Shalom

When I was a very young man, travelling in Israel, and first visiting the old Jewish quarter in east Jerusalem, I learned what Warren Goldstein (chief rabbi of South Africa’s orthodox Jews) is now firmly but patiently explaining. He addresses a world that contains the United Nations, and the International Court of Justice. Both are controlled by evil regimes which constitute a majority of the U.N.’s voting members, yet are supported by a deafening blather of false and flatulent “idealism.”

Jerusalem may actually be the ideal place to submit to the indoctrination of the Talmud. Then (early ‘seventies) and there, I came to appreciate the struggle of little Israel to survive, surrounded by implacably violent foes on every side. Her civilization, as civilizations everywhere, stands on three pillars: on justice (tzadik), truth (emet), and peace (shalom), in that order. Each is impossible without the pillar that stands before, yet each is sustained by the one that comes after.

For without justice, we can find no truth, and without truth, there can be no peace. This reality has been inversely demonstrated too many times in the United Nations, by peace plans that are unjust and untruthful; and by a vicious prejudice against Israel and the Jews. The world’s only Jewish state (there are dozens Muslim) has been condemned in U.N. resolutions more times than all the other countries, put together.

A first step towards the establishment of justice, and the civilization that might follow from that, would be for aspiring civilized countries to abandon participation in the U.N. and I.C.J. They should do what is in their power to demolish, and then to replace, these institutions.

There is a risk that, in a feverish property market, the General Assembly will be made into high-rise condominiums, rather than cleared for a park, or the grounds salted. The art collections might be preserved, however — even the heavier items like the stained glass by Marc Chagall, or the “Bugs Bunny” mural by Fernand L├ęger.