by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths
By now practically everybody has heard of the incredibly stupid op ed piece in the Atlanta Jewish Times that, in talking about the approaches Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu should consider in defending itself and preserving it’s existence, said…
“(option) three, give the go ahead for U.S.-based Mossad agents to take out a president deemed unfriendly to Israel in order for the current vice preisdent to take his place, and forcefully dictate that the United States’ policy includes it’s helping the Jewish state obliterate it’s enemies. Yes, you read ‘three’ correctly. Order a hit on the president to preserve Israel’s existence.”
The author made a horrible mistake, has been interrogated by the United States Secret Service (presidential protection force) and has lost his job. He’s also publically apologize for doing so.
But the question remains, what did he do wrong? (Besides indirectly threatening the president of the United States and recommending assassination as a policy, as if that wasn’t enough wrong.)
The direct errors are obvious and not the focus of my interest. (Such as, he’s put American Jews at risk of being considered a threat to the U.S. president as well as handing a heavy serving of red meat to all those who suspect American Jews of dual loyalties.)
What about the religious error?
Am Yisroel should NEVER rely on another country for self defense and survival. Of course, politics and national relationships will continue to be a part of this world (at least until the times of Moshiach). But the Jewish people rely on Our Father in Heaven, not on the president of the United States.
That is the truly fatal flaw in the author’s reasoning.