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David Wilder was born in New Jersey in the USA in 1954, and graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a BA in History and teacher certification in 1976. He spent 1974-75 in Jerusalem at the Hebrew University and returned to Israel upon graduation.
For over eighteen years David Wilder has worked with the Jewish Community of Hebron. He is the English spokesman for the community, granting newspaper, television and radio interviews internationally. He initiated the Hebron internet project, including email lists of over 15,000 subscribers who receive regular news and commentaries from Hebron in English and Hebrew. David is responsible and continues to update the Hebron web sites, portraying various facets of Hebron, utilizing text, audio, video and pictures. He conducts tours of Hebron's Jewish Community and occasionally travels abroad, speaking at Hebron functions.
David Wilder is married to Ora, a 'Sabra,' for 33 years. They lived in Kiryat Arba for 17 years and have resided at Beit Hadassah in Hebron for the past 14 years. They have seven children and many grandchildren.
Links to sites David recommends:
(others to be added)
Sivan 24, 5768, 6/27/2008
A quick note before Shabbat here in Hebron:
Again this morning, extreme leftists, led by Yehuda Shaul, founder of "Breaking the Silence," invaded Hebron. They were joined by a busload of Israelis and foreigners, armed with digital cameras, snapping away.
They were greeted by the exit from Kiryat Arba, where they tried to visit the grave of Baruch Goldstein. A few dozen residents from Hebron and Kiryat Arba refused to let them through, and eventually they returned to their bus, which wasn't able to move due to people blocking the way. Finally it traveled a few meters to the actual gate leading to Hebron, where again it got stuck for the previous reason.
After a while a deal was struck: they could come into Hebron but had to stay on the bus. When they arrived in Hebron though they stopped by Ma'arat HaMachpela and all left the bus, attempting to walk from there into the Jewish neighborhoods, in order to incite Arabs against the Hebron community, while slandering the city's residents. However, this too they were unable to accomplish, as dozens prevented them from any forward progress.
At last, at twelve o'clock, the police sent them off.
These people have been classified by the police as 'more dangerous the the extreme Israeli right' because they are trying to cause the fragile peace in Hebron to explode by provocations against Hebron's Jews, waiting for us to react. They also incite against the community, adding fuel the fire. However the Israeli Supreme Court, as they are wont to do, preferring 'human rights' to human lives, resulting in pressure from the court, forcing the police to lift a ban on the group and provide them with security whenever they arrive in Hebron.
Photos from today's adventures can be seen on the Hebron web site at:
http://www.hebron.com/english/gallery.php?id=254 (photo gallery)
http://www.hebron.com/english/gallery.php?id=254&thumbs=1 (photo page)
To be continued.....
Sivan 23, 5768, 6/26/2008
From: The Jewish Week
When Does Hebron’s Story Begin? by Jonathan Mark, Associate Editor
Critics start in 1967; Settlers start in1929 — or antiquity.
When does history begin?
When explaining black America, in the wake of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof (March 30) looks to America’s “legacy of slavery, Tuskegee and Jim Crow,” context spanning 250 years.
But when it comes to Hebron, Kristof and B’Tselem — the Israeli human rights organization that Kristof relies on — history begins June 11, 1967, the seventh day of the Six-Day War, start of the occupation. That’s convenient, of course, because the story of Hebron — the world’s oldest Jewish city, according to the State of Israel — becomes too sympathetic if you start the day or the decades before that.
Kristof notes that Israel’s security “is nowhere more stifling than here in Hebron.” To protect
800 settlers, “the Israeli military has established a massive system of guard posts, checkpoints and road closures since 2001. More than 1,800 Palestinian shops have closed, in some cases the doors welded shut, and several thousand people have been driven from their homes.”
Not one word from Kristof or B’Tselem about Jewish buildings shuttered or Jews driven from their Hebron homes in 1929.
Kristof acknowledges, “The settlers see the issue very differently, emphasizing the continuing Palestinian attacks on them and noting that the security steps were put in place only in reaction to Palestinian terrorism during the second intifada a half-dozen years ago.”
And yet, Kristof writes, “In the Palestinian territories,” as if those territories are not disputed, “you see the worst side of Israel: Jewish settlers stealing land from Palestinians,” and also “the very best side of Israel. Israeli human rights groups,” such as B’Tselem that “relentlessly stand up for Palestinians ... the most persuasive indictments of Israeli actions come from Israelis themselves.”
