KOSHER DELIGHT - YOUR JEWISH ONLINE MAGAZINE!
שישי כ"ה באייר, תשס"ה -
3 ביוני, 2005
As an American Jew, I was proud when I picked
up the newspaper a few weeks ago. There were touching pictures of
you, the first lady of our great country, head covered in respect,
praying for peace at the Western Wall. You posed with Gila Katsav, wife
of the Israeli president, at one of Judaism's holiest sites. I was
inspired that you showed solidarity to the beleaguered people in the
It was a touching gesture, but the photo-op will not solve the
conflict in the Middle East. Many leaders in our government believe that
peace can be achieved by just drawing up arbitrary borders. You noticed,
I am sure, that feelings are deep and powerful on the issues.
The average Jew holds Israel and Jerusalem very dear to their
heart; for centuries, Jews have prayed three times daily that the
Davidic dynasty be restored to Jerusalem. Jews both in and out of Israel
are concerned about its future.
Many Jews are opposed to giving away any piece of the holy land
of Israel. I, as many others, view Israel as a religious homeland. In
the six-day war, 21 countries attacked the tiny state-on all fronts- and
through many miracles - both revealed and hidden – Israel won the war.
Land that was both rightfully won, and was given to us through miracles
straight from the hand of G-d cannot be given away.
There are three issues in the Mid-East conflicts that need to be
reexamined by our leaders with new policies adopted by our government.
The first issue is, what role should the
United States play in the Middle East peace process? Many Jews don't
view US participation in previous negotiations as helpful. History has
shown that every time the US took part in the ‘peace process' Israel
was pressured into giving up land. We don't need help for concessions;
we can manage those on our own. Israel returned the entire Sinai after
signing a peace treaty with Egypt and more recently, the Oslo Accords
where Israel agreed to surrender strategic land for nothing but empty
promises. Giving up land has never - and will never - solve the Middle
The second issue concerns the global fight on terrorism. When the
USA felt it necessary to invade Iraq to protect our interests and help
the people of Iraq they did just that. Public opinion did not sway
policies of doing what the US felt moral and just.
However, often, the USA prohibits Israel from
taking steps they feel are needed to protect their citizens. Israel
builds walls and fights terrorism to defend their populace who are in
danger of being attacked, terrorized and killed. Why is there a double
standard on this global issue?
The third issue is humanitarian. Did you hear
what the protestors at the Western Wall were shouting? They were saying:
FREE JONATHAN POLLARD.
History shows that Jonathan Pollard was punished by a double
standard. While he was guilty - he spied for a friendly country, gave
information that was to be given over anyway and no one was hurt from
that information. Both Robert Hansen and Aldrich Ames spied for our
enemies and caused some agents great harm, yet they got ridiculously
Mrs. Bush, if you relay these sentiments to
our government, then I feel you can chalk this trip up as a success.
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