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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 35 years. They lived in Kiryat Arba for 17 years and have resided at Beit Hadassah in Hebron for the past 15 years. They have seven children and many grandchildren.

      Links to sites David recommends:
      www.davidwilder.net
      www.hebron.com (English)
      www.hebron.org.il (Hebrew)
      www.machpela.com
      www.ohrshlomo.org (Hebrew)
      www.ohrshalom.net (Hebrew)
      www.womeningreen.org
      www.zoa.org
      (others to be added)

      Iyar 11, 5769, 5/5/2009

      Mashtapim



      This is not the first time Jews have connived with the enemy
      The Obama pressure cooker is gearing up to full capacity. One of the first acts of the Obama regime has been formation of a broad coalition of forces, including American Jewish leaders, to pressure the State of Israel into abandoning and relinquishing land to the Arabs.

       Obama's early success can be exemplified by a headline in the daily Israeli newspaper, The Jerusalem Post, from May 4, 2009: AIPAC delegates to lobby for two-state solution. The article explains: "participants at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference will this week be urging their elected representatives to press President Barack Obama for precisely that. (a Palestinian state)… AIPAC thousands will be asking their congressmen to sign on to a letter addressed to Obama that explicitly posits the need for a "viable Palestinian state."

      Obama also successfully manipulated other Jews and even Israelis to participate in his anti-Israel coalition. Speaking at the same 2009 convention, former Israeli Foreign minister Tzippi Livni stated: " we need to maintain a Jewish majority in Israel. This is not a technical matter, it is a matter of our survival. And in the choice between giving up our values, the raison d'etre of Israel, and giving up part of the land - I choose the land. It is for this reason that I believe that embracing the vision of two states for two peoples - a vision that was recognized by the UN in 1947, and embraced by the United States - is not an Israeli concession but an Israeli interest. This is the only way to end the conflict."


      Even recently elected Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, while publicly opposing a 'palestinian state' joined forces with Obama by appointing Prof. Michael Oren as the Israeli ambassador to the United States. Oren was quoted in HaAretz newspaper as having said: "The only alternative for Israel to save itself as a Jewish state is by unilaterally withdrawing from the West Bank and evacuating most of the settlements."

      Oren also stated that the eviction of thousands of Jews from Gush Katif was not a mistake, despite the attacks on Israeli cities from the abandoned communities: "The mistake was Israel's failure to react to the Qassam fire, which sent a message of weakness to the entire Middle East."

      Another Jew in a major leadership position, Obama's Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, linked American efforts preventing Iran from fully developing nuclear weapons with Israeli concessions. "the ability to confront Iran will depend on the ability to make progress on the Palestinian front. Solving the conflict will make it possible to advance the handling of the main threat posed by Iran." http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3710297,00.html

      Obama's national security advisor, Gen. James Jones, told a high ranking European diplomat that Obama will be "forceful" with Israel. http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1083080.html

      Undoubtedly, the most damaging American special interest lobby dealing with Israel is AIPAC.  Steve Grossman, AIPAC president in the early-middle 1990s, was quoted as saying "There were people in AIPAC who felt Oslo was a bad idea, but I'm still proud of the fact that the first American Jewish organization to support Rabin and Peres and the Oslo accords was AIPAC."

      In an article called "AIPAC Lobbying," AFSI president Herb Zweiban writes, "AIPAC President Steve Grossman has declared that he supports sending $500- million in U.S. aid to the PLO, despite the PLO’s massive violations of the Oslo Accords. (JTA, Dec. 5, 1994) While other pro-Israel groups endorsed legislation to pressure the PLO (e.g. the Specter-Shelby Amendment), AIPAC worked behind the scenes to “discourage congressional measures aimed at supervising administration grants to the PLO.” (Jerusalem Post, Nov. 10, 1994)"

      A JTA article headlined, " AIPAC offers strong backing for withdrawal plan" says, "Sharon already has won the endorsement of an array of national Jewish groups...but AIPAC's endorsement is the plum." And further on, "We're very pleased that AIPAC has given its formal endorsement to the U.S. government's support for the disengagement initiative," said Debra DeLee, American for Peace Now's president."

      In an article by Uriel Heilman, he writes, "AIPAC has been lobbying for strong US support for Israel's disengagement plan...." 

      AIPAC initiated a letter, signed by US Congressman, showing support for the abandonment of Gush Katif. The AIPAC web site declares, "the letter recognizes the historic opportunity presented by Israeli disengagement from 25 settlements in Gaza, and advises President George W. Bush to press Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for reciprocal peace efforts and democratic reforms inside the Palestinian Authority. 

      In an article by Beth Goodtree called AIPAC of lies, she writes that " Natan Sharansky begged to speak at the 2004 conference and was unceremoniously turned down because he wanted to warn that giving up Jewish land to a group of terrorists who had no intention of having a true democracy was a roadmap to disaster for Israel. "

      In the past AIPAC's 'official policy' was to toe the state line – whatever the Israeli government favored was good enough for them. Those policies, such as Oslo and the expulsion from Gush Katif, have cost thousands of Israeli lives. However presently, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is on record as opposing a 'two-state solution.' During his satellite-broadcast speech to the AIPAC convention yesterday, he did not mention the term 'palestinian state," rather he demanded that any negotiations be preceded by an official PA recognition that Israel is a 'Jewish State.' Yet AIPAC is actively lobbying in Congress, pressuring American representatives to support establishment of a palestinian state.

      In other words, AIPAC has began a new phase in its infamous dealings with Israel; rather than just backing State policy, they are now attempting to determine that policy and force it down Israel's throat. Anyone calling the AIPAC offices and asking whether AIPAC representatives are pushing Congress to support a 'palestinian state' are answered affirmatively.

      Clearly, AIPAC is fostering policies which are labeled in Hebrew, 'Mashtap' – an abbreviation for 'mishatef peula', which means, in English, collaborating with the enemy. AIPAC is  a large group of Jews, whose collective effort is focused on initiating and supporting policies which could lead to the destruction of the State of Israel. A Palestinian state is nothing less than a death trap, waiting to be sprung at a fateful moment in the future.

      However, this should not surprise us. This is not the first time Jews have connived with the enemy.

      The initials may remain the same, but the words have changed:

      Americans Inciting for the Palestinian Authority Committee (AIPAC) aka the AJC (the American Judenrat Committee).