Friday, February 1, 2008

A Chief Rabbi with a brilliant idea, and a 'holy place' envy

A couple of days ago, Haaretz, a Major Israeli newspaper reported that the Chief Rabbi of Israel Yona Metzger announced a marvelous idea to solve the Israeli Palestinian issue, at least in Gaza. the holy man of God is suggesting transferring the Palestinian population of Gaza to Egypt's Sinai. And do not think he is heartless enough to throw then in the open desert. To the contrary he actually is suggesting constructing a "Modern Palestinian Country" for them there. Minor problem though: Egypt has sovereignty over Sinai, and it may not necessarily like the idea to giving up a piece of its land, even if it was desert. No, problem, thinks the holy man, we will get a friendly superpower (USA), and its faithful ally (UK) to sponsor the idea, with the European Union to back them up".

"Take all the poor people from Gaza to move them to a wonderful new modern country with trains buses cars, like in Arizona - we are now in a generation where you can take a desert and build a city. This will be a solution for the poor people - they will have a nice county, and we shall have our country and we shall live in peace."

This is not only brilliant, but also novel, and wise. "I have thought about it with some wise people only in the last two weeks, and I think it is a great idea - nobody spoke about it before." I wonder what were these wise people smoking at the time? Could have they been accidentally exposed to too much paint thinner? And, have they ever wondered why 'nobody spoke about it before'?

In addition to his wisdom and creativity he can tell the future, he ".. anticipated that the idea would find popularity among Israelis." He also said that he will be discussing this idea with the Israeli Prime Minister soon. And for the doubting Tom out there thinking, he is mixing politics and religion, he clearly states "I cannot give advice to political subjects" but that he "only gives answers thought religious eyes."
I do not know if I should be laughing, or crying, but I know that if I do not give my self the liberty of making fun of that wise guy, I will have to hurling insults at him.
I guess he is calling for another Belfor promise, this time to the Palestinian of Gaza, at the expense of Egypt.
And who know; by the year 2108 my great great grand child may be sitting here, writing a post about another brilliant Rabbi trying to find a piece of land for the Egyptians in Libya.

Important note to Muslim readers:
  • The Chief Rabbi also thinks you have too many Holy places (if you do not believe me, listen to the video yourself), and that you should play nice and leave one for the Israelis. So do not be greedy, and share- OK.

Report: Chief Rabbi says move Gazans to a Palestine in Sinai
Israeli Chief Rabbi: Expel Gazans to Sinai, Make It ‘Like Arizona'


  1. Brilliant idea! Gazan's like to go to Egypt when Israel pushes them. Plus, it takes care of all nation building chores in land that Egyptians don't use anyway. People migrate great distances tp secure economic future, and Sinai is but a stones throw from Gaza. A few generations from now, Gazan's will claim Sinai as their ancestral home! And think of the economic return to Egyptians -- infratructure development work for decades to come! Economic win-win. Gazan's should take the deal if the great Rabbi can deliver the Egyptians and the economic might of the west.

  2. I am not sure from the previous comment if the author is sarcastic or serious. I hope he (or she) is the former. If not, here is how his (& the 'brilliant' Rabbi's) suggestion looks like:
    1. The UK, which does not own Palestine, promises the Jews a homeland in Palestinian homeland. Zionists believe they will be bringing 'prosperity and civilization' to Palestinians.
    2. The UN, a body that does not own Palestine, makes sure European Jews get a good chunk of Palestine to establish Israel, with the economic and military might of the west.
    3. Israel occupies the land remaining under Palestinian control (in 1967), and makes Palestinians' life hell. Eventually it gives up Gaza (the 'wasps nest' according to Israeli statements) and leaves but continues controls the air, land, and sea (as well as water supplies, fuel supplies, electricity, etc), making sure hellish life for Palestinians goes on as planned.
    Gazans burst into Egypt, not to run away, but to bring food and fuel to their starved families, and go back to their HOMELAND in the end of the day.
    4. The brilliant minds (Rabbi Metzger, some of his wise friends, and Anonymous) promise the Gazans a piece of land that they (Rabbi, friends and anonymous) do not own (in this case Egypt’s Sinai).
    5. Egyptians do not use Sinai much, so Egyptians must be elated because prosperity and modernity, etc are coming their way, for a small price: a useless piece of Egyptian land.
    Hmmm... That is very reminiscent of the civilization and prosperity that Israelis brought to Palestinians 60 years ago!! And, it is 'Deja vu all over again'.
    By the way, all will be paid for by the UK, US, and EU, not by the Israelis. Sound like a pretty good deal for Israelis, and therefore it must be a brilliant idea.
    I have a couple of questions:
    - Have the rabbi, hist friends, and ‘anonymous’ heard about something called national sovereignty over land?
    - Have you heard that when you want to give up some piece of land, it better be yours, not your neighbor’s?
    - Have they heard that when you want to cut a deal, you pay for it out of your own pocket, not the UK, EU or the US?
    - and, finally, have you ever learned anything form history?

  3. 1. Didn't the allies capture Palestine (as well as the lands that later became Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Iraq) in WWI from the Ottoman Empire?
    2. Didn't the League of Nations and then the UN take over control of these captured territories, that had been occupied by the Ottoman Empire, dividing the governing responsibility for them between Great Britain and France?
    3. Yes, under that mandate, the League of Nations directed the UK to develop Palestine into a two-state solution, divided between Jews and Arabs.
    4. Didn't the UN give the Palestinians a state of their own in 1948? Did they ever establish a provisional government? Did the Palestinians ever even try to make a state for themselves?
    5. Didn't Jordan forcibly occupy the West Bank in 1948? Did Jordan help the Palestinians living there establish their own state, as the UN had promised them?
    6. Didn't Egypt forcibly occupy Gaza in 1948? Did Egypt help the Palestinians living there establish their own state, as the UN had promised them?
    7. Didn't the PLO get its start as Palestinian protest against Egypt? Didn't Nasser expel Arafat, a Gazan, from Egypt because of his terrorist activities?
    8. When Israel first occupied Gaza and the West Bank, didn't it bring electricity, clean water, and modern medicine to people who'd been denied them while under the occupation of their Arab brothers?
    9. When Israel realized that no matter how much material benefit it could bring to Gaza, Gazans hated Israel, didn't Israel try to give Gaza back to Egypt, and didn't Sadat refuse to take it?
    10. What benefit would it give Israel to make the Gazans' lives hell for no good reason? If Israel really wanted to wantonly kill Palestinians, it could easily do it. Wasn't life under Israeli occupation originally fairly easy? Didn't it get more and more difficult in response to terrorist activity on the part of Gazans? Didn't Israel have open borders with Gaza until Gazan suicide bombers became unbearable? Didn't Israel start intense inspections of all trucks entering and leaving Gaza only after terrorists started smuggling rockets and explosives in food trucks?
    11. Hasn't Israel ended its occupation of Gaza? There are no Israelis living there. Why should Israel support a land that has declared itself Israel's enemy? Why should Israel supply food, electricity, etc to people who bomb Israel in return?
    12. Gaza has always had a border with Egypt. Why hasn't Egypt allowed Gazans to enter and leave Gaza via the Egyptian border. Why doesn't Egypt let freight, produce, etc enter and leave Gaza via Egypt?