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The right to self-defense is an impediment to resurgent aristocracies, whether a secular humanist aristocracy in the west, an Arab-Islamic aristocracy in the middle east, or a Jewish aristocracy inside of Israel.

Free citizens of all backgrounds should arm themselves to thwart an aristocracy of their superiors forming around them and locking them into tyranny. Everyday Israelis should defend themselves from the dogooder dual passport crowd, Gazans should defend themselves from Hamas, et cetera, et cetera.

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Feb 11Liked by Joshua Hoffman

Israel is experiencing what a lot of Europe,before and after WWII experienced;which is terrorist groups in neighboring countries, such as in Spain,Italy,etc.No nation broadcasted against those countries rights to defend themselves.This Arab /Israeli problem is manmade by religious zealots!

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This American’s support for Israel has never wavered. Israel is strong and growing stronger. Protesters will come and go, and drift along to other avenues to showcase their ignorance. Ignore them. Hold fast, Israel!

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Feb 11Liked by Joshua Hoffman

Bravo Joshua! Thank you once again for a brilliant essay!

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No US president will abandon support for Israel. Biden's relatively restrained criticism will not affect this. Those who claim they will not support Democrats over this issue and think the GOP will somehow be better for Israel are not thinking of the interests of the US. The GOP is a would-be fascist party that wants to give away Ukraine to Putin and let him take any other parts of Europe that he wants. This matter is of fundamental national security importance, and misguided, single-minded thinking only Israel is un-American. If your allegiance is to Israel, not the US, then move there.

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3000 Hamas militants attacked women and children and the American Blinken thinks Israeli soldiers fighting against the militants is over the top?

Yet when Russia attacked Ukraine “Most of the targets were military bases, but there was clearly substantial damage in and around several cities.” That quote is from CNN. America funnels billions into the military industrial complex.

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Feb 11Liked by Joshua Hoffman

And, Joshua, I too - a British Roman Catholic - stand there next to you and with you, fervently hoping and praying for that miracle. May G-d richly bless you and the state of Israel.

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Feb 11Liked by Joshua Hoffman

Excellent essay.

Israel needs to finish Hamas. Israel doesn’t need advice from countries that don’t and can’t win wars about how to fight a war for survival. Joe Biden’s election is not Israel’s problem. The Democrats are not really Israel’s friends. They play both sides. How can they be friends of the Jews when they have a well funded hard Left wing of the party advocating for Islamofascist terrorists? American Jews are predominantly voting for the party that is giving copious amounts of cash and latitude to Iran’s homicidal regime, and which looks at Israel and the Jews through the distorted prism of NeoMarxist ideology. Now Jews are colonizers and white supremacists? It’s ignorant, dangerous, nonsense. You may not love some aspects of the GOP. You may have distaste for President Trump, (the most pro Israel President probably ever), but the Republicans are far more sympathetic to Israel and Jews than the Marxists and Obama acolytes in the Democrat party.

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Feb 11Liked by Joshua Hoffman

The realism of this piece feels painfully palpable. Talking to those who agree feels pointless. But reaching those whose ears are impenetrable seems to be a lost battle. And there is another problem that is festering and brewing - religious fanatics from both sides (I do admit that one side has a considerably larger number). And yes, elections and desire for power make this current issue (of survival?) worse, if it can even be worse. So, where do we go from here?

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Feb 10·edited Feb 11Liked by Joshua Hoffman

I had little faith that Biden was ever a sincere supporter of Israel. He is a weak leader who is easily manipulated by the Progressives in his party and fearful of losing Michigan. Jon Finer, Deputy National Security Adviser, visited Michigan and told the people there that the US made a misstep in the Hamas/Israeli war. He said Israel went "over the top." This is the way it is in a political election year, votes first, people, last. Macron and France, when has he and France been a true supporter of Jews in France and Israel? It took years for the French courts to decide a murder was an antisemitic attack, so between France and the US, it's difficult for me to believe they have Israel's best interests at heart. Blinken says, "we must not lose sight or our humanity." He shouldn't be directing that at Israel but to Hamas. Of course, it's evident why he doesn't. When have Hamas and its Palestinian supporters ever displayed humanity? Maybe Mr. Blinken, Jake Sullivan, Jon Finer, Joe Biden and others should be asked the question, if Israel goes along with a ceasefire and it is brutally attackd again, what would their plan be? The world always demands that Israel must make concessions, while Hamas does whatever it wants. I agree with Golda Meir that being alive with the bad image is the only choice. No matter what Israel does, they will be criticized, so despite that, they must do what they have to do for victory and for the existence of Israel and the lives of all Israelis. Am Yisrael Chai!

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Feb 10Liked by Joshua Hoffman

This in effect is how so many people view G-d! If He shows that He is working His best to help mankind then people love Him. But usually He is blamed for all Old Nick does to injure and kill - yet few realise that that was the doings of satan! Why, because He has Israel as His Land and Israelis as His people, so abuse or hate either and He is being h a used - hated!!

