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The Not-so-Secret War Against the Jews
Last uploaded : Wednesday 30th Apr 2003 at 22:55
Contributed by : Rabbi Ben Tzion Krasnianski


April 28, 2003

Why is it the number one item on the international agenda to force Jews to compromise on a Palestinian State? We could understand where the Arabs are coming from, but why the sense of missionary zeal from the Europeans, the state of frenzy at the UN, the sense of urgency at the State Department and the shameless bias of the majority of the world media against Israel?

No nation on earth ever gave back land that it legitimately conquered in war. Russia until today refuses to return a few islands it conquered from the Japanese in Kamachatka during World War II, because Russian blood is not cheap. Why the insistent demand that Israel relinquish huge portions of Israel to its sworn enemies, to proven and unrepentant terrorists?

The timing is astonishing. At the moment of victory, when America has miraculously concluded 'operation chemotherapy,' successfully cutting out a large chunk of the 'terrorist cancer,' the very same cowardly voices that were opposed to that war, are at the forefront pressuring Israel to coddle, accommodate, appease and reward terror.

Obviously, there is something deeper going on.

It is the ancient, perennial battle of Amalek vs. the Jew. When the Jews left Egypt, just before they reached Mt. Sinai, the Amalekite nation traveled over a hundred miles to wage war against the Jews. Why? The Amalekites were the world's first pluralists and moral relativists. It was the Jewish belief in an absolute truth that greatly disturbed Amalek. What troubled them was that the Jewish people were about to rendezvous with an absolute G-d who was to reveal to them his absolute truth.

Amalek is a very tolerant fellow. If Judaism makes you feel good and it works for you that's okay, but why the passion, the fervor, the absolute certainty that this is the truth and the only truth? Amalek attempted to nip absolutism in the bud, throw some cold water on the superheated fervor of the Jew and to inject a little doubt, a healthy dose of cynicism.

Amalek was shocked by the ferociousness of the Jewish counterattack that routed him and cleared the road to Mt. Sinai. What Amalek did not realize was that, to the Jewish people, the giving of the Ten Commandments was more than a matter of law; it was the marriage between the Jewish people and G-d.

Marriage is an absolute relationship. It's not ninety percent, not even ninety nine point nine percent; rather, it is one hundred percent. An open marriage is no marriage at all; even if someone were unfaithful to his spouse for a split second it would indelibly harm the marriage. Marriage is all-encompassing, engaging the person totally, both mentally and emotionally, physically and spiritually. Each spouse gives of himself totally, without reservation and nothing is held back.

There is nothing more appalling to the Jew than moral relativism. What kept us going for thousands of years was the inner knowledge that we have an intimate relationship with G-d, that our groom would never let us down. Even when the biting winds were howling fiercely on the outside and the entire world seemed ready to cave in on us, our relationship with G-d was the internal flame that warmed us from within.

Amalek is alive and well. His insidious philosophy and belief that there are no truths has conquered the world, and has certainly taken the universities by storm. We have seen its ugly face in the embarrassing outbreak of anti-war protests, especially by the "elites". Amalek's argument: For thousands of years people believed in truth, good and evil, caring enough about their beliefs to go to war over them. The obvious conclusion would be that there is no truth, and if only we would be smart enough to admit it and would stop taking the whole notion of truth and good and evil seriously, then we could all get along. Let each individual act as their own G-d, creating their own version of the truth. Hence the new religion: pluralism.

You can't get more cynical than that. For thousands of years people instinctively knew with every fiber of their being and with every bone in their body that there is an objective truth that's worth searching for, living for and even dying for, a truth that is greater than ourselves that we could sincerely worship. All the evidence points to the fact that there is a truth that is greater than all of us put together. If man has the capacity to know and to search for the truth, then inevitably mankind will succeed in getting there.

There is something very false, sly, insidious and inhumane about a philosophy that educates bright young people to abandon idealism, that teaches our youth not to take beliefs and ideals seriously. Amalek's greatest victory is that, in a very short time, he has vanquished thousands of years of idealism, substituting it with cynical pragmatism. The nihilistic Nietzsche philosophy that allowed for a Hitler now reigns supreme. Although we won the battle in World War II, we have lost the cultural war. German thinking has triumphed.

