What the hell, let’s unload the whole thesaurus:
abhorrent, hateful, loathsome, despicable, abominable, execrable, repellent, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, disgusting, distasteful, horrible, horrid, awful; heinous, reprehensible, obnoxious, odious, offensive, contemptible.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday that Israel has agreed on steps to calm tensions over the Temple Mount, including 24-hour security cameras, AFP reports.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to announce details of the measures later the same day, Kerry said after meetings in Amman with Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas.
He said Netanyahu had agreed to “an excellent suggestion by King Abdullah”, custodian of the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem, “to provide 24-hour video coverage of all sites” in the compound, which is sacred to both Jews and Muslims.
“This will provide comprehensive visibility and transparency and that could really be a game changer in discouraging anybody from disturbing the sanctity of the holy site,” he said.
Turning the Temple Mount into an Islamic police state is “an excellent suggestion”, which protects the “sanctity of the holy site”? Mentally, I’m sputtering incoherently (not that one can easily tell the difference).
Israel has repeatedly and slanderously been referred to as an “apartheid state”. This act actually meets the criteria. I’m angry with Netanyahu, of course, but I’m burning with shame that this is American policy.
I turned to my unofficial rabbis, Caroline Glick and Moshe
Feiglin, for spiritual guidance (and not a little outrage). Neither has yet responded.
Unless this entry by Feiglin (dated before this hateful, abhorrent, etc.) announcement is actionable wisdom:
And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, G-d appeared to Abram, and said to him: ‘I am God Almighty; walk before Me, and be simply sincere.’ (Genesis 17:1)
“Do not lose your simple sincerity,” the King of the world says to the father of the Jewish nation. Even when ‘reality’ shows that there is no hope, and when the very opposite of what was promised happens, simple sincerity is the secret weapon that will make the blessing reality.
Sometimes, simple sincerity can be confused with passivity. “We will simply learn Torah and everything will work out,” say some. Or: “We will simply build new settlements.” Or: “We will simply become top officers in the army.” Or: “We will simply play the political game.” Or: We will simply make a lot of money and everything will work out.” Each person seems to have a form of passivity that keeps him comfortable. But Abraham does not confuse simple sincerity with passivity. He teaches Torah, makes wars, builds the Land, is actively involved in politics, makes a lot of money and does not forgo any human endeavor. He keeps going all the time – but with simple sincerity as his guiding light.
Take a deep breath, BTL. Even if you don’t believe in G-d, he believes in Israel. John Kerry, too, shall pass (if there is a G-d).
PS: I looked up Genesis 17:1, and Feglin’s translation is, how to put it, creative. What he translates as “simply sincere” is most often translated as “blameless”; “wholehearted” and “integrity” are also mentioned. The King James and other like translations put it “be thou perfect”. Interesting range of interpretations.
PPS: G-d makes his covenant with Abraham next, if you were wondering.
That didn’t take long:
Bayit Yehudi MK Yinon Magal said that nothing would prevent Jews from praying there.
“I appreciate the prime minister’s efforts to calm the situation at the moment, but in the end, nothing will prevent Jews from praying on the Temple Mount, their holiest site in the world, not even the Wakf’s cameras,” Magal wrote.