Thanks to reader Gene Schulman for this unintentionally hilarious story from settler news, Arutz Sheva:
A delegation of the Rabbinical Congress for Peace (RCP) met with U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Mr. James Cunningham, today and called for a reassessment of the entire U.S. policy vis-à-vis the Israelis and Palestinians. The rabbis told Ambassador Cunningham that it was time to try the Biblical approach to the dispute over the Land of Israel.”The past 17 years have proven without a shadow of a doubt that every square inch ceded by Israel to the Palestinians was transformed into a platform of hatred and terrorism,” RCP Director Rabbi Avrohom Shmuel Lewin told the ambassador. “In other words, the ‘land for peace’ formula in the Israel-Palestinian context, besides being a formula that goes against the Divine will, is ineffective, obsolete, and an exercise in futility. Most of all it is a dangerous policy that only leads to bloodshed and instability in the region and harms vital American interests in the region as well,” Lewin said.
What in God’s name (literally) was the U.S. ambassador doing meeting with these Neanderthals? My heart half went out to him for the suffering he must’ve undergone merely spending 20 minutes in a room with them.
Apparently these Jewish gentlemen must’ve thought that Ambassador Cunningham paid especially close attention to Israeli halachic discourse, which is what explains this oddity:
Rabbi Joseph Gerlitzky, Chairman of the RCP…presented the ambassador with the Halachic (Jewish legal) ruling signed by over 350 prominent rabbis in Israel that it is forbidden to give up even one inch of territory controlled by Israel today because it will bring bloodshed and instability to the region.
I’ll bet Cunningham turned right around and messengered that precious document to the White House where it will be scrutinized for any messages from the Divine which may be augured therefrom. Really, who do these bozos think they are? Because 350 racist Orthodox rabbis can be found who are willing to spill the last drop of Jewish blood to defend the indefensible–that means that America’s president has to hop to it and do God’s will or…what? Fry?
After you read this passage, I’m sure you’ll be convinced too that the U.S. diplomat was as moved as the report indicates:
The ambassador was visibly moved by Rabbi Sholom Gold…who described the suffering that the Jewish People have endured ever since the implementation of the Oslo Accords…”It’s all a play of words, there is no peace process,” he said. “From the day that we started conceding and withdrawing we did not have one day of rest and peace. Why should our enemies want to make peace with us when they see that with terrorism they get what they want? Even the U.S., Israel’s supposedly best friend, sides with them in demanding a freeze and evacuation of settlements. Is the triumph of Arab terror one of American interests?” Gold asked.
“Why, yes certainly,” the ambassador must’ve replied. “We’re in cahoots with those A-rabs against ya. Didn’t you know that?”
Poor Jim Cunningham. Read this and imagine what it must’ve been like for him to have to sit through this utter misery. And while I’m not a policy analyst, if I were Barack Obama I’d be signing Rabbi Gerlitzky up for a senior staff position in Washington:
Ambassador Cunningham told the rabbis that he does not see how the problem can be solved “without taking into consideration the Palestinians,” to which Rabbi Gold remarked: “Ever since we started taking the Palestinians into consideration the situation only worsened.”
The ambassador asked the rabbis, “So what is your solution to the problem?”
Rabbi Gerlitzky replied: “You must switch the entire approach to the situation. We all believe in the Holy Bible and up until now we tried every formula except for that which is delineated in the Bible. Let’s try it and who knows, Mr. Ambassador, maybe this is your defining moment, that G-d Almighty has placed you in this capacity in order to precipitate a new course which will bring a true peace to the entire region.”
What Biblical formula can he be referring to? Possibly God and the Jewish people wiping out Amalek? That would constitute a Biblical formula for dealing with the problem, wouldn’t it? And I’ll bet I’m not far off.