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Germany, the Laws of Man and the Laws of God

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Judaism is about tradition; but more, it is about order. It is about living as human beings and what sets us apart from animals. Paramount among the differences between man and animal are the laws we create or are created for us, at least for those who have faith and believe in a Higher Authority. I do.

I accept that there is a God for so many reasons. As Ben Gurion once said, to be a realist in Israel, you have to believe in miracles. Miracles are not random acts of coincidence. Random acts can happen, here or there, but when the missiles miss by a few minutes or a few meters on a consistent basis, you begin to believe. When a country shoots 39 missiles at a highly populated area, and one person dies…of a heart attack, you know. When you wake up and see this land and what we have done with it, you have faith.

There are, we believe, laws of God and laws of man. Observant Jews believe that laws of God must be followed; laws of man respected when the respect is justified, necessary, agreed upon, and lastly, do not conflict with the law of God. Jews are commanded to circumcise their sons on the eighth day of his life (barring any health issues which take precedence). When the law of the land goes against the law of God, we follow the laws of God because the laws of man can change according to the whim of man.

Germany has just decided that circumcision is not to be allowed in their oh-so-humane country. They, who perpetrated the most barbaric acts in the history of man, believe this simple act is barbaric. The anger that burns inside me has come to a boil and I cannot be diplomatic so I will be honest. To the Germans, I have nothing to say. When I was in Poland, I could not see the living because my eyes focused on the dead. All that I saw was the world they knew. I’d like to go back to Poland some day to see the beauty of the land because for the eight days I was there, I could only see the ashes, the cemeteries, the concentration camps and mass graves. The signs of the living – a young couple stealing a few kisses in a Jewish cemetery; Polish families walking their dogs and picnicking next to the graves of hundreds of Jewish children – these signs upset me, depressed me, and yes, even angered me.

I have never been to Germany; doubt I will ever go. It was painful to go to Poland; Germany would be agony. I have nothing to say to the Germans – they are man, nothing more. They can make all the laws they want. They did in 1933, in 1938, and they will in 2012. Their laws are nothing when compared to the laws of God. Germany has outlawed circumcision. All that means is that it is time for Jews to leave Germany – not just the young ones contemplating having children, but all Jews.

If you are not prepared to uphold the law of a country, you have the option to leave it. If you want to be able to circumcise your son according to the law of God, leave Germany. Now, before it is too late.

The Problem was Oslo – not the Occupation

Monday, May 28th, 2012

“The truth is harsh. The occupation is destroying Israel. It is undermining Israel’s ethical, democratic and diplomatic foundations.”

So claimed Haaretz Correspondent Ari Shavit on 17 December 2009.

I would suggest that, in retrospect, much of the activity surrounding Oslo – rather than the “occupation” – has been “undermining Israel’s ethical, democratic and diplomatic foundations.”

#1 Respect for Human Life

Oslo corrupted our respect for human life. Soldiers and civilians alike became no more than pawns in a game of peacemaking under the gun. And today, after sinking up to our noses in the mire of Oslo, with politicians often ultimately treating brutal murders as temporary insignificant inconveniences, we find a dramatic increase in murder, violent crime, even violence in the schoolyard.

#2 Israel’s intelligence system

Oslo corrupted the very top of Israel’s intelligence system. Some allowed their ideology to seriously cloud their judgment as they naively thought they could sub-contract Israel’s security to their Palestinian pals who they wined and dined on open expense accounts. Others, with an eye on their career track, opted to present reports and analysis that supported the “process” rather than what they really thought. And it didn’t stop there. Some of these top Israelis entered into a web of business relations with their Palestinian counterparts. Money – the ultimate corrupter.

#3. Political system

Oslo corrupted the political system, with it becoming acceptable to make bare-faced lies to the Knesset, as was the case when Shimon Peres denied the existence of his “Jerusalem Letter”, and later when time and again the explicit policy choices made by the citizens was ignored after election day. But it wasn’t just the lies and the vote buying. Oslo introduced brazen and open foreign interference in the Israeli democratic process with money from the European Union and other nations financing various leftist groups in Israel and even some politicians.

Oslo so corrupted respect for the democratic process that the ruling government even went so far as to use the services of the State’s intelligence apparatus to undermine the standing of their political rivals and silence them rather than engage them in serious debate. To this day serious public debate is marred by the efforts to silence voices with charges of incitement and the “extremist” label.

Oslo corrupted the news media as reporters abandoned their critical “watchdog” role, opting to either distort or ignore the truth as their contribution to the “peace process”.

Oslo corrupted our society. Oslo corrupted our democratic system. Oslo corrupted our security.

#4. Security

Yes. And it undermined our security.

Defenders of the retreat from Gaza cite the security conditions faced by Israelis in the Gaza Strip just before the retreat. They either forgot – or hope their audience has forgotten – that before Oslo the security situation was so favorable that places like Netzarim were “defended” by a single bored soldier sitting at the main entrance to the community.

The “terror” that the Labor Party blamed the Shamir Government for in the election campaign before Oslo’s birth was a series of knifing incidents.

Thanks to Oslo, instead of knives, guns, and an occasional homemade bomb we find ourselves facing trained armies in our backyard and even living room. And under the “quiet for quiet” policy our enemies can do pretty much anything they want to to upgrade the weapons they have as long as they don’t use them. Yet. [We try to comfort ourselves by claiming that the quiet is thanks to Israeli deterrence when it could just as easily be described as our enemies opting to pick the time and place – and that time and place hasn’t yet arrived.].

