocaust survivors I know and dare to call my friends.  Julius with a number tattooed on his hand and Leslie, saved by Raul Wallenberg, are two other survivors.  They all reside at the same “retirement home,” and I am privileged and most blessed to be with them every Shabbat.

 

Remembering the Holocaust – Annual Events

 

Year after year, my friend Lily Steiner invites me to the annual Kristallnacht Commemoration event at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.  Year after year I promise to go, but something always comes up, and I never had; until this year.  Lily came back from Australia especially for me to join her, and I am so grateful I did.

 

The 10th annual event now joins Dr. Joel Geiderman’s annual event at Cedar Sinai Medical Center as a “must attend” event on my calendar.

 

Dr. Geiderman is the co-chair of the Emergency Department at Cedar Sinai and for some three decades has brought thousands of doctors, nurses and staff, alongside community members and Holocaust survivors for the annual lunch-and-lecture.

 

At Loyola I discovered some of the same elements:  faculty and staff, community members and students.  Students, young, oh so young and impressionable, yet eager to hear and learn.

 

While at Cedar Sinai the number of survivors dwindles down every year, there are still some.

 

Sol z”l, Joe and his wife, Leslie and Julius, as well as Irene (“I am 94, I survived the Holocaust and I am blind!”) all reside two blocks away from the hospital, yet there has been no effort to send someone and bring them and other Holocaust survivors who are alive and live nearby to the event.  Apparently this extra effort is beyond necessity.  It will be a “feel good” and fulfilling event anyway, so why bother.

 

At Loyola I found no more survivors.  The Director of Jewish Studies responsible for the ten annual commemoration events explained that the date was set a very long time in advance and happened to clash with a long weekend for Holocaust survivors, who were too exhausted to attend.

 

There was, though, one elderly woman with a walker who fit the age.  The intensity of her look convinced me she was a survivor, but I did not ask.  When the film screening started, she was unable to see from the place she was seated.  It was too far away.

 

I brought two chairs for her and her companion, likely her daughter.  A lady from the back came toward us, shouting, “you cannot sit here we will not be able to see!”

 
Not only was she very far back, the elderly lady could not have blocked her line of sight.  To be at a Holocaust memorial event and show not the tiniest iota of kindness begs the question, why does one even bother to show up?

 
The lady without compassion could have moved her chair two inches to the right or the left, as there was so much space.  But she decided to be confrontational toward a person much older and so much more fragile than she.

 
And we ask ourselves, how could a nation so intelligent, so cultured and advanced as Germany in the early 1930s become so evil?  We wonder if it can happen again, if we could have partaken in the same madness.

 

The answer apparently is yes.  As human beings we do not find in our hearts to be kind, to try, to overcome the urge to “go and make a scene,” “complain!” and insist “she must not sit in front.”  Instead, we behave in such an inconsiderate and loathsome manner.

 

Such untoward behavior at a Kristallnacht Commemoration event is tragic.  Oh, the person must be so proud!  She disappeared quickly before the last credits were shown, skipping the reception.  I was actually looking for her, to take her picture.  How people who look “normal” and “cultured” can turn so ugly and evil.

 

Refugees

 

Following the screening of “Jan Karski & the Lords of Humanity” about the Polish Karski who was assigned to inform the world of the Nazis exterminating the Jews, a panel response with the director allowed Q&A.

 

In a most vivid discussion about refugees, the survivors and the world’s reaction to them were compared to the modern-day Syrian refugees crisis.

 

Remember, my friend Lily and I were seated among some 120 people we did not know.  I am among the very few children of Holocaust survivors who were in the audience, and my friend Lily is a fierce fighter for Israel and the West.

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I am thinking about the students, those young, impressionable minds, who experienced no war or real threat in their lifetimes, hearing from two prominent and very respected individuals (a professor and a film director) that Holocaust survivors, like my mother who managed to arrive illegally to Palestine then under British Mandate, or my father who managed to arrive to Israel after the formation of the modern state, are very like today’s Syrian refugees in Europe or those being admitted to the USA by the Obama administration.

 

I am livid.  I am ready to explode.  I boil.  Just moments earlier we all watched footage from the Warsaw Ghetto.  My father was there until his escape.  And now, I am told that he is very much the same as those purportedly escaping their brethren in Syria?

 

Those who are dressed nicer than I am?  Who demand where they prefer to live?  Many among whom rape and grope German women?  Or perpetrate horrific terrorist attacks against their new home countries?  Who have fake passports and ulterior motives to infiltrate and overtake Western civilization?

 

Or maybe the “similarities” can be found in the fact that the Arab world, other than Jordan, does nothing to aid the Syrians?  Indeed, the Jews of America during WWII behaved in much the same way.  But how can anyone compare the Muslims to Holocaust survivors?

