Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Never Gets Old

I visited the Museum of Independence in Tel Aviv for the 4th time in the past 4 years. I have to say that this must be one of the smallest yet most meaningful museums a Jewish person can visit in his lifetime. Hearing David Ben-Gurion’s voice echoing though the speakers in the exact room Israel was declared a little over 65 years ago is absolutely breathtaking. Even though all I heard was a recording, it was still hard to grasp the meaning behind this historical moment. Finally, after years of leaving in a diaspora the Jewish people had a place to call home. Moreover, it was even harder to wrap my mind around the fact that shortly after Israel was declared it was already facing a war against an army of over 18 million soldiers ready to destroy it. Let me state that this is neither the first nor the tenth time I have learned about the War of Independence. Moreover, as an ex-soldier in the IDF I can definitely say that it would take a vast amount of emotional strength to stand up against an army of millions knowing that you will most likely give up your life to defend your right for a Jewish state. A task of this magnitude can only be achieved by people who have no other choice but to unite, literally, unite to stay alive.

“When there is no enemy from within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you” - Winston Churchill


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