Everything is so upside down, it reminds me of Purim. Here we are, a peaceful, democratic people, bending over backwards to have peace with our neighbours. Our enemy, constantly attacking our innocent civilians, demanding control of most of our land. (Only with the help of G-d have many of these attacks been unsuccessful.) Along comes an ‘unbiased’ mediator, and insists that the only way to ensure peace in our region is to hand over our land. Hypothetical comparison; if a terrorist bombed Obama’s neighbourhood, would he insist that they all better pack up and move to Alaska in order to maintain peace? A humorous Purim spiel no doubt!
According to news reports, the Obama administration will soon be pressuring Israel to withdraw from positions held prior to 2000, to dismantle cities and towns built over the years. Something is terribly wrong with this picture! Where in any psychology book does it say that the way to chastise a criminal is by giving him what he wants, to reward him for his corruption? Pretending to entertain the idea, where exactly do they expect thousands upon thousands of Israeli residents to live? And are we to just stop having children in order to prevent natural growth of our communities? Even if, in someone’s twisted mind, they thought this would accomplish something… been there, done that. It’s been almost 4 years since more than 3,000 Israeli citizens from Gush Katif were forcefully removed from their homes by the Sharon-Olmert government in a bid to make peace with the arabs. This land we vacated for ‘the greater good’ was supposed to give the arabs some hope and dignity. Instead of growing crops and building industrial and commercial parks for employment, it became a hotbed of terrorism where terrorist training camps, weapons factories and tunnels blossomed. Instead of any kind of reciprocal peace gesture, we had to bear the brunt of daily barrages of rockets into our southern towns. In this backwards, upside down playing field of the Middle East, even self-defense needs justification.
The comparison to Purim is even more striking as, like Haman’s scheme of old, the end game today is total obliteration of the Jews. The threat is not just to the south or the north of our G-d given country… it is the whole tiny little spec of our Holy Land which is in peril. Like the Purim story, we must start acting like Esther and Mordechai and begin to put The Master of the Universe at the top of the equation. We must understand that He is our only salvation. May HaShem grant our Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, the strength and wisdom to make the right decisions for our people.
Only when we begin to act like a light unto the nations will we merit being one.
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