 

Lily raised her hand, was given a microphone and very politely but powerfully contested the corrupt “moral equivalency” presented.

 

The same fake equivalency was shown in Spielberg’s movie “Munich.”

 

And the same has happened time after time when the world compares Israel and Gaza’s Hamas.  “So many dead among the Gazans; so few among the Israelis – Israel is at fault!  Israel is the evil-doer, not Hamas and the non-stop, non-discriminating barrage of rockets it unleashes against the Israeli population!”

 

Celebrating the Holocaust, Appeasing Our Senses

 

It seems that seven decades after the end of WWII, as Holocaust survivors are disappearing and their voices become too frail and hard to hear, we are creating our own notions of the Holocaust.

 

We have annual commemorations where we forget the most basic decency.

 

We bring politics and similar baggage to higher education institutions, and professors utilize the classrooms and their students as breeding grounds for indoctrination.
We allow anti-Israel and anti-Jewish sentiments, so prevalent nowadays, to pervade every fabric of our being.  Many of the detractors are Jewish.  Some even are Israelis.  And we do not really need any enemies.  The Arabs understood it all long ago, a simple lesson:  Leave the Jews to their own bidding, and they will destroy themselves.

 

Apparently, we will continue to “celebrate” the Holocaust, with more movies and stories, now done by members of the second generation who were not there but only witnessed the Holocaust via their parents or grandparents, the living remnants of the Holocaust.

 

We do not do the simplest deed that requires effort, like going out of our way to bring a Holocaust survivor, since we live in a different day and age.

 

Today the Holocaust does not really matter, except when we see a movie that manages to touch us, and we leave convinced “we remember,” and even that “we did something good by simply watching a movie.”

 

Can the same evil happen again?  Undoubtedly.

 

So what was Kristallnacht in 1938?  What happened in Europe from 1933—1945?  What started on September 1st, 1933?

 

Judging by the behavior of too many…a whole lot of nothing.

 

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This is the latest in the series “Postcards from America – Postcards from Israel,” a collaboration between Zager and Bussel, a foreign correspondent reporting from Israel.

 

Ari Bussel and Norma Zager collaborate both in writing and on the air in a point-counter-point discussion of all things Israel-related.  Together, they have dedicated the past decade to promoting Israel.

© Israel Monitor, November, 2016

 

First Published November 8, 2016

Contact:  bussel@me.com

 

Again for Nice


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[I hace a feeling Ari Bussel would not approve of the above image. This is this Blog Editor’s emotion about Islamic terrorism.]

 

Cataract surgery has placed me a bit behind in reading my email. The result being I am also a bit behind in catching writer submissions.

 

In this submission Ari Bussel writes about the threat of Islamic terrorism to the USA, Europe and Israel. Bussel rightly examines how Muslim Arabs that call themselves Palestinians are taught from the cradle to grave to hate Jews and destroy Israel AND how the West castigates Israel for their response to this Muslim hatred of Jews.

 

Bussel’s thoughts are inspired by an email exchange with a Japanese friend who queried him about the Islamic terrorist attack in Nice.

 

JRH 7/22/16

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Again for Nice

 

By Ari Bussel

Sent Sun 7/17/2016 1:22 AM

 

Dear John,

 

A family friend from Japan shared with us an e-mail he wrote to a friend in Nice.  I bring this e-mail in its entirety.

 

[Blog Editor: I performed just a little editing to the correspondence but for the most part the email tone is untouched —

 

Before end of World 2nd War, anybody in France/Germany or in Algeria were unable to judge who belonged to Nazi or who were only shamming as Nazi…

 

Then 70 years passed, again terrible thoughts of IS is getting infiltrated into many of EU countries by some portion of immigrated people from middle east, and infiltrated into many of south/east Asian places also.

 

Now nobody of well-meaning persons are getting unable to judge who are brainwashed IS members, who are infiltrated as IS, or who are nothing concerned among their neighborhood…

 

It regrets to say to what a new difficult stage we are facing now, how we should judge my neighboring persons or persons enjoy in down towns after every evening as common friends or as such dangerous persons?

 

And what we are able to act to get a peace again?

 

Always,

 

 

 

Ari Bussel

 

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On Jul 16, 2016, at 7:39 PM, wrote:

 

Dear Ari san,

 

Only for your guidance, I sent following message to one friend liv[ing] in south France.

 

My Best,
送信日時: 2016年7月16日 23:46
件名: again for Nice

 

Dear Jean-Remi san,

 

 

Very sorry, this is only my monologue & private words after drank this evening,

 

but if you have anything, hope to hear your comment…

Of course OK to be disregarded.

