When I was living in Israel in the 70s, there was no such thing as cell phones or even the internet. But there was the portable transistor radio and everyone carried one tuned to one fo the few radio stations that were available. Once an hour, the news would be played. If you were on the bus you would hear the same report being playing on many radios. The announcer would report on International News. For instance, something about the Vietnam War, which was going on at that time. Let us say the reporter said that Saigon had fallen to the Viet Cong, everyone on the bus would say “is this good for the jews?”.
I can’t help thinking about this when I hear the reporting out of Iraq. The middle east is clearly in chaos. The ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) which is a Sunni Terrorist organization that is so brutal even Al Qaeda does not want to be associated with it has taken over the second largest city in Iraq. It is likely that Iraq will break apart into three countries. One country will be Shiite and associated with Iran. One will be Kurd, and one will be Sunni and make the Taliban looks like liberal. But the ISIS wants also to take Syria and Lebanon. That is a pretty scary thing from Israel’s perspective or is it. Don’t forget that Hezbollah located in South Lebanon is probably Israel’s most serious threat. They have tens of thousands of missiles aimed at Israel. But ISIS will certainly wage a war and destroy them eventually. But then Israel will face them on its northern border.
For sure, Palestine is a looser in all this. With all this going on, no Arab state cares about them. And with all this going on, how can Israel be expected to accept an independent state in Palestine, which could easily be dominated by the ISIS.
So I am left with the question “Good for the Jews?”.