The ninth of Av is here again with all of the collective National memories and pain. The cliche that history repeats itself is so accurate that it hurts. From the time of the the 12 messengers sent to our Land in order to encourage our people to come home to Eretz Yisrael, and the betrayal by 10 of the 12, the destruction twice of our Holy Temple and exile of our people from our eternal capital - Jerusalem. So many acts of hate against our Nation by the world and then 9 years ago the destruction of Gush Katif and the Northern Shomron by a Jewish government.
War after war, operation after operation in Gaza, in Lebanon this time of the year since the expulsion of our families and the destruction of Gush Katif. Look at the communities around Gaza today- look at Israel- look what has happened inside of Gaza since.
All of the humanitarian supplies and all of the money in the world will not help the people of Gaza nor will any ceasefire stop the Hamas from continuing to dig tunnels, send missiles and mortars ,send in terrorist murderers into Israel while they are hiding inside of schools, mosques, hospitals and the UNWRA and UN.
None of us wishes our sons, husbands and loved ones to have to fight inside of Gaza or any other place. We pray to be able to live as families, watch our children grow together and not have the constant worry of casualties. The reality sadly is different. Our entire lives we have been through war after war, terror attack after terror attack, build safe shelters in our homes and apartments to try and save our lives. But we are strong and grateful to be able to fight and for our children to be able to fight for our Land and people.
Last night we met in Jerusalem to have the traditional march around the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem and although B"H many came to participate we did not see the enormous crowds we are used to seeing on the eve of Tisha B'Av. Following two terror attacks in Jerusalem just yesterday, the war situation and the continuous attacks on our country despite the numbers and the change of the usual route it was perhaps even more important than usual that we were there.
To my beloved friends Nadya Matar and Yehudit Katsover bless you and may we always together do what we can and more than that to protect our Land and people.
To the Israel government : finish the job in Gaza- don't stop because of pressure or fear- declare sovereignty on Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley now! Truly liberate Jerusalem our eternal capital of the Jewish people and the Temple Mount.
Now on the 9th of Av it is time to honor the L-rd of Israel by finally fulfilling the task of those same 12 messengers of Israel- to enter and settle the Land of Israel forever more.