A group of Israeli rabbis has issued an open letter warning that US Secretary of State John Kerry's reckless peace efforts will if they come to fruition result in divine retribution against those involved.
Kerry's "incessant efforts to expropriate integral parts of our Holy Land and hand them over to Abbas's terrorist gang amount to a declaration of war against the Creator and Ruler of the universe," according to rabbis with SOS Israel and the Committee to Save the Land and People of Israel.
The rabbis said that Kerry risks going down in history associated with the likes of Nebuchadnezer and Roman Emporer Titus, "who, by Heavenly punishment, brought eventual disaster upon themselves" by implementing destructive policies toward Israel and the Jews.
The Obama Administration, in particular National Security Advisor Susan Rice, has over the past few days lashed out over what it terms "unacceptable" Israeli criticism of Kerry.
Apparently, the secretary of state's feelings have been hurt.
But certainly no more than the feelings of many Israelis who believe Kerry and the Obama Administration either don't know or don't care about their trials and tribulations, even as the Americans rush forward with establishing a Palestinian state.
In one recent example, Kerry told reporters in Germany that "not one Israeli was murdered by a Palestinian from the West Bank" in all of 2013. Were that true, it would provide a strong backdrop to Kerry's arguments that now is the time to put all the cards on the table and push for a final status peace deal. Unfortunately, it's simply not true.
Five Israelis were murdered by Palestinians from the so-called "West Bank" last year, and another two, both of them children, were critically wounded.
One of the 2013 murder victims was Evyatar Borovsky, a 31-year-old actor and father of five. His widow, Tsofia, spoke to the Washington Free Beacon in the wake of Kerry's apparent gaffe.
"I’m not sure they actually know, that the American government knows what's happening in Israel, that people are being murdered," she said. "The Americans are supposed to be our best friends, but are actually working against us and putting our backs to the wall."
The State Department did quick damage control by insisting that Kerry had actually meant to say no Israelis were killed by Palestinians from the "West Bank" in 2012. And, while that is true, six Israelis were killed by Palestinian terrorism emanating from Gaza that year, and over 1,500 rockets were fired into southern Israel.
Furthermore, all of this ignores the fact that Israel's security forces thwart a huge number of terrorist attacks every year. The Palestinian terror groups haven't stopped attacking, they've just been less successful.