Home > Books, Sermons > First time, shame on you…

First time, shame on you…

June 12, 2012

There are some folks who think the Jewish people are nuts! And I am beginning to wonder if they are not right!

Albert Einstein was considered the greatest mind of the 20th century, although it is reported that his wife, in speaking of him, would say: “What does he know?” But he knew a lot! And he came up with a definition of insanity that has become immortalized. It was Einstein who reportedly said: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” By that definition, there are people who must think the Jews are insane!

One of them is Thomas Friedman. Thomas Friedman is one of the world’s leading political columnists. His books and his column on the editorial page in the NY Times are read and taken into consideration world-wide by leaders of public and international policy. There are some Jews who consider Mr. Friedman an enemy of Israel. And the truth is, he has written things about Israel that were nasty, inappropriate and downright wrong. But I, for one, do not consider him an enemy of Israel. His first book, From Beirut to Jerusalem, is a classic. Anyone interested in the Middle East should read it. Mr. Friedman grew up with a Zionist background, and I think he genuinely cares about the state of Israel, while having a dislike for many of its policies and leaders. He is no fan of Prime Minister Netanyahu. But with Mr. Netanyahu now having control over 96 of the 120 seats in the Knesset, last month Mr. Friedman – feeling that Netanyahu can now do anything he wants – gave him some advice in what to do help reach a settlement with the Palestinians. Friedman’s advice? Don’t wait for the Palestinians to come to the table … Israel should unilaterally pull back from areas in the West Bank that will someday be given over to a Palestinian state. Friedman referred to a peace plan that was advocated a month earlier in an op-ed in the NY Times by two former Israeli security officials. Israel, on its own, should stop all settlement building, pull back to behind its security fence in the West Bank and start to build housing for 100,000 Jewish settlers who would have to be relocated. In return for which, the Palestinians would agree to …? To nothing! It would be a unilateral act on Israel’s part. READ MORE

%d bloggers like this: