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The Rabbinical Congress for Peace (RCP), comprising over 350 prominent Israeli rabbis, has sent a letter of support and encouragement to Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon for his clear and fearless remarks that “enough is enough.”
The rabbis assured him that the Torah supports those who “stand firm, speak the truth, and thereby lead to a true peace in Israel.”
“At long last there is a cabinet minister who demonstrated what true Jewish leadership is – a man who had the courage to advocate the truth that is stated in the Code of Jewish Law (Orach Chaim, Section 329), that any withdrawal from Jewish territory leads to bloodshed,” the RCP stated. “As Minister Ya’alon put it, ‘Only our continued presence in Judea and Samaria and the Jordan Valley will ensure that Ben-Gurion Airport and Netanya don’t become targets for rockets from every direction.’”
“This simple truth has been proved over and over again is recent decades. Any concession or withdrawal has led to bloodshed and instability and has made daily life miserable.
One of the rabbis said that the fault does not lie with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry but rather with the Israel government,
“He took his cue from Israel’s continued weak-minded mottos, such as ‘Israel is prepared for painful concessions,’ and ‘Israel supports a two-state solution,’” said Rabbi Avrohom Shmuel Lewin, Executive Director of the RCP.
“If instead we already convinced him that he can gain from Israel’s continued painful concessions and withdrawals, why shouldn’t he continue to pressure Israel for even more concessions?” asked Rabbi Lewin.
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