We, the Jewish people gather our fortitude from clinging to our heritage and history. Each chapter in the long history of our Nation is filled with proof of the meaning of true leadership and emunah- belief. Just this Shabbat we learned - again- of the strength of charector and emunah of Yosef- Josef when confronting his brothers after all he suffered because of them- he had the emunah to transform his personal suffering into the importance of him being in Egypt in order to save his Father , family and people.
How many of us when faced with challenges or sorrow turn to G-d and ask, "how and why?" There are many unaswered and almost unfathomable situations in our lives. The pain of loss, the disappointments we face in life whether personal or national.are so difficult to accept and find the strength and emunah to go on.
Today, again we hear the call of the United States for Israel (of course they claim that both sides must make compromises) to make sacrifices in order to reach a two state solution. Today we still hear the PA leadership continue to educate their public to hate, and murder Jews while they are very vocal about the fact that although the" talks are in a stalemate they will continue until all of the prisoners (terrorists with blood on their hands) are freed" (Abbas ) We see their official praise and admiration of terrorist murderers with no qualms at all.
For those of us who live, travel and work in the heartland of Israel we are familiar with the real situation, and realize how dangerous it would be to make any concessions that would further allow Arab access or control to these vital areas. Let us face it - Israel is built topographically with the mountain ranges of Judea, Samaria, the Golan Heights an important protection for the rest of the country. The Jordan Valley is and always has been very important for the protection of our Land and Israel must continue to control both the territory of the Jordan Valley and the border crossings.
But this is not enough. The protection of our people has always been based on clinging to our heritage- Jerusalem united forever - Hevron, Shechem the heartland of Israel and the soul of our Nation. For what are we without our history and what is our history without us clinging to these places where our history joins the Land forever more.
We aslo hear members of our own government calling to make painful concessions for peace. What has not been learned from mistakes of the past? The destruction of Gush Katif not only expelled our families, destroyed beautiful productive communities, wonderful agricultural development, synagogues, ripped our loved ones out of their graves, turned thousands of our families into refugees- it also brought the Hamas, rocket attacks on almost all of Israel, pain, death and destruction.
No one claims that it will be easy to not capitulate to pressure, fear or the desire to at least try to reach a solution with the Arabs. Again I must remind those who are making the decisions for the Jewish Nation that it is not enough for Israel to make difficult "painful" decisions- they must learn from history and be strong enough to hold on to our heritage - our history - our Land.
Memories of where our roots are and the connection between our roots, our history and our heritage that is what makes us a Nation.