The Story of David and Goliath Employed to Support/Lament Israel’s/Palestine’s Independence/ Nakba

I read the news today, oh boy:

Israel-Syria Border Protest
Israel-Syria Border Protest

…An Israeli military spokesman, Captain Barak Raz, said that Israeli troops at the Syrian border “fired only at those infiltrators trying to damage the security barrier and equipment”. So the crime for which people were shot dead was not threatening the lives of Israeli soldiers but only of trying to damage razor wire and barriers erected to keep them out of their own country. For this heinous crime they paid with their lives. On the other hand, some 13 Israeli soldiers were said to have been “lightly wounded” from thrown rocks. 

The Bible tells us David, the little shepherd boy confronted the Philistine giant Goliath with stones flung from a sling. He succeeded in killing the giant. But the present day Goliaths are better armed than their Biblical equivalent, and respond to stones with automatic gunfire. Acutely aware of the David and Goliath story and its implications, the Israeli authorities are always trying to pose as the innocent victims who are merely defending themselves against an evil enemy who is bent on their destruction…

Alan Woods, “Nakba protests: The Arab revolution reaches the Palestinian masses“, In Defence of Marxism, 16 May 2011

But on a brighter note… “PM Netanyahu’s Speech at the International Bible Quiz: Israel’s 63rd Independence Day“, Prime Minister’s Office, Israel, 10 May 2011:

Bible Quizmaster Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu
Bible Quizmaster Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu

התנ”ך הוא היסוד של הקיום שלנו, התנ”ך הוא הנדבך של אמונתנו. אני אינני מכיר איזשהו ספר שתרם תרומה כה כבירה לאנושות. כי התנ”ך איננו עוד יצירה ספרותית, התנ”ך הוא עולם ומלואו – סיפורת, שירה, דברי מוסר, חזיונות וחזון אחרית הימים. אני שמח לשמוע מידידי, שר החינוך גדעון סער, ששינינו את לימוד התנ”ך היום בבתי הספר שלנו. קודם כל החזרנו את סיפורי המקרא. זה נשמע לי מוזר שבכלל היה צריך להחזיר אותם. אבל הסיפורים האלה, סיפורי המקרא, יוסף ואחיו, קין והבל, דוד וגוליית, אלה הסיפורים הכבירים ביותר בתולדות האנושות ובתולדות עמנו. והם מדליקים את הדמיון, מציתים את הדמיון של כל ילד וילדה. ובכן, החזרנו את סיפורי המקרא. והחזרנו גם את הקריאה בתנ”ך, כי המקרא דורש קריאה. ובצד זה גם חיזקנו מאוד את לימודי היהדות והציונות. אני מברך אותך גדעון על ההובלה החשובה בתחום הזה. אין דרך טובה יותר להבטיח את לכידותנו כעם ואת המסד הרוחני לעתידנו.

… The Bible is the foundation of our existence, the basis of our faith.  I know of no other book that has made such a great contribution to humanity.  The Bible is not merely another work of literature; it is the entire world – literature, poetry, ethics, prophecies and eschatology.  I am pleased to hear from my friend, Minister of Education Gideon Sa’ar, that we have changed the Bible curriculum in our schools.  First, we have reinstated the study of the Bible stories.  I find it odd that we need to reinstate them in the first place.  These stories in the bible of Joseph and his brothers, Cain and Able, David and Goliath, are the greatest stories in the history of man-kind and of our people.  And they capture the imagination of every boy and girl.  So we have reinstated the study of these stories.  We have also brought back Bible reading, because the Bible should be read.  We have done this side by side with reinforcing Judaism and Zionism studies.  I congratulate you, Gideon, on leading this important change.  There is no better way to ensure our cohesion as a nation and the spiritual foundation of our future…

Reading the Bible is always reading the Bible alongside.


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