Archive for September, 2009

Jews Against Israel

September 20, 2009


As paradox as it may sound, some Jews are actually against Israel.

While most of the Jews are in favor of Zionism (even if not actively), there are Jews who oppose Zionism. A very few of them oppose Zionism for political reasons, and some oppose Zionism for religious matters: these small sects of Hassidic courts believe that settling Israel before the Messianic Days (the fulfillment of the prophecy regarding the Jewish Messiah) will only delay the coming of the Messiah.

And then there is Richard Goldstone.

On September 15, Goldstone submitted his team’s report on human rights violations in the Gaza conflict to the U.N. Human Rights Council. It is a 574-page review — based on 188 individual interviews; 10,000 pages of documents; 1,200 photos, including satellite imagery, and 30 videos — that blisters with specificity. The U.N. is known for its bias against Israel.

The report states that both Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist group controlling Gaza, committed war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity. It cites the many rockets launched by Hamas against Israeli civilians in the months preceding and during the conflict as war crimes; likewise, an instance of Israeli soldiers shelling a home in which they had forced Palestinian civilians to assemble and seven incidents in which it says Israeli soldiers shot civilians “while they were trying to leave their homes to walk to a safer place, waving white flags, in some of the cases, following an injunction from the Israeli forces to do so.”

The report also found that despite its claims to have thoroughly investigated human rights allegations made against its military’s conduct, “the Government of Israel had not carried out any credible investigations into alleged violations.” Nor, it found, had Hamas.

Goldstone’s mission recommended that the Security Council require both parties to conduct such investigations and report back within six months on the results, and on any prosecutions they will carry out on the violations identified in its report. If either party fails to do so, Goldstone urged the Security Council to refer the matter to the prosecutor for the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Excuse me, there weren’t just a few rocket attacks during the months proceeding, – Israel endured an 8-year-long barrage of 12,000 rockets and having exhausted all other options, Israel launched a military operation against Hamas in Gaza in self-defense.

The report is based on Palestinian propaganda lies. Oh, my goodness.

For instance, the tragic story of Khaled Abed Rabbo and his three young daughters — said to have been shot in cold blood by an Israeli soldier on Jan. 7 in the northern Gaza Strip as the family waved white flags — has been retold in many outlets, including Time Magazine, the Irish Times, the Washington Post, the Independent, BBC, and the Sydney Morning Herald, among others. Indeed, the Irish Times reports that “Each day, journalists and human rights investigators come to interview the grieving father.” And, as reported by McClatchy News, the Abed Rabbos’ allegation “is one of at least five such white flag incidents that human rights investigators are looking into across the Gaza Strip.”

Yet, human rights investigators and journalists overlook the serious inconsistencies in the varying accounts delivered by Khaled and his relatives, as well as an ambulance driver who claimed to try to help the family. Moreover, early Palestinian accounts of the deaths — as well as early reports in the Los Angeles Times and Ha’aretz — tell an entirely different story which involves neither white flags nor cold-blooded executions of small children.

‘Operation Cast Lead’ was limited to two objectives:

1. To stop the bombardment of Israeli civilians by destroying Hamas’ mortar and rocket launching apparatus and infrastructure.

2. To reduce the ability of Hamas and other terrorist organizations in Gaza to perpetrate future attacks against the civilian population in Israel.

How can a Jew – any Jew- work against his own people and the Land that G-D himself promised to be a home land for him?

Mr. Goldstone: “Don’t you think you have a responsibility towards HaShem, your own people and His Land?”


Obedience Is Better Than Sacrifice

September 20, 2009

Throughout history the Almighty “blesses” sin-laden people with leaders who deceivingly purport to represent them for good and just reasons, but in the end they lead their nations and those who populate them to destruction and ruin. They have a corrupt heart, revel in their wickedness and enable evil.

“Their deeds are deeds of wickedness, their hands produce violence. Their feet run to evil, they rush to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of wickedness; their paths lead to havoc and ruin. The way of peace they do not know ; their goings-about obey no law ; they make devious paths for themselves: no one treading them will ever know peace.” (Isaiah 59:6-8)

The people are paying a high price for their sins. The sovereign G-D who rules will not be mocked. No government exists and no individual rules, but what He allows. Nations who flaunt their wickedness are as rotten fruit and an affront to a righteous and holy G-D. They often end up being plucked and eliminated.

There are no secular solutions for a spiritual disease. G-D delivers those who do His bidding and who rely on Him in all things. Repentance and a spiritual return to G-d is the only remedy.

“Thus says the L-RD; cursed be the man that trusts in humans, who relies on merely human strenghth, whose heart turns away from Adonai .” (Jeremiah 17:5)

We reap exactly what we sow. – Righteous and virtuous people can expect righteous government and virtuous leaders; an unwholesome and iniquitous people can expect the same unwholesomeness from those who rule over them.

The Bible is full of examples. When the children of Israel obeyed G-D, he blessed them with rich harvests and peace, when they disobeyed, there was trouble in Israel, and the people experienced not only famine and disease, but were also overwhelmed by their enemies.

In America we can see the same. The unholy trio, Clinton, Bush, and Obama have brought this nation and its people down a crooked road to an imminent disaster of unknown proportions.

It seems to me that we should listen to Samuel who instructed King Saul: “Surely obeying is better than sacrifice.” (1 Samuel 15:22)