The recent discovery of a piece of parchment containing the earliest reference to the connection between the Jewish people and the city of Jerusalem stands in sharp contrast to the recent UNESCO resolution passed and reconfirmed denying any Jewish relationship whatsoever to what it calls the Haram Al Sharif (the Temple Mount).
One should not be surprised at this declaration considering the appalling record of the UN when it comes to the condemnation of alleged human rights violations in Judea and Samaria and turning a blind eye to the atrocities committed in Syria and Iraq. I remember standing on line at the UN to visit this exalted shrine of anti-Israel rhetoric that there was a video constantly playing depicting the ‘criminal’ activities of Israeli soldiers against Palestinians.
This unified international effort against Israel is already manifestly described in Psalms 83 which depicts a group of nations desirous of eliminating the state of Israel and its claim to be a nation among others. The names of the countries are of course different, although they represent the gamut of Middle Eastern nations of the ancient world.
Further, Rashi’s famous comment at the beginning of his commentary on Genesis that the nations of the world claim that the Jewish people have stolen the land of the Canaanites resonates strongly today as we perceive world events. That this comment appears at the beginning of Genesis is not surprising. Every year at the end of Simchat Torah we read this comment of Rashi as a reminder that despite the passage of time, the claims of the world community against the legitimacy of the Jewish state continue unabated.
There is no question that many have condemned the latest audacious and outrageous statements emanating from the UN against Israel. We applaud and appreciate the supportive statements of world leaders such as Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama against this pernicious UNESCO decision. However, we should realize that these types of statements are reminiscent of ancient attempts to destroy us either physically, spiritually or through ‘diplomatic’ fora. And they will continue.
Attempts at appeasement and compromise will not result in a sudden shift and change of heart on the part of those who wish us harm. Our ties to the Temple Mount are resolute and historic. We do not need the approval of the world community to continue to assert our religious rights to the Temple Mount, and to continue to pray for the restoration of the Temple on that sacred ground. Historical attempts to eradicate the state of Israel in ancient and in modern times have failed, thank G-d, although at great human loss to our people. But we will persevere.