The king granted the Jews ... to slay and to cause to perish, all the power of the people and province that would assault them, both little ones and women, and to take the spoil of them for a prey. Esther 8:11Benjamin Netanyahu likes the book of Esther.
Tomorrow night, on the Jewish holiday of Purim, we'll read the Book of Esther. We'll read of a powerful Persian viceroy named Haman, who plotted to destroy the Jewish people some 2,500 years ago. But a courageous Jewish woman, Queen Esther, exposed the plot and gave for the Jewish people the right to defend themselves against their enemies.But he left out the details about how the Jewish people were supposedly saved. According the story in the book of Esther, the Jews killed 75,000 Persians in a preemptive strike because the some of the Persians hated Jews and planned to kill them.
The plot was foiled. Our people were saved.
Now in the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar, on the thirteenth day of the same [Purim], when the king's commandment and his decree drew near to be put in execution, in the day that the enemies of the Jews hoped to have power over them, (though it was turned to the contrary, that the Jews had rule over them that hated them;) The Jews gathered themselves together in their cities throughout all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, to lay hand on such as sought their hurt: and no man could withstand them; for the fear of them fell upon all people. ... Thus the Jews smote all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, and slaughter, and destruction, and did what they would unto those that hated them. Esther 9:1-5President Obama didn't attend Bibi's speech. But he read the transcript and said that it didn't offer any new alternatives.
And the he's right about that. There was nothing new in the speech. Just the old alternative from the Book of Esther: to "smite all their enemies with the stroke of the sword" and to do "what they would unto those that hated them."
That is Netanyahu's Purim Plan for peace.