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Guest Post (Hillel Fuld): Jetlag, Darkness, and Perspective

hillelHillel Fuld is the CMO of Zulastrategic advisor at various startups and startup incubators, startup mentor, and a tech blogger who contributes to sites such as The Huffington Post, Business Insider, Mashable,Gigaom, and others.

gush attackAs Shabbat is about to begin in Israel, I lay here at 3:50 AM, jet lag, confused, overwhelmed with Facebook posts that reek of sadness, tragic loss, and mourning. Kids, teachers, families, brutally and savagely torn apart.

Being this far away from our hospital bed where we heal as a nation, just awaiting the next vile attack on our existence, I want nothing more than to go home and hug my children.

Then it hit me. Perhaps if I was there, so deep in the national sadness, I wouldn’t have the clarity that I have here laying in my bed in the midst of Silicon Valley. From here, perhaps I can see the situation in a more objective lens. And the painting is clear and complete.

Israel is now one of the only remaining sources of truth in the world. No really, I want you to think about the absurdity we are experiencing in the backward western world, Israel aside.

– Refugees. Really? Let’s put it this way.

What has to happen for the world to say “There is no way we are taking in Syrian refugees”?

Is one mass terror attack carried out in part by those very refugees enough?

The leader of the free world ridicules his political opponents by saying they are afraid of widows and children. What if those terrorist attacks were carried out by women and children? What if radical Islamists strategically use women and children?

Will that change his mind? Will that change the world’s mind?

What has to happen? Because watching this utterly insane debate from the sidelines, it is truly hard to believe it even exists.

How do people think this is a good idea in any way, shape or form?

“Because we are a compassionate nation.”? That’s cute. Just 70 years ago, America turned away Jewish refugees who fled the savagery of Europe. So let’s not go there, ok?

And never forget that those who are are compassionate to evil will themselves be transformed into evil. I didn’t say it, someone much smarter than me did.

Applies today more than ever.

– Global Allies. With friends like that…

America and its fearless leader Mr Obama has our back? You still believe that? Forget condemning the murder of Israeli lives. The man can’t even get up and condemn the spilling of American blood when it happens on Israeli soil. That is how deep his hatred is.

Calling on both sides to apply restraint.

What a worthless and confused individual. And that is me giving him the benefit of the doubt.
The man is the opposite of a leader.

– Titles = Legitimacy.

While the world continues to obsess over the different names, ISIS, Daash, ISIL. Hamas, Boko Haram, Hezbolloh, and yada yada, the truth is that by labeling them, they are granted legitimacy. No names are needed. It’s all the same garbage ideology, all the same goals, all the same rhetoric, and all the same tactics.

Radical Islam is the enemy of the western world. Just a slight problem, the leader of said world can’t even pronounce the words “Radical Islam”. Can’t think of any other reason he won’t say em.

I can go on and on with the backward absurdities of the world we are now living in.

I’ll stop there.

Israel is one of the only countries left on the globe that has not lost its way and is not focusing on the obviously less important and often dangerous issues of political correctness or some other liberal backward agenda.

What is Israel focusing on? Trying to fix its own refugee problem. You see, we’ve been there, done that. We were “compassionate” because we were told we need to be and when I say “we”, I mean some of our own confused leaders over the years. And now we pay the price of those refu-Jihadists living among us and shooting at us at intersections, synagogues, and in the streets.

So while the world is focused on creating their next war, we are focused on winning it. We are focused on fixing the problem, while the world is obsessed with creating one.

Israel is focused on building a forward thinking, peace loving, and problem solving innovative society, while pretty much the entire world has lost its way and is focused on appeasing the enemy. Quite literally.

Sitting here in the United States, a country we’ve considered our best friend for decades, I couldn’t feel less at home. I couldn’t possibly miss my home more.

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again. Israel is a beacon of light shining bright through the utter darkness of the global community. And every day now, one of our supporting candles blows out. Every day, another country that stood for truth and integrity loses its way.

More darkness means our light shines brighter.

These aren’t just words. It is so obvious to me sitting here and looking around at some of the pioneers and leaders here in Silicon Valley. Somehow, five minutes into the conversation, we realize the Israel or Jewish connection.

Everywhere I look, we are shining our light.

Heart-wrenching reality for our nation and our home? No one debates that. But at least we are a nation with principles and at least we have a home.

I am no prophet but it is very difficult to not see what is transpiring right before our eyes. If you don’t want to look at Jewish scriptures and what is predicted to happen in the world right before the happy ending, then don’t. Just look at history.

Right before it gets bright, that is when we experience the deepest darkness. It doesn’t get much darker than radical Islam.

The light is here, we are shining it, and the end of the tunnel is near. When we get there, we will hold the torch, while the rest of the world will stand confused embracing their darkness until the day they look up and see where they are and how much better it is in our reality.

We are so close. All we have to do is keeping holding our torch of truth with our chin up knowing that we stand for what is right in the world.

The contrast between us and everyone else has never been sharper and that contrast is the strongest testament that we are on the right path. Remember that the next time someone tells you we are secluded.

Of course we are secluded. We stand for truth.

It’s going to be a difficult Shabbat in Israel, no doubt, but as challenging as it may be, everyone needs to step back and look at our national history. What we’ve been through as a nation and how despite the utter pain and loss of beautiful souls, as a people, we’ve never been as blessed as we are now.

Remember that when hugging your children this Shabbat.

Shabbat shalom. Can’t wait to come home.

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