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Monday, December 03, 2007

Peace shouldn't require victims

One of the more cynical things that Yitzhak Rabin ever said in reference to the hundreds of Israelis who were slaughtered in the wake of the failed Oslo Accords, was to call them 'Peace Victims'. *  It was as if he (and Shimon Peres, et al) considered peace to be some kind of primitive g-d that demands human sacrifices before it will bestow favors upon the lowly supplicants.

Yet, like primitive savages who prostrate themselves and dance before idols for rain and sustenance, all subsequent Israeli leaders have continued to act as though this illusive thing called 'peace' remains just out of reach because we have not yet proved ourselves worthy... as if peace would fall like rain - or manna - from the heavens if only we offered more concessions... more sacrifices.

Ido Zoldan (Z"L) was just the latest in the litany of 'peace victims' to be offered up.  And now it has come to light that he was murdered, not by random Palestinian thugs, but by PA Policemen!

When will our leaders stop trying to wash away their personal sins and slimy indiscretions with cynical sacrifices to a g-d they know to be false? 

When will the media stop protecting and coddling them (like precious etrogs) from responsibility for their crimes? 

When will the Israeli public stop lining up like the ovine villagers in Shirley Jackson's 'The Lottery''... wondering blandly who will be next?

How can we expect anyone to recognize Israel as a Jewish Nation when our leaders continue to pray to the antithesis of a Jewish G-d... a blood-thirsty deity who can't seem to get its fill of Jewish sacrifices?

The G-d of Israel has never followed through on a demand for human sacrifice in order to test our worthiness for reward!  The closest He ever came was in asking Abraham to offer up his only son.  But peace shouldn't require victims or offerings!  It isn't something that comes only to those most willing to make/bring sacrifices. 

The meek will inherit only what the strong allow... and not a scintilla more. 

Israel needs to set aside mis-applied prophesies of peace being miraculously achieved by 'beating our swords into plowshares and our spears into pruning hooks'.  Isaiah presented this as a vision of some future time when weapons would no longer be necessary.  He wasn't advocating the need to lay ourselves open to slaughter by negating our ability to fight!

Real peace will only be achieved when we elect leaders who are equally familiar with the Biblical books of Isaiah and Joel:

"Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning-hooks into spears; let the weak say: 'I am strong."

~Joel 4:10~

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Posted by David Bogner on December 3, 2007 | Permalink

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Trepp, sit down before you read this....


This "lefty", for one, agrees with every single word......

OMG!!!! I've turned into a "righty"!!!!!


[exit stage left]
[from off stage QL is heard screaming hysterically:]
"head for the hills, the sky is falling!!!!!"


Posted by: QuietusLeo | Dec 3, 2007 5:09:59 PM

QuietusLeo... I wouldn't worry. You don't have to be a right winger to recognize that what the left is doing isn't working. I would much prefer that all the lefties stayed where they were and simply stopped repeating the same failed experiments, than have them wander aimlessly over to the right in search of answers. The right is full of people who haven't got a clue as well... they just know enough to recognize failure.

Posted by: treppenwitz | Dec 3, 2007 9:50:27 PM

There is no solution, no "peace plan" because we can't achieve a settlement with people whose basic premise is that we have no right to our own country, it's their land, and we all deserve to die for taking it. The Arab position, succinctly.

The Left needs to spend some time in the souk...if you chase after the seller, the price goes up. If you walk away, the seller eagerly wants to engage you and even lowers the price to make a deal attractive. Olmert (and Rabin's and Rice's and Clinton's) avid pursuit of a "peace deal" has done nothing but inflate the price the Arabs want for "peace" and ultimately that higher price will be paid by the Jews.

Posted by: aliyah06 | Dec 4, 2007 8:11:27 AM

If you write the word god with a small "g" with a hyphen (i.e., g-d), then you are stating that the god to whom you are referring is indeed a God (like with a capital "G", of which there is only One, HaKadosh Baruch Hu).

I, for one, write out the full word- God - because (1) that is not His name (He has no English name) and (2) I understand that Rav Soloveitchik wrote out the full word on a blackboard and erased it to demonstrate that it isn't God's real name, and (3) I read a responsum that a computer screen is made up of tiny dots and is not considered writing.

Posted by: Henry Miller | Dec 4, 2007 8:49:58 AM

And as for the rest of the world! No one seems to watch TV when Israel is giving in to demands for peace, but wait till there’s a war and the Israelis automatically get tagged ...culprits!!! Bah!

Posted by: Rami | Dec 4, 2007 4:53:34 PM

Arriving late to the "dinner party", I wanted to post my comments here, rather in today's apology (that wasn't necessary).

David,

I think what you wrote was spot on. Perhaps I'm overstating the obvious, but I thought that the only victims were of violence, victims of peace seems a bit of an oxymoron, why should one be in danger, or maybe the more pointed question who should be afraid, of peace?

Write on,

Jethro

Posted by: Jethro | Dec 5, 2007 12:16:19 AM

and, as our Guy said, "by their fruit will you know them." Literally, he was speaking of specific people, but I think the truth contained has a wider application. My heart is saddened by the continuing "kindnesses" we meek grant to the cruel ones, perhaps out of a group indecision, uncertainty, lack of centeredness.

Ovine, indeed! Now, however, I am off to look up "etrogs" which I am hoping is some non-English word...

Posted by: Wry Mouth | Dec 5, 2007 7:19:11 AM

aliyah06... Excellent point about middle east economic theory.

Henry Miller... OK, so where were you at 5:30 AM when I was writing this screed? :-)

Rami... Please. Don't get me started again.

Jethro... Never too late to show up at this party. :-)

Wry Mouth... An etrog is the citron fruit we Jews use as one of the four species on Sukkot. Because of the delicate nature of the fruit, it is traditionally coddled in a box to keep it out of harms way during the seven day holiday. The Israeli media has admitted to protecting Ariel Sharon 'like a precious etrog' from scrutiny in several criminal investigations during the months before the disengagement since they had a strong desire to see him succeed in leaving Gaza. It was a huge breach of trust with the public. Some watchdog we have, huh?

Posted by: treppenwitz | Dec 6, 2007 11:37:37 AM

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