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PM Netanyahu, Rise up to the Truth of Hebron and Eretz Yisrael

by Rabbi Eliezer Waldman

The test of leadership is to determine what the truth is and then to expound it openly. It may be necessary to exercise care when setting forth your position, but it is of utmost importance that the content of your position is clear and unambiguous.

The position of a Jewish leader in Israel must be, first and foremost, to assert the Truth that the Land of Israel belongs to the People of Israel. It must be stated openly and forcefully that the Jewish People were given the Land of Israel by a Divine Promise to our Father, Abraham. This promise was made here, in Hebron. As a result of that promise it is our obligation to live in our homeland, to build and develop it, and to maintain Jewish sovereignty over Eretz Yisrael. A true leader must be prepared to face hostile challenges to his position. He must believe, with complete faith, in the justness of his cause even if he faces great opposition from powerful forces. He must strongly and courageously espouse Jewish Truth before everyone, friend and foe alike, and then have the conviction to defend that Truth. He must fully believe that only by standing behind that Truth will he succeed.

The basic difference between the Netanyahu government and the previous one is the way it relates to the Jewish homeland. You, Mr. Prime Minister, received the mandate because you expressed the truth of Eretz Yisrael and had the courage to declare it openly to the nations of the world. Now you have the responsibility for the implementation of this Divine Truth. For this you are being attacked by friend and foe alike, from without and within. Now is the time to prove that this truth is genuine and valid. It is our source of life and strength, and, therefore, the only insurance of overcoming our enemies.

It must be understood that the enemies of the Jewish People espouse deceit and falsehood, stand behind their lies, and have no shame or reservations about being consistent with their lies. Therefore, any hesitation on the part of the government to defend the Truth will cast doubt upon the validity of our position and encourage our enemies. Make no mistake, any attempt to present our view by cushioning Truth in diplomatic phraseology will not assure its acceptance, but rather will work in the opposite manner. Such an approach implies uncertainty and actually helps the enemy to weaken our stand and convince the world that Truth is not on our side.

Mr. Netanyahu, Rise up to the Truth of Hebron and Eretz Yisrael!

The roots to our Land are Divine roots. This is what makes Israel the Holy Land. This makes Jerusalem and Hebron our holy shrines which portray their Divine essence. If we fail to refer to the roots of Eretz Yisrael, then our cause is weakened if not lost entirely. Our enemies don't hesitate to espouse their distortions of historical fact and speak about every inch of "Palestine" being holy to them, and that Hebron was always a "palestinian" city. If we reduce our claim to Eretz Yisrael merely to satisfy "security" requirements, we are actually giving legitimacy to the falsehoods of our enemies! We live in Hebron and all of Judea and Samaria, not for "security reasons," rather simply because it is ours. Hebron is the basis for the roots of Jewish values of faith, along with the fact that Jewish life has flourished here continuously for more than two thousand years. Mr. Prime Minister, Hebron will be the litmus test of the success of your leadership. By refusing to compromise on Hebron now, your victory in Jerusalem and all of Eretz Yisrael is assured.

Any weakness in Hebron will endanger the future of the entire country.

The Divine Truth of Eretz Yisrael is eternal, and stronger than all the distortions and lies of our enemies, all of whom are destined to fall. Those who have displayed the courage to continue the Zionist process by renewing Jewish life here, in Hebron, are not intimidated by lies, distortions, or terror. They stand up to all challenges and have succeeded in replanting authentic, flourishing Jewish roots in all parts of our homeland. This proves the everlasting power of this faith and Truth.

Unfortunately we also have opponents among our own people. There are Jews today in the Land of Israel who have rejected their ties to the land. They have found a strange "new truth" such as the "new middle east" or the "new world order" all of which reject Divine Truth. Our misguided brothers consider all religious belief as "primitive." They consider the rejection of the Divine to be "progressive," whereas world leaders respect the strength of our enemies' claims when they are based upon religious precepts. Only when we all return to the genuine roots of Jewish faith and stand united in our Land will we gain the respect of the nations and fulfill our destiny.

I turn to you, PM Netanyahu, Rise up to the Truth of Hebron and Eretz Yisrael! We are all with you. [10/15/96. Nir College Newsletter by Gary Cooperberg (].


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