Friday, June 19, 2009


I am blessed, and choose, to read many blogs. One of the most insightful blogs I read is Shalom from Jerusalem, written by my good friend, Marallyn. I "found" Marallyn's blog soon after I began blogging and it was such a delight to me. Then somehow I "lost" her and then several months ago I "re-found" her and I was so delighted. I immediately re-contacted her and re-connected and have been reading everything she posts.

With my concern for what is going on not only in our own country, but in the world in general, and Israel in particular I feel so blessed to have Marallyn's blog to give me a truthful, first hand report through the eyes and ears of this lovely Jewish lady. All of her posts recently have been so insightful to me. I hope after you read her post below you will go to her site for yourselves.

I know I can, and did, post Marallyn's link here on this post......but I also know that many times when presented with links we don't always take the time and effort, or have the desire to check it out. For this reason I contacted Marallyn a few days ago and asked her for permission to copy her June 15th blog here at Penless Writer word for precious word. She graciously gave me permission to do so.


Last a little after eight o'clock, everyone I knew was sitting in front of their televisions waiting to hear our Prime Minister deliver his long-awaited speech.

I cancelled students. I grabbed a bottle of water and my chicken salad and made myself comfortable.

From every window of my house, all that could be heard was Bibi talking. None of my neighbours had any other channel on...just Bibi.

Before we go any further, I should state that I am a card carrying member of the Likud party. I get to vote in their internal elections as well as in the national elections. I have voted for Bibi more than once. And once I did not vote for him.

From the moment he began to speak until his final word I was breathless. Finally! Somebody said it out loud. How many people would be alive today if somebody had said it when our leaders at the time ran to embrace Oslo?

So many things he said amazed me. But here is one that made me listen even closer:

"In order to bring an end to the conflict, we must give an honest and forthright answer to the question: What is the root of the conflict? In his speech to the first Zionist Conference in Basel, the founder of theZionist movement, Theodore Herzl, said about the Jewish national home "This idea is so big that we must speak of it only in the simplest terms." Today, I will speak about the immense challenge of peace in the simplest words possible."

How simple.

How elequant. How absolutely correct! And then he went on to say it. He said it out loud....

"Even as we look toward the horizon, we must be firmly connected to reality, to the truth. And the simple truth is that the root of the conflict was, and remains, the refusal to recognize the right of the Jewish people to a state of their own, in their historic homeland."


I always said, I can love you like you expensive gifts...give you anything you want...put your needs above my own....

I can do all that. But I can't make you love me! Either you do...or you don't.

And all my fine gestures and all my wonderful, expensive gifts won't make you love me if you don't. And, when did any of us think, for just one second, that our neighbours love us? Who was it that said, 'Arafat never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity."?

When is the world going to wake up and realize that we are a splinter in their backside...we are the speck of dust on their pristine carpet...that THEY DO NOT WANT PEACE.

Simple, no?

Thank you Mr. Prime Minister! For the first time in a very long time, I think I can sleep at night knowing that someone is honestly and truely at the helm of our very little ship that is floating in a very big and dangerous sea.

And then, this morning just as I was feeling safe, I read something else. I read an article stating that Obama was happy with Bibi's speech. That's good.

BUT THEN...get this my friends...the article from Haaretz newspaper went on to say:
"At the time of the speech, Haaretz learned, Obama was playing golf."

He what?!!!?

Well...I guess that shows us! I mean exercise is important. And as President of the United States, Mr. Obama must not get enough exercise. And, the speech was around eight at night making it around o'clock his time. Is mid afternoon a good time to go out in the sun and play golf? I guess it must be. And, if it is good enough for POTUS, then, hell, maybe the rest of the world should have made other plans instead of listening to our Prime Minister.

Hell, it's only Israel. Who cares?

So, if no one cares, then why are we on the front page of everyone's agenda?

He was out playing golf!!!

Here is anther fishbone that remains stuck in my throat. When Bibi and Sarah Netanyahu were in the States a few weeks ago, Mrs. Obama didn't meet with our Prime Minister's wife. She had tickets to a concert...or the theatre, I think it was the theatre. She did ask her husband what to do and Mr. President told her not to change her go to the theatre.

