II have served two countries. The United States and a Marine in Vietnam, and Israel as a combat office in Lebanon.. After 6 years in the Marines, I served on active service and in the IDF reserves for another 25 years in Israel. In all this time I was convinced that what I was doing was for the good of the free world and ultimately for the good of Israel and the principles of western civilization which were built on the solid foundation of Judaism.
Over 30 years ago I converted, and I and my family moved to Israel, throwing our lot in with the Jewish people, dedicated to redeem the land of Israel as a Jewish homeland, to rebuild the temple, and to undo the injustices of 2000 years of deportation, degradation, and murder that the holy people of Israel have born in hope and humility waiting for our G-d to redeem them.
I was serving in Vietnam in 1967 when the first miracles of our time began with the return of the Temple mount to the Jewish people. Both I, and my comrades, shed tears of happiness, there in the battle fields of Vietnam, and we were convinced that the Israeli government would begin the building of the Holy Temple. As it turned out, we were disappointed.
Shouldering that disappointment, I and many others came to Israel in hopes that the temple could be rebuilt after the land was restored. Tirelessly we labored for this dream in Judea, Samaria, the Golan and Gaza. We gave our blood, our fortune, and our future to this dream. Now, in a few short hours, this dream was shattered, but not by an outside enemy…but by that same Israeli government we had served. I, like others, am being forced to choose between being an Israeli and being a Jew. After what happened I fear that it is not longer possible to be both.