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Thursday
Nov152012

Response to a blogger about fair play in the Middle East

I dont think modern warfare can be discussed without a historical context, of war in general i mean. certainly there must be some parameters as to when war is justified. once those parameters are met, i dont think a nation fighting for its survival should worry about feelings of guilt or disapproval from any other nation or entity.

 

The blogger had written:

If you protest against the missile attacks on southern Israel and support Israel’s right to defend itself, then you still must question the value of large-scale assaults on Gaza, which will likely include civilian casualties (death and injury are both counted), the promise of increased anti-Israel sentiment within Gaza (along with communities around the globe), and the likely revival of rocket attacks within a year or two. You have the responsibility, even while defending Israel, to scrutinize its decisions and its actions in an attempt to understand why such potent anger against it exists.
Friday
May042012

Peace Through Strength

Ariel Sharon: “The Fate of Netzarim is the fate of Tel Aviv”1 (Election Theme Statements to NY Times April 24, 2002 1 - Click to see article)

by Rabbi Ben-Tzion Krasniansky - Chabad of Upper East Side

Argument #1: We don’t belong there. Why should 8,500 Jews insist on living amongst more than a million Arabs? 

This is the question that prompted the forced evacuation of all Jews from the Gaza Strip.

Of all arguments for the “disengagement,” this one by far is the most objectionable. 

It proves the power of propaganda—how people will parrot nonsense without realizing the foolishness of the argument. There are 20,000 Jews living in Berlin amongst 3.6 million Germans. No one would dare suggest that we should expel the Jews from Berlin because they may be a provocation to 3.6 million Germans. So let’s get this straight. A Jew is allowed to live in Berlin, a Jew is allowed in Moscow, in Melbourne and in Shanghai. The only place in the world a Jew is not allowed to live, is in Israel! Why? Because Arabs living in Gaza hate Jews too much to tolerate the sight of a single Jew before their eyes.

Israel Accomodating The Hatred Of Jews? 

It defies belief that the government of Israel is doing all this to accommodate the hatred of Jews Israel is planning to evacuate the dead as well as the living, because Arab savages torched the grave of the biblical Joseph in Shechem (Nablus) which was handed over to Palestinian control under the Oslo accords. So Israel doesn’t trust that they will not desecrate the dead buried in Gaza. It defies belief that the government of Israel is doing all this to accommodate Arab hatred of Jews.

The Rebbe’s Idea: Peace through Strength 

Instead of exiling themselves from Gaza, it’s high time that the Jewish people removed the exile from within. Peace through strength holds out the only hope for that troubled region. By standing firm, Israel could deliver the coup de grace to terrorism around the world.

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Friday
Apr272012

Rebbe Blasts "Peace Now"

Peace Now. Giving the Land away

Part I

Translated by Rabbi Binyamin Schlanger

These people bring down terrible danger onto Jews and onto the Land. These people are the ‘demolishers and destroyers’ from amongst the Jewish people and of the land of Israel. Yet they shout “peace now.” There is nothing greater than peace, but G-d says, “The wicked have no peace [to offer]!”

Israeli government police on blindfolded horses attacking crowd of unarmed Jewish teens

GIVING THE LAND AWAY

The [Torah] tells the story of the spies from which we learn a real message for our times. 

By way of introduction: The story of the spies took place whilst the Jewish People were not in Israel, but in the desert where they were not short of anything. They ate manna, a food without any waste. They drank water from the well of Miriam and benefited from the Clouds of Glory which destroyed the snakes and scorpions, straightened their way forward and un-soiled their clothes.

When they stood on the thresh-hold of entering and conquering the Land, they sent out spies to investigate. Upon their return the spies recommended that it is better to remain where they are with all the benefits and not to endanger themselves by entering the Land, because, the nations there are powerful, and the land devours its inhabitants.

The intention of the spies was to prevent the people from being endangered.

In reality however, the very opposite took place. It was the spies who endangered the Jewish People! The message for our times is simple. In those times, the Jewish people were still in the desert where they had all the benefits, so the spies argued to remain there.

In contrast today, G-d has (again) handed to the Jewish People the Land of Israel. [Not however ‘independent’, since never has there been such a dependence on the gentiles as there is now. Yet, in a spiritual sense the Jewish People are the masters [with some control in material matters]].

Now there arrive some Jews who scream “peace now!” They are joined by the communists and Arabs who demand that Israel must hand over portions of the Land of Israel from the sovereignty of Israel. They do not say “be passive”, as the spies argued to remain in the desert. Instead they argue to actually give away sovereignty of the land of Israel!

The argument of the Peace Now – (as is the argument of the communists and Arabs), is based exactly on the thinking of the spies in their time: “The nation inhabiting the land is too powerful for us to overwhelm”. Do not conquer and put down roots in the land of Israel! Since there dwell in Jerusalem 60,000 Arabs [As was when this sicha was said in 1980], they are far more powerful than the Jewish people living there, quoting the spies – “they are stronger than us”. Therefore Jews must not be allowed to live in the Old City [of Jerusalem]. If Jewish people already live there, they should be evicted by all means available. The Old City must be given away, including the Temple Mount and the spot of the holy of Holies – to the Arabs.

