On Monday, PA chairman Abbas met with European Union Foreign Affairs High Representative Federica Mogherini in the EU capital in Brussels, in a bid by the PA leader to win recognition for Palestinian statehood from the 28-member European body.
During his meeting with Mogherini, Abbas urged the EU to back his plans for Palestinian statehood, and efforts to make eastern Jerusalem the capital of the new state. Abbas also hinted at his desire for renewed negotiations – led by the EU. more …
Opinion: The kiss.
The first controversial kiss took place over 3500 years ago when Jacob and Esau met.
“Now Jacob lifted his eyes and looked, and there, Esau was coming, and with him were four hundred men. So he divided the children among Leah, Rachel, and the two maidservants. And he put the maidservants and their children in front, Leah and her children behind, and Rachel and Joseph last. Then he crossed over before them and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.
“But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept” Gen. 33:1-4.
According to the ancient writings of the Masoretic text, the word vayishakeihu, “and he kissed him,” has a line of dots above it:
One is that the Torah is telling us that it was not a true kiss — Esau was really trying to kill Jacob by biting his throat. The other interpretation is that Esau kissed Jacob with all his heart — that’s what was abnormal about the kiss, since “we know that it is a cardinal law of reality that Esau hates Jacob.”
The second, and by far the most infamous kiss ever recorded was the one given to the Savior. Judas Iscariot, the only disciple from Judea, used a kiss for a pre-arranged signal to identify Jesus for arrest.
In both cases it is important to keep in context that in the 1st century and the time preceding it, the kiss was a common greeting as a sign of love and respect. Judas Kiss, therefore, in context of the times, was the extreme action of a hypocrite.
So what is up with European Union Foreign Affairs High Representative Federica Mogherini’s kiss? Is she completely ignorant of both Biblical and secular history on the identity of the Arab Jordanians/Egyptians/Syrians/Lebanese that are now called Palestinians?
Or is the hatred for the God of Israel too hard to hide?