Pardon My Inappropriateness

Since Obama’s rise to power, the U.S. government has exploited every opportunity to ram home the concept that it is “inappropriate” for Israel to defend itself against existential threats.

As Israel’s population of 8,500,000 includes approximately 1,700,000 Arabs, all of whom enjoy all the rights and benefits of Israeli citizenship, one would think that it is entirely appropriate to expect that Jews may likewise live freely with full rights in a State of Palestine, should one be established. Yet Washington deemed this expectation, voiced by Netanyahu, as irrelevant and instead reproached Netanyahu for pointing out the Palestinian Authority’s intention to ethnically cleanse Judea and Samaria of Jews, referring to his words as “inappropriate”.

To clarify, it would seem that ethnic cleansing of Jews from Judea and Samaria – the very heartland of Israel – is not inappropriate. Accusing those who are doing the ethnic cleansing is a no-no.

Another de ja vu moment evokes the speech Netanyahu presented to Congress where he described the Iran nuclear deal as a “bad deal,” considering the numerous occasions in which Iran has promised to wipe Israel off the map and considering that the “deal” in effect enables Iran, a principal sponsor of global terror, to go nuclear. There too, Netanyahu’s words were deemed “inappropriate”.

Allow me to clarify once again. According to the Obama administration, striking a deal giving nuclear capability to a country engaging in global terror and, by the way, throwing homosexuals off the rooftops to their deaths, is not inappropriate. Attempting to save one’s country from nuclear demise is.

We in Israel have heard the accusation of our being “inappropriate” often since 2008. We were inappropriate when defending ourselves against Hamas after enduring a decade of rocket attacks on our civilian population. At the same time, it’s appropriate for the United Nations to financially aid and politically abet Arab terrorists against Israel, with the U.S. at the forefront, having given over 25 billion dollars to the PA in the last few decades. This goes on all the while knowing full well that the monies were not going toward civil infrastructure or humanitarian aid.

We were, and still are, inappropriate for building in our own capital. We are inappropriate by declaring that we Jews are from JUDEA, although, it seems to be entirely appropriate for the Arabs to revise history and “appropriate” our historical ties to our land and naturally appropriate for the United Nations to back this most outrageous identity theft. One can say the world is watching silently as the Arabs hijack our land and our heritage. But saying so is deemed inappropriate and therefore not a matter of silently watching at all. The nations of the world are all culpable, as inappropriate as that may sound to all of you. Hell, I’ll risk it.

By the same token we are inappropriate in any attempt to allow freedom of worship for Jews at our most sacred site, the Temple Mount. And let us not forget how, clearly, the majority of Israelis were inappropriate for lawfully voting in a government not to Obama’s liking, despite his illegal involvement in Israel’s elections to bring forth a left-wing/puppet government.

Washington, with all due and appropriate credit to Obama, has for some time now joined forces with Eurabia (nee Europe) in seeing eye to eye with them regarding Israel and the Jewish people at large. Our existence is distasteful to them, albeit useful at times in order to invoke the usual scapegoat for world woes. Nevertheless, it is obvious our “being” is fundamentally “inappropriate”.

Which makes our continued existence even more gratifying. An inappropriate thing to say, I know.


Zahava Englard Shapiro

Originally from New York, Zahava was lost in New Jersey for several years until found over a decade ago roaming the hills of Judea in Gush Etzion. An author of two books, “The Gilboa Iris” published by Gefen and “Settling for More: From Jersey to Judea” published by Devora. Her favorite quote is: “If it’s not controversial, why bother?” (Yes, the quote is her own.) She is a mother of four, with two sons having proudly served in IDF combat. Zahava is presently residing in Jerusalem, continues to publish articles for various online publications and is currently working on "the great Israeli novel."

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