This is an open letter which was sent by an Israeli many years ago. Please read it and try and guess when this person wrote it. I will give the answer on Monday!
I understand that you are upset over us, here in Israel. Indeed, it appears that you are quite upset; even angry. (outrages?) Indeed, every few years you seem to become upset over us. Today, it is the "brutal repression of the Palestinians"; yesterday, it was Lebanon; before, that it was the bombing of the nuclear reactor in Baghdad and the Yom Kippur War and the Sinai campaign. It appears that Jews who triumph and who, therefore, live, upset you most extraordinarily.
Of course, dear world, long before there was an Israel, we - the Jewish People - upset you. We upset a German people who elected a Hitler and we upset an Austrian people who cheered his entry into Vienna and we upset a whole slew of Slavic nations - Poles, Slovaks, Lithuanians, Ukrainians, Russians, Hungarians, Romanians. And we go back a long, long way in the history of world "upsets". We upset the Cossacks of Chmielniski who massacred tens of thousands of us in 1648-49; we upset the Crusaders who, on their way to liberate the Holy Land, were so upset at Jews that they slaughtered untold numbers of us. We upset, for centuries, a Roman Catholic Church that did its best to define our relationship through Inquisitions, and we upset the arch-enemy of the Church, Martin Luther, who, in his call to burn the synagogues and the Jews within them, showed an admirable Christian ecumenical spirit.
And it is because we became so upset over upsetting you, dear world, that we decided to leave you - in a manner of speaking - and establish a Jewish State. The reasoning was that living in close contact with you as resident strangers in the various countries that comprise you, we upset you, irritate you, disturb you. What better notion then that to leave you and thus love you and have you love us? And so we decided to come home - to the same homeland from which we were driven out 1,900 years earlier by a Roman world that apparently we also upset.
Alas, dear world, it appears that you are hard to please. Having left you and your Pogroms, inquisitions and crusades and Holocausts; having taken our leave of the general world to live alone in our own little state - we continue to upset you. You are upset that we repress the poor Palestinians. You are deeply angered over the fact that we do not give up the lands of 1967, which are clearly the obstacles to peace in the Middle East. Moscow is upset and Washington is upset. The "radical" Arabs are upset and the gentle Egyptian moderates are upset. Europe is upset, as is Asia and of course, Africa and down under and up there. The Jews are repressive and oppressive and obsessive. And the Palestinians - ah, lo the poor Palestinians. And the world, dear world, you are upset.
Well, dear world, consider the reaction from a normal Jew from Israel. In 1920 and 1921 and 1929, there were no territories on 1967 to impede peace between Jews and Arabs. Indeed, there was no Jewish State to upset anybody. Nevertheless, the same oppressed and repressed Palestinians slaughtered tens of Jews in Jerusalem, Jaffa, Safed, and Hebron. Indeed, 67 Jews were slaughtered in one day in Hebron - in 1929.
Dear world, why the Arabs - the Palestinians - massacre 67 Jews in one day in 1929? Could it have been their anger over Israeli aggression in 1967? And why were 510 Jewish men, women and children slaughtered in Arab riots between 1936 and 1939? Was it because of Arab upset over 1967? And when you, world, proposed a UN partition plan in 1947 that would have created a "Palestine State" along side a tiny Israel and the Arabs cried "no" and went to war and killed 6,000 Jews - was that upset stomach caused by the aggression of 1967? And by the way, dear world, why did we not hear your cry of upset then? The poor Palestinians who today kill Jews with explosives and firebombs and stones are part of the same people who - when they had all the territories they now demand be given to them for their state - attempted to drive the Jewish State into the see. The same twisted faces, the same hate, the same cry of "itbach-al-yahud" - massacre the Jew! - that we hear and see today, we seen and heard then. The same people, the same dream - destroy Israel. What they failed to do yesterday, they dream of today - but we should not "repress" them...you stood by in 1948 as 7 Arab states which the Arab League proudly compared to the Mongol massacres. You stood by in 1967 as Nasser, wildly cheered by wild mobs in every Arab capital in the world, vowed to drive the Jews into the sea. And you would stand by tomorrow if Israel were facing extinction.
And since we now that the Arabs-Palestinians daily dream of that extinction, we will do everything possible to remain alive in our own land. If that bothers you, dear world, well - think of how many times in the past you bothered us. In any event, dear world, if you are bothered by us, here is one Jew, in Israel who could not care less.