What’s this I am hearing? Many of you support a deal Iran? A large percentage of you like Obama better than Netanyahu? This whole line of thinking creates all kinds of issues. Not just regarding those of you who do think this way, but regarding the way other Jews address you. It’s really quite complicated and to be very honest, more than a little disturbing.
For the record, I am absolutely opposed to any type of agreement with Iran. Their open desire to murder Jews is the most open one from a country of any significance since Nazi Germany came into power in 1933. I am also someone who prefers Netanyahu to Obama. I believe Netanyahu cares about the well-being of Israel and the Jewish people while unfortunately I am far from certain Obama has anything close to the same concerns. I’ll elaborate more on this later on in the letter, but first I want to address what I consider to be an even greater concern of mine.
The second Beit Hamikdash, the Holy Temple in Jerusalem was mainly destroyed because of one thing. Sinat Chinam, which means baseless hatred, referred to the hatred of Jew towards one another. I fear that we as Jews are dangerously close to reaching that same level today. Caught in the ongoing schism between Conservatives and Liberals in American politics, Jews find themselves at odds against each other in some very important issues. Issues that impact our very survival.
I personally feel very strongly that these statistics I am reading about reflect a misguided and dangerous shift in Jewish public opinion, but I also feel that it is just as dangerous to attack every Jew who feels differently than I do as being a self-hating Jew or traitor. There are certain people with influence and a following who have anti-Israel sentiment, some of which openly feel a disconnect to the Judaism they were born into who may be considered borderline if not complete traitors, but to put this title on all who hold contrary views is unfair and dangerous.
Let me reiterate. I believe any compromise, recognition, or negotiation with the Islamic Republic of Iran is dangerous, naive and ultimately suicidal. I’ll shout at the top of my voice to anyone who will listen to get them to see how misguided it is to consider it a viable option to deal with this dishonest government of murderers and liars that want to destroy the State of Israel and ultimately rid the planet of Jews, before and or while they attempt to destroy the United States of America. Simply put, Iran is evil and there is no negotiating with evil. I will also reiterate that I believe in Benjamin Netanyahu and feel his priority is to protect Jews in Israel and around the globe. I believe Jews in the diaspora must support the Israeli government. I believe the Obama administration’s policies and rhetoric is increasingly antagonistic and damaging to Israel and subsequently can’t relate to the thought process that causes one of my fellow Jews to prefer Obama over Netanyahu. But just as I believe comparing Obama to Hitler is irresponsible and harmful, so too I believe calling someone a self-hating Jew or traitor because of these opinions is damaging and divisive. I don’t think my fellow Jews who feel this way are bad, I just think they drank the Kool-Aid, and I take it upon myself as being one of I hope many people who will help them to see the truth.
To those reading this who feel anger and even hatred towards their fellow Jew for what I know to be misguided viewpoints, I ask the following question. Are they really the enemy? I think not. I propose that you see them as brothers and sisters as I did when I addressed this letter. Protect them, don’t exile them.
To those of you I am calling the misguided I will not apologize for what you may see as an arrogance in my approach. I believe you are supporting causes and ideas that would lead to your death as well as mine. However, I also don’t believe that is your intention. I believe you want what I want, a safe and happy future for the Jewish people and all the good people of the world. I just believe you are wrong and that I would be just as wrong if I didn’t let you know how I feel. However, I also feel I would be equally wrong to hate you for it, when what the Jewish people need now more than ever is love and unity.
I wish all of you all the best.
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November 15th, 2014 at 8:21 am
I absolutely agree. But in this case being misguided is quite dangerous. Jews are traditionally democratic. This is not our parents Democratic Party nor is it th Kennedy or Lieberman Democratic Party.