Sanhedrin to UN:
Goldstone Will Bring Judgment Upon
The Sanhedrin has warned the
UN General Assembly not to hold a plenum debate on the
anti-Israel Goldstone Report.
In a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and the UN's
member states, the Sanhedrin warns that continued consideration
of what it calls the "hostile, fallacious, and malicious"
Goldstone document will bring upon the world the catastrophic
events described in the Bible's Book of Joel, Chapter
The Goldstone commission found Israel guilty of committing war
crimes during its anti-terror Cast Lead offensive in Gaza early
this year. Many in Israel feel that the commission's purpose
was to categorize Israel's attempt to fight the same terrorist
threat that threatens the entire world as "war
The Sanhedrin is an initiative of recent years to recreate the
traditional supreme legal tribunal in Judaism.
The letter reminds the UN that when it was decided in Geneva
two weeks ago to have its Security Council discuss and approve
the Goldstone Report, "we sent you a copy of the injunction
issued by the Sanhedrin’s Court that prohibits any of the UN
institutions from deliberating on this matter."
The Sanhedrin then explained by what authority it issues
injunctions to the United Nations: "The International Court of
the Sanhedrin operates by the power of the Bible, the only Holy
Writ whose essence was handed over to mankind at Mt. Sinai [the
Torah], and of the Prophets, sent to all nations of the world
and universally held in respect by them. By virtue of this
delegated authority, passed down from one generation to the
next ever since the time of Moses our teacher, the master of
all of prophets, and by virtue of the succession of authority
in Jewish tradition, we appealed to you that you might not fail
and thus fail the world, bringing upon it catastrophe."
The letter states that the Goldstone Report is an "attack on
the State of Israel, and thus an attack on the Jewish People,
in order to try to remove it from the stage of history by an
unprecedented shedding of blood - tacitly encouraging Iran and
those like it to continue to develop weapons of mass
destruction while the rest of the world sits by and looks on...
We are convinced that the continued discussion of this report,
which is lacking all moral basis, will lead the nations of the
world, and all of mankind, to the judgment that will take place
in Jerusalem in the Valley of Jehoshafat, as written in the
Prophets and Torah of Israel."
Joel 3 is then cited:
"I will gather all nations, and will bring them down into the
valley of Jehoshafat; and I will enter into judgment with them
there for My people and for My heritage Israel, whom they have
scattered among the nations, and divided My land... And the
children of Judah and the children of Jerusalem you have sold
to the children of the Jevanim, in order to distance them from
their border. Behold I will arouse them from the place where
you sold them, and I will return your retribution upon your
head. And I will sell your sons and daughters into the hands of
the children of Judah... Announce this among the nations:
Prepare war, arouse the mighty men... Beat your plowshares into
swords and your pruning hooks into spears... Gather and come,
all you nations from around - and they shall gather; there the
Lord shall break your mighty men... for their evil is
"And the Lord shall roar from Zion, and from Jerusalem He shall
give forth His voice, and the heavens and earth shall quake,
and the Lord is a shelter to His people and a stronghold for
the children of Israel. And you shall know that I, the Lord
your God, dwell in Zion, My holy mount, and Jerusalem shall be
holy, and strangers shall no longer pass through there.... And
Egypt shall become desolate, and Edom shall be a desert waste,
because of the violence done to the children of Judah, because
they shed innocent blood in their land. But Judah shall remain
forever, and Jerusalem throughout all generations."
The Sanhedrin suggests that instead of considering the
one-sided report, "you should establish an investigative
committee agreed upon by the Jewish people and the Government
of Israel, to investigate the background to the outbreak of
Operation Cast Lead and the UN’s contribution to its outbreak,
together with additional factors... This could be your blessed
initiative, accepting uopn yourself and your organization the
original spirit that formed its basis: to establish peace in
the world acting for the King of the universe."
The Sanhedrin concludes by advising that the verse from the
Prophet Isaiah - “Let them beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks and they shall not learn
war anymore”- that is engraved on the United Nations wall "will
never be realized via the Goldstone Report and the traditional
policy of the UN regarding the State of Israel. Instead, your
welcome action as advised above is anxiously awaited by all
mankind. You have the power to help contribute to the
prevention of wars."
The letter is signed by Rabbi Dov Stein, Secretary of the
Sanhedrin, and Rabbi Prof. Hillel Weiss, spokesman.