September 18, 2011
Dear Benjamin Netanyahu
By W J Anthony
You are approaching the most important historical moment in the past sixty-five years. At the United Nations, you will have the opportunity to make a decision to solve the most disturbing dilemma in the Middle East – the conflict between the state of Israel and the Palestine claim for statehood. The UN will host an effort to resolve the claim of Palestinians that the UN should recognize their right to be the independent state of Palestine.
Palestinians and Jews have historic identities as separate nations and people, and they claim cultural and territorial identities as independent nations today.
The bitter consequence of those who call themselves Israeli Jews is that, as members of a tribe of Israel, they have failed to fulfill the vision that was promised by God to Abraham, that the tribes of Israel would be a blessing to the nations of the Earth.
As you know, Abraham obeyed God and had his sons circumcised, including Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob and their descendents as a sign that they would receive the promise of God’s blessing to possess the lands that exist from the river of Egypt to the Euphrates River. And Jacob was renamed Israel by an angel against whom he wrestled in the dark of night.
The Torah describes the development and history of the twelve tribes of Israel, and the territorial dimensions defined for each of the tribes. It also describes the disputes that occurred among them. The land of Palestine, including Judah, is part of the territory of Israel that was promised by God to be a blessing to all nations. Many of the descendents of Ishmael and the twelve tribes of Israel now dwell in the territorial dimensions of the Promised Land, that God has described in the Torah.
The goal of the Promised Land is that its people would thrive with the blessing of God and be a blessing to other nations. Many descendents maintain the belief that they might yet realize that magnificent satisfaction of God’s promise.
The Twentieth Century outlook of many people in Europe, Eurasia, and Africa is focused on material prosperity and has become the dominant motivation of their cultures.
The desire to witness the reality of the Promised Land is now only an ancient artifact of legend for people, who wage wars for material conquest. As the weaponry of war becomes more sophisticated and available, a justification for invasion and attack is easily rationalized as a natural right by leaders, who seek dominance over other people with new arms of war. Some, who called themselves Jews, claimed a natural right to attack and drive the people of Palestine from their homeland after World War Two.
The successful acceptance of that venture depended on the approval of President Truman of the United States and the planned agreement of the newly born United Nations. The Zionist leaders who initiated the war against Palestinians claimed the right to name their conquest of part of Palestine as the “Jewish State of Israel”. President Truman was bribed to recognize the Zionist conquest as a state, but he refused to accept the word Jewish in the name. Instead, he insisted that the Zionist conquest would be “The State of Israel” with the obligation that it accede to the conditions that were included in its Declaration of Independence, which declared equal rights of all its residents as citizens.
Now is the time when you, Benjamin Netanyahu, can become one of the greatest leaders of the present century. You can begin to achieve that, in your address this coming week.
Consider this note from the Internet:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a news conference on Thursday (September 15, 2011) with Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas that he will address the issue of the Palestinian statehood bid in his address to the UN General Assembly on September 23.
Could Netanyahu emerge from the event as a winner?
The main event to be dealt by this session of the UN General Assembly is the Palestinian independence. If the unusual General Assembly session will take place, what will Netanyahu say?
What would a smart and just Netanyahu say? He could begin by citing the Israeli Declaration of Independence:
Theodore Herzl, the First Zionist Congress convened and proclaimed the right of the Jewish people to national rebirth in its own country…
This right was recognized…
On November 29, 1947, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a Resolution calling for the establishment of an independent… (Government that)
…will promote the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; will be based on the precepts of liberty, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; will uphold the full social and political equality of all its citizens, without distinction of race, creed or sex; will guarantee full freedom of conscience, worship, education and culture; will safeguard the sanctity and inviolability of the shrines and Holy Places of all religions; and will dedicate itself to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.
We appeal – in the very midst of the onslaught launched against us now for months – to the Arab inhabitants of the State if Israel to return to the ways of peace and play their part in the building of the State, on the basis of full and equal citizenship and due representation in all its bodies and institutions – provisional or permanent. We extend our hand of peace and unity to all the neighboring states and their peoples, and invite them to establish bonds of cooperation and mutual help with the sovereign Jewish people settled in its own land. The State of Israel is prepared to do its share in a common effort for the advancement of the entire Middle East.
A smart and just Netanyahu would begin by remembering these sentences from Israel’s Declaration of Independence, and then would proceed to openly acknowledge (that) the State of Israel has failed to fulfill its purpose, that Palestinians enjoy the same rights. He will acknowledge that Israel failed to fulfill not only the conditions imposed on its independence by the UN, but also its own principles of equality and freedom as declared in its Independence Scroll (as the declaration is known in Hebrew). As such – a smart Netanyahu would continue – “the State of Israel supports the Palestinian Declaration of Independence”. Then, he would emerge as a true hero of freedom, and would be hailed from north to south and from west to east.
Your speech at the UN this week, is an appropriate opportunity for you, Benjamin Netanyahu, to propose to the United Nations, that the time is now right for the people of the Middle East to begin to achieve the promise of the almighty God, that the land – from the River of Egypt to the Euphrates River – will be blessed with prosperity in a government by and for the peoples of that land, united in cooperation with each other.
By that proposal, Benjamin, you can choose to be the vehicle by which Israel will become a true blessing to the nations of the Earth!