Actually, there is not much difference between the two, Both of them could speak here and there against terrorism and in favor of a diplomatic settlement, but both were totally reluctant to fight terrorism on the ground or to make even a minimal effort to fight it.
In a sense, [Abbas] is even worse than Arafat because he enabled Hamas to participate in parliamentary elections and to join the government, which is a clear violation of the Oslo accords, he said. Arafat never invited Hamas to share power in the government (read the whole article here).
So will it be an EXTRA” Gut Shabbos”? I am not really sure; a Palestinian civil war is bound to happen, if not this Shabbos, maybe next, or the one after that. Either way, the parties will engage each other on the battlefield very soon. Unfortunately, it is the way they do business.
It was reported this week that Israeli and Diaspora Jews are beginning to feel like separate communities. That has to end now. The only way we can ensure that a war between two Palestinian terrorists groups will be “good for the Jews” is to remain united as a people in our support for our homeland. Especially in the face of what will be ever mounting pressure for her to make unreasonable concessions. And as a community all branches of our faith must unite and pray for G-d to protect and preserve his gift to us, Eretz Yisroel. And maybe while HaShem is at it, he can give the “western world” a little backbone to stand up to those who would harm innocents in Israel, Gaza and the entire world. Only then will it be an EXTRA “Gut Shabbos”
Quote of the Day
To lighten things up a litte, I had planned to post my favorite Parsha Noach Midrash today (the one written by Reb Bill Cosby). But as I was wandering through the blogisphere, I noticed that many of my friends who write Jewish blogs already posted the famous routine. So rather than be redundant, I decided to post a line from the musical soundtrack of the musical 1776, which I was listening to as I drove in to work this morning.
Do you think Cubans are fighting for healthcare or freedom from Communism?
These words were spoken by the fictionalized John Adams, our second president, but they could have been spoken by any American today, almost 250 years later:
I have become confinced that one useless man is a Shame, Two useless men a Law Firm, Three or more—A Congress
I do believe you’ve laid a curse on North America
A curse that we now here rehearse in Philadelphia
A second flood, a simple famine
Plagues of locusts everywhere
Or a cataclysmic earthquake
I’d accept with some despair
But, no, you sent us Congress.
Good G-d, sir, was that fair?
John Adams From the Play 1776