My friend and everyone forwarding the clip are so thrilled that CNN finally has something good to say about Israel.
Praise from CNN? I don't want it and I surely don't need it.
Flashback: Unwanted Praise
The CNN clip reminds me of another sort of clip, a short meeting more than three millenia ago, between our forefather Jacob and his father-in-law Lavan. Lavan was a thief, a liar, an evil man, who swindled Jacob into years of work under the most difficult conditions.
When Jacob finally hastens to return home with his wives and children, Lavan chases him and finally overtakes him.
Lavan approaches Jacob, and says, "It is in my power to do you all harm, but the G-d of your father addressed me last night, saying, 'Beware of speaking with Jacob either good or bad.'"
Now, what's that all about?
The immortal commentator Rashi states, "G-d warned Lavan not to speak [even of doing good] to Jacob, because the good of the wicked is bad to the righteous. Righteous people despise any benefits they may derive from the wicked; their benefits are not truly good."
Throughout the years, CNN has been anti-Semitic and hateful to the Jewish nation. It has used every occasion possible to distort the truth when it came to Israel. And now suddenly, CNN is praising Israel for its chesed, one if the foremost characteristics of the Jewish people.
Haiti, Turkey, Sri Lanka, India, Greece, Kenya, Rwanda...
Why does Israel run around the world saving lives? Because we are bnei rachamim - sons of merciful ones. It is in our national DNA to show chesed to our brethren and the stranger. (The IsraAID site, http://www.israaid.co.il/idf_print.asp , will give you a clear picture of the countries Israel has helped throughout the years. Unfortunately, many of these nations have voted against us in the UN, have said terrible things about our nation, have acted to us scornfully, and yet we have never denied our life-saving aid to anyone.)
Some people say that our rescue efforts around the world make the nations more sympathic to Israel. I have my doubts, but I understand why others might think so. This week the Israelis delivered a baby in their Haitian field hospital. The mother named the baby, "Israel." Who knows, maybe at least we are changing people one baby at a time.
But CNN?? Don't be fooled by today's praise. Lavan never changed. Neither will they.