Op-Ed: Thanksgiving Isn’t a Holiday in Israel, But That Won’t Stop Gratitude for America

Israeli and American flags fly in the above stock image. (steinphoto / Getty Images)

Every year, I appreciate watching my American friends take part in their Thanksgiving tradition. Thanksgiving is not a holiday here in Israel, but we can all agree it is a wonderful habit to set aside a day to exercise gratitude.

This year, I am especially thankful for the numerous Americans who model good friendship in a variety of ways.

For starters, I am especially grateful for our American friends who have helped hundreds of small, family-owned businesses in Israel survive a horrible global pandemic.

In Israel, tourism essentially vanished during the pandemic, and because much of our national economy is driven by tourism, thousands of Israeli citizens were at risk of losing their income and the businesses that took generations to establish. Especially hard-hit were the mom-and-pop shops that line the streets of Jerusalem whose entire income is derived from tourists.

When Israel was essentially shut down, and America itself was struggling with economic uncertainty and businesses closing, our American friends kept many small businesses in Israel alive by continuing to purchase products from us — even though they were oceans away.

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Op-Ed: It’s Thanksgiving, Joe, Not ‘Friendsgiving’

President Joe Biden speaks to members of the military and their families during a “Friendsgiving” celebration at the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina, on Monday. (Jim Watson – AFP / Getty Images)

I was driving home from work when the news came on to tell me that President Joe Biden had made plans to travel to a military base to share a “Friendsgiving” meal with soldiers.

I thought, “What in the world is ‘Friendsgiving’?”

Liberals want us to declare our pronouns, can’t decide what defines a woman, want to transgender our children, want to allow boys in the girls’ locker rooms and showers at schools, want to allow men to compete in women’s sports, claim men can get pregnant, purposefully leave “God” and “Creator” out of the Democratic Party platform, and now they want us to celebrate “Friendsgiving” instead of Thanksgiving.

Listen to what Biden said as he began to quote the Declaration of Independence in March 2020: “We hold these truths to be self-evident. All men and women created by — you know, you know, the thing.” The “thing” is God, Joe!

The “thing” is your Creator, Joe! It seems the word “God” or “Creator” just will not come out of his mouth when it is stated in reverence acknowledging God for who he is.

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