Resounding Reaction

Throughout the hallowed halls of the American Congress there is a loud and resounding reaction to America’s abstention in the anti-Israel vote at the Security Council which denounced Israel for its expansion of settlements and destroying the chance of a successful two-state solution.

Legislators are laying the blame where it belongs…at the door of the White House. Leading members of both political parties are condemning the out-going Obama gang of Obama, Kerry and friends, for this historic breach in the history of American-Israeli relations.
Like most Jews, the legislators view this despicable act as Obama’s last thrust at Prime Minister Netanyahu personally and against his fervent support of increasing settlements on disputed territory.

It wipes away Obama’s intended legacy to be a peace-maker between two warring peoples. At the same time, it wipes away Obama’s name of being a leader, a supporter and a friend to the Jewish State of Israel.

The American television news and leading newspapers are highly critical of the American position. It will only serve to strengthen Israel’s determination to increase settlement building as a slap in the face to members of the United Nations Security Council, including once trusted and friendly nations.

While the Arab nations rejoice in the “victory” of the Egyptian-proposed resolution, we Israelis should not be discouraged. We are not sitting shiva. We will simply defy the UN resolution and continue on the path of re-building our sovereign ancient homeland.

The most that the UN can do to punish us is to suggest to member states to boycott our products, thus harming our economy but not our security. Ever since the tired old “Zionism is racism” debacle which emanated from the UN halls several years ago, the United Nations has consistently accused Israel for any possible reason and for any problem which occurs anywhere on the face of the globe.

No matter that thousands are being killed daily in neighboring Syria or that children are starving in African nations, the blind and deaf members of the international body can only blame Israel for the faults of the world and for crimes against humanity. This is pure anti-Semitism in disguise. Instead of placing hands on an oath on the holy Bible, they prefer to take the oath upon the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a false Russian pre-Soviet piece of hate literature.

A rabbinical voice was heard crying out in a very large Orthodox synagogue in New York. It is the rabbi’s custom to read aloud every Shabbat and holiday prayers for the welfare of the State of Israel, followed by a prayer for the president, vice-president and leaders of the government of the United States of America.

On this Shabbat the rabbi stood up before his entire congregation and announced that in good faith, due to America’s anti-Israel position in the Security Council vote, he could not in good faith pray for the American president nor his government. A loud “Kol HaKavod” was heard in support of the rabbi’s position.

A resounding reaction is being heard in communities across America. Hopefully, president-elect Donald Trump will defy the United Nations in his strong commitment to a secure and strong State of Israel.

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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