Purim in Washington: Appearing Uninvited Before the President


Netanyahu versus ObamaDuring their first exile, thousands of years ago, the Jews faced the threat of extermination in the days of ancient Persia. The highest ranking Prince of the Persian Empire, Haman the Agagite (Est. 3:1), was determined to get rid of them because he considered them an alien element within the State. He tried to convince his Sovereign, King Ahasverus, of the necessity to destroy them.

Today the State of Israel faces the threat of annihilation. The most high ranking Islamic clerics of Iran (which is Persia) are determined to destroy it because the Jewish State is considered an alien element within the Islamic culture of the Mideast. That’s the deeper motive why Iran’s diplomats are presently seeking to convince the word leaders, in particular US President Obama, that it is necessary for them to become a nuclear power.

In the Persia of Haman only Mordechai the Jew, a Benjamite, realized the ominous tidings. Since he was the stepfather of Esther, the newlywed Queen, he urged her, “that she should go in unto her husband, the King, to make supplication unto him, and to make request before him for her people” (Est. 4:8). Yea, he even charged her to defy the royal protocol and appear uninvited, which was a major offense and an insult to the King.

Today only the tiny Jewish State seems to realize the threat of an Iranian ascendancy for itself and the entire Western world. That’s why it has sent its Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to Washington to speak about the dangers involved before the American Congress. Netanyahu comes uninvited by the American President, and risks his ire. His visit is viewed as an insult by the White House and as a serious violation of the diplomatic protocol.

We seem thus to be witnessing an astonishing historical analogy, a reenactment of the Purim story at the theatre of today’s world politics.

In ancient Persia, King Ahasverus was prepared to go along with Haman’s plan, until Queen Esther changed his mind. In today’s world, president Obama and the leaders of the Western world seem prepared to go along with the aspirations of Iran to become a nuclear power. The important question is: Will Netanyahu be able to change their minds? Such a miracle seems rather unlikely.

Nevertheless we can be sure that, independent from Netanyahu’s success or the lack of it, and independent from the world’s leaders willingness to play their part in the unfolding events of today’s Purim story, Israel will be saved. For, if the world refuses to listen, then “shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place” (Est. 4:14). It is this mysterious reference to a predetermined divine redemption which is the essence of the Purim miracle.


1 Response to “Purim in Washington: Appearing Uninvited Before the President”

  1. 1 John March 29, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Obama’s wickedness may be greater than the wicknedness of Ahasverus. His negotiations with Iran may be part of a bigger doomsday plan for Israel. Read about this possibility here: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/16702#.VRgwL9IyKFA

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