April 20, 2010, - 12:08 pm

Happy 62nd, Israel!

By Debbie Schlussel

Yom Huledet Sameach, Yisrael. Happy Birthday, Israel.


Today is “Yom Ha’Atzmaut,” Israel’s Independence Day.  62 years ago, on this date in the Hebrew calendar, Israel became an official state.  But that was just the official recognition of what has been the case for thousands of years.

Israel has been Jewish land for thousands of years, with Jews always living there.  Some morons who believe the false, conventional wisdom actually believe that some Holocaust survivors came from Europe and took the land from Arabs to make their own state.  Couldn’t be farther from the truth.  In fact, the majority of Israelis are Sephardic Jews, Jews from Arab and Asian nations.

(This is on my fridge, next to a giant American flag pic and a scene of the U.S. Hockey Team beating the Soviets in the 1980 Olympics. I drew this in Fourth Grade, while I was listening to my teachers, the late Rabbis Betsalel and Skorski, of Blessed Memory.)

And Israel’s capital, Jerusalem, has always been a Jewish city.  Ditto for the rest of the country.  Jewish books and interpretations of Jewish law from many centuries ago tell of Jewish rabbis traveling to minister to Jews from Gaza and other cities throughout Israel.  It always has been Jewish land, and hopefully always will be.

As I noted yesterday, it’s an interesting alignment of the stars on the Christian calendar, with Israel’s 62nd birthday and dead Hitler’s birthday falling on the same day.  Though Hitler tried to wipe out the Jews forever and worked with Muslim forces like the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem to do it, both Hitler and the Mufti are long gone, dust in the pathway of earthworms.  The Jews, on the other hand, survived and have a nation of their own that, for now, is still here.  Let’s hope it doesn’t continue its path of self-amputation by giving away more land to Islamic terrorist forces under pressure from the U.S. and the international community.  These same countries did nothing as Jews were shoved into ovens.  The U.S. only entered World War II when the U.S. was attacked.  Long before that, FDR knew of the camps and crematoria and did nothing.  In the end, it is the Jews alone.  Israel, alone.  And that is why Israel is still around, 62 years later, despite non-stop wars and terrorist attacks–which are fomented against its innocent civilians every day (you just don’t read about it in the mainstream media).

Happy Birthday, Israel.  Am Yisrael Chai. The Nation of Israel Lives.


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29 Responses

I hope that Israel will be able to celebrate is centenial. Of course, there are many who would be happy to see it survive past the Obama Administration. It is my hope that such pernicious dreams are unrealized.

Worry01 on April 20, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I don’t know what tomorrow holds, but I know Who holds tomorrow.

    God’s eye is always on Israel. The Psalms tell us that that the Keeper of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.

    My money is on God: He will keep his Theocracy for eternity.

    goldenmike4393 on April 20, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Worry, what Centennial? We’re 3,000 plus years old, not 62, LOL The Creator of the Universe made Eternal promises to only one People. ETERNAL!
    But thanks for your concern.

    mk750 on April 20, 2010 at 12:58 pm

      You are correct. That’s the “true” birthdate of the Jewish people and we should never forget it. The Jews in Israel have already ruled the land only a quarter of the time the Hasmonean kingdom existed and a lot longer than their abortive bid for independence from the Romans under Ben Kosiba. I keep thinking of those ancient coins speaking of the “freedom of Israel.” There was truth to them then and there is truth to them today. Am Israel Chai is most fitting indeed. Those are the very words Prime Minister Netanyahu wrote in the guest book at the Wansee villa in Germany, where some of the most powerful men in the Third Reich met to ensure the Jewish people would be no more on this earth. After all the blood, the tears and the sacrifices, Israel exists again. No other nation on earth was forced out of its land and returned to it. And its worth remembering all the Jewish people are still not home. For all that, Israel is the Jewish present – and the Jewish future.

      NormanF on April 20, 2010 at 2:33 pm


goldenmike4393 on April 20, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    The birth of Israel in 1948 was THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT PROPHETIC EVENT this century.

    Every Christian becomes thrilled remembering this momentous event.

    goldenmike4393 on April 20, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Happy Birthday Israel! You’re one of the good guys!

Skunky on April 20, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Happy Birthday Israel, now you have to be on the look out for that Hiler of Iran, who in his past speeches in the 5-7 years have endlessly claimed that he’s going to wipe Israel off of the face of the earth, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah! The 50,000 dollar question is, who’s going to stop and destroy Iran’s nuclear missiles (we know that the Iranian Hitler is building nuclear missiles, and he should NOT have nuclear missiles, because this friggin nutjob is a religious crackpot zealot), will it be us, I kinda doubt it because Obama is so goddamn soft on Iran and the rest of our enemies, but this imposter of a president is so tough on us, his fellow American countrymen & countrywomen, or is it going to be Israel or someone else?

Liberalism is a Mental Disorder!!!

“A nation is identified by it’s borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on April 20, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Serious question, can a gentile convert to Judaism?

Ken Blazek on April 20, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Ken, serious answer: yes.

    Shy Guy on April 20, 2010 at 1:51 pm

      Absolutely. Just be sure to do it thru an Orthodox rabbi otherwise it may not count if you want to move to Israel.

      mk750 on April 20, 2010 at 2:08 pm

There are lots of lies told about Jews “usurping” the rights of the indigenous peoples, etc. But, as Debbie reminds us, a Jewish presence has continued unbroken over the millennia. Even when defeated and driven out in large numbers, a remnant remained behind to hold our claims in trust for us.

