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Saturday, October 25, 2014

France's Anti-Semitism Reaches New Heights!

     When it comes to European anti-Semitism, France is often leading the pack with both creativity and virulence. It is always with great sadness that I write about my country of origin and what appears to be its chronic descent into the bottomless pit of Jew hatred.
     I recently chronicled a brief overview of French anti-Semitism in three parts (Part I, part II and part III), positing that it didn't happen in a vacuum but grew over 2,000 years. The theological differences of yesteryear turned into laws, leading to warped thoughts, followed by actions and eventually culminating in the unnecessary death of millions of innocent souls.
     The current Jewish community of France is getting organized to leave the country of "Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité". Statistically, France might loose as many as 8,000 Jewish people in 2014. But this is much more than a statistic, it is symptomatic of a trend proving that France is no longer safe for Jews.
     The pro-Palestinian stance taken by France is so prevalent that some have given-up on fighting it. They have decided to pack-up and leave. But not all Jews will depart the country that still holds the third largest Jewish community in the world.
      One would think that having recovered from the Nazi invasion and the Vichy government, France would humbly but diligently endeavor to make its Jewish community feel welcome. On the contrary, I never cease to be amazed at the new ways that France will find to surpass its own despicable acts of Jew hatred.
      It was only last July that a Paris street protest in favor of Hamas and Palestine turned sour and branched out towards the rue de la Roquette Synagogue where 200 Jewish worshippers were gathered. By God's grace a pogrom was averted, but until when?
     Yet, just a couple of weeks ago, while the French government performs its usual hypocritical game of semantics to reassure the Jews of France that they are safe there, something took place to prove the opposite. At the end of the day, the old adage stating: "actions speak louder than words" still holds true.
     France might have cringed at the recent Russian announcement to hold a social network "Miss Hitler" Beauty Pageant, but the ugly staunch of hypocrisy was present all along. President Hollande might appear to be the friend of Israel, yet prime minister Laurent Fabius is considering recognizing Palestine in a move unprecedented in the European Union (following Sweden and the UK).
     The French president made a strong statement in 2012 in the company of Mr. Netanyahu at a ceremony remembering the Toulouse massacre victims. He said that: "the Jews of France must be aware that the republic will do everything it can to protect them and to give them security...Their security is in the national interest of all the French." So where was Mr. Hollande when he needed to put his foot down to stop this recent despicable act of anti-Semitism?
     It was just a couple of weeks ago that a man who killed Jews was honored in France, but not just remembered as a "victim", "militant" or "martyr" for the cause of Palestinians, that of course would be an insult to many already. Instead, in order to make the Jewish people more secure in a very volatile France, a street was named after that man!
     The man in question is Marwan Barghouti known as an arch-terrorist who since 2004 is serving five consecutive life sentences in an Israeli prison for the death of five Israelis. Barghouti still exercises much control over Fatah from his prison cell. He is credited for having led the first and second intifadas. He is seen by many as the most likely leader to replace Mahmoud Abbas who has exceeded his 4-year term by several years. Mr. Barghouti is a terrorist, a murderer and an anti-Semite.
     The city of Valenton on the east side of Paris, in the Val-de-Marne region just recently named a street "Allée Marwan Barghouti" because, according to its communist mayor Mrs. Françoise Baud, Barghouti is: "the face of the unwavering resistance of the Palestinian people against the occupation, the crimes, the destruction, the apartheid and the colonization perpetrated by the Israeli government." 
      As the street was inaugurated, a sign was revealed by the Mayor that read: Alley Marwan Barghouti, Palestinian deputy, activist, arbitrarily imprisoned in Israel, "The Palestinian Mandela" is an honorary citizen of Valenton.

     I am still trying to understand how anyone can be "arbitrarily imprisoned" after killing five people? This decision by Françoise Baud was followed by a three-page letter she sent in response to some of the criticism she received. Unfortunately for most of my readers, the letter is in French but it comprises a series of excuses for the mayor's action in the name of peace and of course a two-state solution. Additionally, Mrs Baud is trying to get her city council to adopt the Palestinian refugee camp of Balata near Nablus as a sister city to Valenton.
     Barghouti, Abbas, Hamas and 80% of all Palestinians DO NOT WANT PEACE with Israel but all Jews dead. Has the mayor been misled, lied to or is she deceiving us into believing that Israel is the only problem in the way of true peace in the Middle East?
    By elevating a terrorist to the status of hero, Valenton and I am afraid much of France have validated murder, terrorism and hatred against Israel and the Jewish people by proxy. If all it takes to get a street named after you in France is the murder of a few Jews, Mohammed Merah (the Toulouse massacres) will get his street soon and Hitler should get a highway or maybe even an airport named after him.
    In the meantime, and for reasons that are becoming clearer by the day, Jews are leaving France in droves.     

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Will the EU pseudo-historic PALENSTEIN creation come to life soon?

