The Last Fortress: A Stand for Survival

Published April 1, 2024

The Shoval Perspective

After the UN vote, as in the brutal pressure on Israel to avoid defeating Hamas, it became clear that Biden is seriously contemplating the possibility of throwing Israel under the bus. The Michigan election is more important than the lives of Jews and the future of Israel.

At the moment of truth, we have once again discovered that history repeats itself – we are alone. But this time, we are not helpless. We will not go like sheep to the slaughter. We will not be Czechoslovakia; we will defend ourselves at all costs. Our existence is not a matter of compromise. If Biden tries to prevent Israel from winning, we know that “relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place”[1], And this place is an internal source. This is the consciousness of our generation; This is our responsibility. It’s on us. We see to it that the prophecy of the prophet Samuel is fulfilled: “the Glory of Israel will not lie.”[2]

It was PM Menachem Begin who articulated in his reply to the German Chancellor the Israeli collective consciousness, as if it had been spoken today and not decades ago: 

“Every child and child, in Migdal HaEmek and Tel Aviv, in Rehovot and Bnei Brak, every woman is in danger of being Katyusha over her head… And this advises me the German Chancellor, he knows what our security is and I don’t? 

 I was entrusted by the people to keep them safe. This is my sacred duty. And he gives me advice, and to all of Europe and the whole world, on how to force us to accept a Palestinian state? After all, this is an act of hostility like no other… Something that hasn’t happened since God created man, and man created Satan… He will give us advice on how to keep him safe? He will abandon our blood? He conduct propaganda for a Palestinian state…? 

 (We) are not afraid of anyone… I’m telling the truth and I have no reason to be afraid… We saw death in our eyes every day… I don’t know what happened with my people? I don’t know what happened with my family? I don’t know what happened with your sisters and brothers?…. After all this, he will tell us: establish a Palestinian state? In other words, you will put the three and a half million Jews in the Land of Israel in danger of death and annihilation?”  (currently – 7 million).

Israel is fighting a culture that is committed to destroying the West. People in Western civilization tend to think that fundamentalist Islam does not mean what it says. When they say that Israel is the little Satan and the United States is the big Satan, that’s just ventilation; they’re not really preparing for the fact that they want to eliminate us all. But they do. 

In this respect, we are not fighting the individuals who embarked on the massacre, rape, and killing spree on the seventh of October, but the consciousness that its unifying core is the murder of Jews. This is a consciousness articulated in a hadith quoted over and over again by Muslim preachers: “The time (judgment day) will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them, and until the Jew hides behind the stones and trees, and then the stones and trees say: ‘O Muslim, Oh Abd Allah, there is a Jew hiding (behind me), come and kill him.”[3]

But instead of listening to the message of Osama bin Laden’s partners, his letter is becoming trendy in America- youth.[4]

The truth is that it’s not surprising. Visiting the 9/11 memorial, one can’t grasp who committed the attack. The reality of radical Islam’s role in America’s great disaster is obscured. America, like children playing hide-and-seek, closes its eyes. Recently, the U.S. intelligence community has sought to avoid terms like “radical Islamists” and “jihadist,” perceived as biased.[5] Let me warn you: DEI policy in security matters is a recipe for national tragedy.

The West’s thankless behavior towards Israel these days is a moral failure against the West itself.

Obsequiousness to Hamas and blaming Israel expresses repression, denial, and deafness to what fundamentalist Islam says over and over again about the future of the West. But it is not only a moral failure but also a practical one. It simulates that it is possible to appease the aggressor by eliminating the victim (Israel) instead of understanding that Israel’s neglect only encourages the aggressor. 

Indeed, hours after the pressure on Israel, Hamas decided to deny positions and withdraw from negotiations on the release of Israeli hostages.

Western civilization is fed up and tired again; it is no longer ready to fight for its freedom. The West might wake one day, but it may be too late. It’s good to return these days to the classic warning of Churchill:

“Owing to the neglect of our defences and the mishandling of the German problem in the last five years, we seem to be very near the bleak choice between War and Shame. My feeling is that we shall choose Shame, and then have War thrown in a little later on even more adverse terms than at present.”

[1] Esther 4:14

[2] Samuel 15:29




Dr. Ronen Shoval is a Visiting Fellow in Jewish and Political Thought at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. His work focuses on the deep interplay between theology, politics, and society.

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