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      Cheshvan 22, 5770, 11/9/2009

      Poetry Submission: Prayer for Prime Minister Netanyahu


      A Prayer for the Prime Minister of Israel Mr. Netanyahu
      by Stella Barbut

       
      "Shema Yisrael Hashem Elokeinu Hashem Echad."

      HaShem
      Thy People Israel, is so much in need, a frail human being leads them,
      Look with compassion on him,
      Strengthen and help and encourage him.
      In this time of grave and frightening danger,
      Of senseless villification, hate and anger,
      If Thou will not balance the scales
      How can a mere man prevail?
      Against the mounting pressure of raging nations?
      Ranting, raving, lying nations?
       
      Has there ever been a time like this?
      A malignant, festering fiction such as this?
      When all nations united in hate
      Have manufactured a "people" and demand for them a state?
      Have for generations clothed them and fed them
      Have educated them and bred them
      Holding them in captivity
      Refugees in perpetuity!

      Having exhausted every other means
      Pogroms, Holocaust and ingenuous schemes
      And still failing to make a full end of Thy People
      Now present this manufactured "people"
      As the people of the Land
      Thy Holy Land!
      United in hate, they demand that Thy People be expelled
      Thy Land re-named, Thy People compelled
      To build on Thy Land and Thy Holy City, a terror state,
      To perpetuate their irrational hate.
       
      Bless Mr. Netanyahu, the Prime Minister
      Do not let the seething  nations sinister 
      Plans, un-nerve and intimidate him
      Turn Thy Eyes of compassion on him
      Give him wise councellors,
      Honest and faithful councellors,
      Give him wisdom, strengthen  and succour him.
      Do not let a lying hate filled complicit world over - power him.
                                                   
                                                                    Amen.
      Why should the nations rage ?
      As they have done in every age?
      Stand by Thy People Lord,

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