The shameful and disgusting Knesset action reminds me of a story.
Now, when Vespasian came to destroy Jerusalem, he said to [the inhabitants of the city], “Idiots! Why do you want to destroy this city and burn down the sanctuary? For what do I want of you, except that you send me a bow and arrow [as marks of submission to my rule], and I shall go on my way.
They said to him, “Just as we salliled out against the first two who came before you and killed them, so shall we sally out and kill you.”
When Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakkai heard, he proclaimed to the men of Jerusalem, saying to them, “My sons, why do you want to destroy this city and burn the house of the sanctuary? For what does he want of you, except that you send him a bow and arrow, and then he will go on his way.”
They said to him, “Just as we sallied out against the first two who came before him and killed them, so shall we sally out and kill them.”
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After Rabban Yohanan ben Zakkai had spoken to them one day, a second, and a third, and the people did not accept his counsel, he sent for his disciples, R. Eliezer and R. Akiba, and said to them, go and get me out of here.”
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When Rabban Yohanan ben Zakkai heard that Jerusalem had been destroyed and the house of sanctuary burned in flames, he tore his garments, and his disciples tore their garments, and they wept and cried and mourned.