 

After I sent you a message of sympathy to tragedy in Nice, I just remembered one novel story “La Peste” which I had read often around 50 years ago at my university age, & was written in 1947 by famous French novelist “Albert Camus” what was taken place at Oran city in Algeria.

 

In such novel, Albert Camus probably regarded that a terrible black death disease Pesto as Nazism. Before end of World 2nd War, anybody in France/Germany or in Algeria were unable to judge who belonged to Nazi or who were only shamming as Nazi…

 

Then 70 years passed, again terrible thoughts of IS is getting infiltrated into many of EU countries by some portion of immigrated people from middle east, and infiltrated into many of south/east Asian places also.

 

Now nobody of well-meaning persons are getting unable to judge who are brainwashed IS members, who are infiltrated as IS, or who are nothing concerned among their neighborhood…

 

It regrets to say to what a new difficult stage we are facing now, how we should judge my neighboring persons or persons enjoy in down towns after every evening as common friends or as such dangerous persons?

 

And what we are able to act to get a peace again?

 

Probably you are surprised to read this e-mail what I have never sent before to any of my friends but I was in Nice very often and enjoyed a very beautiful sea view on Promenade des Anglais and I still got excited at Nice tragedy…

 

My Best Regards,

 

 

 

Have you read that novel?]

 

Here is my reply:

 

Your e-mail is the least expected and most thought provoking and insightful writing I have received lately.  Thank you very much for sharing, and for exposing me to Camus’ La Peste.

 

There will be peace again, but first, we must fight and conclude WWIII, in which midst we are now.

 

A Global Islamic Caliphate

 

You refer to IS (Islamic State, in Arabic Daesh), but its ideology is not new, just its methods more widely “appreciated.”

 

Wahhabism (Saudi Arabi, the most common ideology to be found in “cultural centers” and mosques throughout the USA courtesy of Saudi money) and Muslim Brotherhood (primarily to be found in Egypt and Gaza, but here in the USA shared by the “spokespeople” known as CAIR-the Council on American-Islamic Relations) are not different from Daesh or the Mullahs in Iran.  Each wants to establish a global Islamic caliphate and to subjugate all to its doctrine and way of living.  [I, for one, do not want to live as a Dhimmitude (second class citizen) according to Sharia Law.]

 

Each slightly “different” version of Islam is just a different flavor of the same, and all are expected to experience the same fate:  convert and become a devout Muslim following the particular manner of Islam being advocated, be a second class citizen (by paying a “protection” tax) or die.  It is true about non-Muslims (non-believers) and about Muslims who do not subscribe to the exact same interpretation of Islam by the particular “flavor of the moment.”

 

Lately, Daesh has managed to attract followers the world over.  Its methods are gruesome, the exact meaning of “terrorism”:  instilling fear in us.  Murdering en mass, setting people on fire (like the Jordanian pilot inside a metal cage).  Raping and selling to slavery women and children.

 

Non-Muslims are at Peril

 

Minorities throughout Arab states are at great peril.  The Yazidis in Iraq.  The Coptic in Egypt.  The Christians throughout Africa.  The Jews in Israel.

 

Israel has proven to be one safe haven for all.  Minorities are guaranteed the same freedoms as Israelis.  They are respected – as it is a major tenet in the Bible.  For the Muslims, Israel is a problem, for it refuses point blank to go away.  It is the only source of light in an otherwise growing darkness engulfing the world.  It is a refuge where sanity rules.  It is a spring of innovation and goodness.  And – it is a laboratory where the forces of darkness and the cults of death unleash their wares – from homicide bombings to cars plowing at civilians.

 

In short, Israel is an obstacle in the way of the ever-spreading Islamic forces.  At one point it was Iran, more recently Daesh.  But they all aspire for the same end-result, and to achieve that, Israel must be “wiped off the map of the earth” and the Jews must be exterminated.  (Same doctrine as that of the Nazis.)

 

WWIII is that of Islam trying to rule the world, except the various versions have not agreed yet among themselves which is the dominant one, which will prevail.  In the meantime, the Islamists have declared “Europe has Fallen!  America is Next!”

 

A Culture of Death

 

You mention people who are “brainwashed.”  Once it was believed that the destitute become “martyrs” (or as we call them “terrorists”).  Except, it was established long ago that this is not the case, and there are numerous examples.  I often cite the doctors (MDs) who drove with a car full of explosives into the Glasgow airport.  Not only were they not impoverished, they had taken an oath to protect and save human lives.  None had mattered.  They became part of a death cult.

