The evening of September 28th, with friends, we celebrated Rosh Chodesh and The Feast of Trumpets Trumpets is also, according to Rabbinical tradition, the beginning of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. According to Exodus, 12:2 the first month of the year is Nissan but the Rabbis apparently see it differently. We had a party anyway; and a teaching. The get together was very nice.
Meanwhile, in New York and around the world, the drama builds leading to the eventual vote of the United Nations Security Council concerning Israel and Palestine. Last week Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime Minister, challenged the UN General Assembly, asking how they can seriously hope for a negotiated settlement when one of the sides does not recognize the other’s right to exist. The pro-Palestinians seem to be saying…
We would love to reason with you but then we’ll have to kill you.”
No one in power among the diverse and often quarreling Palestinian leadership has ever said or will likely ever say that Israel has the right to exist as a Jewish state. It’s the only item the Arab-Muslim world seems to be able to agree upon. Israel must die.
“Well, then,” the United Nations seems to be saying. “let’s start there.”
As President Obama’s lovely, talented and Jewish antisemitism czarina, Hannah Rosenthal, has said, “this isn’t 1939.” And that knowledge alone, combined with the sincerity, steadfastness and unwavering support of the Obama administration should embolden little Israel to return to 1948 borders that would leave the nation 9 miles wide at one point. What could go wrong?
Are we expected to believe that the ongoing dialogue, the deliberations at the UN and the numerous appeals to Justice, Logic, Merit or International Law are anything more than theater? When in the history of man has the fate of nations turned on moral or ethical considerations over personal gain and power brokering? As when the International Public Servants in the United Nations (along with Saddam Hussein and other “bad guys”) made or richly enhanced spectacular personal fortunes while administering the UN oil for food program, several somebodies are going to make billions again brokering a vote while serving the interests of mankind.
If history and human nature serve as predictors in the ongoing “peace process” at the UN, the outcome will inevitably follow the money. This does not bode well for the little Jewish state with no true powerful earthly friends and no oil wells.
Two topical links:
Where has all the flour gone?
Video: Reggie White and his discovery of Torah: