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Judaism Oslo/Peace Process

An Untried Policy

Countless Jews are appalled by the Sharon government. They cannot understand how this government, notwithstanding American pressure, can vote for a Palestinian state that will inevitably result in the abandonment of the 250,000 Jews now living in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza.

The Prophets and Sages of Israel predicted that, in the end of days, the Jews would have such a government. They foresaw that Israel would be ruled by “scorners” of the Torah. These scorners, said the Prophet Hosea (12:1-3), will fill Israel with lies and deception. They will strive after wind (“peace”) and make alliances with Israel’s enemies. The Zohar (Exodus 7b) reiterates this prophecy.

Rashi adds that this devious government will not only scorn Judaism, it will also boast of having superior ideas drawn from the Gentile world—“democracy” and “humanism.” The Prophet Isaiah (28:14-18) chastises these insolent Jews. He foretells that they will make a “covenant with death,” that this pact will not protect them, indeed, that they will be swept away like refuse. Remarkably, the Targum translates this pact with hell as a contract with “terrorists” (mechablim)! All borne out by the Israel-PLO Agreement.

Turn, now, to the Talmud, tractate Sanhedrin (98a). There we learn that in the end of days Israel will have the “cheapest” government. Only the cheapest politicians would shake hands with Yasser Arafat or Abu Mazen. In Mishna Sotah (49b) we read: “With the footsteps of the Moshiach arrogance shall increase and honor dwindle. The government shall turn to heresy and there shall be none to utter reproof.”

The Mishna continues: “The wisdom of their writers will become insipid and degenerate [will become morally neutral]; they that shun sin shall be despised. The truth shall nowhere be found [thanks to the university-bred doctrine of relativism]. Youth shall shame their elders, and the elders shall stand up in the presence of youth [a commonplace in democracies] … The face of this generation is as the face of a dog [impervious to shame]… So upon whom can we rely? Upon our Father in heaven.”

Is it not obvious that the Jews in Israel cannot rely on the so-called right-wing parties to save them from disaster? Is it not obvious that Jews cannot rely on the Israel Defense Forces which no longer frighten Arab women and children? Is it not obvious that Jews cannot rely on political and strategic analysts to stop the suicidal course of the Sharon government? Is it not obvious that Jews cannot rely on the United States or on information campaigns (hasbara) to save them from the successors of the Nazis?

Should it not be obvious that it is precisely because Jews have relied on such vanities that they have been given vacuous politicians who would sacrifice Eretz Yisrael for mere wind?

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