By Olivier Melnick

     In 1818, English author Mary Shelley published her first edition of "Frankenstein, or the modern Prometheus". This is the tale of the creation of a grotesque creature based on a cadaver taken through a series of pseudo-scientific experiments. In the book, Dr. Victor Frankenstein attempted and achieved the impossible. He managed to bring "life" into something that shouldn't be alive. In a sense, Dr. Frankenstein decided to play God and created the monster that over the years has become known itself as "Frankenstein".
    Currently, there is a growing trend within the European Union that could very well lead to the birth of yet another grotesque creature that would come to being ex nihilo, or out of nothing. I am talking about the bringing to life of a country that never existed for a people that has been created for the sole purpose of supplanting the people who belong. I am talking about the creation and birth of PALENSTEIN!
     For several years now, the leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas –currently in the tenth year of his 4-year term (you read it right!)– has been pushing hard on as many doors as he could for the recognition of Palestine. He relentlessly makes his yearly appearance at the United Nations General Assembly, each September to plead with the world for the establishment of Palestine. He managed to get the UNESCO to recognize Palestine in 2011. But we must also realize that many countries around the world already recognize The Palestinian bid for statehood. Many of these countries have a substantial Muslim population or are blatantly anti-Israel. Of course, as you have heard me mention for a while now, anti-Israel really means anti-Semitic. The United Nation did approve the recognition of the State of Palestine in 2012, yet no European Union member countries had officially followed suit.
    Yet, more countries than you might think actually support the birth of PALENSTEIN (134 since the first bid of 1988). But what we are seeing develop at this moment is unique and somewhat symptomatic of the times we live in. The European Union has now decided to jump on the politically correct bandwagon in what appears to be some sort of a snowball effect started by Sweden on October 3rd, 2014. Even though Hungary, Poland and Slovakia recognize Palestine and are part of the EU, they did so before joining. Keep in mind also that these countries are three of the most virulently anti-Semitic in Europe.
     New Prime Minister of Sweden from the Red-Green party, Stefan Löfven made the announcement that Sweden now recognizes Palestine. The statement he made, following his declaration was so antithetical to a genuine solution for two co-existing states that it makes one wonder if he even read it before it was officially made. He said: The conflict between Israel and Palestine can only be solved with a two-state solution, negotiated in accordance with international law. A two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to peaceful co-existence. Sweden will therefore recognize the state of Palestine.
     What went through his mind? A two-state solution does "require mutual recognition" but it is a known fact that neither Abbas nor his partner Khaled Mashal (Hamas' leader) want to recognize Israel, while Israel is willing to negotiate if it is indeed a two-way street. Mahmoud Abbas has claimed numerous times that he refuses to recognize Israel as a Jewish State.
     Additionally, as we have seen recently with the Gaza War, "a will to peaceful co-existence" is a move that only Israel is prepared to make. And if anyone believes that the settlements are the road blocks to a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians, I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn!
     But, the creation of PALENSTEIN is getting even closer since, in a bold move following Sweden, the British Parliament passed a resolution (274-to-12) to recognize Palestine. While the vote was not binding on the British government it is highly symptomatic of the tide of change taking place in Western Europe right now. The betrayal continues to grow.
     France–the European country with the largest Muslim community–is also considering recognizing Palestine. Prime minister Laurent Fabius is ready to make the move if as he said on October 15: "It brings peace to the region". Maybe Mr. Fabius would like to pitch in on the purchase of the Brooklyn Bridge?
     It is interesting to note that Sweden's Muslim population has doubled in the last 14 years to reach an estimated total of 40% by 2030. Britain will be 40% Muslim, the Netherlands 45%, Germany 40% as well as France over 50%.  All within the next 15 years. This basically means that these countries–once bastions of the "Old Europe" will cease to exist as democracies. Eurabia (term coined by author Bat Y'or in her seminal work of the same title) is well on its way, and faster than we think. The European Union shouldn't try to play God!
     Maybe we should look at these events as the birth pangs of the last days. The European Union nearly concerted betrayal of Israel proves only one thing and that is the fact that Mashiach is on His way back. When in the Bible I read that the whole world will turn against Israel, I never wondered why, because I knew all along that HaSatan the ultimate enemy of Israel and of course of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is behind it all.
     ...and in that day, I will set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem 
     (Zechariah 12:9)

Friday, October 10, 2014

ISIS: The Exponential Growth of a Pandemic Threat!

     by Olivier J. Melnick

ISIS soldiers on the street (The Associated Press)
By now, there are not that many places in the world where the acronym ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) or ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) remain unknown.  ISIS also known as IS (Islamic State) has acquired quite a ruthless, bloody reputation in just a few months. When it was first announced that they were a splinter group from Al-Qaeda, we witnessed an almost "tongue-in-cheek" yet blasé reaction from most people. Little did we all know about the rapes, crucifixions and beheading that were about to take place. Now we know and yet, very little is being done to nip ISIS in the bud. The bold Caliphate declaration by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on June 29, 2014 ( the first day of Ramadan) was a surprise to most, but it remained unchallenged. It is a long shot to expect the rebirth and growth of an Islamic caliphate, but we must remember that even if the Third Reich was short lived, it decimated millions in its destructive path.
     To be sure, Islamo-fascism wasn't born yesterday. It has plagued much of the Middle East for decades and has even spread beyond on many occasions. Much of modern terrorism has been Islamo-fascist terrorism. By this I do not mean that all Muslims are terrorists, absolutely not! Yet, if we were to tally up the terrorism of the last fifty years, almost every terrorist WAS a Muslim.
     But is ISIS a terrorist group or is it even much more than that? While it is clear that their actions totally fall in line with terrorism, we must also understand that as a declared caliphate–albeit not officially accepted–they are not acting as a terrorist organization within a state or country. ISIS is not like Hamas, Hezbollah, Boko Haram or even Al-Qaeda. By their own admission, they are a state and because of that, they qualify for a response proportionate to their barbaric, brutal attack on Western civilization. They qualify for a full-blown retaliation. No sanctions, not boycott, no talks... RETALIATION! Let me clarify what I mean, I mean war! ISIS IS ACTING AS A TERRORIST STATE and not a terrorist organization! An all out war against ISIS on the ground might be the best use of resources and the only way to put an end to this slaughter.
     ISIS is very impressive and attractive to a myriad of radical Islam aficionados (Muslims or not). ISIS has managed to attract followers from various corners of the planet with their supremacist ideology "hell bent" on beheading the infidels. We shouldn't underestimate the danger posed by this new group's ability to attract previously uninterested people to Islam. They have an uncanny ability to draw people to their evil ideology that is what makes them a real but very unpredictable danger.
     Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas and many other terrorist groups always had a following, but because of their lack of organization, lack of funding and lack of "proper" exposure, they always were partially successful at best. ISIS has mastered all three. They are organized. As a matter of fact they have a structure that is more akin to a government with a military wing than that of a terrorist group.
     They have a pretty steady cash flow that now comes from some of the oil fields they have seized recently. Some statistics say that they might be generating between $1M and $4M daily. No matter how we look at it, they generate much more than any of the other terrorist organizations including Al-Qaeda.
     As for their exposure, they get it from videos and brochures distributed as if they were running an advertising campaign, and in a sense they are! They also have an extremely strong presence on the social networks.
     ISIS has been planting cells all around the world and continues to do so. Additionally, in countries like the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK, they have been recruiting on the streets through a process known as Da'wah meaning "invitation". People are invited to inquire about Islam and even convert through dialogues on street corners. As a result, almost every country in Europe has seen people join Islamic training in Syria and/or Iraq.

     ISIS has declared jihad against the whole world. But how did they get so far, so fast? It can be argued that the vacuum created by the removal of dictatorial leaders in the Middle East is what made room for groups like ISIS. The Saddam Hussein, Qaddafi and Mubarak of the region might have been ruthless dictators within their own restrictive police states, but they also managed to keep a lid on Islamic extremism. Now ISIS is quickly filling the void.
     ISIS' exponential growth continues both territorially and demographically. They are not only expanding their borders in the Middle East, but they are also establishing their following globally. From their standpoint of a global caliphate, they are successfully establishing a network while the world is watching like a deer in headlights.
     While ISIS poses a threat to all, including Israel, they currently are focusing on "purging" Islam of all the Shi'ite Muslims who stand in the way of their establishing their hegemonic caliphate. This, of course, doesn't mean that Israel is currently unaffected by ISIS, but simply that they, as a target, might be on the back burner. There is no doubt in my mind that if ISIS gets too close to Israel and puts the Jewish state at risk, Mr. Netanyahu will respond swiftly and appropriately.
     So, as the Ebola virus continues to spread in Africa and is even starting to affect other continents, the ISIS virus appears to also be spreading in and beyond the Middle East. From isolated to epidemic to pandemic, the ISIS virus could do a lot more damage before it is contained, but it will never be contained with band aids or compresses. Major surgery is needed and fast.
     It is time for civilized people to unite against the Islamic State. It is also time for the more liberal among us to realize that ISIS is the new Nazis of the Middle East, not Israel!
     In the meantime, all of us who believe in the power of prayer know what to do. We must:
     • Pray for the United States to quickly and powerfully go after ISIS and incapacitate them
     • Pray for the safety of those within the destructive path of ISIS
     • Pray for ISIS members to be released from the bondage of Islamism

     The Lord is far from the wicked but He hears the prayers of the righteous (Proverbs 15:29)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

2014 UN General Assembly: Deceptive Chutzpah versus Righteous Chutzpah!

    Yesterday ended the week-long yearly gathering at the United Nation known as the 69th General Assembly where numerous countries of the world come to share their concerns, pleas and/or demands.
     It all started with a four-minutes Climate Summit opening act by "newly appointed United-Nations messenger of peace" Leonardo DiCaprio. I found it less that convincing because as a private jet and mega yacht owner, DiCaprio cannot possibly expect to be taken seriously by the representatives of the global community. Has the UN lost all discernment or are they another victim of postmodern relativism? Have we entered a new chapter in mankind's history when truth doesn't really matter any longer?
     I think we could get a good answer to this question if we were to take a closer look at both speeches by Palestinian Authority's leader Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu. 
     One was characterized by deceptive chutzpah and the other by righteous chutzpah! 
     Being Jewish, I might be accused by some of being biased and blindly pro-Israel. But like I have said before, being pro-Israel doesn't mean that one is anti-Palestinian, sadly, the opposite is seldom true!
     Frankly, I am not biased, I am just interested in factual truth–something most of the world and as it appears, the UN, are not so attracted to. But don't take my word for it, instead, why don't we look at both sides, compare and assess?
     Mahmoud Abbas delivered a speech, laced with lies, accusations and hatred albeit protected by a thick veneer of victimhood. Amazingly, it garnered a rather long final applause from the gallery, generated I suppose, by all the UN representatives in favor of the "State of Palestine". from Abbas' transcript, we can glean statements on Israel and the recent Gaza War such as: "the scale of this genocidal crime is larger, and that the list of martyrs, especially children, is longer." or another quote that could be taken verbatim and put in the mouth of Mr. Netanyahu and become truth about Hamas and Gaza, yet it came out of Abbas' mouth: "This last war against Gaza was a series of absolute war crimes carried out before the eyes and ears of the entire world, moment by moment, in a manner that makes it inconceivable that anyone today can claim that they did not realize the magnitude and horror of the crime."
     Abbas had the audacity to accuse Israel of genocide! Excuse me Mr Abbas, but you might need a history lesson or two in order to understand what a true genocide is. Then again, we must not forget that Mr. Abbas's doctoral dissertation titled: "The Other Side: The secret relationship between Nazism and Zionism" states that the Holocaust had far less victims than claimed and that Zionists collaborated with Nazis, ludicrous at best!
     Genocide is defined as the deliberate and systematic killing of a particular ethnic group. If anything, Hamas could be accused of having a genocidal agenda on their own people after we witnessed how they didn't hesitate to put civilians (including children) in danger. We know that they have genocidal tendencies when it comes to Israel, but to their own people...seriously?
     But wait, it gets worse when he dares to say that:" At the same time, I affirm that our grief, trauma and anger will not for one moment make us abandon our humanity, our values and our ethics; we will always maintain our respect and commitment to international law, international humanitarian law and the international consensus."
     How can he possibly keep a straight face while making such a statement? Humanity, values and ethics are the last thing that Hamas and by proxy Fatah and Mr. Abbas were interested in. It is well worth noticing that Mr. Abbas cared to mention the Palestinian teenager deplorably killed by Jewish teenagers. This was an unacceptable act of retaliation for the three abducted and murdered Jewish teens, who of course were not even mentioned by Mr. Abbas. Was this a case of selective memory?
     Mr. Abbas also talked quite a bit about the settlements. Even though I don't agree with the labeling of the land as "occupied territories", the issue of the settlements is a very difficult one to handle. Yet, any honest, truth-seeking observer in the region knows that the keeping or relinquishing of land has no bearing on the issues at hand and/or on peace. A development here or a kibbutz there will not change the fact that Mr. Abbas refuses to recognize the existence of Israel
     Hitler and his Nazi cohorts refused to recognize the Jewish people's right to exist. This made it very easy for them to justify their annihilation. Mr. Abbas is no different in his ideology and makes the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people a necessary and unavoidable step in the establishment of the State of Palestine. For this, he gets a lot of support from many Muslim states such as Iran and several terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah, Hamas and others. This and so much more of his caustic tirade was deceptive chutzpah.
     Then came Mr. Netanyahu's speech, just two days later. In his presentation, The Jewish Prime Minister jumped right in by denouncing radical Islam and stating truthfully that Israel was just a starting point in their destructive agendas:" everywhere we look, militant Islam is on the march. It's not militants. It's not Islam. It's militant Islam. Typically, its first victims are other Muslims, but it spares no one. Christians, Jews, Yazidis, Kurds – no creed, no faith, no ethnic group is beyond its sights. And it's rapidly spreading in every part of the world. 
     He rightfully compared radical Islam to a spreading cancer that had to be eradicated at the onset (although I fear that the onset was at least a couple of decades ago, and much metastasizing has already taken place). He boldly associated Hamas with ISIS when saying: "when it comes to their ultimate goals, Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas."
     Responding to Mr. Abbas' accusations of genocide, He proceeded in explaining all the steps taken by the IDF to prevent the unnecessary death of civilians in Gaza. Mr. Netanyahu compared both sides stating: Israel was doing everything to minimize Palestinian civilian casualties. Hamas was doing everything to maximize Israeli civilian casualties and Palestinian civilian casualties. Israel dropped flyers, made phone calls, sent text messages, broadcast warnings in Arabic on Palestinian television, always to enable Palestinian civilians to evacuate targeted areas. No other country and no other army in history have gone to greater lengths to avoid casualties among the civilian population of their enemies. 
     Hamas embedded its missile batteries in residential areas and told Palestinians to ignore Israel’s warnings to leave. And just in case people didn’t get the message, they executed Palestinian civilians in Gaza who dared to protest. No less reprehensible, Hamas deliberately placed its rockets where Palestinian children live and play. 
     Mr. Netanyahu also expressed grave concern over the land boundaries as they are closely linked to the security of Israel, rendering the pre-1967 borders absolutely indefensible. He is committed to the safety of Eretz Yisrael when he says:" Israel cannot have territories from which it withdraws taken over by Islamic militants yet again, as happened in Gaza and Lebanon. That would place the likes of ISIS within mortar range – a few miles – of 80% of our population.
     He also impressed upon the UN delegates that the Islamic State of Iran was possibly the biggest threat to Israel and to the West. Especially if it soon becomes the Nuclear Islamic State of Iran.
     Mr. Netanyahu's speech was in many ways a response to Mr. Abbas' one. As such, and based on factual truth and not relative truth, He delivered a passionate message of righteous chutzpah that should be taken very seriously.
     What will come out of the 69th UN General Assembly has yet to be seen. But I have lost confidence in an institution that was once a beacon of hope and peace in a developing world. The United Nations have become so politically correct that they are blinded and even wooed by speeches like the one delivered by Mr. Abbas. Of course it doesn't help when  the vast majority of the delegates are anti-Israel to start with.
     I applaud Mr. Netanyahu for his boldness and like him, I will quote Isaiah 62, but not just verse 1 , I would like to also add verse 2, because I do believe that God Has a glorious future for Yisrael: 
For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not keep quiet,
Until her righteousness goes forth like brightness,
And her salvation like a torch that is burning.

