As I travel around the vital regions of Israel, deep in our national history: Jerusalem, Yesha, the Jordan Valley my heart fills with gratitude. I am blessed to not only live in the heartland but also to work there. With gratitude and pain. Gratitude that we are here and live in the heartland of our eternal Land, and pain to see how the Arabs are grabbing our lands and the impotence of our governments to not only prevent this, but them not daring to declare that this Land is ours forever.
Turning to the situtation in Europe as they condemn Israel for extremism and brutal treatment of Arabs, we witness a frightening reminder of the Anti-semitism of these very countries today who forbid Kosher slaughter and Brit Mila to the Jews living there. This shocking reminder of the beginning of the sanctions and restrictions for Jews in the beginning of the Nazi campaign to murder our people, is indeed not something to ignore.
The fact that we are blessed with Israel is not only imperative for us Israelis who live here, but perhaps even more so for the Jews in the galut- outside of Israel. The tragedy that so many of our people have lost the connection to our heritage will not protect them if G-d forbid we see a repeat of history and persecution of the Jewish people.
I remember as a young girl what Israel was like before 1967 and our liberation of these historical and vital regions. I remember the preparations during the "period of waiting" as it was called preceeding the War- the grim prediction was far from the actual outcome of these fierce battles. I remember the wanton destruction of synagogues, our graveyards, the filth around the Kotel that was deliberately directed by the Arabs who had occupied our Land. I remember the prayers of joy when we heard that the Temple Mount is in our hands, that Jerusalem was reunified.
As a young girl I remember the feeling of disbelief as I approached the Wall- the Kotel - and for the first time was actually able to be near the Temple Mount., the return to the City of our Fathers- Hevron. We have seen what happens when we are not on the ground in these areas. We have suffered the pain of the price of the hatred of our enemies no matter what the borders of Israel are, indeed even before the establishment of our State of Israel.
Today, perhaps more than ever before, the Prime MInister and government of Israel must be strong and protect our Land and never bend to the threats of Kerry or anyone else- because the writing is on the wall- and not on the Kotel -but on the wall of history- that if we do not stand strong and demand our rights to this Land, the Jewish people will be in danger.
We see and hear the testimony of our so called "partners in the Peace Talks". They have no qualms in being honest and declaring that on one hand they will never accept a Jewish State in Israel (look at the official Tourism Map of the PA- no Israel exists there), and on the other hand the education of their youth to hate Jews and the exalting of the terrorist murderers as "brave heroes".
We here in our Land have a blessing and a curse- the blessing of living here and fighting to protect the Jewish heritage forevermore and never to endanger our existance here, and the curse of weakness - of fear- of the price we will have to pay if the government does not give in to the demands of the American government with their flying representative- Kerry.
We, the eternal Nation, are not afraid of a long way- we know that it is our right and our destiny to protect our Torah, our Land and our people. This is what must be done no matter what pressures or threats our Prime Minister and government receive. The destiny of the Jewish people is not something to endanger.