By Ari Yashar
A group called Rabbis from the Committee to Save the Land and People of Israel sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry this Sunday, warning him to end his “antagonism” towards Israel.
The rabbis sharply criticized Kerry for his plans to establish an Arab capital in Jerusalem for the Palestinian Authority and to have Israel withdraw to the 1949 Armistice lines. On Saturday, Kerry threatened Israel with an international boycott if peace talks fail, in addition to previous threats of a “third intifada” last year.
“Your incessant efforts to expropriate integral parts of our Holy Land and hand them over to Abbas’s terrorist gang amount to a declaration of war against the Creator and Ruler of the universe. For G‑d awarded the entire Land of Israel to our ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, in order that they bequeath it, as an everlasting inheritance, to their descendants, the Jewish people, until the end of all time,” opens the rabbis’ letter.
The letter was signed by Rabbi Gedalya Axelrod, emeritus head of the Haifa Rabbinical Court; Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, chairman of the Temple Institute; Rabbi Ben Tziyon Grossman of Migdal Haemek; Rabbi Shalom Dov Wolpo, dean of the Institute for the Complete Code of Maimonides; and Rabbi Yigal Pizam, dean of Yeshivat Kiryat Shmuel.
Warning of the imminent security threat that Kerry’s plans would place Israelis in, and bringing the example of Gaza’s having turned into a launching pad for rockets, the rabbis slammed the plan for seeking to immediately uproot “20% of the Jews now living productively in Judea, Samaria, and the Jordan Valley.”
The letter adds that Kerry’s plan “would force tens of thousands of Jews to be evicted from their homes and livelihoods, devastating their lives financially, economically, and psychologically, as happened to those expelled from the flourishing Gaza settlements, most of whom still suffer from the expulsion’s ruinous after-effects.”
Drawing on Jewish history, the letters declares to Kerry: “If you continue on this destructive path, you will ensure your everlasting disgrace in Jewish history for bringing calamity upon the Jewish people—like Nebuchadnezzar and Titus who destroyed, respectively, the first and second great Temples and the entire Holy City of Jerusalem, and who, by Heavenly punishment, brought eventual disaster upon themselves, too.”
“By the power of our Holy Torah, we admonish you to cease immediately all efforts to achieve these disastrous agreements—in order to avoid severe Heavenly punishment for everyone involved,” warned the rabbis.
The letter closed with a reference to the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim, in which the Book of Esther records how Haman’s genocidal plots against the Jewish people were turned against him and he was “hanged on the very same gallows he had prepared for Mordechai, the Jew.”
Employing the language of scripture, the rabbis warned, “Conspire a plan and it will be frustrated; talk the talk and it will not be fulfilled, for G‑d is with us” (Isaiah 9:5). (Arutz Sheva) v