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The Jerusalem Conference: Different points of view

By David Wilder
2/20/2008, 12:00 AM

What a way to kill a day. On the way into Kiryat Arba this morning I stopped to buy gas. As I was hanging the gas pump back in place after having filled the tank, I suddenly realized that I'd filled the car with 28 liters of solar - that is kerosene, rather than gas. Big UGH. So, it took a while to get someone to open the tank and drain it, so I could keep going. But rather than spend the day at the Jerusalem Conference in Jerusalem, for the 2nd day of the proceedings, I spent most of my time at the gas station. By the time I'd finished I figured that if I sat down to listen to lectures I'd probably fall asleep. So I didn't make it. (Instead I sat and wrote a new article posted on the Hebron website: [http://www.hebron.com/english/article.php?id=381]

The idea behind this conference is tremendous. The left holds a very prestigious conference annually called the Hertzelia Conference. Amongst other things, this event serves as a front for political leaders to spout their nonsense. As I recall this is were Sharon announced his plans to destroy Gush Katif.

My friends at Arutz 7, about 5 years ago, had a great idea: let's sponsor our own conference, bring who we want, and espouse a different view from those heard in Hertzelia.

Each year the event seems to get bigger and better, with many important people participating, dealing with various significant topics important to Israel and the Jewish people. I was sorry I missed it this year. (The first day of the two day event we were snowed in here in Hebron.)
How can we reach our goals if we are not even setting them? How can we find the best solution to a problem if we are not considering all options?
 (See: The Jerusalem Conference in Video and Audio (Day 1)http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/125328)

However, while looking through the schedule, some question marks popped up in my head. Did they really have to invite Tzippy Livny to speak about the importance of 'peace' with the terrorists?

Earlier today I received an article from a man I've never met, but whose email I receive regularly. He asked some of the same questions. Actually he didn't ask; he made his views very clear. I decided to post the article here and throw it out to you to comment on.  So with that...

Jerusalem Conference – What a Waste!
by Steven Shamrak
StevenShamrak@gmail.com

I visited and reviewed an official website of the Jerusalem Conference which took place this week. The only thought that came to mind was "What a waste!" The waste of time, human and financial resources and the waste of opportunity to set the agenda for reaching a Jewish National Goal and uniting Jews and our true friends around the world behind it.

The site stated: "The Jerusalem Conference openly deliberates core issues that will determine Israel's future as a viable modern democratic Jewish State. The Jerusalem Conference provides a broad public forum for diverse viewpoints to freely discuss issues of national importance. Topics range from national affairs and security to social welfare and economics, from Jewish education to Aliyah, Israel as a Jewish State to its functional relationship with its neighbours and nations of the world."

Very fine words, but only words!  While I was reading an itinerary of the conference, I recalled the conversation between Alice and scarecrow in "Alice in Wonderland". She asked him which road to take, but did not know where she was going. His answer was: "Take any, it will get you there!" For many years, the leadership of the Jewish people has lost the vision of the modern Zionist pioneers and, unfortunately, has been pushing Israel toward self-destruction!

The Jerusalem Conference discussed wide range of topics:

Strategic Threat from Iran, Syria, Lebanon & Gaza; Importance of Aliya, Jewish migration to Israel; Israel's and the World's Economy; even the possibility of the World War III was discussed. Arab terrorism, the Palestinian Media and Education, The Winograd Commission, the new wave of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel Media bias also were mentioned.

I was surprised that one subject, which has been completely neglected and even sabotaged by governments of Israel for decades, was correctly defined: "Hasbara: Just Confused or Deliberately Non-Existent?"

Nobody booed Tzipi Livni or left in protest when the foreign minister of Israel told participants that she talks with Palestinians with "tears of paratroopers at the Western Wall" in her mind. "Time is not on Israel's side, and we will eventually have to concede parts of the country" she said. I wonder, were they crocodile tears? It is her government which, by exhibiting a total lack of self-respect and an absence of any determination to pursue the Jewish National Goal, has made "Time is not on Israel's side" a current ugly reality. She has no interest in and is completely ignorant of the fact that any reality can be changed by the setting of objectives and an enduring determination to achieve them!

Livni continued with her scare-mongering tactic saying that Israel would be faced with giving up its identity as a "Jewish, democratic and secure state" if it does not agree to a land-for-peace deal with the PA. She and all of those political hypocrites dishonour the memory of the Israeli paratroopers who liberated Jerusalem!

There were many distinguished people at the conference. Some of them tried to impress others with 'innovative' idiocy such as, US Senator Sam Brownback who advocated a confederation of Judea and Samaria, historical Jewish land, with Jordan. He does not care how detrimental it would be for the future of the Jewish people to lose all hope for reunification of Eretz-Israel. No one had pointed out to him that neither Jordan nor the PA is interested in this stupidity, but they are quite focused on the destruction of Israel. Alternative ideas like the Sinai Option or organising a transfer of all of the hostile population from all Jewish land to Arab and Muslim countries were not even raised.

How can we reach our goals if we are not even setting them? How can we find the best solution to a problem if we are not considering all options? So many important people attended the Jerusalem Conference – What a Waste!