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The G-d of Israel vs. the Road Map: Which One Do You Choose?

June 5, 2003
© 2003 The Temple Institute, Rabbi Chaim Richman - All Rights Reserved

Tonight Israel begins the Festival of Shavuot and recalls the revelation at Mount Sinai, when G-d took the Jewish people to Himself and gave us the Road Map of life, the Torah: "All the commandments which I command you this day shall you observe to do, that you may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the L-rd swore to your fathers (Deut. 8:1)."

This statement of G-d's, na•ve and blatantly politically-incorrect, would obviously exclude Him from membership in the Quartet. Every single point in the above statement goes against the "Road Map," the peace plan that the United States, Russia, the UN and the European Union demand that Israel accepts. The Road Map explicitly requires the Jews to abandon G-d's commandments, first and foremost of which is for them to go in and possess the Land. The Oslo Accords resulted in the murder of 1,094 Jews, with thousands more wounded, many maimed for life; Oslo's continuation, the Road Map, certainly does not anticipate that they will "live and multiply." Israel will be face to face with an armed terrorist entity that has international backing. Jews will be forced to abandon their ancestral Divinely-ordained homes ("which the L-rd swore to your fathers"). Areas of the Land of Israel will become the only places on earth where Jews are forbidden to live.

At Sinai, we are reminded, "You approached and stood at the foot of the mountain. The mountain was burning with a fire reaching the heart of heaven... then G-d spoke to you out of the fire... " (Deut. 4).

Our sages teach that through renewed dedication to G-d and His Torah, we have the ability on this night to relive the spiritual experience of the Sinai revelation -- and the clarity of understanding that came along with it. According to tradition, the heavens opened up that night, and all of Israel perceived in the deepest possible sense that there is no existence but G-d -- "there is no other." "... Then G-d spoke to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of words, but saw no vision; there was only a voice. And He declared to you His covenant, which He commanded you to perform... "(ibid.)

There was no vision; there was only the Presence of the One G-d of Israel. Everything else in this world is only an illusion. Thus we are told to "be exceptionally careful for yourselves, since you did not see any image the day that G-d spoke to you out of the fire at Horeb... "

Despite this warning, we are still suffering from those who see false and deceptive visions that contradict the reality of the G-d of Israel and His eternal plan. President George W. Bush has just such a "vision," he claims: a vision of a Palestinian state living side by side with Israel. President Bush, a man who professes belief in G-d and His word, has vowed to rid the world of terrorist regimes, but has also vowed to establish an illegitimate terrorist regime in the heartland of the Biblical Land of Israel. Thus he has rewarded terrorism in an unprecedented fashion which will serve as an example for terrorists everywhere: Keep it up; your demands will be met. Will America meet terrorist demands on her own soil as well? Very doubtful. But President Bush made a promise to Tony Blair, in exchange for Britain's support in the war against Iraq: As soon as the war is over, Israel is next.

About Israel, the Bible says this is "a land that the L-rd your G-d cares for; the eyes of the L-rd your G-d are always upon it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year... (Deut. 11:12). Unfortunately for Israel, the eyes of President Bush (always upon his re-election) are also upon the land. Thus at yesterday's infamous Aqaba summit, President Bush betrayed the word of G-d that promises "I will bless those who bless you, and curse him that curses you" (Gen. 12). Bush called for rebellion against the word of G-d by calling for the division of the land of Israel: "All here today now share a goal: the Holy Land must be shared between the state of Palestine and the State of Israel." Where is that written?

Tonight marks the day that the Bible was given to Israel. Is President Bush reading the same Bible as me? Mine says "If you say to yourself, these nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them? You shall not be afraid of them! You shall well remember what the L-rd your G-d did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt... so shall He do to all the people of whom you are afraid... do not cringe before them, for the L-d your G-d is among you, a mighty G-d and terrible." (Deut. 7)

President Bush calls the Biblical lands of Judea and Samaria "occupied territories." Last week, felled by pressure and primed by the United States to prepare the groundwork to begin transferring Jews, even Ariel Sharon echoed that tired, meaningless and baseless historical lie. Soon, he will give the order for some Jews to be forcibly removed from their "illegal" homes, as a "confidence-building gesture" to the Palestinians (like the 100 prisoners Israel released, with murderers among them). But if our "occupation" of these areas is illegal, than our presence anywhere in this land is equally illegal... and this is the precise position of the Palestinians and the entire Arab world.

Is President Bush reading the same Bible as me? Mine doesn't mention "Palestine" or "Palestinians" for the simple reason that they didn't exist. Mine doesn't mention "the West Bank" or "occupation" either; but it does mention "Judah" and "Judea" 877 times, and "Samaria" 123 times.

