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The Abraham Accords: What would Abraham say?

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How would our forefather Abraham feel about the accords that bear his name?

Standing in the days between the two Torah portions focusing on his life and considering them carefully, my guess is: bitter disappointment, and righteous indignation.

How dare I say that? Don’t these historic accords herald peace and prosperity, and an unprecedented Israeli recognition by the Arab world? What is there to criticize?

To understand why Abraham may have been less enthused at the “peace and prosperity” brought about by this recognition, it is worthwhile to consider his complicated relationship with Sodom.

In last week’s Torah portion, after Abraham inserts himself into a regional war to save his nephew, the king of Sodom, believing he has found a powerful new ally, extends a hand of friendship that comes with economic incentives. “Give me the people, and you can keep the property” (Genesis 14:21).

Abraham’s response? Not a single cent. As attractive as the........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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