It was reported late in the day on Friday that Palestinian Chairman Abbas speaking at a ceremony at the Russian Diplomatic Academy in Moscow where he received an honorary degree once again opened the possibility setting conditions for restarting peace negotiations with Israel. His offer shows the greatest indignity and insensitivity possible that he could have committed making this offer while the search continues for the three kidnapped teens without yet locating them. Meanwhile the leadership of half of the coalition in the reunified government, Hamas who, despite all evidence indicating their agents were who abducted the teens, continued to call for the Palestinian people to resist and confound to whatever extent they were able the search for Eyal Yifrah, Naftali Frenkel, and Gilad Sha’ar, the kidnapped teens. Abbas did not even make an acceptable offer as he demands that Israel free the remaining terrorists in their prisons, concede that the Armistice Lines from 1949 become the borders, cease all building in contested areas, and agree to the right of the Palestinian people to be reunited and made whole, another way of expressing the demand of right of return where five-million plus Palestinian refugees, almost none of them original refugees but their decedents some into the fourth or fifth generations, be accepted within Israel thus changing the demographics of Israel so that the next elections will be the point where Israel ceases to be a home for the Jewish People.
One can only wonder what this degree was from Abbas’s friends and allies in Moscow. His original doctoral degree was issued also in Moscow and was awarded for his dissertation titled, “The Other Side: the Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism.” The theme of this dissertation was a refuting the Holocaust and claiming that only a mere few thousand Jews were killed by the Nazis and that the Jews who were executed had been selected by the Zionists because of their refusal to agree with their plans for conquest. His hatreds for the Jews and especially their existence in Israel have not diminished over the years, only his smooth delivery and continued ability to justify lies, use double-speak and hypocrisy. Abbas’s guile and silky elocution of deceits and misrepresentations has won him friends amongst the leadership in the world who wish to deny the Jews the rights to a state but wish to do so concealing their hatreds beneath the veneer which is provided by the Palestinian narrative, a narrative which utilized the actual history of the Jews twisted into a fabricated claim to all of the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. These are the people who will give cover to Abbas when in the same speech demands that Israel be accepting and inclusive when Palestinians come to claim their ancestral homes while also demanding that every millimeter of Palestinian lands be free of Jews and that every Jew be removed regardless of their claims to the lands being valid. It will be only a matter of days before the European leaders and those hypocrites at the United Nations and the Israel hating NGOs are in full voice echoing Abbas’s call for renewed talks demanding Israel meet the suicidal demands put forth by Abbas. The story repeats itself ad-nauseum, never changing its tone, only the severity of the demands for the Jews to commit to their own destruction.
Despite all of the perfidy of the world, the most injurious purveyors of hate are those Jews filled with self-resentment and Jewish guilt complex which causes them to side with their detractors, the ones whose main desire is to destroy the Jewish People and now also destroy the Jewish State. Theirs is an unprecedented mass form of Stockholm Syndrome (sometimes referred to as Helsinki Syndrome) which has developed over the nearly two-thousand-years in the Diaspora where the Jews were often persecuted, chased from their communities often only taking what they could hurriedly gather and carry, murdered for sport, accused and convicted by public opinion of such dastardly deeds as poisoning wells thus causing disease such as plague (after all the Jews died at an obvious and far lesser extent than their neighbors which could not be explained by their fastidiously cleaning their homes weekly for the Sabbath and doing a yearly cleaning every spring for Passover), denied rights to educations, many professional fields and other depredations, evicted by expulsion orders from entire nations, and always being the outsider, the ones suspected of every wrongdoing, the ones upon whom all failures were hung. The Jewish history includes such condemnations and abuses whether under Christian or Muslim rule and some within the Jewish society have yet to shake off the cloak of victimhood and thus expect to be denied equality and feeling they must always apologize and make every possible concession.
This has precedence in Jewish history and is related to us in the Torah. Many people and not just Jews are familiar and have some level of knowledge with the story of the Exodus from Egypt. One of the recurrent themes expressed was how the generation which came forth from Egypt as a result of G0d smiting the Egyptians with the Ten Plagues were constantly complaining and demanding to return to the safety of life as a slave in Egypt where they at least knew where their next meal would come from and other such complaints. Moses was often accused of leading them into the desert to die. These complaints persisted despite witnessing some of the most miraculous acts by G0d and the receipt of the Law at Mount Sinai where the presence of the L0rd was upon the mountain which shook and thundered frightfully. This lack of self-worth and lack of confidence came to a head with the sin of the spies. Twelve of the leadership, one from each tribe, were sent to conduct surveillance of the Canaanites and report on the condition of the land, the goodness of the land for farming and raising stock animals, and the fortifications and other pertinent information. All twelve of the spies returned with tales of the goodness of the land but when it came to the tactical state and the readiness for conquest the story of ten of the spies spoke of a land of giants with cities with high and thick buttresses and fortifications and generally stated how they were but grasshoppers against such men. Caleb and Joshua had differing reports where they told of a terrible fright across the lands and a fear of the coming Hebrews who had their G0d who fought with them and were invincible. Of course the Jews who had just been released from slavery immediately panicked taking the reports of the ten spies as true and refused to enter the Promised Lands lest they be killed in battle. The L0rd was ready to smite the faithless cowards but His vengeful hand was stayed by Moses’s prayers and pleadings. Instead the Hebrews were condemned to wander for forty years in the desert until virtually every last doubter had passed on. Caleb and Joshua were spared this sentence as they had reported truthfully that the L0rd had truly readied the Lands for them. Joshua would go on to be the next leader of the Hebrews after Moses died.
It is this syndrome which afflicted ten of the spies which still inflicts far too many Jews in this modern age. One would hope they would have learned from their study of Torah, but that too has become something avoided and disdained by all too many secular Jews. The truth is that very little has changed in close to thirty-five-hundred years and the Jews are of two minds, one ready to take their Promised Lands and those who would have been forsaken and resigned to wander in the desert until a new generation free of the yokes of slavery, or the mantle of the dispossessed of the Diaspora, was born and ready to take on their G0d given heritage and settle the Promised Lands as commanded in Torah. There will be those whose cacophonous wailing and caterwauling will be launched just by reading what is written above. So be it, one cannot expect a life free from detractors and those who disparage those who truthfully label their cowardice before adversities and who are like water always seeking the path of least resistance which always leads downwards and never to the exalted heights where the water was borne free and clean, bubbling with energy and promise to refresh the person, water their thirsty herds and raise their crops. Perhaps in a generation or maybe two we will have distanced ourselves from those who belittle our rights to our homelands as promised by the world just as we were promised by the L0rd our G0d. He told of how our homeland would be returned to us in a single day and that our lost language and rightful heritage would follow on that day. We were told the parable of the Dry Bones and how they would first gain back sinew and then muscle and eventually flesh and at long last be made whole and alive again as the description of how we as a people would rise from the horrors of our long being scattered amongst the nations flung to the far corners of the lands and made to suffer perversions and servitudes, oppressions and humiliations. We would rise as if from amongst the dead and dried bones of near extinction only to slowly grow back whole and return to our beloved Torah and live as an example of kindness with those who graced us and a burden to those who seek to persecute us and return us to our disgrace and dispersion. For those, be they Jew or not, let me quote the original verse in Genesis 12:3, where it states, “And I will bless those that bless thee and curse those that curse thee, and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” For those wishing a more contemporary quote let me quote a somewhat more modern interpretation originating from Zionist leader Rabbi Meir Kahane in his 1972 book “Never Again.” The complete title of the book was, “Never Again!: A Program for Survival.”