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Thursday, March 13, 2008

A Must Read Response to Mr. Bielski (Head of JAFI, WZO) - Couldn't say it better myself...Thank you Buddy Macy
Shalom Mr. Bielski,

I am writing in response to your statement, as attached, concerning the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva terrorist attack last Thursday.

You wrote: "...the cruel terror perpetrated against Jews in Israel and around the world by our enemies who will not accept the existence of the State of Israel as the state of the Jewish People."

Also: "...all this shows the hatred, cruelty and total lack of humanity that characterizes the enemy we face."

And: "Let us all pray that the Jewish People and the State of Israel shall live in peace and security."

I am not an observant man, but one concept I understand from Judaism is that G-d helps those who help themselves. Why should G-d help us, when we acknowledge the facts in your first two statements, above, yet we do not act to remove our enemies...instead projecting our qualities of decency, morality and the cherishing of life on our despicable, vile foes? Why should G-d step in, when we do not learn from history...instead embracing fantasy? And, why should G-d lend a helping hand, when we lack any Jewish identity, self-respect or pride...refusing even to help the victims of daily rocket attacks in Israel? It is obvious that G-d wants us to earn security and peace for Israel and the Jewish People, not just pray for it.

Of course, I fully support your efforts to honor the victims of the Jerusalem terror attack.

The most fitting tribute to the six teenagers and two adults, and to the scores of injured, would be for Jewish leaders throughout the Diaspora to face the tragic reality of Israel's peril and speak out against Olmert's, and the Israeli Government's, appeasement of terror, including their release of hundreds of convicted terrorists with blood on their hands, their refusal to properly address the constant rocket attacks in Sderot, throughout the western Negev and now, Ashkelon, and their support of a fantasy-based two-state solution. Our enemies, including those who committed and planned the horrific attack in Jerusalem and the one a month ago in Dimona, view appeasement as weakness. And, weakness motivates them to further violence and destruction.

Yes, it is our duty to demonstrate our solidarity with our fellow Jews in Israel now, as always. The best way of accomplishing this is to do everything possible to prevent a repeat of the horrific terror attacks. Let us honor the victims of terror by acting with courage and strength against those seeking to destroy us a way that will make their family and friends proud.

Most sincerely,

Buddy Macy


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