From Jerusalem -
Not New York
By Moshe Feiglin
16 Kislev, 5773 (Nov. 29, '12)
the Makor Rishon newspaper
Israel has a simple option in
response to the UN upgrade of a "nation" bereft of history that is intent on
stealing our Land to non-member state status: Immediate withdrawal from the
United Nations. If the UN would know in advance that Israel would respond by
withdrawal, this preposterous idea would never have gotten off the ground.
The interaction between the United Nations and the State of the Jews has
become the central axis of the UN's activity. Without Israel, the UN loses
its raison d'etre. From our tiny little corner of the world, from our
grasshopper view of all those giants, this seems patently absurd. But a
check of the subjects of the majority of Security Council deliberations and
decisions makes it impossible to ignore this logic-defying phenomenon: The
entire world is obsessed with a tiny state that conducts itself more
honorably, democratically and morally than most of the other UN members –
and contributes to the world in a vast array of spheres, more than any other
The UN obsession with Israel is not based on Israel's ethics or actions. It
is on an entirely different plane. This is how British intellectuals
described their anger at Israel to the dean of the Sapir College, Dr. Ze'ev
Tzachor: "We dreamed of a place in which the Book of Books would be written
anew in anticipation of the redemption of the world. For you are a treasured
nation. The world had great expectations, and look what you have done."
(From a Makor Rishon interview written by Meir Uziel).
The world anticipates the declaration of liberty that will emerge from Zion.
When this anticipation comes up empty-handed, it becomes disappointment and
is translated into loss of legitimacy for the existence of a Jewish State on
the face of the earth. The other side of the coin is traditional
anti-Semitism of all sorts. All the anticipation and hopes from the
universal humanistic message of Abraham on the one hand, and all the hatred
for and opposition to that message on the other, are now directed at the
State of Israel. Whether it likes it or not, Israel will always represent
the Jewish message in the eyes of the world.
The incessant condemnations, the hypocrisy and the never-ending battles in
the various UN committees express more than anything else the dichotomy of
the world's deep need for Israel and its fear of its light. After all, the
UN cares about Arab human rights as much as it cares about last year's
snowflakes, as it has demonstrated with the ongoing catastrophe in Syria.
When someone shouts at you, he clearly needs you. Without Israel, the UN
loses its meaning and returns to the moral Stone Age, the pre-Abraham world.
But Israel is afraid of its own message. So it begs for recognition instead
of understanding that if it would proudly bear its message to the world, the
nations would vie to be recognized by the Jewish State . Post-Oslo Israel,
which with its very own hands gave the keys of connection to the Promised
Land to a non-nation, has no case against the world that recognizes this
invented entity as a state.
The problem is not the UN. We are the problem. The solution is to
immediately nullify the Oslo Accords; to prove our complete loyalty to all
parts of the Land of Israel and first and foremost: to restore full and
exclusive Israeli sovereignty over the Temple Mount. We must declare Israeli
sovereignty over all parts of the Land of Israel that are in our hands, as
stated in the Likud constitution. And then, we must withdraw from the United
Nations. Switzerland managed just fine without being a member of the UN and
we will also "survive" at least as well – and probably better – without it.
"And many nations will go and say,
'Let us go up to the mountain of G-d and to the house of the G-d of Jacob,
and he will teach us his way and we will go on his paths.' For from Zion
shall the Torah emanate and the word of G-d from Jerusalem." (Micha 4)
From Jerusalem – not from New York.
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