Countering the Crawford Combobulation

Last summer, in an act of <I>achdut</I> (unity), the grand human chain linked Gush Katif with Jerusalem, by the joining together of Jews with different backgrounds, assorted attire and diverse opinions.

Aliza Karp,

The level of logic that President George Bush and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon showed at their Crawford meeting is tantamount to declaring a commitment to combating obesity by setting up chocolate factories on every corner and giving free chocolates to anyone who says they are committed to loosing weight. And if they don't commit, well, give it to them anyway, to appease the United Nations of Weightwatchers.

In their recent email exposing the dishonest reporting about the Crawford meeting, Honestreporting.com enumerated what actually was discussed and agreed upon in Crawford. The points are self-contradictory to the core.

Point one: The United States is committed to Israel's security. Point five: The United States supports a Palestinian State.

The Palestinian Charter declares the goal of obliterating Israel, so how can you support a secure Israel with a Palestinian State? It's like committing to the health of a person while implanting a deadly disease in their chest.

Point eight: Israel should remove unauthorized outposts and meet its Road Map obligations regarding settlements in the West Bank. Point seven: Need for an immediate, strong and sustained effort to combat terrorism in all its forms.

So-called unauthorized outposts, together with the settlements are the best way to counter terror. They get in the way of terrorists. One lone caravan on the outskirts of settlement is much better security than a security fence. The terrorists come right up the fence, and military experts agree that the fence gives a total of one extra minute for defense purposes. Sometimes, a minute is important, but a much better alternative is an outpost. The terrorists know they cannot come right up to the settlement; in fact, they are risking their lives if they approach the outpost.

The army simply can't be everywhere. So, residents are needed. Plus, there is an advantage of the soldiers guarding communities - where they can have personal interaction and are treated warmly, with appreciation - rather than guarding unoccupied land and buildings. Case in point, there was no community at the Tomb of Joseph (Kever Yosef), which was abandoned by the army under fire.

Terrorists should not be encouraged by success. The answer to each bullet fired should be another community in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, and to each bomb, a new settlement. Let the terrorists get some negative feedback for a change, as an additional weapon in the war against terror. To combat terror, we need more settlements, not less.

There is one concretely accurate point on the list. It is a quote from President Bush: "Sharon is showing visionary leadership.... I strongly support his courageous initiative to disengage from Gaza and part of the West Bank." Yes, Sharon is showing visionary leadership. If you don't believe me, look at the synonyms I found for visionary on thesaurus.com: abstracted, ambitious, astral, chimerical, daydreaming, delusory, fanciful, fantastic, grandiose, illusory, imaginary, impractical, introspective, otherworldly, pretentious, quixotic, radical, romantic, speculative, starry-eyed, unreal, unrealistic, unworkable, unworldly.

For those of you, like me, who are unfamiliar with the word "chimerical", I looked it up at dictionary.com. It's a great word. Too bad it applies to the prime minister. The definition is, "Created by a wildly fanciful imagination." And the definition of another word I was unfamiliar with, "quixotic": "Caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable goals; idealistic without regard to practicality." Heaven help us!

Which brings me to my next point. Heaven help us.

The word for peace, Shalom, also means completeness, without division. If we want HaShem to grant us Shlaimut HaAretz, our land in its entirety in peace, we should act with Shlaimut HaAm, a nation that is without division, and Shlaimut HaTorah, observing the complete Torah.

Last summer, in an act of achdut (unity), the grand human chain linked Gush Katif with Jerusalem, by the joining together of Jews with different backgrounds, assorted attire and diverse opinions. To show achdut from abroad, Blumah Wineberg, Chabad shlucha in Kansas City, and I contacted dozens of summer camps and arranged to have them form chains on the date of the chain in Eretz Yisrael. While in formation, the children said p'sukim, phrases, from Torah and tefilah, prayers, and passed around charity boxes with coins for all to put in.

This was our way of showing HaShem that we have Shlaimut HaAm and Shlaimut HaTorah. But why children and not adults? The answer is in a letter from the Lubavitcher Rebbe, dated the 15th of Tammuz, 5733 (1973). Please note, the deportation is scheduled for the time frame of Bein HaMetzarim (a mournful period associated with the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem. - ed.):

"I particularly wish to broaden your understanding of a particular point relating to the rapidly approaching time period of Bein HaMetzarim, the three-week period between the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av. While you are surely aware of the history and the theme of these days, I wish to emphasize the following point:

"Concentrate and focus on the unique merit that Jewish children possess in their ability to positively affect the entire Jewish people, in keeping with King David's statement: 'Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings You have established strength, to vanquish Your enemies, to silence foe and avenger.' (Tehillim 8:3)"

It is time to mobilize the children once again. Blumah and I, and a group of concerned women, are using email, mail, internet, networking and even phones and faxes, to reach individuals, families and communities worldwide, to encourage assembling of children on Wednesday of Chol HaMoed Pesach, to participate in Torah, tefilah and tzedakah, charity. All three represent Shlaimut HaTorah. Wednesday is the 18th of the month of Nissan, or as we say, Chai Nissan. Chai means "life", Nissan means miracle. And we need a live miracle! It is also a special day on the Lubavitch calendar - it is the birthday of Reb Levik, the Rebbe's father.

One child saying p'sukim and giving tzedakah may not attract the attention of the media, but it will attract the attention of the G-d of Israel. The more places where children gather in groups of two to two million, the stronger will be the voices of children, our strength "to vanquish Your enemies." These rallies can be done around the kitchen table, in the park or on the swing set. Better yet, they could be a gathering of neighbors, and even better would be a community gathering. The outer trappings will vary, but the results will be the same.

At the children's rallies held by the Rebbe, the children themselves would lead the saying of p'sukim. Each phrase was said by a different child or group of children.

We have prepared a booklet of p'sukim and a story about Pesach to send to anyone who would like our assistance. If you would like the materials, we can be reached at aliza@chabadnorth.com. The Pesach nosh will have to be provided locally; sorry we can't help with that.

Please send pictures of your own event to the above email address so that we can assemble them and present them to the people of the threatened communities. The children will feel especially encouraged by knowing that children around the world are thinking of them and doing what they can to help.

The biggest obstacle to making theses rallies is the yetzer hara, the evil inclination. Right now, mine is telling me that since I am doing the organizing and mailing and writing this article, that I personally am exempt from making a rally. Should I listen to my yetzer hara? Are you going to listen to yours?





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