Part 1 - April 24, 2017
The recent summit between North Korea and South Korea was
as much historic as it was surreal. After 65 years in a state of war,
both leaders agreed to work together to 'denuclearize' the Korean peninsula,
potentially heralding a 'new era of peace'. Fortunately, it looks doubtful
that a forecast by Rabbi Nachmani (23 years ago -- see Part
1) of an end of days war initiated by North Korea will occur.
We learn from our sages that Moses was the transmitter of
G d's word, the Torah, which is known as truth. But, his brother Aaron
HaCohen was focused on bringing peace between husband / wife, friends,
nations, etc. He would even 'bend the truth' if it meant achieving constructive
outcomes. We also learn that our patriarch Abraham was known for his kindness
whereas his son Isaac was known for strength / rigidness in following
commandments. These concepts represent the different paths toward conflict
resolution. While both paths were tried with the Koreas, we can optimistically
assess that peace triumphed over truth and kindness over rigidity for
the greater benefit of world civilization.
Conversely, tensions between Israel and Iran have risen
to new heights and appear headed toward resolution via a different path.
Israel has taken aggressive measures to thwart the Iranian presence in
Syria. Over the weekend, Israel bombed a munitions facility in Syria,
killing Iranians. Also, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu dramatically
asserted earlier today that the Iranian government lied for years about
its nuclear program which was not solely intended for peaceful purposes.
Generally, I do not put much thought in Israel's security.
As we know, it is a complete miracle that Israel exists as a nation. Israel
has overcome insurmountable odds in numerous wars over thousands of years.
There are long standing rumors that Israeli wars (of the past 70 years)
are never taught at West Point. The mullahs in Iran will soon come to
that realization. If the mullahs had an ounce of intelligence, they would
realize what they are up against and change course. If Israel's destruction
was their true goal, their best move would be make peace with Israel and
pray to Allah that the Jews forsake their G-d. Fortunately, that won't
happen any time soon.
Alan Yerushalmi, originally from Queens, NY, is a graduate of the
University of Buffalo. He is an economics and geopolitical analyst and
a management professional, who has consulted for several fortune 500 companies.
He currently lives with his family in San Diego, CA.