An Open Letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu

Yonaton Behar,

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Yonaton Behar
Yonaton is happily married with 6 children, and 9 grandchildren, and lives in the most amazing Torah community in the world - Har Bracha.

Mr. Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu - בנימין נתניהו ראש ממשלת ישראלBenjamin Netanyahu - בנימין נתניהו ראש ממשלת ישראל

Shalom! I realize you have a lot on your plate at the moment, nevertheless, I am writing to you out of deep concern for the Jews living in Chutz L'Aretz -- specifically North America -- a concern which I am certain you share.

Mr. Prime Minister, last year’s total of Jews from North America who made Aliyah was merely 3,000. That's 3,000 out of approximately 6,000,000 Jews!! Gev‎alt! The act of making Aliyah to Israel is not even an option for the vast majority of North American Jews, or even an idea that crosses their minds! Something is wrong, and must be changed!

Mr. Prime Minister, in my humble opinion, instead of the Jewish Agency's policy of sending numerous 'shlichim' to cities throughout North America -- a policy that has proved to be a highly inefficient and an extremely expensive approach of attempting to persuade Jews to make Aliyah -- I have an idea for you to help raise the Aliyah numbers, and thus save the lives of many Jews. This is the plan:

Mr. Prime Minister, it is widely known that the vast majority of highly motivated, English-speaking, ideological Zionists live in Yehudah and Shomron -- fact being, they are more willing than others to put their lives on the line, on a daily basis, for the Land of Israel. I suggest you assemble a pool of such highly motivated Americans living in Yehudah and Shomron who are capable of conveying the great importance of making Aliyah, and who are willing and able to dedicate one week a year (with compensation) to do "miluim" for the State of Israel as 'shlichim' to North America with the goal of igniting the spirit of Aliyah -- primarily to high school and college-age students. In this manner, there will always be a constant flow of motivated 'shlichim' throughout North America, speaking in various high schools, colleges, synagogues, and 'chugei bayit' about the mitzvah of Yishuv Ha'Aretz, the beauty of the Land of Israel, and the positive and beneficial reasons for making Aliyah and living a satisfying and fulfilling Jewish life in the 'Land of Life'.

This initiative could possibly be called "Operation Yoni", after your holy brother, Yoni Netanyahu, who gave his life attempting to save the lives of other Jews.

Mr. Prime Minister, as you certainly know, helping to save the lives of Jews is 'pikuach nefesh'. The idea and option of making Aliyah -- ideally to a community in Yehudah or Shomron -- must be presented to all Jews NOW -- and who is more fit to fulfill this holy task than the idealistic, American Jews who themselves made Aliyah and live in Yehudah and Shomron?!

Mr. Prime Minister, thank you for your consideration, and blessings from the "Mount of Blessings" -- Har Bracha!


Yonaton Behar

Har Bracha