#5. Flood of foreign workers

Thanks to Oslo our country is swamped with the foreign workers who were brought in to replace the masses of Palestinian workers who, thanks to the Oslo security fiasco, could no longer be trusted.

#6. Diplomatic standing

And Oslo – not the occupation – served to undermine Israel’s diplomatic foundations.

Oslo took Yasser Arafat and his PLO off the dung heap of history (wallowing in Tunis after being thrown out of Lebanon) when only radicals in the West were talking about anything beyond a Palestinian autonomy and lead ultimately to the diplomatic challenge we face today – with the critical message of UNSC 242 (no requirement of full withdrawal) being ignored.

Israel and Japan Celebrate 60 Years of Diplomatic Relations

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Israel and Japan celebrated 60 years of diplomatic relations on Tuesday, kicking off a series of special events commemorating the occasion.  On May 21, the Israeli embassy in Tokyo will stage a special gala concert marking the occasion, joining the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra with leading Israeli musicians.

In 2011, bilateral trade between the countries totaled $3.3 billion.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted the “Japanese contribution to stability in our region,” including Japanese military forces deployed with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan, Japanese financial support for the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) deployed in Sinai, and Japanese investment in a Peace Corridor agro-industrial park being developed near Jericho with the partnership of Jordan, and in coordination with Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Barak: Israel Still Ready to Attack Iran

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Tuesday that Israel never told the US it would suspend its plans to attack Iran while talks over Iran’s nuclear program were being held.

Barak added that, in his opinion, a diplomatic compromise with Iran was a waste of “precious time.” His view on this matter appears radically different from the official US idea on how to deal with Iran’s nuclear plans.

“We are not committing to anything,” Barak told Israel’s Army Radio. “The dialogue with the Americans is both direct and open.”

Israel has declared that it would not permit Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon, pointing to Iranian calls for Israel’s destruction, as well as Iran’s support for terrorists and its manufacturing of missiles that can reach Israel.

The US prefers diplomacy and economic sanctions over a military attack on Iran’s nuclear sites. Diplomats from the US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany met with Iran in Istanbul last weekend for talks on the latter’s nuclear ambitions, and all sides agreed to meet again on May 23 in Baghdad.

Panetta: We Can Hit Iran Harder Than Israel

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told the National Journal on Thursday: “If they (Israel) decided to do it, there’s no question that it would have an impact, but I think it’s also clear that if the United States did it, we would have a hell of a bigger impact.”

President Obama and US officials have been reiterating since the president’s White House meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu that the military option is still on the table, even as the US is pursuing diplomatic negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program.

Asked by the NJ if the Pentagon was planning for strikes on Iran, Panetta didn’t hesitate and answered: “Absolutely.”

Ayatollah Khamenei Praises President Obama

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

RT.com reports that:

Ayatollah Khamenei, the highest authority figure within the Islamic Republic of Iran, is publicly applauding US President Barack Obama over the American commander-in-chief’s insistence in postponing any military pressure overseas. Although Israel and America have both expressed concern over the possibility of a nuclear warhead procurement program in Iran, President Obama has insisted on relying on diplomatic sanctions to squash any WMD projects, much to the chagrin of trigger-happy Israelis and the president’s Republican Party rivals.

Discussing Obama’s insistence on relying on sanctions over strikes, Khamenei was quoted on his website this week as saying that “This talk is good talk and shows an exit from illusion.”

Except that the praise is not without some rebuke. Khamenei said: “But the US president continued saying that he wants to make the Iranian people kneel through sanctions, this part of this speech shows the continuation of illusion in this issue.”

Sen. McCain Urges US to Take Lead in Airstrikes Against Assad Regime

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Republican Senator and 2008 presidential candidate John McCain has called on the Obama administration to launch airstrikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

Senator McCain, the senior Republican member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that “[t]he only realistic way to [support Syria's rebels] is with foreign airpower…The United States should lead an international effort to protect key population centers in Syria, especially in the north, through airstrikes on Assad’s forces.”

McCain’s comments come as the US and its European and Arab partners continue to pressure newly-reelected Russia President Vladimir Putin to abandon Russia’s obstructionist position on Syria. Russia is a key player in the Syrian imbroglio, as Syria’s patron and main trading partner, and without its cooperation, the international community appears to be paralyzed in the face of the government repression that has led to the deaths of over 7,500 people. Hundreds of Syrian’s have also fled their homes to nearby Lebanon and Turkey, exacerbating a burgeoning humanitarian crisis.

The Senator’s position is also in stark contrast to the current policy of the Obama administration, which seeks to solve the year-old crisis through diplomatic isolation and a sanctions regime intended to prod Assad into stepping down. But Assad’s unrelenting, and even intensifying, crackdown on dissidents suggests that Assad will not abdicate his rule so easily.

UN Security Council Condemns Attacks on Israeli Diplomats

Friday, February 24th, 2012

The Security Council statement, read to the media, “condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack in New Delhi, India, aimed at Israel’s diplomatic personnel, which resulted in injuries to diplomatic personnel and civilians, and the recent attempted terrorist attack in Tbilisi, Georgia.”

The Council also “reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivations, whenever and by whomsoever committed.”

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