Ezra and Nechemia were born into a community of Jews that had been forcibly exiled from Judea and relocated to Babylon after the destruction of the First Temple. They lived in what was known as the Persian Diaspora around the year 450BCE. They both returned to Judea with a mission: Nehemia came to rebuild the ruined city of Jerusalem, and Ezra…came to rebuild the Jewish soul.
“Israel’s relationship with the United States is a fundamental pillar of its national security. Militarily, diplomatically, and economically, American support has for decades been a vital strategic enabler. For consultations on emerging events, Washington is usually Israel’s first and often sole port of call, almost always the foremost one, and inevitably the primary address when planning how to respond to such events. Indeed, Israel’s reliance on the United States is so great today that the country’s very survival is at least partly dependent on it—with, as we shall see, a variety of consequences not all of which are salutary…The truth, indeed, is nearly the opposite of what the critics contend: by now, I would argue, Israel has lost much of its own independence to the United States.”
What is Freilich’s approach to this criticism? What evidence can you find to either support or refute his position?
There is a certain political behaviour called “Machiavellian,” which means “being or acting in accordance with the principles of government analyzed in Machiavelli’s “The Prince,” in which political expediency is placed above morality and deceit is used to maintain authority and carry out the policies of a ruler.”
If someone supports Israel or the Jews for Machievellian reasons as did Cyrus, does this bother you?