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G-d of Vengeance, Shine Forth

June 12, 2003
2003 The Temple Institute, Rabbi Chaim Richman - All Rights Reserved

"O L-rd G-d of vengeance, O G-d of vengeance, shine forth! Arise, Judge of the earth; render to the proud their reward. L-rd, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph? How long shall they utter and speak hard things? And all the workers of iniquity boast themselves? They crush Your people, O L-rd, and afflict Your heritage. They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless. Yet they say: the L-rd shall not see it, nor shall the G-d of Jacob regard it. But understand, you brutish among the people; and fools, when will you be wise? He that chastises nations, shall He not correct?

These are the words of Psalm 94, the daily Psalm that is recited in synagogues each Wednesday, just as it was sung by the Levitical choir in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem each Wednesday. Yesterday, on Wednesday, I was walking up Jaffa Road in downtown Jerusalem on my way home when the murderous attack took place which has thus far claimed 16 lives. I saw it all, the death and devastation, and through my tears, realizing how many more families in Israel have now been torn apart, I recalled these words of the Psalm that we recited the very same morning.

According to the U.S.-backed "road map" to Mideast peace, the Palestinians are required to disarm and dismantle militant groups that have murdered hundreds of Israelis in shootings and bombings in the past 32 months. But yesterday's attack brought to 23 the number of Jews that have been murdered in the days that have passed since the Aqaba summit.

Last Friday, the US issued a statement describing Hamas as an "enemy of peace," and "pledged to help the Palestinian Authority build its capabilities to counter the terrorist organization."

But who will counter the terrorist organization that is the Palestinian Authority? For while the US administration labels Hamas as an enemy, President Bush, as we have already reported, has described Palestinian PM Abu Mazen as a man who "represents the cause of freedom" and as one who is "rejecting terror... serving the deepest hopes of his people."

Abu Mazen, Man of Peace. This past Sunday Abu Mazen showed just how he rejects terror, as he promised at the Aqaba summit: His own Fatah organization cooperated with the Islamic Jihad and Hamas and took part in a terrorist attack in which Palestinians, disguised as IDF soldiers, murdered four Israeli soldiers in cold blood, wounding four others. The Islamic Jihad, Fatah and the Hamas issued a joint statement claiming responsibility for the attack. A leaflet gave the names of the gunmen, all in their early 20s, one from each group. "This joint operation was committed to confirm our people's united choice of holy war and resistance until the end of occupation over our land and holy places," the leaflet said.

And President Bush? He does not have a word to say about Abu Mazen's direct link to terror, but was "deeply troubled" over Israel's attempt to assassinate Hamas murderer Abdul Aziz Rantisi. (And dear readers, is there no limit to the arrogance, villainy, and outright lies of the media? The Associated Press issued a lengthy, sympathetic biography of Rantisi, described in the headline as a "pediatrician and poet." Yet in August, the same Rantisi stated that he would encourage his own sons to become suicide bombers. Rantisi has claimed responsibility for many bloody Hamas attacks, including the Hebrew University cafeteria bombing last summer. What a marvelous poet. Prior to the Iraq war, Rantisi called on Iraqis to carry out suicide bombings against US forces. If someone perpetrated mass terror against Americans, would the AP's description be just as warm? Rantisi is a doctor, and so was Josef Mengele. "How long shall they utter and speak hard things? And all the workers of iniquity boast themselves? ") Why are there two separate sets of rules? President Bush set out to get Bin Laden "dead or alive," yet is "deeply troubled" over Israel's attempt to do the very same thing.

President Bush, still insisting that Israelis and Palestinians live side by side in two separate states within the Land of Israel, condemned yesterday's bus bombing. He also stated that donations to Hamas should be stopped. But as Psalm 94 says, "the workers of iniquity boast themselves," and apparently there is no limit to Mr. Bush's hypocrisy. For the trail of Jewish blood leads directly to his door. Palestinian sources informed the Israeli "Haaretz" newspaper last week that "European countries and the United States have begun to re-arm the Palestinian security forces, members of which have murdered hundreds of Israelis during the Oslo War. The PA is preparing to receive European and U.S. police equipment to "rebuild a strong Palestinian police force." Thus, while calling for Hamas' cash flow to be stopped on the one hand, the President is preparing to rehabilitate the murderers of so many Jews, and even providing them with new weapons. American weapons will be used to murder Jews.