Kristof hoped that when American candidates “compete this year to be ‘pro-Israeli,’ let’s hope that they clarify that the one they support is not the oppressor that lets settlers steal land and club women but the one that is a paragon of justice, decency, fairness — and peace.”
If Kristof can go back to slavery in the 1800s, well, Rivka Slonim, Chabad emissary at the University of Binghamton, tells The Jewish Week that Slonims were living in Hebron in 1845. At what point does a settlement graduate to the dignity of being a neighborhood? How about a settlement that was established before 23 states were admitted to the Union?
On Oct. 13, 1912, the Times reported that Jews “owned 40 villages” in what is now Israel, including 23 villages in what is now the West Bank. In Hebron, there were yeshivas, Hadassah Hospital and a Jewish branch of a London bank making loans to “agriculturalists and traders.”
On July 12, 1914, the Times reported that Henry Morgenthau, U.S. ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, made an official visit to Hebron “where a triumphal arch spanned the road and Jewish schoolchildren sang songs of welcome.” Special dispensation from the Ottoman Empire allowed Morgenthau to enter the Cave of the Patriarchs, the first Jew to do so in centuries.
On Dec. 8, 1917, when British troops captured Hebron, the Times headlined that Hebron was where King David had lived, with the article adding that this was David’s capital for seven years, facts about Hebron that are rarely if ever mentioned anymore, in a journalistic atmosphere that is more about delegitimizing Israel than explaining it.
If slavery was America’s “original sin,” the 1929 ethnic cleansing was Hebron’s. For three days, Aug. 26-28, the Times ran daily stories and sidebars about an Arab attack that started on Shabbat morning at Hebron’s Slabodka Rabbinical College, killing 30. The toll of the dead and wounded from further rampages neared 120.
Kristof complains about the IDF presence in 2008. In 1929, JTA reported, and the Times quoted, “casualties mounted high because of the lack of a Jewish ‘self-defense’ group.”
The Times added, “Moslem Arabs seem to take particular delight in destroying Jewish religious institutions.” In the house of “A.D. Slonim, manager of the local branch of the Anglo-Palestine Bank, where more than 50 took refuge, 18 were killed.... The barbarity of the attackers knew no bounds.” Women were raped; the dead were “mutilated.”
The Times reported that Hebron had to be “evacuated by the Jewish inhabitants.”
A few days later, a Jewish burial society returned to Hebron, protected by British troops, to literally pick up the pieces. They worked from dawn into “the glaring rays” of afternoon. According to the Times reporter, “the examination [of the dead] was plainly visible and was burned into the memories of the newspaper men.”
In 1980, after the Camp David Accords that would have restored Palestinian autonomy to the West Bank, a position rejected by Yasir Arafat, a 23-year-old yeshiva student was murdered by Arafat’s Palestine Liberation Organization for the crime of walking in Hebron.
Ten days later, David Shipler reported (Feb. 10, 1980), “Israel’s cabinet supported in principle today the position that Jews have the right to resettle in the heart of the occupied city of Hebron where the last Jewish community was destroyed by Arab rioting in 1929.”
Shipler wrote that 56 buildings in Hebron were still registered to their Jewish owners from 1929. Many of the Jewish homes in Hebron remained uninhabited, reports Shipler, “not only because they realized that sooner or later the Jews had a chance of returning, but also because they thought the houses were haunted by the ghosts of Jews killed in 1929.”
Not a word from Kristof about how the Hebron “settlement” came to be. Kristof speaks of “shuttered” Palestinian buildings but not buildings shuttered and haunted by Jewish “ghosts.” To Kristof, the children of these ghosts are “the worst of Israel.”
NGO Monitor, a Jewish group in Israel, charged that B’Tselem is known for appropriating “human rights rhetoric for partisan goals.” B’Tselem begins its version of history after the 1948 war. That’s convenient because Arab armies in 1948 prevented Jews from returning to Hebron, and also expelled Jews from Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter. According to B’Tselem’s Web site, the Jewish return to the Old City’s Jewish Quarter (site of the Western Wall) in 1967 constituted “land expropriation” from Palestinians, violating international law.
As NGO Monitor points out, “context is inconvenient for promoting B’Tselem’s political objectives, which would mean again removing the Jewish population from Hebron.” NGO Monitor also highlights B’Tselem’s frequent charge that Israel is “racist” and “apartheid” simply “trivializes legitimate Israeli anti-terror requirements,” implying that Israel’s concerns are motivated by ethnicity rather than terror dating back decades.
