The Sin of the Golden Calf

While the Children of Israel waited at the foot of Mt. Sinai for Moses their leader to come down the mountain, some decided to create a golden calf to worship as a substitute. These people lost faith in Moses, in G-d, and preferred to put their faith in a piece of metal rather than rely on their historical experience of relying on G-d and his prophet Moses, who helped them leave Egypt and survive in the wilderness.

Whether you are religious or not, the golden calf was an act of folly, which defied logic and faith, cost the followers of the golden calf dearly with their lives and led to disunity amongst the Children of Israel. It was an action that made no sense given the experience and knowledge at hand. Similarly, the latest round of peace talks with the Arabs is another fiction of the imagination that can only lead to disaster.

It is not to say that peace or talks are bad, on the contrary, nor that peace is forever impossible between Israelis and Arabs. However, as long as Arabs wish to destroy Israel, destroy anything and anyone non Muslim the Middle East, as long as Mahmoud Abbas denies the Holocaust and wants to ethnically cleanse Judea and Samaria of Judeans, another round of peace talks is either a waste of time or will lead to a situation that could destroy Israel and her people.

The evidence speaks for itself. The experiment with the withdrawal from Gaza and the resulting terrorism from the Hamas government there and thousands of rockets being fired on Israel ’till this day, are obvious proof of this. Israel cannot afford to make the same mistake again with respect to Judea and Samaria, allowing Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Fatah, Iran to sit a few kilometers away from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion Airport. Doing so would be akin to the sin of the golden calf, a belief in an object or an idea, which simply put, cannot provide something better than the current situation. May Israel and her people have the wisdom to realize this.

About the Author
Amir Tamari is a lawyer and mediator, who was born in Israel where he has lived and served in the army and has lived in Canada for many years. His passion for Israel, the Judean people and democracy has led him to learn, read and analyze Israel, the Middle East and Judean topics since childhood. He sees Israel's future strength through a more globalized international approach that breaches the confines of Israel's borders, the Middle East and its problems.