King Solomon in his book of proverbs writes in chapter 26:17 He that passes by, and meddles with strife belonging not to him, is like one that takes a dog by the ears. In other words, if you take a dog by its ears it is surely going to bite you, so don’t bring trouble upon yourself when you are capable of avoiding it. Our sages bring down this proverb in regards to Jacob sending messengers to Esau – Then Jacob sent messengers before him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom. And he commanded them, saying, Thus shall you speak to my lord Esau; Your servant Jacob said thus, I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed there until now:
Jacob could have avoided this mess with Esau if he simply would have not initiated the meeting with him. The famous Ramban in his commentary on the verse writes that the Jewish people brought upon themselves their own downfall in the second temple period when the kings of Israel made a covenant with the Romans. The message of our sages is very clear and is so relevant to what is happening today. Instead of the leadership of Israel focusing its energy on building the land and strengthening the Jewish nation it is constantly trying to placate the Nations of the world with new ideas and initiatives for the so called “peace process”. This process has not brought one good result for our people only terrible sorrow and bloodshed. Let’s face the facts; what has been happening over the last 20 or so years is not a true peace process; it has been a one sided deal the whole way through. Israel has been making one concession after the next while the other side has done nothing but spit in our faces. How could our leaders be so naןve? The nations of the world have a clear goal in mind which is trying to prevent us from growing and thriving in our land. Over the years, they were doing a better job in trying to cover up their true plans by speaking nice words like peace etc. but their patience has been running out and their true intensions are painted on every wall. The time has come for the Jewish nation and for those who love and support Israel, the Torah, and G-D to stand up for the truth and declare to all – Let our People Grow! Please show us your helping hand.
Shabbat Shalom, Rabbi Moshe Goldsmith, Mayor of Itamar