Sam Glaser's hit song In Israel from The Bridge CD, used for Nefesh B'Nefesh aliyah promotional video.
ISRAEL HAS NEVER BEEN BETTER OFF!
(text below from the person who uploaded it to YouTube with a very slight adjustment)
It's only TV and the media that make people think that the end of the world is coming.
Only 60 years ago, they were leading Jews to their death like sheep to the slaughter!
No Country, No Army. 55 years ago!!
Seven Arab countries declared war on the small Jewish State, only a few hours old!!
We were then 650,000 Jews! against the rest of the Arab world!
No IDF [Israel Defense Force]. No mighty Air Force, just tough people with nowhere to go.
Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, attacked all at once.
The country the U.N. "gave us" was 65 % desert.
The country started from scratch!
35 years ago!! we fought the three strongest armies in the Middle East, and wiped them out in six days.
We fought against different coalitions of Arab countries, with modern armies, and masses of Soviet Russian weapons, and we still won!
We have today a country, an army, a strong Air Force, a Hi-Tech Economy, exporting millions.
Intel - Microsoft - IBM develop their stuff here.
Our doctors win world prizes for medical developments.
We made the desert flourish, selling oranges and vegetables to the world.
Israel has sent its own satellite into Space! Three satellites all together!.
We sit proudly, with the U.S., with 250 million people, with Russia, with 200 million people, with China, with 1.1 billion people, with the Europeans -- France, England, Germany, with 350 million people, the only countries in the world to shoot something into space!!
Israel is today in the world nuclear power family with the U.S., Russia, China, India, France, and England. [We don't admit it, but every one knows...]
To think that only 60 years ago, we were led, shameful, with no hope, to our death!!
We crawled out of the burning ashes of Europe, we won our wars here with less than nothing in our hands, we built an "empire" out of nothing.
Passover was celebrated; let's not forget what the story is all about.
We overcame Pharaoh, we overcame the Egyptian Empire, we overcame the Chaldean Empire, we overcame the Babylonian Empire,we overcame the Greek Empire, we overcame the Roman Empire, we overcame the Byzantine Empire, we overcame the Spanish Empire, we overcame the Ottoman Turkish Empire, we overcame the British Empire, we overcame the Austro-Hungarian Empire, we overcame the German Empire, we overcame the French Empire, we overcame the Russia Empire, we overcame the Soviet Empire, we overcame Hitler, we overcame the Germans, we overcame the Holocaust, we overcame the armies of the seven Arab countries, we overcame Saddam.
Take it easy, folks, we will overcome the present enemies too.
No matter which part of human history you try!
Think of it, for us, the Jewish people, our situation has never been better!!!
So, let's Lift our Heads High, let's Remember:
Any nation or culture that tried to mess around with us was destroyed - while we kept going!
Anyone know where their empire disappeared to?
Alexander of Macedonia?
Are there any Ceasars around?
The Third Reich?
Anyone heard any news about it lately?
And look at us, the Nation from the Bible, from slavery in Egypt, we are still here, speaking the same language! right here, right now.
The Arabs don't know it yet, but they will learn that there is one G-d.
As long as we keep our identity, we are eternal.
So, sorry for not worrying, not complaining, not crying, not being scared.
Things are O.K. here. They surely can be better, but still:
Don't fall for the media junk, they won't tell you that there are festivals going on, that people keep on living, that people are going out, that people are seeing friends.
They are part of our strength. It might help some of them to keep their heads up high.
Tell them that there is nothing to worry about.
Tell them to think BIG, and to see the whole picture.
"See You Next Year in Jerusalem."