Ganging up on Israel: how to kill not only the people of the book, but the book itself

The nations of the world continue to gang up on Israel. They prefer, for some deluded reasons of their own, to reward Palestinian intransigence, lies, murder and implacable hostility to Israel and think somehow this will result in peace. If Israel had any sense, it would respond to these outrageous international attacks by tearing up the Oslo Accords which the Palestinians have violated countless times, send in its troops to take over Judea, Samaria and Gaza, eliminate the PLO and all its cadres and then get all the Arab inhabitants there who hate Israel to leave for more compatible pastures of kith and kin. So far Israel has not been willing to do that, but it might come to that in the end.

The idiot’s question: can Israel be Jewish and democratic?

In justifying the United States’ refusal to veto the recent UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria and Israeli building in Jerusalem, John Kerry, his boss, Barack Obama, and their spokespeople kept insisting that Jewish construction in these places was the chief stumbling block to peace between Israel and the Palestinians conceived as two states living side by side. In so doing they, like their sycophants in the media and the academy, not to mention too many Jews to number, also insisted they were saving Israel from itself. Israel cannot be both Jewish and democratic, they claimed, and so it must decide between these options, the Jewish part of the

Ezekiel’s stick (2): the meaning of national unity

The Torah portion Vayigash, for which Ezekiel’s parable of the two sticks become one is the haftorah, narrates Judah’s magnificent and moving offer of reconciliation to Joseph. As we read on in the Torah we see that the reconciliation is not complete, but it is enough for the Hebrews to survive and to thrive in Goshen until they are ready for the exodus. Even Ezekiel, relaying God’s message to a later generation of Hebrews in exile, had no illusions that the unity he promised meant unanimity. After all, when the Jews could return from Babylon, some, yea most, preferred to remain in exile. And so began another split in the Jewish nation between homeland and diaspora, between the Jerusalem and

Ezekiel’s stick: putting an end to the Jewish odyssey

In the haftorah last Shabbat, the biblical narrative read in correspondence with the Torah text of Vayigash, God’s word came to Ezekiel much as Judah’s words came to Joseph as he tried to explain to his brother, on behalf of the rest of his male siblings, that the time had come to bury the hatchet. Ezekiel had barely finished exclaiming his vision of the dry bones that had come to life, those dry bones that were the remnant of Israel which Joseph himself had long ago saved for a deliverance in times to come, when the word of God again settled upon the prophet and led him to proclaim his parable of two sticks. Upon one stick, the Lord told Ezekiel, he was to write the name of Judah, and upon

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