B’Tselem, founded in 1989 by Israeli academics, journalists, human rights activists and several Knesset members, is a recipient of the Carter-Menil Human Rights Prize, established by President Jimmy Carter.
On its Web site, B’Tselem openly acknowledges that it is partisan. It monitors Palestinian violations but “as an Israeli organization ... the majority of [B’Tselem’s] efforts are directed at violations committed by our government on behalf of all of us. Juin, 2008
Sivan 20, 5768, 6/23/2008
Komokarzy the First today blasted his way into the Israeli Knesicircus, taking center ring. It wasn't clear to the viewers if the visitor was appearing as a clown or a suicide bomber, and they had trouble deciding whether to laugh or cry.
Actually Komokarzy confided to the Prime Monster of the Knesicircus that he planned on requesting asylum during the show, due to the fact that some 5 million Islamic fanatics had overrun his country, and were now over 8% of the population. However the Prime Monster replied that the all the Israeli asylums were packed full of ex-politicians being tested for insanity pleas and there was no room for foreigners.
That was when Komokarzy the first decided to join the ranks of his fast-breeding newcomers to his country, and convert on the spot. Sticking out his tongue at the two Israeli Chief Rabbis and then opening his arms and bowing in the direction of his new found friends in the stinking bullpen, Kamokarzy smiled a wicked smile and proclaimed:
I will always be your friend. (One of the viewers in the Knesicircus whisperdly exclaimed: "Look, there in the mirror - you can see his other side - he has his fingers crossed!!!" He, he, he --- he doesn't mean it!! He's lying!! How can this be - the great Komokarzy the First is lying to us, in our own home, on our own turf, in the Knesicircus!!!"
Then, smiling only at the stinking bullpen, but frowning sternly at the others, he continued: For the sake of piece you must expel at least 300,000 Jews from their homes, and relocate them. NOW!
One of the Knescircus pawnamentarians piped up from the gallery, let's have a party transfer, ah, ah, no, that's transfer party, ah - as long as your country is becoming Muslim, you take our Arabs and you give us your Jews - and you'll be remembered ever after as the great piece maker - you'll even get the Nepal Prize - here, we can award you one now."
Komokarzy whipped out a smelly French kiss that had belonged to his wife and tossed it at the speaker who promptly shriveled up and melted from the odor.
After that, everyone kept their mouths shut.
The Komokarzy continued: you will build an Ark, load them up, and put them out to sea. There is no room for them here, but the ocean is very very large.
You will then imitate the way it was in the beginning of your peoplehood. I am going to reward you for your hard labor so many years ago. Then you were forced to build – today you will take vacation; no one will build. All building will stop, as of now
Then the water parted. Today it will not be the sea, rather the city will be divided. Almost as written in the Bible, with only slight variations. My word is as good as His.
Now you will vote on my piece plan: Mr. Prime Monster, how do you say?
“Yeah Yeah,” he replied. Yeah, yeah all the pawnamentarians yelled.
Komokarzy the First then looked towards his new found friends, sitting in the stinking bullpen, and waved with a victory salute.
To his great shock, he saw them ignite a small rocket, with the words Komokarzy the Second engraved on the side. The fired it in his direction and seconds later he was gone, a puff in the wind.
As his spirit drifted aimlessly above them, as if lost in space, he cried down to them: why, why?
Ignoring him, the bullpen players huddled to plan their next play, saying: a Komokarzy thought he’d get out of here alive? Guess we showed him a thing or two. Who’s next?
Sivan 19, 5768, 6/22/2008
Nicholas D. Kristof called me a few days ago and we spoke for a while on the phone. Obviously he visited Hebron, but did not see fit to interview me at the time, preferring a phone conversation. That fact, in and of itself, is unfortunate, for had he spent some time with me on site, seeing Hebron through Jewish-Israeli eyes also, perhaps his column would have been written differently.
Perhaps, on the other hand, Kristof came to Hebron with an agenda and interviewed me only to be able to include a 'soundbyte' with a 'setter' in order to fulfill the seemingly 'objectivity obligation' of professional journalists.
His 'agenda' is all too plausible, considering, for example, the books he suggested as reading material, including one by Akiva Eldar, who is one of the leading leftist columnists in Israel, writing for the most leftwing daily in the country.
This thought is reinforced with Kritsof's reliance on "B'tzelem" – an Arab-Palestinian 'human-rights' organization, which cares only about Arab human rights, but has no interest in Israeli-Jewish human rights. It is composed of Arabs and extreme left wing activists, whose goal is Israel-bashing.
