Am I really your enemy?

A long-time friend and greatly respected colleague, in response to one of my recent posts in which I called those supporting the Iran agreement ‘enemies’, asked me: “Am I really your enemy?”

Since I have always liked and respected this individual the question has really bothered me because I really do not want to consider him an enemy.

In true Jewish tradition, I answered his question with a question (actually, more than one question)…

My question – What would you call someone who supports a process that may mean the death of members of your family?

I hope that I am wrong about the outcome of the Iranian deal fiasco…  I pray that I am wrong about the Iranian deal disaster… And, if I am wrong, for sure, we will all be very pleased.

But, I asked him, what if I am right and he is wrong? What will he tell his children about the role he played in allowing a second Holocaust in one century? Who will be around to build the next Holocaust Museum?

The questions – and answers – haunt me….

About the Author
Paul Jeser born in the Bronx in 1945 has been a member of the Jewish Communal Service and a Jewish fundraising professional since 1972. Although not an ordained Rabbi, he organized and ran a Jewish Chaplaincy program in the United States Army in Augsburg, Germany (1969-71). Jeser was an officer with a drug rehabilitation center in Vietnam (1971-72) during which time he was awarded a Bronze Star. In May, 2006, the Hebrew Union College, Institute of Jewish Religion, presented Mr. Jeser the Sherut L’Am award in recognition of his decades of service to the Jewish People. He returned this award to HUC in protest to what he believed to be anti-Israel activities.
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