The nations will see your righteousness,
And all kings your glory;
And you will be called by a new name
Which the mouth of the Lord will designate.

      If the few remaining friends of Israel like you and I do not speak on her behalf and support the only democracy in the Middle East, the next speech we hear might be her eulogy, God forbid! (Well, He actually does forbid it in Jeremiah 31:35-37).

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Modern French Anti-Semitism Didn’t Happen in a Vacuum! Part III

Part III: From the Holocaust to the Global Jihad
by Olivier J. Melnick

Anti-Semitism didn’t come to a halt in the interwar period between 1918 and 1939. As a matter of fact, it continued to display its ugly head with almost all of the original characteristics it had garnered over the centuries. Who could have thought that within less than two decades, the worst was about to take place, and about one third of world Jewry would be eradicated?
Hitler came "legally" into power in 1933 and started his campaign against the Jews that would result in the Holocaust and the killing of 6,000,000 Jews all over Europe, not to mention other groups as well like the Gypsies and various religious minorities. While Nazi Germany was the originator of the “Final Solution” implemented in 1942, they were greatly aided by various governments. One of them was of course the Vichy-France government under the leadership of Maréchal Pétain. About 80,000 of all the murdered Jewish people were from France. (Le Mémorial de la Déportation des Juifs de France by Serge Klarsfeld).
Hatred of the Jewish people appeared to have become a taboo subject all over the world in the aftermath of World War Two. They had suffered enough and the new born motto of “NEVER AGAIN” was appropriately adopted. The 1948 birth of the modern State of Israel if not a direct result of the horrors of the Holocaust is at the very least tightly linked to its ashes. There was hope for the survivors of the Holocaust and their families. Eretz Yisrael would be the haven of peace they had only hoped for in their dreams. But history would prove otherwise with the rising of a few Middle East political figures that would forever change the face of the region... and not for the better!
Yassir Arafat’s was one of them. Born in Cairo, Egypt, Arafat (1929-2004) spent much of his life fighting Israel, Zionism, and the Jewish people. In 1959, he founded Fatah, the left wing faction of the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) with one goal in mind: the complete eradication of Israel. He was the father and a proponent of “Palestinian self-determination” for which he fought his whole life, literally forcing Jordanians, Syrians, Lebanese and Egyptians into becoming overnight “Palestinian refugees” in need of getting back their own land: Palestine! (Myths and Facts about the Middle East Conlict by Mitchell Bard)
Prior to the coming of Arafat on the scene, Palestinian people didn’t exist, they simply claimed to be “Arabs” and they did not view themselves as having a separate identity or needing to return to a then "fictitious" land of their own.
Palestinian nationalism did not become a significant political movement until Arafat popularized it and kept pushing for it after the Six-Day War of 1967. From that point on, the anti-Zionist propaganda started to grow exponentially. Anti-Semitism was no longer driving the judeophobic agenda of the Middle-East, but anti-Zionism or anti-Israelism were, or so it appeared. In reality, a new form of anti-Semitism had found a fertile soil in which to grow in the Middle East. It would eventually expand to the French continent and beyond.
Many wars were fought between Israel and her neighboring enemies (1948, 1967, 1973, 1982) and of course we can add the two Intifadas of 1987-1993 and 2000-2005 as well as more recent “Operation Cast Lead” and the Gaza War of 2014 known as “Operation Protective Edge”. Without getting into details about all these conflicts, suffice it to say that for the last two decades at least, there seems to be a direct correlation between Israel’s involvement in the Middle East conflicts and Jewish global guilt (as seen by the enemies of Israel). When something takes place in Israel that ruffles Palestinian feathers, worldwide Jews are insulted, harassed, attacked and even killed like in Toulouse, France in 2012.
In 2014, French anti-Semitism is at its highest in decades. Anti-Semitic incidents have multiplied exponentially as French Jews continue to bear the guilt of Israel's crimes in the Holy Land (not that I imply that Israel is guilty of war crimes in any way). Guilt by association is enough to give anti-Semites in France the justification to hurt the Jews. mobs of angry Frenchmen mostly of the Muslim persuasion are again shouting “Death to the Jews” on the streets of Paris. They nearly avoided a pogrom in Paris last June during a pro-Palestinian rally. While much of this “new anti-Semitism” is brought on by Muslims of North African origins, there is also a growing contingency of neo-Nazis (a breed that was beyond uncouth and nearly extinct after WWII). The liberal left, claiming multiculturalism and tolerance–for all but the Jews of course–is also helping radical Islam and extreme Right bigots under the leadership of increasingly popular Marine LePen.
It would appear that the French Jews have absolutely nowhere to go but Israel. Many feel that France is no longer safe and they are making plans to make “aliyah” in the near future if not sooner. Anti-Semitism in France has almost doubled in the first 7 months of 2014 (91% increase). Almost 3,300 French Jews left for Israel in 2013 (60% more than 2012). It is estimated that over 8,000 Jewish people will be leavingFrance in 2014, which makes France the leading country in the world for Jewish aliyah. Amazingly, the fact that French Jews are leaving an unsafe France for a war-ridden Israel doesn’t affect their decision to move.
French Anti-Semitism didn’t happen in a vacuum. It is the result of a progressive hatred of God’s people, “the apple of His eye” (Zechariah 2:8). It is currently a hybrid of classical anti-Semitism and the new anti-Semitism. A newer kind of Jew hatred has emerged that I will label Eschatological Anti-Semitism, as it seems to be clearly linked to the last days.
British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, a Jewish believer in Yeshua said it very succinctly:” Christianity is biblical Judaism fulfilled”. It is true that Christianity and Judaism are connected. One doesn’t supersede the other but compliments it. Jews and Christians are biblically connected; sadly, it is seldom evident if we go by the track record of Judeo/Christian relations over the last 2,000 years.
Jews and Christians have a lot in common and need each other especially at this time in human history, but more than anything, they need the One that they also have in common: Yeshua of Nazareth, the Jewish Mashiach and Savior of the world.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Modern French Anti-Semitism Didn’t Happen in a Vacuum! Part II

