I haven’t posted in a few weeks and before resuming normal service, I want to explain why I was taking time off.
It all started with the Gaza flotilla.
People on Twitter began attacking me like I was the head of Shin 13 (the Israeli Seals). I’m used to attacks on Israel, but the flotilla incident kicked it up a few notches and frankly, made me sick.
Now, obviously, nobody knew too many actual facts on the day. Fog of war, if you like, even heavier at sea. Not that is stopped some people from going ballistic – who cares about facts when you already have an opinion, right?
And I guess this is where I really annoyed some people. Some extreme left-wingers were jumping of joy, or so it seemed. At last, they got what in their mind’s eye was solid proof of the true form of Zionism – they shoot peace activists too. Poor harmless peace activists doing nothing more than carrying food and medicine for the children of Gaza. And there I was, their pet Zionist who wouldn’t acknowledge the sheer evilness of the deed.
I didn’t actually support the Israeli response to the flotilla, but I refused to play along to the “evil Zionists” mantra. For one thing, I generally do not believe the world is black and white. It upsets people who like to brand one side – either side – as cosmic dark forces of the devil.
Which leads me to the more general notion I try to convey, not always successfully: I am proud to be Israeli and a Zionist, even though I completely and totally do not support the current Israeli government and its actions. I am me, myself. Not the Israeli government.
I think the current government’s actions are anything but real Zionism. They contradict the Zionist idea and its ideals. And I can assure you, I am not the only one who feels this way. This is what Zionism really is.
So, there. It wasn’t much fun being called names, and it made me stay away from blogging and from Twitter for a while. I just don’t need the headache and heartache. I do that occasionally, take these breaks, and then after awhile, I get back into the swing of it all.
Oh, and I’ve been busy doing other things, like planning our big trip to the US next year! I now have a plan for 90 days in the West Coast – beginning in San Francisco and ending there. I will post it soon for feedback and reviews. So much more fun than writing about politics!