unfortunate circumstances which precipitated your
coming to lead Israel, I would like to congratulate you on your
acquiring leadership of the country.
who feels such a closeness to the Holy Land of
Israel, I would like to tell you what I envision as the future
see it, Israel is a democracy among autocracies, the
small among the big, the hunted among the hunters.
like to see peace in the Holy Land. I don’t relish
the news of the attacks, murders, and bombings. I don’t want
to hear about more katyusha rockets being fired or more buses
like those within the Israeli government to read the
same news I read and act accordingly for the future.
I read that
the Palestinians viewed the withdrawal from Gaza as a
victory on their part. They said, “See! Terrorism does
work!” and they are planning more terror so that they can be
even more “victorious” in the future.
like to see that terrorists are not given the chance
to make such a statement again.
I read that
Shin Beit chief Yuval Diskin reports that there is a
quadrupling of Palestinian smuggling of war material since
Israeli pull-back from Gaza. Around 200 rifles, hundreds of
rocket-propelled grenades and two tons of explosives are now
brought into Gaza every month.
I would like someone from
the Israeli government to admit to that. Admitting the danger is
the first step to change. Perhaps if we admit it, we can avoid
another costly and deadly error of giving away land needed for
our own protection.
While we’re on the topic of
security, I have read that terrorist attacks and attempts to
carry out such attacks are also on the rise since the
disengagement. While in October 2005 there were 48 such
incidents, in December 2005 there were 277.
Not only that, Mr. Diskin
also said that the terrorists were utilizing the relative quiet
of the past few months to rebuild their military infrastructure
and expand the range of Kassam rockets. When they are done, they
will be able to, G-d forbid, strike out at Israel’s heavily
populated coastal plain as well as Ben Gurion Airport.
Yes, it’s G-d who protects His
people and His country regardless of our foolishness, but we as
people must do our best humanly possible to keep our borders
secure. Making our borders closer and tighter, giving our
enemies greater reach with their long-range weapons surely
won’t accomplish that.
There are those people that say that the motivation for Mr.
Sharon’s Dove moves were to go down in History as a
I hope this is untrue, as
the Jews in Israel and all around the world have paid a terrible
emotional and psychological price for this piece of
I have read - and seen - that the disengagement from Gaza is
such a security disaster that had Sharon continued on with these
kinds of moves he would have ruined his “living legacy” in
Have you seen how the world
took note when Ariel Sharon fell sick, may he have a swift and
complete recovery, even though he headed a tiny country with
less than 1% percent of the world population? Yes, the world has
its eyes trained on Israel. Mr. Sharon has toadied to world
opinion and done some things that damaged his own country and
his own people.
World opinion should not
matter, for the world would be just as pleased if the state of
Israel is wiped off the map. They may not say it as openly as
the Muslim population, but their quiet agreement to the terror
Israel experiences says it all.
Mr. Prime Minister, learn
from Mr. Sharon’s mistakes and from his successes. Go down in
history as the one who helped negotiate true and lasting peace
if that’s what’s important to you. But, please, try to make
history by worrying about the people and security of the country
you will be running, not the feelings of the world at large.