The irony is that Amalek is the greatest absolutist of all, believing absolutely that there is no truth, that there is no soul. He is tolerant of everyone except for the true believer. No wonder G-d commands us to eternally remember Amalek and his philosophy as the quintessence of evil, as the perennial archenemy of the Jew and of Judaism.

The Jew is the one obstacle who stands in the way of Amalek's total victory in this titanic and global battle of ideas. It is the stubborn Jew, who is unreasonable, stiff-necked, unyielding and who refuses to compromise on even one iota of his core beliefs who stands in the way of progress.

This, my friend, is the secret agenda behind Oslo and behind the media's - led by the New York Times - crusade to establish a Palestinian State. The entire Oslo Accords are premised on getting the Jew to relinquish his Biblical claim to the land of Israel forever and ever. After all, peace is forever. The frenzy behind a Palestinian state has nothing to do with the Arabs - the world couldn't care less about the Arabs, allowing them suffer for over 50 years at the hands of the world's most brutal dictators - but has everything to do with the Jew. If only the world could get the Jews to join their ranks, to compromise their soul and their beliefs by acknowledging that there is no absolute truth, that the Torah is our 'myth,' our version of reality, while the Arabs have their legitimate version of reality, then Amalek will have totally triumphed.

The Torah, however, states emphatically, in no uncertain terms, that the entire world belongs to the creator of heaven and earth and that he has chosen the Holy Land as the place he calls home, where he will live forever in marital bliss with his chosen bride, the Jewish people. The Jewish response to the world has to be crystal clear and unequivocal: The Torah is our roadmap for peace and it is not negotiable.

It must be music to the ear of Amalek to hear Jewish politicians publicly proclaiming that they are ready to make painful concessions, that there will be a Palestinian State in the Holy Land, in Biblical Israel. All the forces of evil must be rejoicing, they must be dancing with glee now that the Jew, the last stubborn holdout, the world's last true believer, he who takes G-d and his Torah seriously, has finally been vanquished. You could almost hear the drunken rejoicing from hell, with Hitler, Stalin and Saddam dancing a Kazatzke together.

The rejoicing, however, is premature. The nations of the world are forgetting their history. The archenemies of the Jewish peoplem, from Pharaoh to Hitler and Stalin, have always met their well-deserved and bitter end. Many Prime Ministers and Presidents came and went, many of them in disgrace, while Israel remains standing. Make no mistake; he who advocates a Palestinian State, declares war against the G-d of Israel. As king David says (Psalms 2:2,4): ?Why do nations gather in rage, and people scheme in vain? He who sits in heaven laughs; my Master mocks them.? and (Psalms 121: 4), ?Indeed, the Guardian of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.?

Amalek represents pure chutzpah. How dare the Arabs demand land that they miraculously lost in four wars meant to annihilate Israel? Who is at peace and who is at war? The Jewish people have been at peace for the past 55 years, while the Arabs have been waging a relentless, brutal and merciless campaign of terror and aggression against us.

If all the Arab armies took a year?s vacation, does anyone doubt what would happen? Absolutely nothing. The Arabs would sleep like babies at night. The great "terrorist" Arik Sharon would gladly go back to his famous farm in the Negev to cultivate his cucumbers and tomatoes. During the Yom Kippur war, when Israel could have, should have and had every right to conquer Cairo and Damascus, incredibly, it did not invade Egypt and Syria.

Does anyone doubt what would happen if the IDF took a day off, how swiftly the Arab armies, including the Egyptian and Jordanian armies would overrun Israel?

How dare Amalek try to make the Jew feel guilty for miraculously winning every war? What kind of evil mind could so twist and distort reality to make Jews look like the bad guys? Chutzpah must be fought with chutzpah, Amalek should not be negotiated with, instead he must be treated with the disrespect he so richly deserves and thrown out the door. Jews must remain firm, stubborn, unyielding and uncompromising on even one inch. We will not sacrifice our 3,300-year-old marriage and prostitute ourselves for the illusory comforts of political pragmatism.

World leaders should keenly heed the message of Saddam Hussein's early retirement: Starting up with Israel and with the Jewish people could be hazardous to your health.
Rabbi Krasnianski is the Director of Chabad-Lubavitch of the Upper East Side. He can be reached at chabadues@aol.com.


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