Peace – ye shall pursue it
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The way things are going now, it seems to me that there is the ever-present and currently the ever-growing danger that Israel could be isolated in the world – that is a time when the whole world says one thing (is united against Israel) and Israel says something else. Indeed, is it not Israel and the nations?
About nineteen years ago (no more questions asked please) one of insight and light confided to me a time when the (United Nations? The Muslims? ) from the Jordan Valley on will lay siege to Eretz Israel for some weeks – and then he said, will come the Messiah in great clouds of glory and the whole world will see, hear and believe! Is that time near or is it far, far away? If far, is this the beginning? Que sera sera. I think so. It’s only the very Christian metaphor about “great clouds of glory“ that still mystifies me. Until and beyond then we must trust in the God of the living – the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Religious principles are always lofty, just as there are always some tensions between Heaven and earth.
When I came upon this verse of the Qur’an:” Say : Have you considered: if your water was to become sunken [into the earth], then who could bring you flowing water?
There and then I stopped or was stopped in my tracks and had to delve into a deep meditation on that verse.
Bitachon is there. At the same time, the following is some of my earthly worries:
The Six World Powers, the P5+1
Putting it mildly: Equal rights is a great ideal – Hillel the Elder still says “That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn”. There’s even the popular saying, though not Biblical that “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander” – but apparently, not in all cases. As the versatile Groucho Marx said, “Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.”
Now, if the Six World Powers, the P5+1 had arrived at a nuclear deal with Israel, for Israel to totally dismantle their alleged stockpile of weapons of mass destruction (for defensive purposes only) and their alleged nuclear arsenal of some 200 nuclear warheads, you can be sure that Israel would be moving heaven and hell in order to not comply with the Six World Powers, the P5+1’s demands. Why?
Well, I’m not going to be the one to officially reply and I’m sure that you are all familiar with Tom Lehrer’s lyrics about universal anti-Semitism/ anti-Zionism, call the old devil what you will:
“Oh, the Protestants hate the Catholics,
And the Catholics hate the Protestants,
And the Hindus hate the Muslims,
And everybody hates the Jews”
Will the Messiah be in need of nuclear weapons to protect God’s holy piece of real estate? ( I asked Pa Google)
I guess that the reason that would be given for Israel refusing to dismantle their diabolical weapons of mass destruction (that which the Iranians would call Satanic weapons of mass destruction) would boil down to the specious argument that Israel is living in the world’s most dangerous neighbourhood and that in the world of realpolitik to prevent or avoid the Second Holocaust, Israel should therefore be allowed (allowed by God and the angels) to have the most dangerous weapons known to mankind, but not Goliath and the Palestinians living on their land, and not the Egyptians, the Turks, the Arabs, the Japanese, the Afghans, maybe not even the Russians, the Americans, the Chinese, the Indians or the Pakistanis or indeed any others of the P5+1 should be allowed to have such powerful weapons of mass destruction. Above all not the Iranians as such weapons would not be good for them. This should be so due to holy envy or according to the Law of Jante
The Almighty’s Torah/ teaching in the broadest sense of that term, repeatedly exhorts those to whom it is addressed to seek peace and to pursue it
That’s one reason why Sweden welcomes the Iran nuclear deal
There’s also the economic incentive and Sweden is not alone in the “money talks and bullshit walks” : Good reputation can benefit Sweden’s exports to Iran
Sweden’s exports to Iran may increase fivefold
Yes. God don’t like ugly. The God of all mankind don’t like ugly. As the Almighty says in the Torah in talking about Justice, mishpat tzedek (righteous judgment) “Tzedek, Tzedek Tirdorf!” :
( “Justice, justice you shall pursue, that you may live, and inherit the land which the Lord your God gave you” (Deuteronomy 16:20).
Similarly, the first two main fundamentals of Shia belief are 1. Tawhid (The Unity and oneness of God) and 2. Adl (God’s Justice)
Before the throne of the Almighty Who we address in our prayers, this is not a time for idle tittle-tattle when rightly dividing the word of the Almighty in order to apply it to ourselves and our situation: In common parlance, wish for yourself what you wish for your brother: Justice and peace – the corollary we have often heard is “No justice, no peace!” –
That’s what Bob Marley did with the text of H.I.M. Haile Selassie’s address to the United Nations Oct 6, 1963
- the song WAR!
Can it be said that the messianic militarism preached by Zionism’s first Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook has turned into the political doctrine and guiding light of Israel’s military establishment? I don’t know. But I do know that Rabbi Kook had variously said that “these wars will bring us closer and closer… to the Redemption” – the wars of survival – and he specifically spells it out in some of his sermons on waging war – Jewish Jihad/ Holy War as laid out in this website – I have read all of them but cannot find the exact Rabbi Kook piece that I’m looking for. The last time I looked for it in this website (a few years ago) I could not find it – but it’s somewhere, so I intend to find and share it with you.
There is a polemic that runs through the Quran – here is one of a series of rhetrorical questions addressed to Bani-Israel :
“Enjoin ye righteousness upon mankind while ye yourselves forget (to practise it)? And ye are readers of the Scripture! Have ye then no sense?” ( al-Baqarah 2:44
This much is clear: The United States may have the second largest nuclear arsenal in the world, but the United States is not the only world power and indeed, the United States is not the world. This means that it is not the US Congress and Senate alone that is responsible for ratifying or approving the nuclear deal that has been arrived at with Iran, through very detailed negotiations and it is not the United States alone that is responsible for supervising the verifications of compliance.
The Israeli propaganda war machine about the peaceful nuclear deal with Iran is already kicking into high gear. I remember how surprised I was when Hanan Ashrawi – a good woman – resigned as Palestinian spokesperson because, as she said at the time she could not cope with Israeli propaganda
What does Israel want? From following Middle East events these past several years I have a completely reliable gut feeling (not without reason) that what would give Israel the greatest satisfaction would be for Brother Obama , the US Congress and the Senate with the benign assistance of the pro-Israel piper group known as AIPAC to unilaterally tear up the Iran nuclear deal and for either the United States alone or the United States in concert with Israel to embark on a joint military operation – or even just Israel with the necessary cover / protection provided by the United States to bomb and totally destroy all suspected Iranian nuclear facilities to zero degree smithereens – while Russia and China looked on helplessly, for US and Israel to bomb all Iranian nuclear and military infrastructure to their hearts content because – among other grievances, the Islamic Republic of Iran does not like the way that Jewish Israel is treating Palestinians, that the Islamic Republic of Iran thinks that the treatment of Palestinians in the country of their birth is not right and would like to get rid of that system of domination. It’s also fair to say that the Islamic Republic of Iran should have the means of defending the Persian Gulf – and that the arms embargo should also eventually be lifted to facilitate that.
The War mongers and their agents are many. Yesterday at the Press Conference about the Nuclear Deal with Iran an exasperated Brother Obama had to reprimand some crassness from an insolent questioner who ought to have known better when addressing the President of the United States, and this is how Brother Obama put him in his place: “That’s nonsense, you should know better”
If all of your senses are intact, please take a good look at this:
A military solution won’t solve anything
Here’s an interesting other side of the story:
Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare
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