Across Israel, Meir Panim responds to the growing needs of the country’s 1.75 million impoverished residents through various food and social service programs.
As we see from the reactions of many of the Israeli government ministers, Arik Sharon negotiated with himself and decided that his plan for disengagement was a reasonable plan. He then went to sell it to Mr. Bush and when Pres. Bush endorsed Sharon’s plan, Sharon returned to Israel to sell it to his party. So far he has been pretty successful and anyone who depended upon Livnat or Netanyahu to oppose the plan was sadly disappointed.
As Israel has learned in the past, unfortunately once the plan is implemented it will be practically impossible to undo the damage. Just like former PM Yitchak Rabin’s infamous
statement when he gave guns to Arafat’s police – “If they use the guns against us we will take them back!” There is no easy way to undo the damage of capitulating to the terrorists and it
would take a major upheaval to retake the land.
Last week we celebrated the Holocaust Remembrance Day (which in Hebrew is called – the Day commemorating the Holocaust and the Bravery). We experienced the Holocaust but
Israeli leaders are sadly lacking the bravery. The ceremony in Hashmonaim ended with the singing of the national anthem, “Hatikvah”. It brought tears to my eyes as I sang the words -
“Our 2,000 year old dream, To be a free nation in OUR land…” and to realize that we still was not truly free and that Sharon and other leaders were giving away parts of Israel and putting
the rest in jeopardy of increased terror. Sharon claims that we must take unilateral action and expel Jews from their homes because we have no partner to negotiate with. How foolish!
Some may ask, instead of expelling Jews from their homes, why doesn’t Sharon move even one Arab village that preaches genocide and harbors terrorist murderers? The Arabs are screaming for revenge and planning the murder of “a large number of Jews”. Why not unilaterally move all of the Arabs into one autonomous area. Why not displace the Arabs of the Negev, Jaffa and the Galil and allow the Jews to live free from local terror? Unthinkable? Why is it then thinkable to displace Jews from their homes?
As we celebrate Israel’s 56th Independence Day, Israel still must suffer with aging leaders who may have been brave when they were young, but who have lost their spirit along with their youth. It really is time to return to the age of spirited young leaders who are not too old to fight for justice and common sense. It is time to put the old leaders like Sharon, Peres, Netanyahu and Olmart, out to pasture. These old men fear everything – America, Europe, Arafat, trade, boycotts, etc. With so much fear it is no wonder that they are willing to capitulate to Arab terror.
What exactly is the goal of this capitulation by disengagement? Will terror move further away or will it move closer? Will any Arab leader develop a spirit of compromise and goodwill or will this disengagement not look to the Arabs as the successful outcome of terror? Will it not harden the hearts of the terror leaders as did the sight of Israeli soldiers fleeing from Lebanon? Will it make the work of the security forces and the gathering of intelligence information easier or will it make it doubly difficult? Will it bring quiet and peace to the world or will it embolden the violent forces? Just what benefit does Sharon see in this move? Who has accepted this “gesture” as a peace gesture?
The terrorist leaders have denounced disengagement as an act of war. Other Arab neighbors have all been strongly critical. What is the benefit? Europe has denounced the plan. The U.N. has criticized the unilateral action. The Arabs are preparing their attacks on the Israelis as they retreat from the Gaza Strip. The terrorist centers will move that many miles closer to Israeli towns and cities. Hamas is still there. Arafat is still there. Terror has not been reduced. Just the Jews are being torn from their homes.
Sharon is negotiating with himself and his plan is a flight into fantasy land. No Arab has even considered accepting a compromise solution. President Bush made what many believed was a pro-Israel declaration and his staff immediately struggled to back-peddle and mitigate. Israel has a long history of experience with American presidents who promised but were unable to keep their word.
Is the Likkud so tired of defending Israel that its members will just run away and pray that no one will run after them? We forget that when America targets Bin Laden and his officers no one complains. Yet when we target Hamas, everyone complains. Maybe it is time to ignore them all and do whatever needs to be done to destroy the terrorist infrastructure in the
As we celebrate Israel’s 56th Independence Day, I again offer any reader who does not have the prayer for the State of Israel and its soldiers in his Siddur to send a stamp addressed
envelope to me at The Jewish Press.
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The answer is an emphatic no.
The meaning of “God’s watch” here is not entirely clear.
Don’t Israelis and Arab Palestinians deserve more than this? Is it not time to stop the insanity?
At age 104, my mother was still concerned about her relationship with Hashem.
Obama’s incompetence, the way his naive worldview and credulity have made a fool of him, are equally frightening
“The only difference between this world and the time of Meshiach is our bondage to the gentile kingdoms.”
You’ve discovered our little secret!
Klein’s challenger has demonstrated a propensity to unleash poisonous vitriol, even to other Zionists
President Obama’s foreign policy is based on fantasy.
Welcome the book of Leviticus!
If the nationalist Knesset members don’t provide the answer, the Arab MKs will do so in their place.
International Agunah Day falls annually on Ta’anis Esther, this year on March 13.
Yeshiva University Museum recently hosted an exhibit titled “Threshold to the Sacred.”
Even a foxhole Yid has to admit that antisemitism is on the upswing.
It really is time for painful sacrifices for peace. No one wants his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren to suffer the pangs of war and strife. It is time to end the strife and make peace in the Middle East.
Israel is a country that understands security concerns. Many civil rights have been sacrificed in the name of security and Israelis are used to being checked every time they enter a shopping center, a large store or any public building. Americans recently learned that they, too, are subject to many checks on their most private activities.
The Israeli Parliament is usually controlled by a coalition of different political parties because no one party receives enough votes to have a majority. Unlike in the U.S., where there are two major political parties and one of the two political parties commands a majority of the seats in the Senate and/or in the House, in Israel the government is composed of many, many small political parties, each pushing its own agenda.
The title above is a lovely thought. Unfortunately, there are too many times when Israeli Orthodox Jews behave in very divisive ways. I have mentioned, on occasion, that it would most probably bring the Mashiach if Orthodox Jews in Israel were ever to unite. We are so divided politically that Sephardi Jews will not support Ashkenazi Jews and Ultra-Orthodox Jews will not work with the Modern Orthodox or with the Zionist Orthodox.
Israel recently commemorated Memorial Day in memory of its fallen heroes. Sadness permeates the day as we remember the sons, daughters and parents who have sacrificed their lives so that the Jewish Nation can continue to exist.
The title of this article is the supposed motto of the late Mayor Richard J. Daley of Chicago, but for Americans living in Israel it means, literally, vote twice. Both Israel and America are holding important elections and, hopefully, most Orthodox Jews will be voting. The United States will be holding its regular four-year elections for president and many other offices, and Israel will be voting for an entire “new” Parliament (Knesset).
We left Reno, Nevada, early Sunday morning and decided to take the scenic route to Salt Lake City, rather than travel by super highway, but Route 50 turned out to be not very scenic as we crossed Nevada and Utah. We stopped at a roadside table at noon, where the men heated and ate LaBriute meals while the women enjoyed their cottage cheese, peanut butter sandwiches, fruit and vegetables. We have followed this pattern of meals ever since the women decided not to eat the packaged meals.
San Francisco is a lovely city and we enjoyed its many tourist venues. The famous Lombard Street, known as “The Crookedest Street in the World,” was beautiful, with its floral decorations. We shopped at Pier 39, and we bought matching San Francisco jackets. We really needed them since it was cold in San Francisco. Barbara added to her magnet collection, which contains magnets from dozens of countries around the world that we have toured. She’d never been in a store that sold thousands of magnets and she just loved looking at all the magnets on the walls.
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