 

Brainwashing is what takes place in the “Palestinian” areas.  From age zero, their kids are taught to hate non-Muslims (“Pigs and Apes” we are called – reference to Jews and Christians).  They watch children’s programs and cartoons, video games and music videos that glorify “martyrdom” for the sake of 72 virgins in heaven and to avenge some wrongdoing (the audacity of existing).  They go through summer camps and training camps how to murder, how to use a knife and a gun, how to explode themselves (and add to the explosives contaminated blood, rat poison or sharp metal objects to add to the devastation).  The textbooks in schools teach them hatred.  Classrooms, soccer fields and major intersections and city squares are named after terrorists as are stamps and other collectibles.

 

A mother swears her son is a good “kid.”  That he ate her amazing cooking and was at home the all night.  It turns out it was all a lie, he went with a friend, butchered a Jewish family – two parents and three of their children, the youngest just an infant – and then went back home to sleep.

 

They went back home to sleep, and continued to live as if they just executed the most peaceful, most beloved and most admirable act in the world.

 

When arrested, they knew that their families will be well taken care.  Japanese, European and American aid money is used to pay very generous monthly stipends to their families.  The more people one murders or maims, the higher the stipend.

 

Stopping the flow of money will not stop the lunacy, but it is absolutely necessary to send a message:  We are not part of this insanity.  But the money keeps flowing, and some of the teachings and indoctrination take place inside UNRWA schools (again, the United Nations playing a major role, exact opposite to the reason it was created).

 

Moreover, the young terrorists became heroes, their acts exalted, their families worshiped.  They did the right thing!  (Let us forget not that the mother went on TV and vowed the son was at home and would never do something like that – it is “against how he was raised,” it is “against the teachings of Islam” she said.)  There are public celebrations and days of worship and exaltation of such devout and devoted “heroes.”

 

This is in Israel, but what is effective in Israel is also effective elsewhere.

 

Except, when it happens in Israel, the world does not call it “terrorism.”  Instead, the world points a blaming finger right at Israel.  This is nothing new, just pure old anti-Semitism.  When it happens days, weeks or months later elsewhere, it is abhorred.  Thus, hundreds of homicide bombings (when a person comes into a crowded location and detonates an explosive belt he or she wears, shouting “Allah-U-Akbar”) in Israel – not a single objection.  When the same happened at a Jordanian (Muslim) wedding, the top Islamic clergy issued Fatwas (edicts) this is contrary to the teachings of Islam (it is, if the victims are Muslims).

 

When Muslim spokespeople go out to say “We Condemn Terrorism,” they cite some very known “incidents.”  They never include any of the exact same attacks in Israel, or in Israel’s capital – Jerusalem.  There it cannot be terrorism, for Jewish blood is allowed, because Jews deserve what they get.

 

Exporting Terrorism

 

Since the first day of October, 2015, to today, Israel has experienced what is called the Third (or Youth) Intifada (Uprising).  Primarily young people (age 13, 17, sometimes younger even) take a knife or scissors and go out to murder Jews – a 13yo, an 86yo, and more.

 

Others drive into crowds standing at a bus station.  (Does that sound familiar?  Nice was not invented two days ago, rather, the practice was well rehearsed repeatedly in Israel.)

 

The head of the “Palestinian Authority” calls it a “Symphony of Blood” and calls to quench the thirsty earth.  On official radio, TV and newspapers.  Repeatedly they call to do more of the same.  Glorification of death in this culture or cult of death.

 

Is there any wonder, then, that the same is then “exported” elsewhere?  It is very difficult to fight a non-conventional war, and Israel has become the laboratory.  This cancer must be eradicated.  We are told it is not “organized,” that individuals are rising up (thus the reason that the Third or Youth Intifada is also called the Individual Intifada.  But this is not the case).

 

Lessons of WWII

 

You went back to the Nazi era.  Humanity promised not to forget, to internalize the lessons and that such madness would happen “Never Again!”  Seven decades have passed, and we are experiencing exactly the same.  The last remnants of the Holocaust are still here, some survivors (primarily in their nineties) and child-survivors (like both my parents).

 

Let us remember (as you had indirectly highlighted) two lessons from the Holocaust and WWII:

 

First, more Christians died in the hands of Christian in WWII.  The systematic extermination of the Jews – six million murdered, 20% children – paled in comparison to the ten-fold number of Christians that died.

 

In WWIII, more Muslims will die in the hands of a Muslim [or Muslims].

 

Thus, anyone following that lesson from long ago must ask:  Why are the Muslims not speaking out?  Why are they not rising to protect themselves, not for our sake, for they too would not want to revert to the 7th Century way of living?

 

The answer is simple:  Many are afraid.  Some agree with what is taking place (even if a very small percentage, it still translates to many tens of millions of people [Bold text from Editor]). The remainder do not have anyone to follow, so they fall in place as well, lost to the ever increasing feeling of dominance and power.

 

And to them I suggest to ponder a poem by one Pastor Martin Niemoller: “First they came….”

