Sunday, June 24, 2007

The Torah's Take on Financing Our Enemies

The United States House of Representatives made the obvious decision to cut aid to Saudi Arabia and has as well voted to cancel the $220 million in military aid to Egypt, in a 241 - 178 vote. However, in other news, the Olmert government in Israel - setting new records of low popularity, with only 3% support - agrees to finance the Fatah terrorist organization - one of Israel's (and all Jews') sworn enemies. Financing Fatah, by Israel releasing $562 million to the bloodthirsty terrorist organization, is supposedly meant to prop them up against Hamas - another terrorist organization that wants to kill as many Jews as possible. The vote passed overwhelmingly in Olmert's cabinet, with 20 votes in favor and 2 votes against. No surprise the Olmert government is so unpopular.


According to U.S. News and World Report, the money transferred to Fatah terrorists stands a reasonable chance of falling into Hamas hands. Nevertheless, the Israeli government, with the support of the American administration, are planning on transferring money to terrorists at the same time when the U.S. House of Representatives showed their clear opposition to providing support to terrorists.


Anyone not blinded to truth and reality, would clearly see that funding those who openly speak - in Arabic - of throwing Jews into the ocean, as well as of committing terrible acts of terror against Jews, chas v'shalom, should be fought against, both spiritually and militarily, in order to protect Israel's citizens from those who would like to use that same money to murder Jews, Heaven Forbid. If the current Israeli government would care about the interest of its citizens over their own personal "gain", then they would make sure that no terrorist is permitted to live within the borders of Israel and would take every possible action to stop the funding of those terrorists by foreign nations (the borders of Israel include the so-called "West-Bank", as well as Gaza). To take the action of financially supporting and bolstering those whose goal is to wipe out any Jewish presence in The Land of Israel, clearly demonstrates something beyond stupidity. Such an action would more properly be termed as "suicidal" and "evil". With an approval rating lower than many of the world's dictators - and still maintaining power - it is all the more clear that there is some Divine reason for the current existence of this government. The head of the government even admits that Fatah and Hamas might form a unity government and that $562 million would then likely fall into Hamas' hand - How much more obvious can things get?

Of course, there is a Divine reason for anyone maintaining power, whether they be a good leader or a dangerous leader. In this case, we, as individuals, should fight for the safety and security of all Jews both in Israel and outside Israel. Perhaps if we were to improve our character traits, performance of the mitzvos, and emunah (belief) and bitachon (trust) in HaShem, then the current dangerous government would no longer have a reason to continue in its position of "leadership".


The Torah teaches us to
not stand idly by the blood of our fellow (Vayikra: 19; 16) - this would require the government to stop the terrorism militarily in order to protect Jewish life.

We learn that saving a life is so important, that it supersedes the laws of the Shabbat - how much more so must the Israeli government not finance murderers.

The Torah forbids murder (Shmos: 20; 12) - This is a prohibition that applies to Jews and non-Jews. One who murders another intentionally to be liable for the death penalty: How is it then that the current governments has decided to provide over a half-billion dollars to terrorists?

The Torah commands us to "choose life" - "ובחרת בחיים" (Divarim: 30; 19) - also a popular slogan used in politics recently. How can one be choosing life by agreeing to finance terrorism?


Message from thousands of years ago to the current "leaders" of the Israeli government, as well as to all of those past "leaders" involved in attempting to negotiate "peace" with the terrorists:

"Therefore, hear the word of HaShem, people of mockery who rule this nation in Jerusalem. For you have said, 'We have made a treaty with death and [together] with Sh'ole (hell) we have made a vision, when the flooding waters of destruction shall come, it shall not come to us, for we have made falsehood our shelter and we have hidden ourselves in lies.' Therefore, so says HaShem, G-d, 'Behold, I am making a foundation of stone in Tzion, a stone of protection, a valuable cornerstone... and your treaty with death would be annulled and your vision with
sh'ole shall not stand, when the flooding [of destruction] shall pass, it shall come to trample [you]." (Yeshayahu: 16 - 18)

The next verse in sefer "Yeshayahu" comes to note of the destructive results of this attempted treaty with death.

It is clear from Torah sources that such a treaty is not only bound to failure but is also dangerous.

If the current government in Israel wants to improve its standing in the eyes of its citizens, send the $562 million to the many hungry children in Israel instead of those whose desire is to murder those children, Heaven Forbid.

May HaShem send us the Mashiach soon and bring the entire world to the true recognition that safety and security comes from HaShem, not from the current government in Israel.


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