“American Secretary of State John Kerry, who turned up here determined and acting out of misplaced obsession and messianic fervor, cannot teach me anything about the conflict with the Palestinians.”And even more recently, he has bandied this term towards the Iranians. As reported by Arutz Sheva,
“He called the regime in Tehran messianic-apocalyptic, which is why its nuclear program must be stopped.”While I basically agree with out Defense Minister in his assessment of our enemies (and the way Kerry is acting lately, he should probably be included), I resent his use of the word “messianic” which seems to be generally interpreted as being delusional, hallucinatory, or in the plain vernacular, “off the wall.” Even the online “Free Dictionary” has as its secondary definition:
“2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a. of or relating to any popular leader promising deliverance or an ideal era of peace and prosperity.”It appears that this interpretation is based on what has been termed the “Messianic” or “Messiah Complex,” which according to Wikipedia:
A messiah complex (also known as the Christ complex or savior complex) is a state of mind in which an individual holds a belief that they are, or are destined to become, a savior. The term "messiah complex" is not addressed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), but symptoms of the disorder closely resemble those found in individuals suffering from grandiose delusions (GD) or delusions of grandeur. This form of delusional belief is most often reported in patients suffering from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Little is known about the disorder, but it is believed that as many as 10% of the population may hold similar beliefs in one form or another, though not significant enough to warrant a diagnosis.So while Kerry and the Iranians may certainly have grandiose delusions, they are hardly Messianic. Let us not forgot that the great Jewish rationalist, none other than the Rambam (Maimonides) stated in as one of his 13 Principles of our Faith:
“I believe with perfect faith in the coming of the Moshiach (Messiah), and even though he may tarry, nevertheless, each day I wait for him to come.”Throughout our long history, many Jews lived with these words, and even died with them on their lips. Far from a delusion!