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    • Lubavitcher Rebbe
    • 22.06.06 | 15:53 (IDT)

    Recently an additional shocking incident took place: The government of Israel handed over a further area [Sinai, area 3] to Egypt without receiving anything in return. What they did however receive was a message that this was not enough. We are speaking here of not just these areas given in isolation, but rather as a preparation to hand over all territories to include the Holy city of Jerusalem. The height of the scandal is that those who are perpetrating this crime are fully aware of the truth, but are falsifying stating that this will bring peace. This exacerbates the danger. From Talmudic texts we know that one who has one hundred in his possession wants 200, and immediately thereafter demands 400. We do not need to delve into ancient texts to see the reality of this progression: Egypt says so explicitly, print it in the newspapers, yet the Israel government tries to conceal the reality. But the facts wars against their pretence: see what the Egyptians are demanding! Anyone with some degree of intelligence is not ashamed to state: ?I was mistaken?. Even the truly great leaders of the Jewish People, the later day Sages, when they were mistaken, would say: ?that which I said before you was mistaken?. The Torah avoids speaking disparagingly of anyone. Yet, in such an instance speaks most explicitly so that this can remain the basis of later day decisions. Even more shocking: the Israel government is running after Egypt! They should learn from them! Take out the message from the words of our sages! Regarding the biblical period prior to the exodus of Israel from that land, our sages bring an analogy: A man stole stinking fish and ate them. Thereafter he refused to pay and he was whipped. When he could no longer bear the lashes, he finally paid. Regarding this it is said: He both ate the stinking fish, was whipped, and also finally found himself paying! This is our situation today. In the end G-d Almighty will do as He wishes ? the entire land will be intact for the Jewish people. So why lick up to Pharaoh King of Egypt? Why take insults, cause pain to Jewish people by banishing them from their livelihoods, not to allow them to live in the Old City of Jerusalem, and the Holy City of Hebron. When I raised the alarm some years ago that Jewish people are opposed that the government of Israel turns the Old City of Jerusalem into a separate legal entity governed by Arabic law, different from the law governing Tel Aviv, Hadera, and the new City of Jerusalem and all other areas, - all of this imposed by Jews ? the government of Israel responded to me: ?There is no such law!? Only now has it become public knowledge that for twelve consecutive years the law existed offering favourable partiality to the Arabs: this an Arab may do, but not a Jew! And any Jew who did so was punished by the forces of the Jewish police! I raised my protest at this many years ago! The government of Israel have eaten stinking fish, have been lashed, and now are speaking of their regret of having put their signature to the agreement! [From the farbrengen of 13 Tishrei, 1980]

    from the article: Learning the hard way
    First published 00:00 22.06.06 | Last updated 00:00 22.06.06
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