 

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

— Fighting from Within

 

You asked about how does one differentiate the innocent from the culprit.  The answer is simple.  It is not you or I who need to do so.  The Muslim communities must act to reform themselves.  They can identify those within them who are getting ready to perpetrate atrocities, but they close their eyes, they cover their ears.  They refuse to do anything.  And so, the work continues uninterrupted.  And help is always given to those who seek it.

 

In theory it sounds commonsensical for the Muslim communities to be on the alert, again – for their own sake.  But in practice here in the USA, the Muslim community at large is taught by its assumed leaders (like CAIR and MPAC – Muslim Public Affairs Council) not to cooperate with authorities, to cry foul every time there is an investigation and to point a blaming finger to us, the non-Muslims.  There is even a manual what to do when questioned, for immediately, automatically and by default, their “civil rights” have been attacked.

 

Even in other matters, such as travel.  We are all subjected to searches at airports – Muslims and non-Muslims alike – except all the terror attacks that used airports or airplanes have been perpetrated by … yes, you guessed it!  We cannot go to the gate if we do not have a ticket.  We must remove our belt and shoes, we must open our computer.  We cannot take any liquids if more than a tiny container.  And the list of restrictions goes on and on.

 

Everyone is subjected to the same rules, but Muslims complain:  We “target” them.  We accuse them.  We persecute them.  We hate them.

 

The truth is different, but they prefer to sound the “victim” cry-of-war.

 

They are the victims and we are at fault.  That has been what we, Americans, have been hearing also from our President for the past seven and a half years.

 

Tell a lie often enough, and people will start believing it.  So in the USA, there are no “terror” attacks and no “terrorists.”  We only have “work-place violence.”  We are told that “Islam is a peaceful religion” and we are so politically correct that we are made to repeat it ad nauseam.

 

For Humanity to Prevail

 

For WWIII to end, Islam – a geopolitical movement (often mistaken to be a monotheistic religion) – must reform itself.  This will have to happen from within, for I – a Jewish person – cannot reform Islam, nor can any other person of any other faith outside Islam.

 

For WWIII to end, Islam will have to be defeated and crushed, in the same manner that Nazism was crushed allowing for WWII to end. [Bold text from Editor] And a better Germany rose out of the ashes, reminding the entire world that humanity matters.  (Interestingly, the Bible teaches us that this is exactly what God expects from us, to be good human beings, to treat the other as we want to be treated ourselves, to do good and to be kind.)

 

We, human beings, have a tendency to easily forget and to a practice of not knowing our own history.  Seven decades have passed from the most horrific period we have known in modern times, and here we are repeating the very same mistakes once again.

 

I am attaching something I wrote recently, “Everything but Terrorism.”  Yesterday there is a continuation, “The Lighthouse of Humanity.”  I will forward the latter as soon as it is published.

 

Thank you again for a thought-provoking reaction to Nice.

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Edited by John R. Houk

 

© Ari Bussel

 

Blog Editor: I found a very good bio for Mr. Bussel that reveals more than I had previous known of pertaining to his history. The bio is from BeverlyHills.com in pdf format which I am converting to a Word format to make it easier to share here.

 

Ari Bussel Bio

 

Ari Bussel is Vice President of Operations at Saybrex International, a privately held family business specializing in the distribution of fine wines and spirits. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company and has held various positions in the company since 1993.

 

Prior to joining Saybrex, Mr. Bussel served as First Lieutenant in the Center for Systems Analysis at General Headquarters of the Israel Defense Forces, where he led the implementation of the Logistics War Doctrine in the Computerized Wargame Program.

 

Mr. Bussel is involved in a variety of philanthropic and civic activities. Mr. Bussel completed the Team Beverly Hills Leadership Program and served on the Environmental Sustainability Topic Committee of the City of Beverly Hills. He was a member of the Steering Committees of former Beverly Hills Mayor MeraLee Goldman and the current Beverly Hills City Treasurer, the Hon. Eliot Finkel. Mr. Bussel also completed and participated in the Community Emergency Response Training Program of the City of Beverly Hills as well as the Crisis Response Team of the Maple Counseling Center.

 

Mr. Bussel was among the founding members and served on the boards of Gen. Shimon Erem’s Israel Christian Nexus, the Western Region of Friends of Israel Firefighters and the Israel Institute for Alternative Energy Advancement. He completed the Salvin Leadership Program of the Anti-Defamation League.

 

Mr. Bussel writes regularly. For the past decade, his weekly columns appeared in print in Israel Jewish Life, Shalom LA, Muslim World Today and Israeli Week. Mr. Bussel’s articles appear on numerous websites, including Canada Free Press, Free Republic, NewsBlaze, SlantRight [That’s me] and OpEdNews. He is a member of the Los Angeles Press Club.

