As an American who advocates for American national security interests in Congress and educates young Americans at universities, I empathized with the General’s concern for our country. I worry about the long-term implications of a situation in which most of our nation’s young people have allowed policy differences to cast doubt on our nation’s founding principles.America’s triumphs have greatly outweighed our failures, and the progress we have made is remarkable. Nonetheless, America is constantly disparaged by the far-left, which holds sway in academia. It is also a growing and destructive presence in our body politic.
American protests almost never feature an American flag, but at the Israeli protests against judicial reform, thousands of Israeli flags were proudly waved. These were patriotic protests, passionately advocating for a change in government policy. Protesters wave their flags as part of a competition over who is more patriotic and more Zionist—the current government or opposition supporters.
The Israeli right, center and left all proudly declare themselves Zionist. Young pro-Israel American progressives would never say such a thing out loud for fear of censorship or expulsion from their far-left circles.
America’s July 4 Independence Day celebrations are on the horizon. This is a day when we are supposed to remember and honor the founding of our nation. But just like America’s Memorial Day, on when those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom are commemorated with department store sales, the message of July 4 will be superficially celebrated with fireworks, while its profound meaning will often be ignored. The bright lights will obscure the appreciation we should have for our nation as a unique, tolerant land of opportunity for those who are hard workers and open-minded.
Immigrants from around the world seek to reach America, with long waiting lists to immigrate legally and hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants willing to risk life and limb to gain entry..The American lieutenant-general I mentioned above said that Israel is America’s best ally, both militarily and in terms of shared values. I am proud to be an American Jew. I wave the American flag as an American who has been given opportunities that few other Diaspora Jews could have imagined. I also wave a flag for Israel, because that is where my heritage began over 3,000 years ago and, today, Israel supports American national security interests as well as its own.
Produced in association with Jewish News Syndicate
Edited by Asad Ali and Saba Fatima
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