The Rabbinical Congress for Peace (RCP), comprising over 350 prominent Israeli rabbis, has sent a letter of support and encouragement to Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon for his clear and fearless remarks that “enough is enough.” The rabbis assured him that G-d Almighty, the Torah and the Holy Land support those who stand firm, speak the truth, and thereby lead to a true peace in Israel.
“At long last there is a cabinet minister who demonstrated what true Jewish leadership is – a man who had the courage to advocate the truth that is stated in the Code of Jewish Law (Orach Chaim, Section 329), that any withdrawal from Jewish territory leads to bloodshed. As Minister Ya’alon put it “Only our continued presence in Yehuda, Shomron and the Jordan Valley will ensure that Ben-Gurion Airport and Netanya don’t become targets for rockets from every direction. This simple truth has been proved over and over again is recent decades. Any concession or withdrawal has led to bloodshed and instability and has made daily life miserable.”
“Secretary of State John Kerry is not at fault,” said Rabbi Avrohom Shmuel Lewin, Executive Director of the RCP. “He took his cue from Israel’s continued weak-minded mottos, such as ‘Israel is prepared for painful concessions,’ and ‘Israel supports a two-state solution.’ If instead we already convinced him that he can gain from Israel’s continued painful concessions and withdrawals, why shouldn’t he continue to pressure Israel for even more concessions?” asked Rabbi Lewin.
Rabbi Lewin concluded “The only course to take now is to make him face the reality as delineated in our Torah – that there never was and there will never be genuine peace and stability in the region through Israel’s compulsive withdrawals and concessions. This will not harm our relations with the US because the US has no interest in leading to more bloodshed and instability in the region.”
Rabbi Joseph Gerlitzky, Chairman of the RCP, added: “In contrast with the ‘festival’ of ‘Jewish leadership’ that the media has been portraying in the past few days, a true leader is one who is not fazed by the media. A true leader does not cave in to deceptive diplomacy.”
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)