Setting the Record Straight
Reflections of a Frustrated Zionist
by Bernard J. Shapiro
I am getting increasingly frustrated with the constant repetition of the same mistakes in Israel, year after year. Is there no learning curve for Israeli leaders, politicians, and let’s face the Leftist public?
Why do we debate the obvious, like does the Land of Israel belong to us. Some other important questions:
1. Why do we negotiate with Abbas, Obama, the UN, the Eu, Egypt, Jordan or any other anti Israel nations, leader, or institutions. JUST SAY NO! They are all short change artists as I wrote about many years ago. Please read.
Don't Play with the Short Change Artist
Or Why One Shouldn’t Make Redeployment Maps
By Bernard J. Shapiro
From an editorial in the January 1998 issue of
THE MACCABEAN ONLINE
During my 23 years as owner of House of Books in Houston, I learned many valuable lessons. One in particular seems to have an application to the current situation in Israel. Let me explain:
In 1978, the store was victimized by a short change artist. One of my clerks was at the register when a well dressed gentleman approached with a paperback book costing $2.95. He gave her a $20 bill and then began a back and forth exchange of money. In the end, the bookstore lost about $60.
I called the Houston police department and requested that an officer come to the store and brief my employees on how to prevent this crime from happening again. The officer came and told us a little story. It seems that Johnny Carson once asked a short change artist to come to his show and try to fool him while he was fully alert to what was going down. The criminal had no problem and his skill marveled the audience.
The Lesson: No matter how smart you are, a professional shortchange artist will win out. He is a pro. He does this day in and day out.
How To Stop The Short Change Artist: You simplyMUST NOT PLAY HIS GAME. At the the first hint of the scam, my employees were told to close the register and call security. They were specifically told NOT to try to outsmart or "keep up" with the short change artist.
How does this apply to Israel and the redeployment? Very simple. Think of Yassir Arafat and the US State Department as short change artists. They set up a scam called "Oslo" and the "peace process." They exchange promises for territory. They keep the territory but never keep their promises. Like I said, it is a scam.
Along comes the new Likud Prime Minister, Bibi Netanyahu, who believes that he is smart enough to control the GAME. Only he can’t. No one can. He is up against pros who have been scamming nations for decades.
The State Department has reneged on commitment after solemn commitment to the Jewish State. (See latest Yoram Ettinger article in Ynet.com on 10-18) Still they continue, pledging friendship, while surgically inserting knives in our backs.
This high drama of maps, Sharon’s or Mordechai’s, is just another manifestation of the attempt to control theGAME. There is only one way to win for Israel: Don’t play!
Bibi must announce to the world that the cash register of Eretz Yisrael is closed. The GAME is over. The scam is through.