There has been some consternation this week about comments that the (Israeli-government-paid) Rabbi of Beit El settlement made about the terrible fire at Paris’s Notre Dame cathedral. Rabbi Shlomo Aviner told a questioner that burning churches outside the holy land “isn’t our job for now. There is no mitzvah [religious credit] to seek out churches abroad and burn them down. In our holy land, however, the issue is more complicated.”
I was devastated by the total burning of Notre Dame cathedral, a place where I once prayed in thanks for one of my son’s who survived what might otherwise have been a certain death. The parallels to both the Reichstag Fire and 9/11 loomed. Then I heard from the shadow foreign minister of France and I believe all of the following to be true and an indictment of Macron, Merkel, May, and the Pope — Notre Dame would not have burned as it did without the explicit complicity of the Church — and key police, fire, and government offices in Paris — in detail, in advance, and into the future.