From Host Desecration to the Dreyfus Affair
by Olivier Melnick 
After the 1215 Catholic introduction of the doctrine of transubstantiation, it was believed that the chalice of wine contained the very blood of Messiah and that the wafer or “Host” would become the very body of Messiah. While not justifiable by Scripture, the doctrine still stands today.
Within a few decades, as early as 1243 in Germany and Poland followed by France, Jewish people became accused of “Host Desecration” which consisted of the piercing of Christian communion bread (Host) to “re-enact the Crucifixion” of which most Christians claimed they [the Jews] were guilty.
Then around 1320, came the legend of the Jews poisoning the wells of Europe. It was accepted as fact without any proofs of its veracity. Unfortunately for the Jews of Europe, came the “Black Death” or “Black Plague”, and that legend while still not connected to the plague was “vindicated”.
It was the most devastating pandemic in the history of mankind, responsible for the death of about 75 million people worldwide (25 million in Europe alone) in just a few years. To be sure, Jewish people also died during the “Black Death “, but generally in lesser numbers. The regulated kosher laws that religious Jews were bound to follow, forced them to maintain a stricter diet and hygiene, and thus resulted in less death in the Jewish communities. While the reduced number of Jewish casualties could partially be attributed to Jewish customs and kosher laws, it didn’t stop the masses from slaughtering and destroying over 200 Jewish communities, accusing them of poisoning the wells of Europe.
Anti-Semitism moved south for a while and decided to rear its ugly head in Spain during the Inquisition. Torture, forced conversions and deaths were running rampant. For the first time in Jewish history, JUDAISM WAS NO LONGER A THEOLOGICAL PROBLEM BUT NOW HAD ALSO BECOME AN ETHNIC ONE. Even though the Inquisition mostly affected the Jews of Spain, the atmosphere of terror and death crossed over to France and continued to affect Jewish communities all over.
Additionally, the Italian concept of the Ghetto started in 1516 in Venice and Luther’s German Reformation, even though not technically of French origins, would also affect Jewish people across France.
Even though it would be a while before French Jews would suffer another terrible anti-Semitic blow, Jewish history continued to be punctuated by hatred and persecution throughout the years.
At the close of the 18th century, the Jews found themselves at the dawn of a new era. The feudal system had crumbled to make room for a developing capitalist and industrial revolution. Financial knowledge and shrewdness was becoming more of an asset, especially for leaders of countries in development. As a result, Jewish people were somewhat less stigmatized by their involvement in the financial world, and they even became more appreciated by some.
Along with the advent of the “Age of Emancipation”, as a by-product of the French Revolution of 1789, the concept of citizenship was becoming more of a reality all throughout Europe. Inhabitants of a given country were starting to receive citizenship in that very country. Napoléon Bonaparte would take that concept to the next level.
The Jewish Age of Emancipation was known as The Haskalah, or “Age of Enlightment” and reached all segments of Judaism culturally, theologically and geographically.
It can also be understood as the “Age of Assimilation”, as many Jews benefiting from the emancipation also looked into the claims of Christianity. The split between the more traditional religious communities and the more liberal emancipated ones was widening.
The French Revolution of 1789 was instrumental in the birth of the concept of Freedom of Religion, provided it didn’t interfere with public order. This happened at a time when most European countries were restricting the rights of religious minority groups like the Jewish people. The assimilation of Jews was starting to happen.
Napoléon Bonaparte (1769-1821) became France’s Emperor in 1804. The same year, he introduced “Le Code Napoléon” which was the first modern legal code to be adopted across Europe. It was a major step in replacing the antiquated laws and codes of the now defunct feudal system of the Middle Ages.
From the beginning, Napoléon had one goal in mind: Make the Jews of France into French citizen. He had no intention of stopping them from practicing Judaism in the privacy of their homes, but he just expected them to give their allegiance to the Empire, as all French citizens should.
But in 1808, caving under the pressure of many very upset leaders and statesmen including Chateaubriand, Cardinal Fesh, Maréchal Kellermann and especially Russian Tzar Alexander[1], Napoléon felt obligated to introduce a "Restrictive Decree.” The Jewish community was in shock and lost much of its wealth and influence almost to the point of a total bankruptcy. Eventually, after much damage to the Jews, the Decree was eliminated and the status of “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité” was re-established for the Jews, at least until the fateful defeat at Waterloo, Belgium (1815). Then, at the discretion of each European leader, the fate of the Jews became again one of hardship, restriction, stigmatization and ghettoization.
As the last quarter of the 19th century was approaching, Jews were about to experience another major shift in anti-Semitism. Racial anti-Semitism was about to emerge on the scene. From ancient theological anti-Semitism to modern ethnic and cultural anti-Semitism, the hatred of the Jews was soon to pick-up more momentum.   In 1894 France, at a time when Jewish people thought that their emancipation had prevailed, Captain Alfred Dreyfus (an Alsacian Jew) was accused of treason against the French Government. The French Revolution of 1789, and Napoléon, had brought a hope of equality and integration into French society for French Jews, but anti-Semitism, as a temporarily inactive volcano of hatred, had just spewed its lava again. As the Dreyfus trial went on, mobs of angry Frenchmen were shouting “Death to the Jews” on the streets of Paris.
The Vienna newspaper Neue Freie Press sent their Paris correspondent, Hungarian journalist Theodor Herzl (1860-1904), to follow the Dreyfus Affair and, by association, the Jews of France. It quickly prompted Theodor Herzl to compile his work of several years into the historic pamphlet Der Judenstaat or “The Jewish State”, published in Vienna in 1896, and leading to the official birth of Zionism.
But the French Jews had not seen the worst yet. Even though many Frenchmen of Jewish origins fought in the great war of 1914-1918, what awaited them around the corner was unprecedented and unfathomable. Emancipation had totally failed for the Jews of France.
(to be continued)

