Zurich Reaches Zion
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon—Matthew 6:24
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Sumptuous beyond belief, they practice what in business administration is known as the "American Gambit." Blind the customer with such a shiny display of power that he would accept any deal proposed without negotiating it.
After seeing a few of these secular cathedrals, one starts to look around. Golden calf monuments must be around somewhere. "Silly me! All the gold is in underground vaults," one thinks after an unfruitful search.
"Poorest Rich Country" or "Richest Poor Country?"
This last bit of statistics places Israel among the top ten countries in the number of millionaires. 84 Thousand rich families live in Israel, almost 4% of the households according to the Central Bureau of Statistics. Israel is both the "Poorest Rich Country" and the "Richest Poor Country."
This financial dichotomy didn't escape the attention of the Bahnhofstrasse bankers.
Banking is a key industry in Switzerland. Claiming neutrality and providing expected secrecy, it attracted rich clients since its establishment in the 18th century. However, following USA pressure on Europe to accommodate its financial practices to American caprices, Swiss banks are facing a crisis.
The most spectacular event was the collapse was of Wegelin & Co. Founded in 1741, it was the country's oldest bank and a privately owned one. Between 2002 and 2010, American citizens used its secrecy to evade American taxes. Following American Government pressure, the bank was closed. After a complex affair, what remained from the bank was purchased by Raiffeisen, Switzerland's version of a central bank.
One result of the affair is that Swiss banks are losing international investors. Bahnhofstrasse bankers are nowadays roaming the world, searching hidden treasures. Golden calves abound, though they know how to hide, especially among the yellowish sands of the Middle East.
In July 2013, Boris F.J. Collardi, CEO of Bank Julius Baer—Switzerland's largest private bank—reached Jerusalem. He spoke to local tycoons at Binyanei HaUmar, a place reserved usually for State events and met a few old friends. It was a Prime Ministers' level visit.
Interlude: Sweaty Toes
International businesses must find local partners to succeed. Simply, cultural differences can spoil businesses easily. What is trivial to one, easily becomes an unbearable insult to the other.
The first period of my exile was centered in Thailand. Walking properly along Bangkok’s streets is less trivial than it seems. More than ten million people live in this metropolis. During the rush hours, cars can be seen to be oddly parked on the avenues themselves, in lines that run for miles. In every direction, thousands of people walk swiftly; no physical contact is done. No matter how dense the traffic is, graceful Thais would find the way to move around without bumping into others. If paying attention, one would easily discern a few rules for proper walking in Bangkok. The most obvious thing is the way Thais move their arms. They are no less expressive than Westerners, but they are more delicate, moving in subtle and sophisticated ways. They won’t wave their arms wildly around unnecessarily pointing at every flying dragon crossing their way.
One of the horrors Thais face daily is watching Westerners attempting to hail a taxi. The tourist would raise his hand as high as possible—sometimes even a bit beyond this point, standing on his stressed, sweaty toes—and wave towards the taxi as boldly as he can. Invariably, the tourist won’t check if someone would be hit by the stray arm. The Singled-Eyed Thai urban legend tells that many Thai eyes were lost in such a fashion.
Swiss bankers are sophisticated enough not only to understand this, but also to choose the right local partner.
A Zionist Napoleon
On that day, the IDF will find itself fighting hard to find its escaping soldiers. In the Day of the Order, Zion would be evacuated by the Zionists elite. The vaults in Zurich would crumble under the weight of Zionists retrieving their golden calves. From a military point of view, one could only wish military plans were always so well structured. The event can be divided in 3 parts (the IDF divides everything in three):
VIP Level: Hayarkon Street in Tel Aviv is next to the Mediterranean seashore, though not on the promenade itself. In Israel, its name doubles as a reference to Tel Aviv’s Red District, though it houses mainly foreign embassies. This is not casual. Most of the embassies officials as well as the main Israeli politicians and generals would be evacuated by the American Sixth Fleet, which is in constant stand-by for that. That’s why the Ministry of Defense and the IDF General headquarters are both nearby, at the Kirya.
Wealthy Level: Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres used to live on Ravina Street in Neve Avivim, near the person appearing in The Cross of Bethlehem as Rahamim Isaacson. Rabin lived in a building next to an inner T-junction, Peres three buildings eastwards. Golda Meir used to live a few blocks to the south. Many rich Israelis live nearby. All affluent neighborhoods—like Savion—are always near a highway leading to the Ben Gurion Airport; just in case the Zionists need to run away in an emergency.
Erev Rav Level: Ultra-Orthodox Jews use an insulting term for those who are not kosher Jews—the Kosher-Nostra—as per their definitions. "Erev rav" can be translated as "the great mix," alluding to impure ethnic origins. It is often used towards secular Jews, the bulk of the Israelis.
While in Jerusalem, Mr. Collardi was quoted as saying: "It was an opportunity to meet a lot of clients, and also to bring here clients from various countries. We want to offer local clients a global perspective and to show international customers the success story that Israel is."
It is impossible to end this article without a question to its star, Mr. Collardi. Israel was defined by the UN Human Rights Council as terror inflicting. Do you feel comfortable serving Mammon?
* Neturei Karta is an Orthodox, non-Zionist groups of Jews with congregations in New York and Jerusalem. In its website, one can find an excerpt from Sefer Min Hametzar (page 92) by Rabbi Michael Ber Weismandel. The excerpt is a literal translation of the letter the Jewish Rescue Committee in Czechoslovakia received from the Zionist Jewish Agency Executive Officers in Switzerland. This was in reply to the call of the Jewish Rescue Committee for help, with Documentary evidence furnished, concerning the fate of millions of Jewish people in Nazi occupied Europe.
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