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The Most Shameful Shame
by Prof. Paul Eidelberg


Emil Fackenheim writes (in What is Judaism?): “The whole purpose of the [Nazi] program was to reduce Israel to excrement. That program included the God of Israel.”

The same may be said of the genocidal program of the Arabs, who use their children as homicide bombers to reduce Jews to refuse. Must we not say the same of the Islamic world that applauds these successors of the Nazis?

But then, must we not accuse Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of the most shameless shame for appeasing these Islamo-Nazis—the more so by his begging the United States for $10 billion dollars to implement his “convergence” plan to expel 100,000 Jews from Judea and Samaria?

What noisome shamelessness—compounded by his auto-stupidity, his willfully ignoring the disastrous consequences of Israel’s retreat from Gaza: the ascendancy of Hamas, bringing Iran to Israel’s doorstep!

The prophet Isaiah tells the Jews: “Stupefy yourselves, and be stupid” (29:9). And he proclaims God’s warning: “Woe to them that take council…but not in Me ... that go to Egypt [today America] for help (30:1).

This admonishment applies not only to Israel’s secular elites, the most shameless advocates of appeasement, but also to the religious parties which have either joined or wish to serve in Olmert’s Kadima-led government.

Why haven’t the religious parties denounced Kadima’s projected policy of surrendering Judea and Samaria to Hitlerian Arabs as a desecration of God’s Name? Instead of wheeling and dealing with these evil-doers, why do they not turn to God for their needs? Why do they sully themselves by joining scorners of the Torah?

Surely, if their hearts burned with love of God and concern for the honor of His Name they would not hobnob with the likes of Ehud Olmert. By so doing, are not the religious parties more culpable than their secular counterparts for Israel’s shameless state of affairs?

Why haven’t the religious parties told the truth about the Jew-hatred that animates the Establishment. I am referring to the anti-Jewish agenda of Israel’s ruling elites, which began with the mendacious policy of “territory for peace,” continued with the devious policy of “unilateral disengagement,” and now threatens the most wholesome Jews in this country with the treacherous policy of “convergence.”

Are the religious parties afraid of being called “fanatics” by exposing and dramatically opposing this reckless march toward oblivion? But who is the fanatic if not Ehud Olmert, who continues the mindless policy of his comatose predecessor? Who is the fanatic who persists in a policy which, year after year—for thirteen years—has drenched the Land of Israel in Jewish blood?

Why are the religious parties afraid to expose the malignant policies of Israel’s ruling elites? Is it because they have been their accomplices? Then enough of them! Like secular parties, they have succumbed to the most shameful shame—as Jeremiah put it: “They are shameless, knowing not how to be humiliated.”