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.
On Wednesday Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas stood before the Washington press corps and the president of the United States, and blatantly twisted the truth. Nobody called him on it.
The president had been talking about peace in the Middle East in his usual triangulating way. “Both sides,” he intoned, “have to create… a climate… that means on the Israeli side, curbing settlement activity… on the Palestinian side — and I was very frank with President Abbas that we have to continue to make more progress on both security as well as incitement issues.”
By saying “incitement”, Obama used the long-standing abbreviation for Palestinian Authority initiatives designed to incite the Palestinian population against Israel using violent imagery and appeals to fear. This includes content on its state-run television channel, in its newspapers, in children’s textbooks, and government projects such as official ceremonies held to honour Palestinians who conduct suicide bombings in Israel.
By telling Abbas to “continue to make progress” Obama was handling Abbas with the softest of kid gloves, but apparently the Palestinian president couldn’t take even this very gentle criticism , because when it was time for him to address the press he delivered this blast of defensive rhetoric: “And I say in front of you, Mr President, that we have nothing to do with incitement against Israel, and we’re not doing that.”
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!"