US ambassador to Israel listens to call for genocide from rabbis' 'peace congress'
Arutz Sheva ('Channel Seven'), an Israeli media network that runs Israel National News (INN), reported that on Dec. 30, 2009, a rabbinical "congress for peace" proposed to U.S. Ambassador to Israel James Cunningham genocidal ethnic cleansing of Palestinians as "the Biblical approach to the dispute over the Land of Israel," in the name of "the Divine will" . --
Gil Ronen reported that "The ambassador was visibly moved." --
"Rabbi Dov Lior, the Rabbi of Kiryat Arba-Hevron, said: 'G-d gave the U.S. the power and influence to affect the rest of the world and supporting Israel is the key to America's success.'" --
NOTE: Why should a U.S. Ambassador listen patiently to the ravings of this fanatical group? -- Its director, Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Lewin, said in 2005 that "Katrina is a consequence of the destructionof [Gaza's] Gush Katif [slate of Jewish communities] with America's urging and encouragement." -- COMMENT: Occasionally, the genocidal character of the God of the Bible is recognized, but for all too many believers it is a bridge too far. -- Gerald Hiestand, pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel in the Chicago suburbs and executive director of the Society for the Advancement of Ecclesial Theology, wrote in 2005: "I was teaching through the book of Judges a number of years ago when one of my students rightly observed that the Jewish conquest of Canaan was, in fact, nothing short of a God-ordained genocide. So appalling was this thought to my student that he left the group and never returned. But what was perhaps the most troubling thing to me was that none of my other students really seemed to grasp the significance of the discussion. --
Our God is a God of genocide." -- Today, most Israelis seem to be similarly unable to "grasp the significance of the discussion," and through a variety of factors -- the Israel lobby, Christian Zionism, and the myth of American exceptionalism among them -- the United States seems also unable to "grasp the significance of the discussion." ...
RABBIS TO U.S. AMBASSADOR: TIME TO 'GO BIBLICAL' WITH ARABS
By Gil Ronen
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.
'LAND FOR PEACE DOESN'T WORK'
The delegation was headed by Rabbi Joseph Gerlitzky, Chairman of the RCP, who is also the Rabbi of Central Tel Aviv where the U.S. embassy is located. Rabbi Gerlitzky 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.
"In the name of the overwhelming majority of rabbis in Israel," he said, "we request of you, Mr. Ambassador, to convey our Halachic message to President Barack Obama that it is time for a complete reversal and reassessment of U.S. policy in the Middle East. The 'land for peace' policy never worked and harms U.S. interests in the region and the world at large."
The ambassador was visibly moved by Rabbi Sholom Gold, a leading rabbi in Jerusalem, who described the suffering that the Jewish People have endured ever since the implementation of the Oslo Accords and the agreements that followed. "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.
Rabbi Dov Lior, the Rabbi of Kiryat Arba-Hevron, said: "G-d gave the U.S. the power and influence to affect the rest of the world and supporting Israel is the key to America's success."
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."
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