 

Mr. Bussel received a Master of Science in Operations Research from Stanford University and Bachelor’s degrees from UCLA in Applied Mathematics and in Economics with a specialization in Computing.

 

Mr. Bussel was an avid runner who completed the 2005 and 2006 Los Angeles Marathon.

 

Mr. Bussel divides his time between Israel and the United States, writing about the social, political, military and foreign policy fabrics of the two countries. Mr. Bussel is a member of the foreign press corps in Israel. Since 2008, Mr. Bussel has cooperated with award-winning investigative journalist and author in a series of essays “Postcards from America

 

– Postcards from Israel,” and since 2011 in a series of radio broadcasts “Conversations Eye to Eye.”

3 Comments Against Suissa ‘dump Trump’ Article


Trump Gamble or For Sure Crooked Hillary

Ari Bussel is a frequent contributor on my blog. This submission is about three comments to an anti-Trump post in the Jewish Journal by David Suissa. The three comments are pro-Trump. The third comment is penned by Ari Bussel. If you read this blog you are probably aware that I have been in Trump’s corner since Senator Ted Cruz looked at the math, realized he could not secure the GOP nomination and so dropped (or suspended) out of the nomination race. I am a Trumper primarily because the alternative is crooked Hillary, one of the most corrupt American politicians next President Barack Obama and former President Slick-Willie Clinton.

 

Ari’s submission includes the anti-Trump post entitled “Republicans must dump Trump”. Ari placed the article at the end of the comments, but if you want to know what the three comments are defending against you may wish to scroll down and read the Suissa article first.

 

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3 Comments Against Suissa ‘dump Trump’ Article

Republicans must dump Trump

 

Article By David Suissa

Comments Submitted by Ari Bussel

Originally: Jewish Journal

Sent: 6/26/2016 2:26 PM

Focus: Three Comments to Suissa Article

 

[COMMENTS] In the order they were written:

 

1) Lily Steiner (lilily@earthlink.net):

 

David SHAME ON YOU! Do you not understand who ‘We the people’ are? Do you have so much disdain for people that do not agree with you? Do you have to be right to the exclusion of the Democratic process? Is your ego so huge that just because you have taken a vendetta to Trump anyone that does not also see it is wrong? Has it ever occurred to you that you may be, perhaps, just a little wrong yourself? Do you care nothing about a free and democratic election? Can you not even entertain that you are one of the elitists causing the problems. Do you not understand that the SILENT MAJORITY, who do not usually even vote, have taken the time and trouble to leave their chairs and couches and go out and show their support for a candidate they can finally support?

 
I don’t know how we have survived almost 8 years of the current leadership, and in fact we have not yet, as he has deeply and widely embedded Islamists into every department and level of government in a way, only someone like Trump can weed out.

 
But you of all people David, the wonderful father that you are, MUST understand that to raise a family as good and supportive and respectful and dedicated to a father like Trump, especially after 2 failed marriages, that type of father, that type of man cannot even come close to your close minded description of his character. The Trump kids, who grew up in wealth and privilege and the pain of 2 divorces, are exemplary citizens, ALL OF THEM, and totally support and respect their father. Do you in any way question that as their foundation and nurturer he could be anything but a man of solid values and integrity? You’ve raised many kids, you know the challenges, and how they turned out could only be a testament to his moral fiber.

 
All men have egos, and Trumps main challenge is that he is not a smooth charismatic speaker. So yes, you elitists will jump on media extracted sound bites that paint him so negatively, but take the time to see the substance of his ‘straight from the hip, unfiltered’ comments and you will not see lines of insulted workers of all backgrounds waiting to add their stories of the despicable boss they had, you will find stories and comments of a man that treated everyone fairly and equally.

 
When the media tried to show how awful he was to women, you had those same women come out and support him, showing the media, the folks you are supporting, to be totally biased with a lack of integrity to the truth. Now you, David, join them too!

 

You have created the most shameful column you have ever written. You besmirched the good character of a man who doesn’t need the power or aggravation or home or airplane that come with this office. Trump is running because he really does want to MAKE AMERICA GREAT again. With all the votes on the ground and support of all the We The People, not acknowledging him as the Republican Candidate shows you to have a TOTAL DISREGARD for the democracy we enjoy. I respect your disapproval of Trump, even though it does diminish you in my eyes, but I respect your right to your opinion. Your suggestion that we overthrow the democratic process because you feel you are smarter than the rest of us, is just plain ego on your part, far more vulgar than anything you describe in Trump.

