22 March 2010

I Will Bless Those Who Bless You...

I love when people try to be smarter when they really are.

Two perfect examples come from our esteemed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, an invited guest to the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference. During her remarks to the audience she explained that the reason why she and the Obama administration had come down so harshly on Israel for announcing the construction of 1600 Jewish homes in Jerusalem was "because we are committed to Israel and its security," she said. Yup. That's the equivalent to a domestic violence situation - I hit her because I love her. That does it for me.

The second example of Hillary's attempt to be smarter than she looks is when she spoke about what courage it takes to do hard things (i.e. making peace with terrorists). Of course with the Jews heading into the season of Passover she decided to invoke Biblical references about following Moses into the Promised Land.

This reference to Moses is brilliant and aptly timed for the Jewish People of today - although I don't know that she should have reminded us of the Hagaddah, the Passover narrative read at the seder. (As an aside: Moses himself didn't stand quietly aside as Jews were hurt - he killed an Egyptian when that Egyptian assaulted a Jew.)

The paragraph - V'hee Sheamda speaks about all those who have attempted to destroy us.
This is what has stood by our fathers and us! For not just one alone has risen against us to destroy us, but in every generation they rise against us to destroy us; and the Holy One, blessed be He, saves us from their hand!

In every generation there are those who have attempted to destroy us. The Jewish People are no stranger to such things. But we must remind ourselves who saves us every time. It's not the U.S. State Department, not foreign aid and not even the "savior" Obama. It's G-d, the G-d of the Jewish People.

If Hillary wants to wax Biblical she may want to check out the book of Joshua - as the Jews were conquering the Land. The Jewish People had captured five kings of the area.
It happened when they brought out those kings to Joshua that Joshua summoned all the men of Israel and said to the officers of the men of war to had gone with him, "Approach, place your feet on the necks of these kings." They approached and placed their feet on their necks. Joshua said to them, "Do not fear, do not lose resolve; be strong and courageous, for thus shall G-d do to all your enemies with whom you battle." Joshua struck them after that and killed them... (Joshua 10:24-26)

And if she supposes to talk about "occupied lands" than I may point her in the direction of the Early Prophets. The King of Ammon decided to declare war on the Jewish People because
"Israel took away my land when it ascended from Egypt, from Arnon to the Jabbok to the Jordan! So now return them in peace." (Judges 11:13)

To this statement the leader of Israel, Jephthah, gives a short history how the Jewish People came to claim this land finishing with the important words,
"And now G-d, the G-d of Israel, has driven out the Amorite because of His People Israel - yet you would possess it?..." (Judges 11:23)

Again and again, the G-d of the Jewish People saves us from those who would do us harm - no matter who the culprit may be. Certainly it would behoove our Secretary of State as well as others in the administration to dust off their Bibles and review which side of history they would like to be on.

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