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.
Israel is a vibrant parliamentary democracy facing many challenges, including the need to defend its citizens against asymmetric warfare from Hamas-controlled Gaza, the West Bank, and Hezbollah-controlled Southern Lebanon, while protecting the rights of the populations in these areas. In this context, there are numerous and intense debates, and diverse views, on the nature of these responses among many non-governmental organizations (NGOs). NGOs and civil society thrive in Israel and often provide valuable humanitarian assistance, including health services, education, and other basic requirements under different and complex conditions. However, this network also plays a counterproductive role in the context of efforts to end the Arab-Israeli conflict, and in presenting accurate and credible reports on the related human rights and humanitarian issues. As NGO Monitor and others have documented, some of the NGOs are highly politicized, and produce reports and launch campaigns that stand in sharp contradiction to their stated mandates of upholding universal human rights.
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!"