Some facts about Israel
1. Israel has a population of 86,80,000 which is slightly more than that of suburban Mumbai.
2. Area of Israel is 22,072 sq.km which makes it smaller than Manipur.
3. It is surrounded by hostile neighbors – Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine territories and Egypt. Iran has vowed to destroy it.
Despite all these adverse factors, Israel is a much-feared nation. Why? Because it has jigar in ample measure which Indians woefully lack.
Every Israeli undergoes military training. Every citizen behaves like the eyes and ears of the govt. Their politicians fight among themselves. But when it comes to the national interest they rally around immediately. The people, especially the predominant Jews, fiercely love their country.
When Iraq started building the Osirak nuclear reactor with a view to developing a bomb to wipe out Israel, Tel Aviv simply air bombed it out of existence. When Israelis were taken hostage in Uganda, Israel simply sent its special forces who killed the hijackers and brought the hostages back to the safety of their homes 2,000 km away. PM Netanyahu’s brother was killed in that operation.
In India, the government let the hijacked IA plane to take off from Amritsar’s Rajsansi airport. Later, the then foreign minister Jaswant Singh in a most disgraceful act escorted terror mastermind Maulana Masood Azhar of Jaish-e-Mohammed and handed him over safely to the hijackers in Kandahar. A Huge amount of money also reportedly changed hands. In any other country, Jaswant Singh would have been arraigned before the courts.
No wonder Israel is where it is today and India is still busy appealing to its people to kindly not defecate in the open. People who plunder the banks are tipped off to escape to London. A man who pilfers ONGC’s oil worth $1.5 billion gets a red carpet. Son of a former minister who has acquired properties worth billions abroad is partying in Paris. A politician involved in a Rs 7 lakh crore scam is conferred with civilian honor. We still give the MFN status to Pakistan and yet go about all world capitals telling what a terror-sponsor that country is.
No wonder humbug and hypocrisy have become our hallmarks. Even a sense of shame is lacking.