For those who are home, and for those who are on the way. For those who support the historic and just return of the land of Israel to its people, forever loyal to their inheritance, and its restoration.
"We may have to take down illegal outposts, as the US demands, in order to focus attention on the Iranian threat."
These words, spoken by Binyamin Netanyahu at a stormy Likud Knesset meeting last week, testify to the fact that an anti-Semitic outpost has been planted in the heart of Israeli mentality. Its name? "Illegal outposts."
No serious person claims that the persecution of the Jewish settlement movement is in any way connected to the necessity to abide by the law. The Jewish buildings slated for demolition are surrounded by countless Arab structures even less " "legal" than the outposts – but nobody pays them any attention. In other words, the term "illegal outposts" is an Orwellian euphemism that is meant to conceal simple anti-Semitism. Netanyahu, Lieberman and all the coalition members who use this terminology in an attempt to hide their capitulation to pressure from the Left, the Arabs, Obama and the rest of the world must know that they have been ensnared in anti-Semitic semantics. There is no difference between negating the right of Jews to live in the mountains of Samaria and negating the right of Jews to walk on the sidewalk. The term "illegal outposts" is a salute to Goebbels. Period.
Those people who do not have the tools to understand Israel's uniqueness in the eyes of G-d will necessarily adopt anti-Semitic premises. A Jew can not be normal. If he does not accept that he is chosen by G-d, he will ultimately stoop lower than anyone else. That is why in the battle currently being fought between the Islamic front and Netanyahu, the score is 3 to nothing.
In order to defeat the enemy, it is imperative to understand who he is. But a person who cannot identify himself cannot identify his enemies, either. He loses even before the game begins. If he cannot defeat his enemy – he ends up joining him – and channeling his energies inward - against the "illegal outposts" instead of fighting his real enemy.
Let us analyze the battlefront that Israel faces. It is comprised of four major players: Mahmoud Abbas, Mahmoud Achmadinijad, Barack Hussein Obama and Binyamin Netanyahu. The first two want to destroy Israel and replace it with a Moslem entity. The third is patently pro-Moslem and consistently supports the first two. And the fourth doesn't really understand who he is. He attempts to be "pragmatic" in a struggle that is completely religious and willingly folds up the barriers blocking the first three.
Here is how the pre-game warm-ups have gone in the short time that Netanyahu has been prime minister:
Mahmoud Abbas refused to recognize Israel as a Jewish state prior to the start of negotiations. Obama supported Abbas' positions and Netanyahu, of course, gave in. The result is that Israel recognizes the "Palestinian nation" and its right to a nation state in the Land of Israel, while the "Palestinians" – with the rest of the world following suit – do not recognize the right of the Jews to have a state in their land. That's a goal for the "Palestinians." The score is now one to nothing.
Mahmoud Achmadinijad doesn't have a bomb yet, but the Jews have already begun to destroy themselves. Netanyahu has surrendered and is channeling Israel's energies against the outposts in a futile attempt to buy international approval to attack Iran. The pictures of the destroyed outposts broadcast throughout the world will help Netanyahu attack Iran like the pictures of the destroyed Gush Katif made Europe repent. It is a clear case of the dialectic of destruction – channeling destructive energy inward against an "enemy" that can be easily defeated. That's another goal for the Islamic front. The score is now two to nothing.
When Barack Hussein Obama released the trial balloon called Bushehr in exchange for Yitzhar, it seemed that Netanyahu could easily deflect this anti-Semitic proposal - that really means that a Jew has to pay for the right to live. The nuclear danger presented by Iran is widely understood in the world and the foolish correlation between the settlements and the need to stop the Iranian threat is easy to invalidate. But last week, Netanyahu adopted the Bushehr for Yitzhar principle and distributed eviction notices to the Jewish settlers.
That's three to nothing for the Islamic front.
We have lost world recognition of our right to a state, we have destroyed settlements and we have adopted the Bushehr for Yitzhar principle – in other words, it is not the Iranians who are the problem – it is the Israelis.
That is the list of Netanyahu's achievements until now.
And the game has not even begun.
*Translated from the Hebrew article in Makor Rishon
I visited Hevron in November 2000 after the outbreak of the Rosh Hashanah War to see what could be done to assist in the face of the growing daily attacks on the community. After returning to work for the community in the summer of 2001, a bond and a love was forged that grows to this day. My wife Melody and I merited to be married at Ma'arat HaMachpela and now host visitors from throughout the world every Shabbat as well as during the week. Our goal, "Time to come Home!"