Few nations are genuinely inspirational.
Few countries remind us all of the power of hope, democracy, endurance and uncommon valour. And that anything is possible.
A tiny, democratic country in the sea of the Middle East struggle does. Her name is Israel.
No other nation has been subjected to the ceaseless harassment, adversity and struggle that Israel has endured since 1948.
It is the identity of inspiration that has enabled Israel to withstand the countless attacks, threats and innumerable slanders and libels.
It is the identity of inspiration that has enabled Israel to overcome the powerful international elites that drink from the well of bitterness and envy, who secretly pray for its demise.
A lesser country would have yielded to the stress of the circumstances.
Consider this. Between 2006 and 2010, the UN Human Rights Commission condemned Israel in 20 of its 25 resolutions. In the same time period, it condemned North Korea once.
It just reminds us how lucky we are that America controls the world, and not the UN.
And then an insignificant local government area of Sydney, Australia decided, it too, wished to engage in the vacuous and bellicose ideology of anti-Semitism.
Enter Marrickville Council and its December 2010 resolution, now the subject of intense international media scrutiny. The resolution they passed called for a blanket boycott on produce and services from Israel and virtually all contacts with any and all Israelis. The awful BDS movement had officially arrived.
A more ignominious action was hard to imagine. Sadly, it occasioned little surprise to me.
For the last seven years, I have served a neighbouring municipality, with an almost identical political composition of elected representatives. Overwhelmingly Green (http://greens.org.au) with a fading left-wing Labor pulse, these are the most coloured, indoctrinated and uneducated people imaginable, sufficient to turn you off humanity.
These people do not hate evil; they hate people that hate evil. These are people who consider environmental degradation a more worthy battle than terrorism. Infinitely more deserving of the ban passed, would be the authors of the motion and those that voted for them.
Israel has been, and continues to be the clarion call for excellence and freedom. A quick glance reveals the true extent of the aptitude and undeviating moral rectitude of Israel. It has the highest per capita rate of university degrees. It has the highest ratio of scientists and technicians in the workforce, even more than the United States of America. It invented the first PC anti-virus software and the Centrino processor for laptop computers.
On a humanitarian front, Israel’s Save A Child’s Heart (SACH) is the largest program in the world for children from poor nations who need heart surgery. And last year, Israel opened the first field hospital in Haiti after the horrific earthquake.
I am not Jewish, and not an Israeli. But any person who dreams, and hopes, and tries, and endures has a bit of Israel inside of them.
I try every day to channel the strength and resilience of Israel in my every day life.
The actions of Marrickville Council only further eroded the credibility of the anti-Israel doctrine, and only galvanized the proudly patriotic Australians of the Jewish community, as well as the rest of freedom-loving Australia. In late April of this year, after it was revealed the cost of such a boycott would almost be four million dollars to ratepayers, the Council was forced to abandon its boycott bid due to public outrage. This fate showed Australia has Israeli qualities.
Israel is the light of a continent covered in cadaverous darkness. Israel’s story reminds us what is possible when you are unfalteringly democratic, and possessed of an uncommon valor.
Nick Adams is a conservative motivational speaker, author and public relations consultant. More information can be found at www.nickadamsinamerica.com.