Of course, Kristof quotes only one short sentence from our interview. He seems to have forgotten a number of points broached during our conversation:
Kristof claims: More than 1,800 Palestinian shops have closed, in some cases the doors welded shut, and several thousand people have been driven from their homes.
The number 1,800 is greatly exaggerated. According to ranking IDF sources the number is closer to nine hundred. (This is one of the problems with foreign journalists who are quick to accept anything and everything given to them by B'tzelem or other left-wing organizations without demanding proof of their statements.)
Why are any stores closed in Hebron? Ten years ago they were all open. However, with the outbreak of the 'Oslo War' (the 2nd Intifada) in October, 2000, Arab terrorist gunman began shooting at the Jewish neighborhoods in Hebron from the very hills transferred to them by Israel as part of the Hebron Accords, implemented in 1997. People were shot at on the streets, and in their cars and homes. An infant was murdered by a sniper, others were wounded and a suicide bomber exploded on the main road, killing the Levy couple from Kiryat Arba. The IDF had no choice but to close stores in Hebron because of the security threat they posed. That threat still exists today. Terrorists are frequently apprehended, admitting that they planned to kill a Jew.
At the same time it must be noted that the Arabs of Hebron have access to about 98% of the entire city, whereas Jews have access to 3% of the city. The "Arab" side of Hebron, under the control of the Palestinian Authority is called "The Safest Place in the territories" by Danny Rubenstein, another Ha'aretz writer (http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/857308.html).
He writes: Most Israelis imagine Hebron to be the site of harsh conflicts between Jewish settlers and Arab residents. But the truth is that with the exception of the point of contention at the Tomb of the Patriarchs, this is the quietest and safest city in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
While Gaza is the scene of daily shootings and infighting between a variety of groups, and one might say that personal safety in Ramallah and Nablus is also precarious, Hebron is tranquil.
There are no militias, no armed gangs and no hooligans. There is a traditional tribal social structure, no refugee camps inside the city and the town's large and powerful families do not permit lawlessness…The market… is a source of pride among Hebron residents. It is clean and organized. Trade between merchants is documented on computers and municipality officials say there is no more modern and efficient market in the entire PA. Nor is there a market like it in Jordan or even in Tel Aviv."
I totally and utterly reject the statement that thousands of Arabs have been driven from their homes. This is totally false. There are Arabs who have left of their own accord, but none have been expelled, as is written in the article.
The Abu Aisha baby story is also a fairy-tale. Did the author request proof, or accept it at face value? There is absolutely no impediment to an Arab ambulance reaching her home. It should also be noted that her home is a five minute walk to the checkpoint leading to the Arab side of the city. She and her neighbors have never had any problems getting to, or leaving their homes.
Kristof writes: "Even if the Hebron settlement were not illegal in the eyes of much of the world, it is utterly impractical. The financial cost is mind-boggling, and the diplomatic cost is greater."
Firstly, the Hebron Jewish community was recognized and given legitimacy by Arafat himself, when he signed the Hebron Accords in January, 1997.
As for the checkpoints, that is the only point the author allows me a reaction in his article. No point could be more valid.
The other so-called facts Kristof mentions in the articles are nothing more than well-polished regurgitations from the Arab propaganda machine. Again, no proof of facts, only oft-repeated claims, with nothing to back them up.
Kristof told me that he's not stationed in the Middle East. This is quite clear from the ignorance he portrays in this column. I would suggest that the next time the NY Times desires to print a column about Hebron, they should instruct their reporter to visit both sides, and examine the issues accurately and objectively, rather than publish such a biased, imprecise article.
Sivan 16, 5768, 6/19/2008
[Jack Berger (Chicago, Jerusalem, Hebron) is a dear friend whose boundless love for Eretz Yisrael is equaled only by his infinite love of Am Yisrael and Torah. I am honored to present here his most recent article.]
In a few weeks we, in America, will be remembering and celebrating the Fourth of July. I will be reflecting and remembering two Jewish Fourth of Julys from our history. On July 4, 1946, Polish Jews liberated from Nazi death camps gratefully made their way back to their “hometown” – and were welcomed then slaughtered by their Polish neighbors in a town called Kielce. The welcome home was not very welcoming. Thirty years later on July 4, 1976, there was also a moment of liberation and welcoming, for it was on July 4, 1976, that the Israeli Defense Forces rescued Jewish hostages kidnapped by PLO terrorists, from a place called Entebbe. While there was joyous celebrations and relief in Israel, at the United Nations there was only the usual condemnation. How dare Israel invade a sovereign country?