 

2) Paul Schnee (sch290@hotmail.com):

 

During the last 12 months nobody has won any money betting against Donald Trump. As I understand it the gravamen of Mr. Suissa’s argument is that some method should be found to deny the will of the primary voters either before or at the Republican convention in July. This suggestion would have been more beneficially applied to Obama’s candidacy in 2008. Had it been successful the likelihood of a populist Trump candidacy, which seems to horrify Mr. Suissa even more than the 8 mirthless, poisonous and treacherous years of Obama’s presidency, would have been remote. Denying the will of the people is a conceit of the political elite as Prime Minister Cameron just discovered on Thursday.

 

Those conservatives and Republicans who will not support Donald Trump because they imagine themselves to be too politically pure, too morally superior, too well educated and too sophisticated because they consider Trump to be an unprincipled quasi-liberal vulgarian are committing a costly form of sanctimony which will hand over America and the Supreme Court to a political party which has abandoned Israel, supports the hate-group, Black Lives Matter, and whose members have moved so far to the left they would be unable to see the center if they were standing on top of a ladder looking through a pair of binoculars.

 

3) Ari Bussel (bussel@me.com):

 

Dear David,

 

Good writing evokes emotions and transfers the piece from the writer to the reader.

 

I am not going to say you are misguided, wrong or otherwise delusional.  I have read at least two lengthy comments to that effect.  Quite on the contrary, I immensely enjoyed, as always, reading your column.  The comments show that people read your column and that what you write affects them, sufficiently to drive them to engage in a discussion with you and/or with the piece.

 

I wonder, and you might too, of all the very many columns you have written this year, is that the single most “profound” or “comment-enticing” one.  Time will tell.  And your readers may think differently than you (each holds a different column of a writer as “most memorable”).

 

I would say, though, that had your “Dump Trump” been published a few weeks ago, it would have been timely, suggestive and thought-provoking.  As it is now, it is stale, outdated and plain sour.

 

The current timing is similar to all those Britons who, moments after the final Brexit results were announced, started calling for another vote, and will likely demand another and another … until their vote is the one that prevails!  Two million, three million and the count is rising.  But how many of them voted to separate in the first place?

 

You admit that “Love him or hate him, the man has earned his delegates.”  You do not question the process; you simply do not like the results. Thus, you call to tailor new regulations, just so that we can change what is truly rightfully earned and fait accompli.

 

You care not that you undermine the integrity of the process, and that is exactly how Democrats today behave; as if they are the owners of the process, and the process must therefore fit itself to them.

 

You advocate somewhat similar to Ehud Barak’s call, at present time in Israel, for a “rebellion” or an “uprising” or anything of the sort, simply because he does not like the current government and/or because he is desperate seeing the “Left,” of which he is a part, evaporating to non-existence.  [I wonder what would happen if I were to use the same about the sitting President of the United States.  “Ousting” or “Rising Against” or anything similar, and I might find myself – in a best case scenario – in a jail cell, keys thrown to oblivion.]

 

You further suggest to Republican leaders to take the long view, the high road and to set an example.  You say, inter alia:

 

Republican leaders must say to America, “We have decided that Donald Trump is so far out of line that we can’t in good conscience support him. Even if we have to bear the wrath of his supporters, divide our party and forfeit the election, we will encourage delegates to go in another direction.”

 

Since when did party leaders – Democrats or Republicans – do the right thing?  They care about one thing, and one thing only – perpetuating the status quo:  immense power and wealth, corruption and politics all concentrated in their hands.

 

Out of necessity – like the Israelites at the Red Sea, with the Egyptians fast approaching – Republican leaders finally understood the demand of (everyday) Republicans – we, the (simple) people, those who have a single, legitimate vote – and internalized the call to stop “Washington Politics.”  Further they understood (not so much by choice, but by sheer and overwhelming reality) that if the party is to survive, they must unite and reflect the people; not the comforts of the status quo where they rule and “let the people be damned!”  Thus you call for them to do the right thing; they have already done so.

 

In Biblical times, Nachshon jumped into the raging waters.  In current day Washingtonian politics, it was the Speaker of the House who was last remaining at the edge of the cliff, refusing to jump to save the institution, the party and himself.  He had no choice but to finally relent as well.

 

Once Paul Ryan announced he will vote together the entire party behind its presumptive nominee, the last fort of opposition to the New Reality has fallen.  Had your column appeared until that moment, it would be a wonderful, thought-provoking, reality-questioning piece.

 

But as it was published after that tipping point, it is nothing but a lamentation of a sore loser; and I know you are not.

 

Imagine a similar column published moments after the Berlin Wall was toppled on 11/9/1989 or at the time President Reagan said, on 6/12/1987, “Tear Down This Wall!”  Timing – all the difference in the world.

