How Can We Tell if This is Good for the Jews?

Many years ago, when my late father was still alive and had clarity of thought, we used to sit after the evening meal around the dinner table and talk about national security and energy, technology and policy, gadgets and inventions and a lot of other subjects that made the news those days. At the end of each discussion my father would ask, half seriously and half in jest: “So tell me, in the end, is this good for the Jews or is this bad for the Jews?”

Dear Dad – let me give you a few markers so that you could tell if what you hear, watch or read about is good for the Jews.

  • If it causes the spokesman of a Gazan terror organisation to declare that Israel will pay for its crimes and that revenge will be swift and painful – it is good for the Jews
  • If it brings the Israeli President to bestow the Israel Prize on a small RAFAEL development team or a few faceless Mossad agents for an achievement that will remain secret for many years – it is good for the Jews
  • If it brings extremist Knesset members Ahmed Tibi or Khanin Zuabi to scream foul play from the speaker’s podium of Israel’s Parliament – it is good for the Jews
  • If it makes Catherine Ashton, the EU Foreign Minister, express her deep concern – it is good for the Jews
  • If it happens outside a large Iranian city and is accompanied by a massive explosion and a huge cloud of smoke – it is good for the Jews
  • If it brings a Nobel Prize to an Israeli professor – it is good for the Jews
  • If it brings Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to completely lose his temper – it is good for the Jews
  • If it causes the propeller shaft of a Gaza bound flotilla boat to bend mysteriously – it is good for the Jews
  • If it passes for years on end top secret intelligence from inside Hezbolla’s operations room – it is good for the Jews
  • If it brings the spokesman of the State Department or the General Secretary of the UN to call for all sides to act with restraint – it is good for the Jews
  • If it is launched from Palmakhim and leaves behind a white contrail visible from all corners of the country – it is good for the Jews
  • If it makes Hassan Nasrallah continue to hide in a deep bunker five years after – it is good for the Jews
  • If it is done in cooperation with a few NATO member countries even if at this stage it is only an exercise – it is good for the Jews

This is of course a random and incomplete list – the readers are invited to add their own ideas.

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