Tonight is Shavuot, the Festival of the Giving of the Torah. The Midrash relates that at the Sinai Revelation, the heavenly hosts of angels descended according to their camps, each camp with its own flag. The Children of Israel saw this and desired to have flags of their own; this was the source of the 12 tribes of Israel's camps in the desert "according to their flags," and the source of each nation's aspirations for a national flag. But at the Aqaba summit yesterday, Israel's flag was nowhere to be seen amongst the Jordanian, Palestinian and American flags fluttering... it would have been too offensive to our Palestinian peace partners, so naturally, it was absent.

Earlier this week, President Bush began his "Road Map" trip to our region with a trip to the Auschwitz death camp, where he dutifully cried. At the time that this camp was operating and destroying tens of thousands of Jews each day in the ovens, America knew, but refused to bomb the train tracks leading to the camp. This has been well-documented. In some cases, this would have required a diversion from flight plans of only 2 minutes... but there were "other priorities."

The pattern is well-established. Israel must make more and more "painful" concessions for peace, in exchange for a guarantee that the Palestinians will make a "100% commitment" to fight terror. President Bush did not want to work with Yassir Arafat, but insisted on new Palestinian leadership, "uncompromised by terror." Of the Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (known as Abu Mazen), President Bush said at Aqaba: "He represents the cause of freedom... by his strong leadership, by building the institutions of Palestinian democracy and by rejecting terror, he is serving the deepest hopes of his people."

Why is President Bush not bothered about the fact that the subject of Abu Mazen's doctorial dissertation was a denial of the extent of the Holocaust? Why is President Bush not bothered about the fact that Abu Mazen has even recently called for the murder of Israeli settlers and soldiers? Why is President Bush not bothered about the fact that Abu Mazen is the man who financed the Sept. 5th, 1972 Munich massacre of 11 Israeli Olympic athletes?

During the month of May, the Palestinians (under the "strong leadership" of Abu Mazen) carried out more than 300 attacks against Israelis. These include suicide bombings, penetrations of Israeli towns by gunmen, roadside shootings, grenade and anti-tank missile attacks, mortar shellings against Israeli towns, rocket attacks, assaults, and stabbings.

But the dye is cast, so it seems, and apparently nothing will deter President Bush from his goal. How else can we explain the fact that on the same day that the President met with the Palestinian Finance Minister, the Israeli navy intercepted a Hizbullah arms boat en route to Gaza, with illegal weapons to be delivered to the Palestinian Authority to be used against Israel. Indeed, Abu Mazen is serving "the deepest hopes of the Palestinian people;" to kill as many Jews as possible. This is the hope that will drive a Palestinian mother to see her child off to death with joy, as long as her child's death brings death to Jews. No Road Map, peace treaty, paper or referendum will ever change this, the true hope that burns in the hearts of Palestinians.

In short, for all who have not yet read the Road Map: It calls for the end of the "occupation" of 1967, meaning a withdrawal to the Green Line, including parts of Jerusalem and the Golan Heights; a full-fledged, armed Palestinian state within this entire area, and with it, the ethnic cleansing of Jews; and international supervision of the IDF's activities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.

By the year's end, the Quartet will declare recognition of a "temporary" Palestinian state, and by the end of 2005, they will declare a permanent state with permanent borders. If Israel hesitates to advance this plan, the Security Council is empowered to pass a resolution in accordance with the United Nations Charter that calls for implementing a resolution by force - beginning with sanctions and ending with military intervention, Iraq-style. On June 1st, the Jerusalem Post reported the following:

"The US administration prepared a list of sanctions it would impose against Israel if Israel refuses to implement the 'road map'. US officials said the sanctions list includes a reevaluation of Israel's use of US-made weapons in the Palestinian territories, and the withholding of emergency aid, reported Army Radio. The threat of sanctions was delivered to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's bureau chief Dov Weisglass during his talks in Washington. According to Army Radio, a top US Congressional source said that the US administration was angry about the delays in implementing the 'road map' because it sees success in Mideast peacemaking as an important element in George W. Bush's reelection campaign."

Tonight is Shavuot. The heavens open and the Creator reveals Himself as the author of the universe. May we merit to see clearly that there is no other reality but Him, to accept His kingdom upon ourselves exclusively, to commit ourselves to live scrupulously according to His word, and to fear only Him, and no one else. No one.

With blessings from Jerusalem,
Eternal and Undivided Capital of the State of Israel, Rabbi Chaim Richman

PO Box 31876 Jerusalem, Israel 97500



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