Yet it was President Gerald Ford who captured the moment when, in the middle of the Fourth of July celebrations in Washington, D.C., he interrupted the festivities to proudly announce that America had just been given a gift commemorating this special day of independence and freedom – “We have just been informed that the Israeli forces have rescued their hostages at Entebbe and have returned home safely.” On wings of eagles I shall bring you back!
In 1946, Jews who had survived the death camps returned to what they believed was their home – in 1976 Jews survived death at an airport in Africa to return safely to their home – our homeland, given to us by our G-d in a covenant with our forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob long ago. Some believe it has been a miraculous 60 years but the truth is, it has been a miraculous 4,000 years. As Ben Hecht wrote so cogently in his Guide for the Bedeviled,”... one should have some sympathy for Europe, Christendom and the lands of Islam. To have fought tirelessly and with so many ingenious and powerful weapons, and to have fought so small a foe as the Jew and to have lost always… is a debacle calling for some sympathy”. (p.90) Yet you Dear World have been and continue to be very persistent.
Indeed it appears that you have been quite upset and even angry with us Jews over the past 60 years. Today it is the repression of the Palestinian Hamasnik murderers in Gaza, yesterday it was Hizbalnik terrorists of Lebanon and before that it was the bombing of the nuclear reactors in Iraq, and just a few months ago it was the bombing of the nuclear facilities of Bashir “chip off the old block” Assad in Syria. It appears that Jews, who triumph and therefore live, upset you greatly. For too long, Dear World, you had always enjoyed your Jews served up powerless… but over the last 60 years our people in our homeland have become less accommodating.
Of course, Dear World, long before there was the modern state of Israel, we, the Jewish people, upset a German people who elected a man named Hitler and we upset an Austrian people who cheered his entry into Vienna and we upset a whole slew of Slavic nations – Poles, Lithuanians, Ukrainians, Russians, Hungarians and Romanians. We go back a long way in the history of upsetting you. We upset a Cossack by the name of Chmielnicki, who massacred our people by the tens of thousands… and we upset the Crusaders who on their way to the Holy Land decided to slaughter defenseless Jews for the sport of it. We upset a Roman Catholic Church that did its best to define our relationship through Inquisitions and we upset the arch-enemy of the church, Martin Luther, who in his call to burn synagogues, preferably with Jews in them, while showing a less than admirable Christian spirit of love for his brother.
And it is because we became so upset over upsetting you that we decided to leave you and go back to our homeland – the same homeland that you drove us from 1900 years ago. Having left you and your pogroms, inquisitions, crusades and holocausts – we still seem to upset you. You are angry that we have not given up our biblical homeland where our patriarchs and matriarchs walked, and where our prophets heard the words of our G-d, and spoke truth to the world… you call it the West Bank; we call it by its historical name of Judea and Samaria, our ancient land revived where our people today, over 300,000 flourish, have lots of babies and build homes and where, to your astonishment, the once barren soil has come back to life. I know it perplexes you. Is it because we Jews have so much land and your oil bearing friends the Arabs have so little that you desire to take our land from us through lies and revisionist history? Where were you, the mythological Palestinians and your quest for a mythological homeland from 1948 to 1967! From 1948 to 1967 you were Jordanians or Syrians and so today you can take your choice, but not one inch of our land.
In 1920, 1921 and 1929 there were no territories of 1967 to prevent peace between Arabs and Jews – in fact there was no Jewish State to upset anybody. Never the less you watched as Arabs slaughtered Jews in Jerusalem, Jaffa, and Safed and in one day in 1929 managed to slaughter 67 Jews in Hebron. Why in 1929 did Arabs massacre 67 Jews? Could it have been because you were upset over “Israeli aggression” in 1967? And why were 510 Jewish men, women and children slaughtered between 1936 and 1939 – because you were upset over the “Israeli aggression” of 1967? And when in 1948, when our state was reborn thru a democratic vote by your friends at the United Nations, another 6,000 Jews were killed in a vicious war you began. Was that because of the war to defend our country in 1967? Today your double talking Abbas is just another Arafat terrorist in a suit. You knew Arafat was a homicidal pimp who brainwashed the gullible, while blessing his suicide-bombers claiming they were courageous martyrs… but you, Dear World, praised and honored him as Jewish women and children were slaughtered by his delusional “shahids” looking for those 72 black-eyed virgins. The truth is it was your appeasement that encouraged him. It was those Kodak moments at the White House where you acted as a cheerleader giving him smiling handshakes and peace prizes. You knew that the Palestinian Liberation Organization – PLO – was an Egyptian terrorist organization created by Nasser in 1964. They never ruled Palestine. There is nothing in their history that tied them to this land. These are the same Arabs who in their vile hatred in the 1920’s and 1930’s swore “it bach al Yahid” – “massacre the Jews… destroy Israel” How pathetic that Arab mothers have only dreams of martyrdom for their children’s future, as they languish in the 1300 year old hatreds of their grandfathers.
