With anti-Semitism exploding across the globe, on our campuses and incredibly within the Democrat Party itself (once the bastion of pro-Israeli sentiment) at levels not seen perhaps since the 1930’s in Germany – and with the specter of an Iranian nuclear weapon and all that goes with it now virtually assured, a little light amidst the darkness might be just the tonic to give some hope. In that spirit, I want to recommend two films, now on Netflix, that are worthy of your time, whether you’re MOT (member-of-tribe) or not.
First up, “Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Homefront” follows the lives of five Israeli soldiers, all from different backgrounds, facing different personal challenges, as they enter military training on their way to becoming paratroopers in the IDF.
Next, we go back to 1948 with “Above and Beyond” as American Jews, all veteran combat pilots in World War 2, risk their lives and their futures to defend the nascent Jewish state from five Arab armies, intent on finishing what Hitler started. In the end, they lay the foundation for one of the leading air forces in the world – one that may very well be facing its greatest test in the months ahead.
On a sad note, Lou Lennart, one of the pilots profiled, passed away last month at the age of 94.
If you go by nothing more than the spirit of the people from both these films, then I think Israel is in the very best of hands. As Simon Weisenthal once said, “a Jew must believe in miracles if he wishes to be a realist.”