I read about fifty emails and articles about Israel and the "situation"
every day. I am starving for news of what is happening right at
this moment. My early adult life was spent in Israel, stopping every
hour to the six beeps heralding the news. The streets of the towns
and the equipment on the M'shakim stopped to hear the latest
on the "situation." It is a hard habit to break. I spend
my days and nights listening to the TV and occasionally expending
the effort to focus on the ticker at the bottom of the screen while
the "talking heads" continue to babble.
There is a consensus, or appears to be a consensus among all of
the talking heads on the Left and Right, that Israel is behind the
withdrawal. I just heard Charles Krauthammer, a noted friend of
Israel; tell the world that "there is a consensus among Israelis
that supports the withdrawal."
Hasbara!!!!!!!!! Again, we
fail in Hasbara. Ever since the first armistice, we
have been able to win the battles on the field of arms, and we have
always known that we were losing the battles of propaganda.
The pundits are telling us that Arik has successfully formed
a broad-based coalition. They are telling us that the Israelis
want this disengagement; that the Israelis support the
government. The only exception, according to these pundits, is a
very small group of "right wing extremists."
I used to freely visit Kever Rahel Immenu. I trained Shlav
Bet in the fledgling new (1970) settlement of Qiriat Arba. We
used to run down the road to Me'Arat HaMakhpela for prayers.
This is our homeland. This is our home.
The duly elected government of the State of Israel has been overthrown
in a bloodless Coup D'Etat. There is no consensus that I
can see coming out of Israel. The residents of the Jewish towns
of Israel have either been lied to by every government of Israel
for thirty-eight years or they were told the truth until the Sharon
government decided that the truth had to be replaced with another
I remember when the President of the United States of America said
that there must be "adjustments" in the final borders
between the Israelis and the [so-called] Palestinians, taking into
account the "facts on the ground." This was a clear signal
that Israel should negotiate with the PA as to what should be removed
and what should remain. There have been no negotiations. There has
only been "unilateral" decision-making. Everyone who gets
in the way of this Prime Minister is removed, and replaced with
Leftie Labor Dupes. The Prime Minister of Israel should look in
the mirror and try to see if there is any remaining shadow of the
man Israel elected.
The PA has not changed its rhetoric. The PA has not changed the
Fatah Charter. The PA has armed more people as "police"
and has refused to disarm the terrorist organizations in their PA
administered areas. The PA and its knew chief Abu Abbas have not
made a single move toward coexistence. They retain their rhetoric
of a "temporary two-state solution," as they proceed to
the ultimate goal of "a single State of Palestine in all the
territory of Palestine." Who is listening when they still shout
hatred at us? Is it only the "few Right-Wing Extremists?"
HaShem is my witness. We have stood at The Sea before. HaShem has
redeemed us before. We must all remember that as we enter the three
weeks we will all be under an order of evacuation. We must remember
that at the end of the three weeks, we should expect Ge'ula.
The promise of Tisha B'Av is that our tears of sadness will
be turned to tears of joy. I cannot support the government of Israel
or the Government of the United States at this time, on this issue.
I find my Bitachon in HaShem and have no need to look to
man for redemption.
Sha'alu Shalom Yerushalayim
Petition HaShem for the peace of Yerushalayim
© 2005 Rabbi Haim Cassorla
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