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We hope and pray our government will have the wisdom and courage to bring this operation to its completion by bringing Hamas to a position where it won’t be able to initiate attacks against Israel.
Only faith in the justice of our cause will give our leaders the stamina to stand strong against the hypocritical pressure and biased position of the UN and nations of the world. The Security Council resolution calling on Israel for an immediate cease-fire was optimistically described by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as “a road map for a sustainable and durable peace in Gaza.”
Unfortunately, we see this road map, which would deny Israel the right to defend itself, as a map leading only to a dead end – as was the case with the previous road map, which demanded that Israel yield central parts of the Jewish homeland to Arab terror. The responsibility of Jewish leaders is to lead us down the path of Jewish independence and security from the fear of terror, thereby ensuring the lives of our people in our homeland.
In Al Hanisim, the words of praise to the God of Israel Who helped the Maccabees achieve victory against their enemies, we say: “And You have created a sanctification of Your name” – meaning that the courage and devotion of Jews in fighting their enemies in order to preserve the life of the Jewish people is a sanctification of God’s name.
Now that the people of Israel have been inspired to rise up and fight our enemies, thereby establishing a deterrent force that puts Jewish national pride at the forefront of our lives, we are witnessing a true sanctification of the God of Israel.
About the Author: Rabbi Eliezer Waldman is rosh yeshivaof Yeshivat Nir Kiryat Arba.
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