When it came to attacks against America, President Bush swore to uproot terror organizations. When it came to Sadaam Hussein, President Bush swore to uproot terrorist regimes. But when it comes to a bunch of dead Jews, President Bush says "we can't let terror hamper the peace effort."

This past Sunday, the United States said that the coordinated attack on IDF soldiers by Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the Fatah-linked Aksa Martyrs Brigade should not be allowed to hamper President George W. Bush's new peace initiative. "What we have to do now is make sure we don't allow this tragic, terrible incident to derail the momentum of the road map that got started at the Sharm e-Sheikh and Aqaba summits last week," Secretary of State Colin Powell told Fox News Sunday. "We all have to work together to get this terrorism under control but at the same time not let the terrorism stop us from moving forward."

In her own statement, National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice said the US continues to believe that Abu Mazen will "act in every way that he can to make clear that he steps up to his commitment that terror is not going to be the basis of a Palestinian state." And as the ultimate obscenity, she also said that the US expects Israel to dismantle illegal settlement outposts "immediately." Thus Ms. Rice equates the murder of Jews with settlements, as if to say that Jews living anywhere throughout the Land of Israel is as great a crime as terrorism and murder. Abbas must step up his commitment, and Israel must dismantle "illegal" settlements; it's all the same to her.

It gets worse. For the benefit of those who still doubt that George W. Bush has developed extremely hostile intentions towards Israel, I feel that I must reprint here, in its entirety, an article which appeared two days ago on the English-language website of Israel's daily newspaper Haaretz. The link can be found at

Tuesday, June 10, 2003 Sivan 10, 5763

Source, quoting Bush: 'We have a problem with Sharon'

(Haaretz Correspondent) Behind-the-scenes exchanges between President George Bush and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at last week's Aqaba summit may hint at a certain shift in the American stance, from the Israeli to the Palestinian side, according to a participant in the three-way meeting of the delegations.

The source quoted Bush as telling his National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice that "I see that we have a problem with Sharon," while saying of the Palestinians led by Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, "We can work with them."

At one point, an irked Bush reportedly rebuked Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, telling him "Oh, but I think that you can [help the Palestinians]. And I think that you will."

At the advance request of Israel at the summit, Bush's aides had put security problems at the top of the agenda for discussion. "The first thing that Bush was required to talk about was security," the participant said, adding, "It was a request of the Israelis. So [Bush] asked Dahlan to give a briefing."

According to the source, Dahlan gave an excellent five-minute synopsis of the situation, and concluded by saying to Bush: "There are some things we can do and some things we cannot. We will do our best. But we will need help."

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz burst in at the end of Dahlan's presentation and said: "Well, they won't be getting any help from us; they have their own security service."

You could see that Bush was irritated, the participant said, and Bush turned on Mofaz angrily: "Their own security service? But you have destroyed their security service."

Mofaz shook his head and said: "I do not think that we can help them, Mr. President," - to which Bush said: "Oh, but I think that you can. And I think that you will."

Then Bush turned to Abbas - again according to a script insisted on by the Israelis - and said: "Mr. Prime Minister, perhaps you could give an overview of the situation in the West Bank and Gaza."

Abbas outlined the increasingly dire situation of the territories, saying that the humanitarian crisis was deepening, and that while recent actions of the finance minister had eased the problems, the insertion of new funding was necessary.

Sharon then interrupted and said: "The insertion of new funding must be dependent on your good behavior." Bush was again visibly irritated: "You should release their money as soon as possible. This will help the situation."

Sharon shook his head: "We have to deal with security first, and we will condition the release of their monies on this alone." Bush peered at Sharon: "But it is their money ..." Sharon said: "Nevertheless, Mr. President ..." and Bush interrupted him: "It is their money, give it to them."

After that meeting, Bush turned to National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice and said, "We have a problem with Sharon I can see, but I like that young man [Dahlan] and I think their prime minister is incapable of lying. I hope that they will be successful. We can work with them."

"Arise, Judge of the earth; render to the proud their reward... they crush Your people, O L-rd, and afflict Your heritage."

With blessings of consolation and rebuilding,
Rabbi Chaim Richman

PO Box 31876 Jerusalem, Israel 97500



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