by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
...and I'm willing to say it out loud.
In the past several months, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu made a very strange statement/demand of the Palestinians, and by extension the Arab nations as well. He said, "Recognize that Israel is a Jewish country."
It seemed rather odd, kind of like "recognize that America is a democracy." Well, clearly it is, so what's the point of pointing out the obvious? And why would anyone have a problem recognizing it. What are you going to say, "America is not a democracy, it's a dictatorship?"
Surprisingly the Palestinians didn't just laugh or say "that's pretty stupid and obvious", they refused. They will not say "Israel is a Jewish country." Of course they don't have to say anything they don't want to, but to argue over whether the sky is blue seems pretty ridiculous.
In the past week, PM Netanyahu added two indisputably Jewish religious sites to the list of "heritage" sites up for repair and refurbishment money from the government...the Cave of the Patriarchs (the Marat HaMachpelah) in Hebron and the Tomb of Rachel (Kever Rochel) in Bethlehem.
How "indisputable" are these sites? These sites are directly mentioned in the Torah (Bible) and there's a continuous chain of historical mentions and even drawings going back literally thousands of years. There is literally no other sites except for the Kotel (Western Wall) and the associated Har HaBayit (Temple Mount) that have such a chain of history. These are the prime holy sites of Judaism.
The first Rashi of the Torah asks why the Torah starts with the creation of the world. Rashi answers that it shows Hashem created it, and when people would try to say that the Jews stole the land of Israel from it's inhabitants, they should answer that Hashem created the world and He gave the land of Israel to the Jewish people, as is the right of the Creator to decide.
The Torah, the Bible, and even the Koran say that the Land of Israel was given to the Jewish people.
Yet today, the Xians may claim their holy places, the Muslims may claim theirs...but the Jews...
(Jpost) Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday continued his verbal assault on Israel, according to Saudi paper Al Wattan, which quoted him as saying that that al Aksa Mosque, the Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachel’s Tomb “were not and never will be Jewish sites, but Islamic sites.”
The Palestinians refuse to recognize Jewish sites, the Turks now refuse, and the UN, well, anyone's but the Jews.
The situation is so ridiculous and upside down it's almost beyond belief. But this is also a standard wake up call. Hashem's calling to us, "Return dear children. You may be lost in the wilderness, but it's time to listen and hear the call and start to find your way back."
Sunday, March 07, 2010
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