The blindness of the peace-seekers - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Bernadette
    • 04.04.05 | 19:40 (IDT)

    A very interesting article. And it's right that the peace-seekers often fall into traps of those who aren't really after a comprehensive peace like with Hamas. It's sometimes even very distressing to notice how people who say that they do stand behind the principles of peace often turn a blind eye to the reality the other side abide by. Example: In 1986 the Pope John Paul II spoke of the Jews being the Christians' elder brothers. And everyone seems to translate this phrase into being equal to Esau, the older brother who gave way his birthright. The older brother will serve the younger. So, if those who translate this phrase this way would be correct, than is the phrase not an anti-Semitic phrase? Has the pope than not been anti-Semitic by this phrase in pointing out that the Jews should start serving the Christians as Egypt demanded in the time of Moshe. More, he the Pope would than even have said that we have forsaken our birthright so that this phrase also would have to be translated in that the Pope by this phrase said that the Jews have lost their birthright and only the Christians have a rightfull claim on the Holy Land and not one single Jew. It would thus mean that Pope John Paul II has never during his entire pontificate truly stepped aside from a 2000 year old Christian doctrine regarding this matter. Even more so, it would mean that he saw the Christians as the only rightfull Jews to claim the land of Eretz Yisrael. So, why the rush we would say to praise everything the Pope has done? Well, maybe we can do so through another explination of his phrase in that the Jews are the Christians older brothers. Within their New Testament there is after all a parable of the lost son. The lost son is not the older brother, but the youngest one and he asked for his part of the inheritance from his father and went to a far away land to waste his inheritance. But to make it short: He returned to his father's house empty handed. Explained we could thus state that the world or rather the gentile world will only find the peace of the braves when they are willing to learn what the real word of Moshe in the Torah means and return back to their father's house after having gone to a far away land with at that time foreign gods and practices whereas he wasted everything of what he had. In that parable the older son was angry with his father regarding the festivity his father held for the return of his lost son, but the father said to his oldest son that everything he had would also become his and will thus not belong to his younger brother because he already had been given his share. It's just another interpretation of what the meaning behind older brother could mean, but it would bless the Pope in being a real friend of the Jewish people whereas the other explination would in reality result in the complete opposite. With the latter explination the Pope not only spoke of us being the older brothers, but also fully acknowledged the Jewish people's right to the land that was promised them from the Mediterranean Sea all the way to the Jordan River that is. But can and will the peace seekers really come to terms with this? Can they become courageous in accepting reality and truth. They can't do so by keeping eyes closed. They need to open them. But, will they do in time, especially those within Eretz Yisrael itself? There is a great difference between being Esau or being Jacob versus being the older brother and the younger brother in the parable. As Jews we would go looking in our own word, but we have to remember that the Pope is Christian. What has he really meant? Has he explained it to someone Jewish? If not: than he will have taken it into his grave and it will always stay a mystery. But, my bet stays on my latter view of the parable because otherwise he wouldn't have asked for forgiveness at the Western wall in the year 2000 to my opinion. Yours, Bernadette

    from the article: The blindness of the peace-seekers
    First published 00:00 04.04.05 | Last updated 00:00 04.04.05
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