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Israel's Chanuka Message to the World: We're not Budging

We're not budging
It's ever so appropriate that the UN and the European Union show their true colors by denying our ancient rights to Jerusalem, Shilo and Hevron. Nothing's new under the sun, as King Solomon teaches us in Ecclesiastes. I won't answer them - Shimon Maccabee the son of Mattatyahu Cohen Hagadol Chashmonai (whose gravesite I visited earlier today) and brother of Yehuda  Maccabee gave a most appropriate answer some 22oo years ago:

“We have not taken foreign territory or any alien property, but have occupied our ancestral heritage, for some time unjustly wrested from us by our enemies; now that we have a favorable opportunity, we are merely recovering our ancestral heritage” (Maccabees 1, 15:33-34).

We weathered the Egyptians, the Babylonians, the Persians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Spanish Inquisition, the Nazis and the Communists. We're still here and they've all disappeared. It seems that the oppressors of today want to join them. They'll never learn. Meanwhile, we're not budging.


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The EU is imploding. Hashem is putting the heat on Macron (with his peace plan) big time, May is on her way out as is Merkel. The once invincible Soviet Union lasted just seventy years. The EU is sixty years old and is in turmoil for a myriad of reasons.

This is a fascinating article by a Cambridge professor.

But the EU and the UN are not the problem. Our real problem is the mindset of our leaders who think that we are but grasshoppers in their eyes and do not understand that all of these so-called powers are like the wizard of oz, hiding behind smoke screens.

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