Dear World, you stood by in 1948 as seven Arab states launched their Final Solution promising to finish the work that their hero Hitler had begun. You expected to once again feast on powerless Jews, but it was you who forged our strength in the ovens at Auschwitz. Having closed all avenues to your countries of refuge, you gave us no choice – and we thank you for finally wiping all illusions from our eyes giving us our only option… to take up the sword and return and rebuild our ancient homeland.
You stood by in 1967 as Nasser, cheered by wild mobs, again vowed to drive the Jews into the sea… and let’s be honest, you will stand there silently tomorrow preparing magnificent eulogies written by your shameless speechwriters, for piles of dead Jews, as Iran develops its nuclear capabilities offering us extinction. You’ve no doubt heard the Iranian boasts of what its country will do when it gets the bomb. You may not believe Mr. Ahmadinejad, but we have experience in believing such people. Today we of numbered arms remember and are willing to trade all of your pornographic eulogies for live Jews. You have allowed the noble dreams of the United Nations to become a hypothetical circus for Jew hatred. We know, and you know, that the dreams of the Arabs is for our extinction but this time we will do everything necessary to defend our people and our land and if that bothers you, Dear World, think of how many times in the past you have bothered us. (Adapted from my proud, strong, Jew-loving Rav…of blessed memory)
Yet the wisdom and truth of our Torah are as relevant today as when it was first given to our people…
For it was that “…Yaakov had not been seen in over 20 years and there was joy in the land. There was no longer anyone to disturb the stability of a society built on materialism and idolatry, or to point an accusing finger saying, ‘You are immoral.’ Then one day, Yaakov returns… The inhabitants are informed that the Shechina (the spirit of G-d) is again active in the holy land, so Hashem prepares the conditions necessary for the newly arrived Hebrews… On their return, their sister Dinah is attacked and violated, and family honor and justice demand retribution. The brothers of Dinah, Shimon and Levi, the sons of Yaakov, go to war... The news travels far and wide to every corner of the land, “Yaakov has returned… and has taken his toll on the immoral people of Shechem. Things will never be the same again. The Jews have returned!
“… For the actions of his sons, Yaakov is gripped with fear of what awaits him at the hands of the pagan peoples of Canaan. “You (Shimon and Levi) have made me odious in the eyes of the inhabitants”, yet he travels to Bet El to offer a sacrifice to Hashem, and, to his amazement, he is not attacked. It now becomes glaringly apparent that the pagans are more afraid of him than he is of them. The lesson becomes internalized by Yaakov and his sons. This is the language which speaks to these people – they scavenge at the blood of the weak but shrink away before the courageous and strong. With this lesson firmly imbedded in his consciousness, Yaakov can now have the peace he so desires.” Appeasement only brings dishonor and emboldens our enemies. Justice comes before mercy. Peace after victory.
Sixty years ago, Dear World, after having taken six million of our brothers and sisters, you were still not satisfied, so Hashem produced the conditions for the world to learn that there are Jews who have decided to live and that they have returned to their ancient homeland – Eretz Yisrael. The War of Independence; the Six Day War; the Yom Kippur War; the destruction of the Iraqi atomic reactor and so much more. This is the language which you the nations of the world understand… (adapted from Rav Nachman of Yerushalayim).
Dear World, my people would like nothing more than to continue to share their incredible medical, cultural and technological discoveries as gifts to mankind and live in peace but clearly understand your gas chambers are no longer an option. If you have noticed, in just 60 years we have created a pretty incredible country and to be clear, have learned to do whatever it takes to observe our Torah’s commandment to Choose Life! As I began, we hope that doesn’t upset you too much, but if it does – get used to it. Now recite after me – Am Yisroal Chai and Happy Sixtieth and many more!