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Feb 10Liked by Joshua Hoffman

Yes, the transition in world opinion that you describe was totally to be expected, and exacerbated by uninformed elements of woke culture. Shame on politicians and pundits who put success before morals.

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You know what? I'm sick and tired of all this news about how the world is against us. It's NOT NEWS anymore and not worth more than a paragraph of reminder as Israel informs us about how she is winning the war (without giving away trade secrets of course). "Woe is us" articles are not helping to boost Jewish/Israeli morale. Rather, they are making us feel small and weak - which is exactly what our enemies want. So, let's stop doing their work for them. I want to hear about new weaponry, defenses, military successes and refusals to capitulate to insane demands from our so-called allies.

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That is an interesting take. Delusional, maybe, but I hope not. As to their military tactics (and secrets) are we supposed to be privy?

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Report every win. Every piece of equipment that is superior (without providing too many details). Every time we gain a significant supporter. Every time Israel's enemies and phony friends like Biden are proven to have egg on their face. This is standard war propaganda the Allies used in WW2 news reels to keep morale up. And I know some folks won't like what I say next but I have to say it. No more angry crying, wailing from hostage families. Sad but "brave" interviews gain more respect and sympathy than hysterics. Let the lying, cowardly, Hamas-supporting Palestinians screech and wail. We are Jews, Israelis. For G-d sake let us show some dignity.

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Feb 10Liked by Joshua Hoffman

If the world is going to stop bullying Israel, Jews may consider stopping the "woe is us" refrain. Then they need to step up to the karma-is-a- bitch plate and channel all that energy accordingly: first of all, Israel needs to be feared. I mean badass feared and castrate all those surrendered terrorists as it's a fitting punishment for the barbaric medieval behavior they demonstrated on Israeli women. And secondly, the badassness needs to be so good that it drives Sinwar to put a bullet in his own head which would save Israel a lot of trouble. Finally, to make sure the world doesn't try to mess with Israel ever again, the US needs to drop an Abomb on Iran on behalf of Israel (and Biden conveniently forgets he ok'd it). Sounds improbable because it doesn't fit Israel's profile, but that's the point.

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If your post was meant to be funny, I'm not laughing. In any case, I don't think we have to resort to barbarism to do what we have to do.

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Funny? Hardly. You missed my point.

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Well, if you are serious it sort of speaks to something I replied to someone's post here. About the world denying us victory because they are afraid we will become a superpower. I say we need to act like that superpower now. I don't subscribe to using nukes; I don't think it's necessary to spread radiation everywhere to flatten Iran. There are some pretty devastating conventional weapons to do it (not to mention cyberweapons to destroy their essential services). As for those surrendered terrorists, I don't think we need resort to relieving them of their shriveled balls. Just kill them. A "no prisoners policy" would strike real fear into their hearts and remove any incentive for them to take future Israeli hostages to trade for prisoners.

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I appreciate what you're saying and under any other circumstance I'd agree however, I wasn't being literal, nonetheless, directly eliminating the terrorists rather than demasculinating them would definitely be better. As for sabotaging the potential of being a superpower state, I never thought of that but it makes sense. I'd love to see Israel becoming a superpower. It certainly has the potential and would be great at it too. From your mouth to God's ear!

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I like this conversation!! I agree- Israel needs to become a BADASS- but can it do so without allies and money and weaponry from the West?

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It seems as if, in the eyes of many so-called liberal democrats in the West, the Jews will always be "the problem" and now that the state of Israel exists, their anti-Semitism can be conveniently channelled into their anti-Israeli and anti-Zionist sentiments. It is becoming increasingly obvious that it is only when the State of Israel "goes away" that such people will be happy. Then they will be able to cuddle up with the "poor" Palestinians and live happily ever after, nourished on the purity of their virtue. There is nothing a bully hates more than when their victims stand up to them - hence their hatred for Israel. I stand with Israel against the bullies in Hamas, the UN and on the streets of the West and wherever else they may be found.

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The truth is this, and interestingly an Arab man said it to my husband many years ago. He said, "if Arab money and Jewish brains worked together, the Middle East could be a superpower even greater than the United States!" This statement offers the sole reason why the world, including Israel's so-called allies, are teaming up to deny Israel any victory. They fear she will become the superpower this Arab gent was referring to. So I say, LET'S BECOME THAT SUPERPOWER. With or without Arab money. (And there are Arabs who'd love to invest in Israel but fear death if they give Israel a kind word, much less a few billion $$.) So let the world fear us. It's their loss and stupidity. Let Israel forge on to victory!

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I hope you're right but I don't believe the West will wake up until certain ideologies are removed (or at least roundly criticized) in educational institutions, the media, the corporate world and in the political and legislative spheres. I don't see this happening except in non mainstream forums and in small North American towns where leftists and fundamentalist Muslims are still not welcome.

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