YESHIVAT HARA'AYON HAYEHUDI
HaRav Yehuda Kroizer SHLIT"A, Rosh Yeshiva
17 Cheshvan, 5766/18-19 November, 2005
THE WEEK THAT WAS
And how was your week? In the Holy Land the craziness never stops. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice flew into town to once again pressure and force Israel into concessions that will weaken her and cause more dead
Jews. This time around, the issue was the Gaza's Rafiah border crossing, which Israel has been holding off on, being that this would open an easy avenue for bloodthirsty Arab terrorists to enter. But Rice, being on a tight schedule, made it clear to the Prime Minister that she wanted to resolve the matter before the end of her current visit to the region, which was in 24 hours. For, you know, those State people are always busy-busy-busy! So what if it will endanger Israel? Who cares, Ms. State has a schedule to keep, maybe some pork chops at the White House later in the week?
And, in any case, we all know how easy it is for the U.S. to pressure Israel into suicidal concessions: Uncle Sam talks and we walk. And so, at the end of the day, Israel once again caved in, and instead of having live monitors at the crossing 24/7, believe it or not Israel will get video tapes (not live) of the crossing after the Palestinians first give it over to the European monitors. Right, and of course the Arab terrorists will wait around until Israel can find them.
And while Ms. State was at it, she also told the Prime Minister to open up the roads for freer travel for the poor Arabs and to ease living conditions for them, and lo and behold, wouldn’t you know it, the Israeli government announced it would be easing restrictions on PA Arabs entering the country’s pre-1967 borders to work. This, of course, after restrictions on PA Arabs were imposed some three weeks ago following a terrorist attack in Hadera in which six Israelis were killed. And now the clock is once again ticking until the next time that there will be more dead Jews, but hey, Aunti Rice has laid down The Law.
And what else was happening around town this past week? Of course, the election results from the Labor party came in, now how exciting is that?! Between Loser Peres and Moron Peretz, in truth, we all came out on the down
side. What went unnoticed by the news (because they were too busy celebrating their new false messiah) was the fact that Peretz won the chairmanship only by the votes of the Arabs. Believe it or not, Peres the Loser actually got 300 more votes from the Jewish vote, but what put Peretz over the top was the Arab vote. Think about it, here in the Jewish state the Arabs have been able - democratically - to override what the Jews of Israel wanted! It will only be a matter of time now that the road is open for them to be able to - democratically - change the State of Israel to the state of Palestine.
All of this and more, added to the usual weekly rockets being fired from Gaza to Sederot and drive-by shootings outside of Gush Etzion. The Jewish refugees from Gush Katif are still without a place to live, and the stories
go onand on and on. And of course, this week we once again witnessed the annual bashing and blood libel on the National Religious camp on Rabin Day, on which the media will spare no expense to try to totally destroy the settlement movement. And let's not forget our good friend, the "bald eagle", the prime minister's son, who copped a deal with the state to unload the case against him. If it were you or I, we would be seeing real jail time, but oh, not him - and "justice" has been served...
One could be just sick to his stomach by seeing and hearing all of the above, which is just the tip of the iceberg. Or one can open up the parsha to see past all of this. By Abraham and Sarah, things were also not looking so good. Here Hashem was telling Abraham that his descendents would inherit the Land and that they would multiply as the stars above. A great promise - the only trouble being that there was no one around to do the inheriting. Would it be Eliezer the Damascene or Ishmael? Oh, come on, let's get real! Still, Abraham, the great believer, did not give up but continued down the long and winding path, and in the end, even though he and Sarah were quite old, Yitzchak came onto the scene to save the day - and all of us.
Today, too, we cannot look at the rotten pieces of the puzzle that we have in front of us, but we must rise and see down that long and winding path. And, as in the days of Abraham, when Yitzchak finally arrived - so, too, on our path that we are on - at the end of the day we will surely see the Redemption of the Jewish people.
With love of Israel,
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