2nd Candle of Hanukah
I digress a bit from Hanukah today to address the UN vote condemning Israeli "settlements" that appears to have the entire world in an uproar. First let me say that in the grand scheme, this is "much ado about nothing". That's why I ignored it until today. It was entirely predictable. It was bound to happen sooner or later. The significant thing in my mind is the Jewish reaction to it.
Bristle if you like, but Obummer was right about one thing - "Netanyahu brought the US abstention on himself." And on all the rest of us, along with every government since 1967 which did not annex these "territories".
You can't keep talking like this...
“I remain committed to making peace with the Palestinians and with all our neighbors. The Arab Peace Initiative contains positive elements that could help revive constructive negotiations with the Palestinians. We are willing to negotiate with the Arab states revisions to that initiative so that it reflects the dramatic changes in our region since 2002, but maintains the agreed goal of two states for two peoples,” said the prime minister.
Lieberman, often maligned as an extremist, said he agreed with Netanyahu’s points, “including the two-state solution. I often spoke about recognition of the solution of two states for two peoples.”...and expect the rest of the world not to get upset when you fail over and over again to make good on your promises.
Only when a leader of the calibur of Mattityahu HaChashmonai will arise to state unequivocally that these are our lands and there will never be a "Palestinian State" on it will we find our way out of this mess.
Baruch Hashem, HKB"H, Israel's Greatest Advocate, is clearly tired of the status quo and He is pushing and prodding both us and the nations to get the geulah train back on the fast-track.