Deaf To Peace

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4 Responses

  1. Raymond says:

    I not only agree with virtually everything Rabbi Shafran says here, but actually find some solace in his words, as frankly our current President has been absolutely terrifying to me, both in regard to his apparently hostile stance toward Israel, and his animosity toward this country’s largely free-market based economy.

    However, there is still a part of me that thinks Rabbi Shafran is being too kind to Obama. If Obama is really a champion of battling antisemitism, then how could he have the chutzpah to tell us Jews that we cannot build homes in our own Biblical land of Israel? If Obama really wishes us Jews no harm, then why is he forcing Israel to accept either our islamofascist enemies carving out a significant portion of Israel to use as a launchpad to murder more of our people, or a nuclear Iran, or both? Indeed, if Obama really wishes us no harm, then why is he putting pressure on our people at all, while extolling the alleged virtues of the islamofascist world? To me, it is clear that Obama is basically a more likeable incarnation of the notorious antisemite, Jimmy Carter.

  2. Ori says:

    Raymond, Rabbi Avi Shafran isn’t just a private person. He is the spokesman for a major Jewish organization. As such, he is not going to say anything that will alienate any potential friends. While you and I oppose Obama, there are clearly good people who support him.

  3. Garet Benson says:

    Raymond, I don’t think it’s really such chutzpah to tell us not to build homes in Judea and Samaria. According to his job description, Obama’s task is to look out for U.S. interests, and apparently he sincerely believes that appeasing the Arabs is the right path to world peace. I don’t think he really believes a bunch of little Jewish towns is the root cause of the problem. He’s just latching onto this issue to gain favor among the Arab public. That’s why he’s been voicing this demand so loudly and repeatedly.

    Whether his approach is advisable in terms of geopolitical strategy is debatable. But hopefully the U.S. President will soon realize that dealing with issues such as the status of Eretz Yisrael and Jerusalem doesn’t follow the rules of the State Department playbook, but the Will of Our Father in Heaven.

  4. Raymond says:

    Somebody else thought that by appeasing his country’s hostile enemies by ceding land to them, that it would placate that enemy. That man was Neville Chamberlain, who thought that by giving adolf hitler part of Czechoslovakia, that he would thereby placate the nazis. Of course, it had the exact opposite effect, giving the nazis the exact encouragement they needed to proceed with taking over most of Europe and murdering close to seven million innocent Jews. In a chillingly similar way, whenever Israel hands land over to its islamofascist enemies, it gives our enemies the exact encouragement it has needed to murder more and more Jews. You do not have to take my word for it; ask the Jews living in Sedorot, or the families of the victims who were murdered in reaction to former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak offering Yasar Arafat all the land he claimed to want for the sake of peace.

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