[1] The Holy Synod of Moscow proclaimed: "In order to destroy the foundations of the Churches of Christendom, the Emperor of the French has invited into his capital all the Judaic synagogues and he furthermore intends to found a new Hebrew Sanhedrin. Which is the same tribunal that dared long ago to condemn the Yeshua to be executed." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleon_and_the_Jews

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Modern French Anti-Semitism Didn’t Happen in a Vacuum! Part I

 From the Church Fathers to Talmud Burnings
 by Olivier Melnick
            France seems to have a love-hate relationship with the Jewish people going back at least 1,500 years. The first 5 centuries following the closing of the biblical canon saw the succession of a myriad of theologians who greatly helped to codify and structure Christianity. They were known as the Church Fathers, and were also instrumental in fighting heresy. Unfortunately, many of them such as Justin Martyr, Tertullian, Origen, Chrysostom and Augustine adopted a very allegorical view of the Bible. It led them to see passages about Israel and the Jewish people as pertaining to Christians and no longer to ethnic Israel. In a sense, they were the originators of replacement theology before it was know as such.
            St. Hilary of Poitiers (300-368) referred to Jews as “a perverse people whom God has cursed forever”.
            Their erroneous theological premise led them to teach that God was finished with Israel since the Jewish people had apparently rejected and crucified Yeshua (Jesus). Christianity having merged with the state under Constantine, many people joined its ranks and the result was a mix of less than ethical and very loosely biblical “Christians”. The uneducated masses bought the Fathers fallacies and were often very willing to hit on the Jews who were rapidly becoming the “scapegoats of humanity”.
Ideological and intellectual opposition had turned to pure hatred and stereotype. The Jews were no longer just wrong; they had become evil and cursed by God to remain a “witness-people” for all eternity. Later, an ethnic component would be added to anti-Judaism and help its morphing into anti-Semitism. Being Jewish in a Christian world went from bad to worse, but unfortunately for the Jewish people, anti-Semitism was still growing and hadn’t reached its apex yet. The world was entering into the “Dark Ages” and they would turn out to be quite a bit darker for the Jewish people in general and the French Jews in particular.
Much of the Christian/Jewish relations were based on both the Theodisian Code (312) and the Justinian Code (529-534). Laws and/or restrictions set the stage for centuries to come in Europe. After a relatively trouble-free period at the beginning of the Middle Ages, French Jews started to experience trouble such as forced baptisms and forced conversions. One of the worst cases of forced conversion took place under the leadership of French King, Dagobert (629-639), who ordered all Jews of the Frankish kingdom to be baptized or leave France.
Under the Carolingian dynasty (descendants of Charles Martel), Jewish people experienced some respite. Pepin le Bref (714-768), Charlemagne (742-814) and Louis the Pious (814-840), were all somewhat favorable to Jews and Judaism. Many leaders even chose Jewish doctors; yet, there was a certain risk for a Jewish person to be a doctor. When a patient would lose his life, the Jewish doctor would still be accused of sorcery and/or poisoning as was the case under Charles the Bald (823-877) or Hugh Capet (939-996).
It was not long before the First Crusade of 1096, led by French knight Godefroy de Bouillon (1060-1100) took place. Both Christian knights and peasants joined forces, under the Christian banner and with the new motto: “God wills it”. They departed from France and Germany, on their way to the Holy Land to fight the Muslims. Soon, the Crusaders realized that they could start by fighting the “infidels” in their own backyards. As the Crusaders marched through France and Germany on their way to Jerusalem, a motto was born: “Kill a Jew, save your soul!” Some Crusaders in Rouen, Normandy, were quoted saying:
“We desire to combat the enemies of God in the East; but we have under our eyes the Jews, a race more inimical to God than all the others. We are doing this all thing backwards.
In 1099, the Crusaders arrived in Jerusalem, packed the synagogue with about 1,000 Jews, set it on fire and marched around it on their horses singing Christian hymns. Seven additional Crusades would follow until the last one in 1270.
The First Crusade had opened many routes to the Orient, and money was quickly becoming the primary commodity for trading. By now the Jewish community has become deeply involved in money lending – a practice forbidden to Christians by the Church.
Christians were allowed to borrow money ONLY from Jews, who in turn would collect the money back with interest. Kings of France and other European kingdoms started taxing the Jewish moneylenders on their profit. Taxes kept increasing, so the Jewish moneylenders had no choice but to increase their interest rates. The process went on for a while and gave birth to the myth of the “greedy Jew”, still alive in modern anti-Semitic circles.
            As money lending increased, anti-Semitism amongst the masses became more of a reality. Poor peasants, being always in need of money and borrowing often from Jewish moneylenders, ended up building resentment that almost always led to physical abuse and killings.
            Then came the “Blood Libel” or “Ritual Murder Libel”. It originated in Norwich, England but quickly moved across the Channel to France and Germany. A broad definition of the Blood Libel is: The murder of a Christian child during Holy Week for the purpose of using their blood in making unleavened bread. More than 150 cases of blood libel were recorded throughout history, resulting in the death of Jewish people (mostly during the Middle Ages). But more was still coming!
The Fourth Lateran Council, convoked in 1215 by Pope Innocent III, introduced a new measure that would change the status and the safety of Jews for the next 700 years. Jewish people of Europe were now required to wear a badge on their garments (and later a pointed hat known as the jundenhut) to facilitate their identification on the by-ways of Europe. The badge known as “the badge of shame” was first introduced in France as la rouelle, a yellow sphere to be sown on the chest and the back of all garments worn by Jews. It was of course taken to a whole new level during  World War Two.
It was not long after that the first occurrence of Talmud burning took place, in France in 1240. A French Jewish convert to Christianity, Nicolas Donin, went to Rome to prove to the current pope (Gregory IX) that the Talmud was virulently anti-Christian and the main reason why Jews hated Christianity. The pope was convinced of the veracity of Donin’s statement and ordered all Talmud confiscated and then burned. In 1242, in Paris, fire was set accordingly to twenty-four carriage loads (ten to twelve thousand volumes) of written works.
(to be continued)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Will the Real Islam Please Stand-Up?

