Newsletter #278     Thursday, April 13, 2006
We wish all our friends a safe and happy Passover and Easter
  • Passover in the Holy Land
    by Naomi Ragen - - April 9, 2006  And when I say, "Next Year in Jerusalem," unlike most Jews in the world, I will know that I am already there, and that it is a dream come true. I hope that your "Next Year in Jerusalem" will also be a dream that comes true, and that next year, we will truly be free of fear and want and stupidity.

  • Why 'this night' is still different
    by Geralg M. Steinburg - Jerusalem Post - April 8, 2006  ...the Pessah Seder is our collective opportunity to reclaim and reassert Jewish history and the centrality of this legacy. As Ben Gurion told the diplomatic jury in 1947: "Jews worldwide still eat matza for seven days from the 15th of Nisan, and retell the story of the Exodus, concluding with the fervent wish, 'Next Year in Jerusalem.' This is the nature of the Jewish people."

  • On remembrance and redemption
    By Michael Freund - Jerusalem Post - April 12, 2006  The Pessah Seder is a powerful ritual, one that continues to resonate with many Jews who otherwise are largely unaffiliated or even uninvolved with Jewish life. But the question that comes to mind, and which demands an answer, is what is the relevance of all this in the 21st century? After all, Israel is a sovereign and independent country, and most of world Jewry currently resides in the West where they enjoy unprecedented freedom to live as they see fit.

  • The Jordanian option
    By Carolyn Glick - Jerusalem Post - April 10, 2006  Today, there are two paradigms for contending with the Palestinian conflict with Israel. The first one is to negotiate a peace treaty with the Palestinians in which they will get land and sovereignty in exchange for promising to live at peace with Israel. In a word, this paradigm is the paradigm of appeasement.
    The second paradigm involves an Israeli retreat from Judea and Samaria and parts of Jerusalem in exchange for nothing whatsoever from the Palestinians. That is, the second paradigm is the paradigm of surrender.

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  • Israel to sever its roots by 2008
    By Stan Goodenough - Jerusalem Watchman - April 10, 2006

    The Israeli election is now behind us, and the clock is ticking.

    Reports at the weekend revealed that in just over two-and-a-half years, if Kadima leader and Prime Minister-designate Ehud Olmert realizes his goal, 4000 years of history will come to an end.

    By November 2008, according to the statements of Kadima officials in coalition talks with the Likud Party, Olmert’s “convergence plan” will have been executed.

    Notably, the time frame for its implementation is being tied to the next US presidential elections, with the aim being to completely carry out the plan while President George W. Bush is still in office.

    “Convergence” calls for:

    • The uprooting from their Judean and Samarian homes of 80,000 Jews
    • The destruction of those homes
    • The voluntary relinquishing, forever, of control over and any claim to 90 percent of the biblical heartland of the Jewish people, and
    • The setting of Israel’s “final” borders, which will hopefully be recognized as such by the international community.

    In short, the Olmert-led administration intends to sever the Jewish nation at its roots and, while so doing, drive even deeper the wedge that is already threatening to tip Israel into violent civil strife deeply in between the two sides.

    The land at the center of the convergence plan was promised to the Patriarch Abraham about four millennia ago in what he, and all subsequent generations believed to be an eternal and irrevocable covenant.

    After God confirmed the giving of the land to Abraham’s son, Isaac, and to Isaac’s son Jacob – who was renamed Israel – it became the national homeland of the Jews and has been so ever since.

    The heart of this land – today called the “West Bank” by all those who reject Israel’s right to it – was the cradle in which the nation of Israel was established and developed.

    It was not only the land of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, and Israel’s 12 sons, but also of Joshua and Caleb, of the Judges, of Kings Saul, David and Solomon and all the subsequent kings of Judah and of Israel. It was the land of the millions of ordinary Israelites who lived out their lives within its borders until the nation split and went into captivity.

    It was for this land that the exiled Jews sat down by the rivers of Babylon and wept. From their captivity in Persia and Rome and subsequently wherever they were scattered through the ages on the earth, it was to the “West Bank” that they longed to return.

    The “West Bank” is the land of the Bible, which is the primary and enduring historical record of the Jewish people – the nation of Israel.

    It is from this land, from their biblical history, and from the focus of their longing that kept the Jews Jewish through centuries of Diaspora history, that Olmert’s “convergence plan” would finally sever the remnant of the nation that survived to return to it.

    By November 2008, the Jewish people would have to finally and forever forget about returning to Eretz Yisrael.

    And as it has been throughout the “land-for-peace” process the United States, under the presidency of George W. Bush, will be there to oversee the final cut.

    While the Kadima Party has not spelled out its reasons for wanting to carry out the plan during Bush’s presidency, his administration is known to be committed to overseeing a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Bush believes separation of the two parties is essential to bringing this about, even though the US has not wanted to see unilateral Israeli action.

    Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon carried out his “disengagement plan” in close consultation with the Bush White House, which for its part did not shy away from expressing its support for a Kadima Party win in the March 28 election.

    With Kadima and Olmert firmly in place, there is little doubt that the US leadership will be intimately involved in the execution of the “convergence plan” and, thereby, the act of severing Israel at its roots.

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