 

DJT might be a narcissist, but what is new under the sun?  Are we not completing eight years under another similar narcissist (“it is my way, and only my way!”), simply from the other side of the aisle?  The difference is that with one we had to undergo eight long years of subjugating everything we hold dear (from the Constitution, tumbled under his feet, to the medical care we used to get to anything else that was “life in America” before BHO) to him, and you seem to be afraid of the next four years of “narcissism break[ing] loose.”

 

Anything – either Clinton or Trump – will be better than what we have endured thus far.  As a Republican all my life, and for the sake of America, I hope it will be DJT.  My vote will be for him.

 

Always,

 

Ari Bussel

bussel@me.com

 

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From the Jewish Journal

 

Republicans must dump Trump

By David Suissa

 

 Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore-Flickr

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Photo by Gage Skidmore/Flickr

 

It’s bad enough when a narcissist is so full of himself that even a defeat can’t humble him. Win or lose, he’s always right. Imagine, then, what happens when an extreme narcissist starts to win, and wins big. All narcissism breaks loose. He goes from being drunk on his greatness to being totally plastered.

 

This is what is happening to Donald Trump.

 

He has passed the drunken phase. His stunning victories in the Republican primaries, his endless media exposure and his raucous rallies have become like cocaine-heroin speedballs to the part of his brain that triggers his ego. Blinded by self-love, he has doubled down on his offensiveness and recklessness.

 

His critics inside the Republican party say, “What did you expect? This is who Trump is.” But I think it’s worse than that.

 

What we’re seeing now is Trump becoming more and more Trumpish, a man so hypnotized by his own success that he can’t see himself unraveling (with a 70 percent disapproval rating). He can hire and fire advisers, but it won’t help, because he can’t help himself.

 

If Trump pulls off a miracle and wins the White House, we will have an unhinged leader of the free world, intoxicated by his greatness, prone to even more recklessness.

 

But even if he loses, which is more likely, we will still have to brave another few months of Trumpian bile. Come November, there won’t be anyone left to offend. We will all need a National Detox Day.

 

Among the many fallouts of this cringe-inducing year is how Trump’s crassness has overshadowed some genuine grievances among his working-class voters. Many of them feel, rightfully, that the economic recovery has left them behind and the Washington establishment has ignored them.

 

Some Trump voters also are tired of seeing their country getting ripped off, whether by a badly run war in Iraq that squandered $3 trillion, a badly negotiated nuclear deal that empowered a terror-sponsoring Iran, or unfair trade agreements that have cost American jobs.

 

The great GOP tragedy of 2016 is that it was a vulgar and divisive circus clown who figured out how to tap into many of those grievances.

 

In the beginning, many of us saw the Trump phenomenon as a harmless and amusing sideshow. Now, we see it is contaminating a party — and a nation.

 

That’s why Republicans must do everything they can to dump the Trumpster.

 

This is no longer about partisan politics; it’s about defending the honor of our country. As Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said recently, “There’ll come a time when the love of country will trump hatred of Hillary.”

 

With their convention only a month away, for Republicans that time is now. Trump’s beyond-the-pale behavior justifies looking for every possible angle in the playbook to allow delegates to nominate another candidate.

 

Yes, it’ll be messy, but as John Fund writes in National Review Online, there are expert opinions in support of freeing up the delegates:

 

“Curly Haugland, a member of both the Republican National Committee and the convention’s Rules Committee, has co-authored with Sean Parnell a persuasive mini-book, ‘Unbound: The Conscience of a Republican Delegate,’ to make the case that delegates to the GOP convention are free to vote their conscience.”

 

Denying Trump the nomination is a long shot, to be sure. Love him or hate him, the man has earned his delegates. Still, this is one of those torturous moments when one imperative overrides another. If there is a legitimate way to replace Trump with another candidate, it must be tried.

 

Republican leaders must say to America, “We have decided that Donald Trump is so far out of line that we can’t in good conscience support him. Even if we have to bear the wrath of his supporters, divide our party and forfeit the election, we will encourage delegates to go in another direction.”

 

Politicians and operatives inside the GOP who have mocked and criticized Trump but are nevertheless supporting him are simply proving his point about the cronyism of the political class. The only way they can salvage their integrity is to throw themselves at the mercy of principle and work to replace him.

 

This would be good not only for America — in the long run, it also would be good for the Republican Party.

 

“There will always be other Trumps until Republicans decide to make defeating Trumpism a cause, even if that means short-term losses,” former Democratic speechwriter Jon Favreau writes on The Ringer website. “If the party does not become more welcoming and inclusive, young people and other voters will tune it out.”

 

Donald Trump is too narcissistic to learn from his experience, either in victory or in failure. The Republican Party cannot afford to become like him.

 

To read this article online, visit jewishjournal.com.

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Edited by John R. Houk

As you might relate, there were some typos in the comments – something we all do when placing comments ourselves. I used spellcheck to edit.