Friday, August 05, 2005

"[the Jews are] more afraid to fight for the Promised Land than they are of G-d.

For this reason, the Jewish people does not find it hard to break the covenant between G-d and Abraham, which awarded the Land of Israel to the Jewish people for all generations. That is why G-d has despaired of the Jews. After bequeathing them every possible means for securing victory and independence, G-d found His effort had been in vain."

Who do you suppose said this?

Choose the author.
1) Israel's Labor party.
2) Rabbi Kook.
3) The Satmar Rebbe.
4) The Lubavitcher Rebbe.
5) Gush Emunim.
6) Al Qaeda.
7) The Christian Right.
8) Likud.
9) Woody Allen.
10) Agudah.
11) All the above.
12) None of the above; it's a fabricated quote.

Write down your answer.

The answer is #6! The quote is from a five-page essay published in Al Qaeda's new print-Internet magazine Zerwat al Sanam (Tip of the Camel's Hump). The article appears under the alias of Abu Zubeida al-Baghdadi and is titled: How Should Islam Relate to the Jews?

The Quote ends this way, "Therefore the time has come to get rid of the Jews, because that is Allah's wish," Al Baghdadi concludes.

There you have it.

Believe me when I say that I cringed when I read these lines. And I cringed even more when I cited them in this week's article. The last thing I want to do is quote Al Qaeda dogma and its virulent Jew baiting anti-Semitism. And the last thing anyone of us needs are violent killers of the innocent lecturing Jews about breaking G-d's covenant.

But, as the Psalmist says "from my enemies I have become wise" (Psalms 119:98). Sometimes you have to enter the belly of the beast to learn deeper truths about ourselves and our battles.

--- Compiled and written by Simon Jacobson.

There you have it. I hate to say it, but they're right. We have been given every opportunity to claim the land of Israel. And here we are giving it away to who? Terrorists. And who is the most dissapointed? The Muslims. The Christians. G-d. It's sad.

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