Tuesday, September 16, 2008
NATIONAL SELF RESPECT
"The notion of a Greater Israel no longer exists, and anyone who still believes in it is deluding themselves," . . .
I used to believe that everything from the Jordan Riverbank to the Mediterranean Sea was ours. After all, dig anywhere and you'll find Jewish history. But eventually, after great internal conflict, I've realized we have to share this land with the people who dwell here – that is if we don’t want to be a binational state,"
hese and other defeatist statements were made by Prime Minister Olmert before the September 14, 2008 cabinet meeting. Commenting on these statements it is important to recall that Moshe Rabbinu despite all Bene Yisrael experienced at the hands of Egypt at the direction of Pharaoh spoke with respect . As this was reported on Israel National News it would seem that the Prime Minister’s words were premised on the apparent erosion of international support for Israel and resulting pressure for a resolution of some type which would take the form of an Israel with an Arab majority and character.
While it is impossible to any person, community or nation to go it alone in isolation, yet at what price does inclusion cost? How can any leader responding to the reality of the moment sacrifice their national heritage?
“ . . .dig anywhere and you'll find Jewish history . . . .” Mr. Prime Minister visit the shrine of the Book and see the pair of Tefilin from Masada. These Tefilin look exactly like the ones worn by Jewry every weekday during the MorninVisit Second Temple era ruins and see the mikvaot used to fulfill the rigorous laws of purity as well as other examples that only emphasize the Jewish history/heritage within Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel.
Mr. Prime Minister certainly at least once in your life you were present at the conclusion of either Yom Kippur services or the Passover Seder when all present intoned “L’Shana HaBah B’Yerushalyim !!!” Next Year in Jerusalem. Even the secular anthem of the State speaks of the yearnings of Two Thousand Years “To be a free people in our land, Zion and Jerusalem”
Mr. Prime Minister how could any person of conscience abandon the national aspirations of the Jewish people? Imagine under what Mr. Olmert perceives as the only way the Zionist visions of the redemption are exchanged for the formation of a new Middle Eastern Pale of Settlement.
Mr. Prime Minister, maybe the concerns and fears expressed are based in a lack of national self respect. Maybe there would be no isolation for Israel if the national stands tall and proud. Not in an arrogant manner but with an aura of self assurance and purpMaybe the Arabs would not seek to encroach on Jewish rule over the land if the Jews treated the Holy Land as their D-vinely ordained inheritance
Mr. Prime Minister, you whoever follows after you must remember that Netzach Yisrael Lo YiShaker” The Destiny of Israel, the Jewish People cannot be denied. Israel lives, Greater Israel lives.
Mr. Prime Minster if one were to walk in the mind set of a scion of Zion the nations would not oppose Israel. If Israel were to conduct itself as G-D has designed in the Torah both written and oral Israel's place at the international table would never be denied nor would anyone challenge Israel's destiny