As a result of major democratic Jewish donor threats, politically motivated PBO vetoes UN resolution calling settlements illegal, but at the same time the US forcefully pronounces them “illegitimate” and reaffirms the US commitment to push for a Pal (War) State.
My first reaction to the news this motzei Shabbat was, “he did the right thing.” But, with further reflection this morning I realize hat this reaction is erroneous and a result of a galut consciousness where we rationalize and make excuses for abuse.
Victims of Abuse
The Jewish people in exile resemble an abused wife. The Nations have beaten us for thousands of years. We have become accustomed to it to such an extent that, when they don’t beat us, like, for example, in America, we perceive the lack of being beaten as a kindness.
We’ve been so beat down and abused that we consider not being beaten up a chesed! – “Wow, they are such wonderful people, they’re not beating us up.” Thus, for example, Jews are wont to say America is the “medina shel chesed” because people here are not abusing and persecuting us.
Let’s be clear – a person refraining from abusing an innocent is not a chesed!! And a person abusing another with a lesser intensity than expected is also not a chesed or a tovah.
Only the victim of abuse might view it so.
Only Punching Allowed (for now)
Likewise, with respect to current events.
America, led by PBO, continues to condone events which are leading to an Iranian takeover of the Middle East. Egypt is allowing Iranian warships, including a large freighter carrying weapons for Hizballah, through the Suez canal. The US does not even protest against it or try to stop it from happening, although UN sanctions authorize inspection of these ships and confiscation of weapons. Punch.
And, notwithstanding the UN veto, the US continues to proclaim Jews living in Judea, Samaria, and Historical Jerusalem illegitimate. Punch.
The US continues to push for a Pal (war) State. Punch.
The Pal call for the UN resolution was essentially a call for the Nations to ratchet up the level of abuse from a Punch to a Kick.
The US veto, in context, is a continuing of the status quo and a continuation of the abuse, albeit at an intensity not as high (for now) as the most wicked Nations desire – The US is saying, “Hey boys, only Punching allowed right now.”
(Although, the cynic in me believes the whole “show” is just a ploy to help prop up Abbas by showing he is not an American patsy, and to keep Jewish political donations flowing through 2012).
So, should we show ha’carat ha’tov to PBO for not agreeing to Kick but rather just keep Punching?
In my opinion, the answer is no. The US is still punching, and hurting.
Over time, many punches can knock a person down as much as just a few big kicks.
But for sure, thank you to those wealthy non-religious Jews for choosing to exercise their influence with PBO. It is a deed reminiscent of Esther, who used her influence with the evil and arrogant Achashverosh for the good of the Jewish people. This should be a great merit for them.
Given that the vote took place on Purim Katan, the parallels are obvious and clear.
HaShem is protecting us, and giving us time to do tshuva.