Mr. Obama, Sir. If it was Mrs. First Lady from Canada...or Germany...or Russia...or Great Britain...or the European Union...or Palestine (is there a first lady...or any lady?)...would you have told your wife the same thing? OF COURSE NOT!!! That would have been an insult. And you wouldn't want to insult any of THEM.

What is POTUS telling Israel?

And what message is he sending out to the world about how he feels about Israel? If golf is more important and going to the theatre is more important to Mr. and Mrs. President of the United States of America...then what is the little anti-Semitic guy going to think...or the Arabs...or the EU?

Me? I take it as a great insult! A slap in the face!

The whole world was waiting for Bibi's speech. He spoke his heart out. He gave the world enough time. He picked an hour that was convenient to everyone.

I guess he didn't know what a lover of golf Obama is. I mean Jackie Mason said it so well. "Me? If I get a splinter in my finger, I run around and take myself into Sinai Hospital and see a doctor. You? If you fall into an open manhole and die...what do I care?"

You think I'll get into a lot of trouble if I say, "Shame on you Mr. President."? Maybe I better not. But as President Carter...also not a great lover of Israel once said..."I have sinned in my heart."

And we are supposed to be great friends. I guess with friends like these, Israel dosen't need fill in the rest.

Have a great day...stay safe...and thanks for dropping in.

posted by marallyn ben moshe"

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Mari said...

Wow - excellent post. I'm ashamed. Of our country, of our president, or our priorities. I'm also going to check out her blog.

... said...

although i can appreciate the first hand information, i don't think it's fair or that we should judge president obama on this particular issue.

it reminds me of when i was on staff at a church as a youth worker. there were people who felt like they knew what i should be doing and when i should be doing it. they might see that i wasn't sitting in my office at any particular time and ask, "what are we paying you to do?"

i was doing youth ministry. it didn't (and doesn't) look like a normal job. it's relational, it's odd hours, it's a 24/7 job so i'm not always going to be sitting at my desk. maybe i was up at midnight talking a kid out of running away from his family. the staff trusted that i was doing my job. it was just a few who felt like my job wasn't lining up to the way they thought things should be done.

my reply; unless you're walking in my shoes and doing ministry, please don't judge me. unless we're in president obama's shoes and dealing with all of the responsibilities that are on his plate, let's not judge every move he makes or doesn't make.

marallyn ben moshe said...

my dear dear susan...thank you so very very much for your kind kind words and for reading and printing my blog...your friendship and prayers have been a blessing in my life and i will always be grateful...sometimes when things get tough God sends a little angel to smooth things are one of my little angels...i tried to keep my big mouth shut but i couldn't...i am aggravating a lot of people...people who are not ready to see the truth even though it is staring them in the face...why? because until they do see what is really going on israel and then the rest of the world may be,God forbid, in terrible trouble...i have searched for a way to get the word adding me to your blog and your reading list you have lightened my load and once again i bless you...shabbat from jerusalem and from me...oh and remember...talking to God from my place is a local call...i asked Him to keep an eye on you and yours and may you only know happy days...stay marallyn

Sunny said...

Wow! definitely food for much thought.... an enlightening post. Thank you Susan for posting this. I have felt for a long time that if Obama got elected we were going to be in deep doo-doo!

Anonymous said...

You know Susan, I am really schocked that there are no more posts on here than 4. That is really scary to think that people (Mostly Christians) are not praying for and blessing Israel.

Genesis 12:2-3 God told Abram.......I will bless you and make your name great and you shall be a blessing. 3.I will bless them that bless you and curse them that curses you and in you ALL the families of the EARTH shall be blessed.

We are to bless Israel first THEN we will be blessed. We cannot bless someone if we are not standing with them.

Even if our leaders do not stand, with Israel, we as individuals can.

Psalms 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper that love thee.

We are told to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. That word "peace" means nothing missing, nothing broken, complete.

That means it is not to be divided otherwise the land is broken, missing, and not complete.


Jenileigh said...

Stopping to say hello. Hugs

Mountain Mama said...

Yes she certainly said it well.
Like you there are many of us who are sad and just plain disappointed to see the things that are happening in our government and in our world.
We continue to pray for America, for Israel and for all of the leaders of our countries to heed the urgings of the Lord God Almighty.

Thanks for sharing Marillyn's site and post.