Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will speak decisively and eloquently at the world's Hall of Hypocrisy on Tuesday. This is the hall in which reason is suspended, justice is crushed and morality is eroded. Netanyahu will try to convince delegates of member states -- who are in the midst of a masquerade on a modern day Ship of Fools -- that even the most successful mask cannot hide Iran's evilness and malice intent on its march toward a nuclear bomb.
Netanyahu will stress that Iran poses a real threat. Every day that goes by without action only brings Iran closer to the bomb. Netanyahu will try to convince the world that ayatollahs with nuclear weapons endanger world peace, because history has proven that atrocities and other forms of evils don't just culminate with the killing of Jews but leave millions of others dead as well.
Not since the shrewd Haman tried to "destroy, slay, and cause to perish" (Esther 3:13) the Jews in 127 states has the world witnessed such a clever Persian bigwig as Iranian President Hasan Rouhani.
His success has been so great that he has managed to deceive world leaders and other heads of state through misleading smiles, sweet talk and conciliatory, highfalutin rhetoric. Countering Iran's president will be a tough task for Netanyahu because the former has marshalled support. This intoxicating back wind has impaired the judgment of many leaders for whom the burden of finding the truth and keeping one's integrity has proven too much to handle.
Netanyahu's speech comes a day after the 75th anniversary of the 1938 Munich Agreement between Adolf Hitler and then British Premier Neville Chamberlain. Upon arriving back in Britain, Chamberlain boasted at the airport that he had managed to achieve "peace for our time" without much of a hassle. This was the most expensive peace human kind has ever known. The only thing left of that agreement is the famous picture of Chamberlain with a black umbrella, the most famous umbrella in history. This image has come to represent naivete, submission, resignation, and most importantly, humiliation.
What I am most losing sleep over is the scenario in which Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his friends might subscribe to the Iranian modus operandi. They might try to replicate the false and cynical model of double speak that they have long refused to embrace. Abbas would tell CNN that Israel is a unique state and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni would tell us that what he meant was that Israel was a Jewish state.
He would turn his gaze heavenward and condemn the crimes of the Holocaust; pundits in Israel who would want to shape public opinion and subject reality to their opinions would tell us that he was speaking of the Jewish Holocaust even though he would actually be talking about the Armenian genocide. He would flash a Cheshire Cat smile and blurt out statements that he was no longer seeking the right of return of Palestinians; in fact, he would be referring to the right of Jews to return to the Land of Israel. The Quartet would be overcome with joy, U.S. President Barack Obama would deliver a historic address on the tremendous strides made in realizing his vision of world peace and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the most cunning of them all, would smile with glee as his axis of evil grows and strengthens.
Israelis, who have a short memory, would enthusiastically endorse this peace mirage. Authors and intellectuals will write about "Shall the sword devour forever?" (II Samuel 2:26). I can't think of what Israel will look like when that moment arrives. King David already grappled with such a scenario in Psalm 120:
"Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.
What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue?
Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.
Woe is me, that I sojourn in Meshech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar!
My soul hath long dwelt with him that hateth peace.
I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war."
We, as Jews, must resist the temptation of the false peace, because we're prone to falling into such traps.