They raise the same argument about Hebron. Since living there are 50,000 Arabs [As was in 1980], they are stronger than the Jews who live there. And they (the peacemakers) raise further arguments in favor of the Arabs – that they are descendents of Abraham the patriarch who is buried in the Cave of Machpela in Hebron. Therefore, we must not allow Jews to live there, and those that are there already must be thrown out!

They argue further that any lands that the Arabs demand must be handed over to them, since they are more powerful than ourselves! The spies argued: “All the peoples whom we saw there are giants who fell from the skies – one is a giant murderer, the second is a giant in armed robbery, the third is a giant thief, the fourth a great diplomat, one knows many languages”, and more.

And on top of all these arguments they (the present day spies) announce ‘Peace Now!’ In addition to all their arguments they offer peace, and the peace will be NOW – peace unto Israel! And more! They argue that giving away the lands to the Arabs is “human justice”! Thereby danger to the Jewish People will be averted since it is a land which devours its inhabitants. If we annoy the Arabs and not give in to them their demands - they will eat us alive. And if we do give in to them, giving the land away, there will be peace NOW!

Who argues this? Jews and Jewish communists. These people bring down terrible danger onto Jews and onto the Land. These people are the ‘demolishers and destroyers’ from amongst the Jewish people and of the land of Israel. Yet they shout “Peace Now”.

There is nothing greater than peace, however G-d says [Isaiah 39.17] ‘, The wicked have no peace [to offer!]’. 

From the farbrengen of Shabbos Parshas Shelach, 1980

Translated By Rabbi Binyomin Schlanger

 

Thursday
Apr192012

Rockets Attack Be’er Sheva in Israel: An Eyewitness Account from Chabad On Campus

On March 9, 2012, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip stepped up their offensive showering rocket attacks on Israelis living in Southern Israel, including Ashkelon, Ashdod and even reaching as far as Be’er Sheva.

The following is an eyewitness account from Eddie Brody, an alumni of Chabad on Campus’popular IsraeLinks program now living in Be’er Sheva, Israel.

Two and a half weeks ago, I arrived back to Israel after visiting my grandmother in Budapest. After being away for several weeks I was looking forward to seeing my friends again, and accepted an invitation from a married friend to join him and his family for Shabbat dinner. It was while sitting at the table on Friday night, at around 10pm, that we first heard the sirens.

When rockets are fired from the Gaza Strip, the sirens don’t give you much time to prepare. Here in Beersheva, we’re “lucky”: We have a full sixty seconds to run for cover from when the sirens sound. In Ashkelon or Sderot, one has only 30 or 15 seconds, respectively, to avoid the detonating rockets.

I am a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-

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Thursday
Apr192012

"Never Again": Positive Slogan or Cruel Cop-Out

‎”Never again,” in my opinion are empty words. We have had leaders who have had the opportunity to stop our enemies yet they have opted for the more globally popular approach of not offending, not starting up with, not coming under the criticism of, etc. “Never again” must be spoken in words that our enemies understand: preemptive defensive action, an approach that shows that we truly care about our fellow Jews wherever they may live. Would we let guns point at our own children and not disarm (at the very least) the threat???

Wednesday
Apr112012

Confusion On Campus – Chabad Can React To Increasing Arab Incitement On our terms and win 

Chabad Is Not Confusion 


We have a Rebbe and his directives are very clear, yet with all of this, there is a lot of confusion amongst Chabad Shluchim today about what to do against the flood of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish feeling that is sweeping America.

  • Should Chabad have rallies to bash “the radical Muslim menace”?
  • Should Chabad partner with AIPAC and support conditional peace*?
  • Should Lubavitchers join with others bashing the President & America which are cruelly forcing Israel into giving land?

The first thing a Shaliach should know is that the Rebbe has answers for ALL of these questions.

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Tuesday
Apr032012

My Gulf War Experience

A Bible Story Comes To Life

The Gulf War period was really amazing!

In 1991, I was in yeshiva in Kfar Chabad. At that time it was our habit to go up on the roof of the Yeshiva at night and watch the missiles come in. Officially, one was supposed to sit in our “Cheder Atum”, sealed rooms. However, boys being boys the roof is a more exciting place. Word got around and pretty soon despite the objections of the custodian, many more students joined us.

SAVYON, ISRAEL - FEBRUARY 12: (FILE PHOTO) Israeli Michael Duwer is buried alive in the ruins of his home shortly after it was hit by an Iraqi Scud missile February 12, 1991, in the town of Savyon, Israel.From where we were on the roof, we could see everything! It was like being on a movie set in Hollywood. Except this was real and we were the actors…

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