On the verse (Psalms 40.5) ‘Fortunate is the man who has placed the reliance on G-d’ quoting the last phrase of the verse ‘and has not turned to the arrogant ones’, Rashi comments (Bereishis the 40.23) – “and did not rely upon Egypt who is called arrogant one”.
Sinai Desert Buffer Zone - surrendered!
|Sinai Peninsula Buffer Zone - 23,000 square miles|
Therein lies a lesson for our time. In the past we had to search for a clue; one verse alludes to the Kingdom of Greece, another to the Kingdom of Edom, yet another verse to Rome. In our days of double-fold darkness at the end of the exile, G-d shows everything openly with no need to search for signs: - ‘Do not trust Egypt the arrogant one’.
We see this openly in the Camp David Agreements to which the Egyptian minister placed his signature. On the very day of signing never was it the intention of the Egyptian signatory to adhere to the agreement. Immediately thereafter he began his violation as is known to all!
Rashi further comments on the verse ‘The palace cup-bearer did not remember [Joseph]’ - on that very same day. The verse continues: “he [the palace cup bearer] forgot him afterwards”. Even after Egypt saw how the Jews kept their side of the agreement down to the finest detail – generously giving Egypt broad territories - Egypt continued to violate her side of the agreement by penetrating Israel with terrorists from her border!
When however the government returned those buffer zones to Egypt, they brought the Egyptian border closer to Jewish inhabited areas creating an immediate security danger.
When they ask the Egyptian minister to explain: “Why do you not honor the agreement which you signed?”, he had a ready reply: “In your Torah it is written: ‘Do not turn to the arrogant, do not put your trust in Egypt’. You yourselves were the cause of all this– you placed your trust in Egypt!”
As we have spoken in the past, all of this comes from an inferiority complex before the gentile. They put their trust in him and wish to find favor in his eyes! Even after they see the results of this conduct – all unanimously agree that a serious mistake was made at Camp David having given back everything in return for nothing. Now, instead of learning from past mistakes and changing future conduct, they continue down the same path! If they already speak of a committee of investigation, they need to investigate those guilty of the serious sin perpetrated by the signing of the Camp David agreements.
Ministers must be toppled.
The main question is: who should replace these men so that this mistake not be repeated? “A man who will put his trust in G-d and not turn to the arrogant!” A Jew who trusts in G-d and conducts himself in accordance with the guidelines of Torah!
Public address Parshas Vayeishev 1983