Here is a prayer recited specifically on Independence Day (from the new Koren/Sacks prayer book):

May He who performed miracles for our ancestors and for us,
redeeming us from slavery to freedom, grant us a complete redemption soon,
and gather in our dispersed people from the four quarters of the earth,
so that all Israel may be united in friendship

These are not the words of a usurper, rather of a people that has come home.

Raymond in DC on April 20, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Here is a prayer recited specifically on Independence Day (from the new Koren/Sacks prayer book):

Raymond in DC on April 20, 2010 at 1:59 pm


That prayer, Mi sheh’assah nissim, is also part of the monthly Sabbath blessing of each new month on the Jewish calendar.

Shy Guy on April 20, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Just be sure to do it thru an Orthodox rabbi otherwise it may not count if you want to move to Israel.

mk750 on April 20, 2010 at 2:08 pm


Otherwise it will not count as being Jewish in the eyes of G-d and His Torah – period – regardless of moving to Israel or not.

Shy Guy on April 20, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Israel has to face Iran alone as the nations of the world stand on the sidelines. It is Israel’s responsibility to preserve its existence or else the twin holiday in Israel means nothing. The Jews have been given by G-d a special chance to take charge of their fate. Let’s all hope they live up to it.

That said, its time to wish Israel Yom Huledet Sameach, Yisrael. 62 amazing years. With hopefully, many more, G-d willing, to come!

NormanF on April 20, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Happy Birthday to the recognized state of Israel. But more importantly, Happy Birthday to the Jewish people, without them the rest of us would not be here. May you continue to thrive in the world where ever you are. Your continued existence as G-d’s chosen on earth allows the rest of humanity the time to find Him. Blessed Be!

perception of truth on April 20, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Spot On Debbie! You are correct in noting the majority of Israelis are Mizrachi and Sephardim. Isn’t it interesting that none of the major media outlets can be bothered to not only point that out, but provide background about how these non Muslims were treated. The big lie perpetrated by omission and, to some extent by just outright fabrication that all was well prior to the creation of the modern Zionist movement, is just that… big lies. When we hear and read about settlement of differences, let’s see what is owed to the descendants of the Jews who had to leave and flee from the purveyors of that so called, but mislabeled “religion of peace”. Indeed, one need only take the blinders off long enough to inquire what’s been happening to the other minority populations. That’s probably much too much to expect from what passes for “journalism” and “academia”.

Binyamin I. Efreom on April 20, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Happy 62nd birthday Israel (though thousands of years older)!

Even with monsters like hitler, more than a billion mozlums and other anti-Semitic politicians of all races and breeds, Israel will live on and on and on! They are not God’s chosen people just on paper!

Anonymous Twit on April 20, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Part of the reason for the Jews’ longevity is that Jewish civilization is really a civilization and has a dynamic to perpetuate itself, as opposed to most of Judiaism’s enemies over the centuries, most of whom were barbarians such as the Nazis and Muslims. In spite of its seeming strength, barbarism is ultimately fragile, and doesn’t have the foundation to continue on a long term.

The Peace Process is not new; Israel’s enemies in the State Department and in many cases the White House have been attempting it in one way or another since Israel was founded against their wishes. The imagining of Arabs as potential allies if only we’d restrain Israel goes back to the beginning of the 20th Century.

Harry Truman, for all his faults played a heroic role in helping Israel become established, even if some of his positions after 1948 were not so good.

Your link Saturday pointed out the US’s failure to help England substantially in 1940; along with FDR’s restriction (basically prohibition( of Jewish emigration, failure to bomb the death camps, the US’s failure to admit displaced Jewish refugees after WW II, and the consistent pandering to anti-Semitism are disgraceful, and semi-permanent fixtures in the United States’s history.

Little Al on April 20, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Todah Rabah, Ms Schlussel. Your drawing brought tears to my eyes,

MarcelF on April 20, 2010 at 5:34 pm

What the hell were they thinking, to make statehood official on Hitlers Birthday? I would like to hear the logic of that insane choice of date…
FYI…”Israel” means “ruled by God” and that name was given to Jacob by the Lord of Abraham himself. So to call a piece of dirt “Israel”, is not only insulting to Jacob but to us believers who know for a fact that the “state” of “Israel” is just a ruse by the powers that be, to pacify the call for a “state” named “Israel” after WWII.

Who cares? on April 20, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Excellent post, Debbie.

Happy Birthday, Israel!

JeffE on April 20, 2010 at 8:02 pm

So wheres the proof that the invisible sky daddy gave some small piece of land to some primitive bronze age sheep herders?

Nak on April 20, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    So wheres the proof that the invisible sky daddy gave some small piece of land to some primitive bronze age sheep herders?

    Nak on April 20, 2010 at 9:45 pm


    Look who’s the primitive! You’re apparently the self-proclaimed deformed son of a paramecium!

    Shy Guy on April 20, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Regarding the coinciding of Israel’s Independence day and Hitler’s birthday this particular year, the non-Jewish calendar date of Israel’s original declaration of independence back in 1948 was May 14.

Shy Guy on April 21, 2010 at 1:05 am

Add my best wishes to Israel and it’s citizens on this anniversary. With all the opposition and our own government’s
meddling and wrong-headed policies, Israel continues to thrive.
I pray they do not fall into the trap of giving up more land
for “peace” as some of their leaders have in the past.

Daniel K on April 21, 2010 at 11:56 am

How come none of you live there?

Aussie Craig on April 21, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    7:15AM here in Jerusalem. Cool spring morning.

    Shy Guy on April 22, 2010 at 12:15 am

Am Yisrael Chai L’Olam Va’ed

Customs Forever on April 22, 2010 at 10:52 am

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