Rabbi Tzvi Tau, head of a major stream within the religious-Zionist yeshiva world, has released an open letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu on the eve of the latter's diplomatic speech. Rabbi Tau, 73, was a top student of the saintly Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook, now heads Yeshivat Har HaMor in Jerusalem, and is regarded as the top spiritual authority in thousands of homes and institutions across the country.
The letter states:
To Our Prime Minister, Raised Above the People, Mr. Binyamin Netanyahu, May G-d protect and strengthen him
Peace and blessing.
At this fateful hour, the eyes of all Israel are uplifted towards you – the man whom the Supreme Providence has elevated to raise up the honor of Israel, by standing strong in the face of the pressures of the nations that abuse our independence and intervene in our affairs.
Has this not always been their way, the way of anti-Semitism? – to lead us to dilute, with our own hands, our strength, and to destroy that which we have built, and do away with the hope of our future. They cause us to be uprooted within our own land, wandering and persecuted, in order that they can be the ones to have “compassion” on us. Is not the entire Zionist movement a defiance of this tactic?
The nations of the world will ultimately drop off the stage of history, but – “the eternity of Israel will not lie” (Samuel I 15,29), and will remain forever true.
The prophecies of the Prophets of Truth and Justice will come true, and “not one word of their words will return unfulfilled.”
We are in the midst of returning to the inheritance of our forefathers, by virtue of the historic Divine decree that “says to Jerusalem ‘you shall be inhabited,’ and says to the cities of Judea ‘you will be built’” (Isaiah 44,26) – while the nations are “like a drop in the bucket, like dust on the scales” (ibid. 40,15). The word of our G-d will be established forever.
Honored Prime Minister of Israel, the responsibility of the generations rests upon your shoulders at this hour. There are historic moments at which one’s success depends precisely upon his measure of correlation with the long and eternal lines of He Who “proclaims all the generations from the beginning” (ibid. 41,4).
The nation elected you, with the trust and hope that you would stand proudly and strongly. You have begun to act with boldness to rebuff the American and European pressures. Your success, and our nation’s success, depends upon your continued stance in this manner.
It behooves you, as our senior commander, to stand and clarify your decisive opinion, with responsible conviction, that “we have no option of retreating from our Divine ownership over this land – and the very basis of our existence and the might of our advance is dependent upon our steadfast grasp on this stance.”
For “G-d will not abandon His nation” when it itself does not abandon His inheritance (see Psalms 94,14).
The Nation of Israel, living in the Land of Israel and elsewhere, expects and prays that its honor and respect will be raised up by you. All the generations of our people, as well as those among the other nations who have integrity – though they are not always the ones in power - will hold you in great esteem for this, and you “will find favor and grace in the eyes of G-d and man.”
The prayers of many generations are with you. You are the emissary of the public, of the entire Jewish People, and of G-d. You are an emissary appointed with the power of holiness, the Divine power that runs the entire world, the power of the Guardian of Israel Who never sleeps or slumbers, and Who leads it to the Full Redemption.
Be strong! Know that you are reinforced by He Who girds Israel with valor, and are empowered by He who crowns Israel with glory.
With anticipation for full salvation,
(Rabbi) Tzvi Yisrael Tau