     I have been researching, studying, teaching and writing about anti-semitism, Islam, sharia, Israel and the Jewish people for about 15 years. What I am about to say could easily get me pegged as a right-wing-bigoted-racist but I certainly hope that my readers would not give-up until they have read my entire article.
     Lately, the planet has been plagued by numerous attacks by Muslims from different factions. The damages have gone from verbal abuse on the streets of London to broken storefront in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles to the crucifying of Middle Eastern Christians and the beheading of two American reporters and everything in between. Of course, the perpetrators come from different countries as well as ideological persuasions, yet the common denominator is that THEY WERE ALL MUSLIMS. This is a fact and would only qualify as Islamophobia (a phobia is an irrational fear) if the story were fabricated to ostracize and/or demonize the Muslims. If, like some choose to do, I would state that "all Arabs are Muslims and I hate Islam, thus I hate the Arabs", that would undoubtedly make me an Islamophobe, but that statement is erroneous, so perish the thought. It would be the same as saying that all Germans were Nazis and I hate the Nazis, thus I hate all Germans!" Absolutely ludicrous right? Or it would be the same as saying that all Jews all over the world are responsible for what happens in Israel and the territories...Oh, wait a minute...Somehow that is actually how the world is treating Israel and the Jews, but I digress!
     Back to trying to identify real Islam. I understand that many within Islam will disagree with me, strongly or not so strongly.  But I would like to posit that the only "Real Islam" is the Islam that the western world is faced with today, and has been quietly observing for the last several decades. It is currently represented by the likes of Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, Hamas and of course the now globally infamous Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS or ISIL). But what about 90% of the 1.5 billion Muslims who call themselves moderate, they couldn't possibly be categorized using the same criteria? That is absolutely correct, and that is because I don't believe for a minute that they are moderate. I would much rather describe them as "nominal" or "cultural" Muslims instead of moderate ones.
     Many people call themselves "Christians" but are not be followers of Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth who believe in His death and resurrection for their sins (Isaiah 52:13-53-12). They identify with a more cultural brand of Christianity that is quite removed from the first Century Jewish sect that it used to be. This does not make them to be bad people, but they simply are "Christian" in title or practice only, and certainly not by faith (Ephesians 2:8-9).
     By the same token, many people today would tell you that they are Muslims, yet they would be hard pressed to identify some of the key passages of the Qur'an or the Hadith (teachings of Mohammed not found in the Qur'an). Sure they might keep a Halal diet, pray five times a day and even fast for Ramadan, but they would be the first ones to admit that they do not adhere to the entire Qur'an, especially the verses and passages that advocate hatred, lying and killing of infidels.
     Those verses are real and they mean exactly what they say. Let us also consider the fact that most of the verses in question are normative and not historical. In other words, they are more open-ended than historically linked, and thus still very much apply to the "infidels" to this very day. Consider just a few of those verses below:
Sura 4.95 - "Not equal are those believers who sit (at home) and receive no hurt, and those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their goods and their persons. Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit (at home). Unto all (in Faith) Hath Allah promised good: But those who strive and fight Hath He distinguished above those who sit (at home) by a special reward,-"

Sura 8.12 - "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them" 

Sura 9.29 - "Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued."

Sura 47.4 - "When you meet the unbelievers in the battlefield strike off their heads and, when you have latid then low, bind your captives firmly. Then grant them their freedom or take a ransom for them, until the war shall lay down her burdens."

     Of course, many will come to the rescue of the Qur'an and quote verses such as: "Let there be no compulsion in religion; truth stands out clear from error" (Sura 2.256), claiming that Islam is indeed a religion of peace. This is wishful thinking from a politically correct mind and it is also completely ignoring the basic Qur'anic law known as "the Law of Abrogation". The Qur'an contains many mansukh (abrogated or "cancelled out" verses) and nasikh (abrogating or "canceling" verses). The later render the former obsolete and yet they remain part of the Qur'an as a whole. Most if not all of the "peaceful verses" were penned during Mohammed's early years in Medina when he was struggling to gain exposure and be vindicated. The rest of the "not so peaceful verses" like the ones quoted above, came out of the Mecca years after Mohammed had established himself. So to put it plainly, even though it is thrown at us ignorant Westerners all the time, a verse like "Let there be no compulsion in religion; truth stands out clear from error" is no longer in effect by "True Qur'an believing Muslims". 
     This leaves us with a reality that almost no one is willing to face (including our own president); true-to-the-Qur'an Islam IS NOT A RELIGION OF PEACE and only true-to-the-Qur'an Muslims are real Muslims. So NO, I do not believe that radical Islam is the exception, I believe that radical Islam is the real Islam and that the rest of the world's Muslims are not moderate but either nominal or cultural. I know that many will want to call me an Islamophobe or a racist Zionist, but I am just stating the facts.
     I condemn violence, hatred, lies and killings and for that reason, I hate real Islam. This being said, I ache for the 1.5 billion Muslims who are prisoners of Islam. God loves all people and I love God and want to be in His will, thus I will strive to show His love to all, and as a result I CANNOT HATE MUSLIMS, as difficult as it might be, especially being Jewish!
     But you see, I am a Jew who has a personal relationship with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I believe that my Messiah has come in the person of Yeshua of Nazareth and that His death and resurrection was not just for me but for all who believe Him (Genesis 49:10, Psalm 22, Daniel 9:1-27), including all the Muslims, Qur'an following or not! I know that one day, all hatred, violence and death will all be gone when Mashiach returns and brings His Messianic kingdom on earth. Until then I will press on with God's truth, a truth that I cannot find in the Qur'an!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hamas, Israel and the Anatomy of a Cease Fire!

     The current Gaza conflict Tzuk Eitan meaning "strong cliff" also know as "Operation Protective Edge" was officially started on July 8, 2014 between Hamas in the Gaza Strip and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). It is the deadliest conflict between Israel and its enemies in the region since the second Intifada "uprising" that took place between 2000 and 2005. The death toll is now over 2,200 and growing, and much of Gaza has been leveled leaving over 100,000 people without homes.
     During this almost two-month long conflict, many attempts have been made to bring it to an end. Various officials such as US Secretary of State John Kerry, the Egyptian government and others have entered the Middle East arena and tried to initiate several cease-fires between Hamas and Israel. Many would agree that the Oslo Accords and the Roadmap for Peace are dead and that a peace process in the Middle East isn't even on the table at the current time.
     There are different levels of international agreements between countries that have been at war with each other either temporary or permanent, unilateral or bilateral. The most fragile, yet most common temporary agreement between two entities at war is the "cease-fire".
     There has been eleven cease-fires since the start of the Gaza War, all broken by Hamas, and several within minutes of being brokered. This makes one wonder about the real motives behind Hamas' acceptance of these numerous truces? A simple yet sobering message about the cease-fires  has been traveling the endless byways of the social networks, and it states: "Israel: ceases, Hamas: fires!". Sadly, it would appear to be the case.
     So the question remains:"What makes this latest cease-fire any different and will it hold?". I am afraid that the current open-ended cease-fire might just be a short respite, not to rebuild the destroyed civilian infrastructures in Gaza, but simply to reorganize and rearm as Hamas prepares for the next round in their attempt at fulfilling their unaltered destructive agenda. Iran and Qatar have been the main financial backing to supply Hamas with their arsenal and will continue do so.
     Even if Hamas is found rebuilding civilian facilities, there is a very good chance that they are doing it to refurbish their missile launching areas with buildings that can be packed with civilians used as human shields. It has been said that "ignorance is bliss", but in the case of Hamas using their own people as human shields, the willful ignorance of pro-Palestinians and pro-Hamas people turns them into accomplices.
     Hamas agreed to this latest cease-fire with Israel, yet both sides have a very different set of expectations. That shouldn't really be a surprise since there is no moral equivalence between the two parties.
     From Hamas' perspective it appears to be a victory, at least from the public displays of celebration witnessed on the streets of Gaza and even beyond, in Ramallah. Even though Hamas has been severely crippled by the loss of several key leaders in the process, the message from Khaled Mashaal is still clear as he recently said:" this is not the end. This is just a milestone to reaching our objective, we know that Israel is strong and is aided by the international community. We will not restrict our dreams or make compromises to our demands."
     It is an unequivocal fact taken straight from their charter, that Hamas only desires the destruction of Israel. As a matter of fact, ideologically, Hamas lines up with Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and ISIS. Their goals are identical even if some of their methods have various degrees of radicalism.
     From Israel's perspective, it has been a very costly war so far. The death toll is not nearly as high as the Palestinian death toll, but that doesn't make it right, as common sense and decency will dictate that even one lost life is too many. Prime Minister Netanyahu is receiving a fair amount of criticism from other parts of his government for what appears to be a war that was neither lost nor won, but nevertheless very costly. His ratings are down, yet most in Israel know deep down that this current cease-fire is unstable at best and that it is still under Netanyahu's leadership that they might soon have to finish the job that was started in July.
     Some have suggested that the Gaza War was becoming another war of attrition like the one involving Israel and Egypt between 1967 and 1970. The problem with that concept is that you don't really deal with terrorists the same way that you deal with a militarized and somewhat "civilized" power. You cannot really deter terrorists; you must defeat them by disarming them and destroying their infrastructure. Period!
     At this point, there is not a whole lot that Israel can do to garner support from those who have already pledged their allegiance to the other side. Additionally, the Palestinian authority is conveniently finding itself a few weeks away from their yearly UN visit in September where they plan to demand an Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria and a huge part of Jerusalem.
     As I see it, the current cease-fire might last until the end of September simply because it would serve its purpose into further painting the Palestinians as complying victims seeking a peaceful solution. In the meantime, of course, Hamas will regroup and rearm, making itself ready for the next round of their jihad.
     Rabbi Moses Maimonides said in the twelfth of his thirteen articles of Jewish faith: "I believe with perfect faith in the coming of the Messiah; and even though he may tarry nonetheless, I wait everyday for his coming."
     I would have to join Maimonides in his yearning for the Messiah and the messianic age for the simple reason that only under the banner of Mashiach Sar Shalom will we all see real peace. It will be a peace that includes the absence of war but also goes way beyond that concept to incorporate peace between men and between mankind and Hashem. Isaiah spoke of that redeemer in several places but especially in chapters 52:13-53:12 where Mashiach is described in a powerful and graphic way as having to come for his people once to atone for their sins (Mashiach ben Yosef) and once again to establish His kingdom on earth (Mashiach ben David).
     So, in spite of all the cease-fires broken or respected, I declare that I wholeheartedly believe with perfect faith in the coming back of the Messiah; and even though he may tarry nonetheless, I wait everyday for his coming."