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"For Zion's sake I shall not hold my peace, And for Jerusalem's sake I shall not rest."

Enough of Moderation! Enough of Havlagah (Restraint)!
by Nadia Matar
- July 28, 2005

I am writing these lines on the day that Moetzet Yesha (the Council of Jewish Settlements in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza) announced the "Sderot Operation," as the continuation of the "Kfar Maimon Operation." I am writing this from the balcony of our caravan (mobile housing unit) in Kfar Yam, Gush Katif. Our family moved from Efrat to Kfar Yam on the day before Yom Ha\'atzmaut. An additional family lives in this caravan, the Finkelsteins, dear friends from Tekoa, who are our partners in the leadership of Women in Green.
Additionally, many youth are living with us, all from Efrat and Gush Etzion, and so our karavan has become the "operations center" for the youth from Gush Etzion and Efrat - wonderful youth, each of whom found an original and daring way of getting to Gush Katif, despite the criminal closure. The stories we hear about Jews "infiltrating" into Gush Katif are reminiscent of the time of the British Mandate, when Jews found all manner of ways to enter Eretz Israel, despite the prohibitions of the White Book.

We were all quite skeptical when we heard the announcement of the "Sderot Operation" by the Council of Jewish Settlements in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza. All of us are afraid that this will be another grandiose production, with no real intent to break into Gush Katif. Many people are asking themselves whether those who head the Yesha Council truly believe that we have the capability to win, or whether they have already despaired of victory, and have decided to make do with a symbolic, and quite passive, protest, fully coordinated with the security forces; with the main thing for them not guarding Gush Katif and Samaria, but that paeans of praise be written about them in the state media, about their wonderful "restraint."

Here is the place to recall the words of Yair Stern: "One thing is crystal-clear: a proper path, that ends in failure, is unfit. An \'unfit\' path, that ends in victory, is fit, by all standards." I am absolutely certain that we have the ability to cancel Sharon\'s deportation decree. The way to attain such a victory consists of bringing tens of thousands of people to Gush Katif in the next two weeks, at any cost. Kfar Maimon proved to everyone that the camp of Eretz Israel loyalists has a vast army: tens of thousands of adults and youth, infused with faith, determination, and the willingness for self-sacrifice. But this vast people\'s army will have no influence or significance if it is headed by "leaders" who shout every five seconds: "No confrontations with the security forces." We must declare, once and for all, that our goal is to save Gush Katif and northern Samaria - in order to save the entire State of Israel from destruction. And if this requires confrontation with the security forces - so be it.

We do not seek such a confrontation. But if the army and the police, once again, will act as in a shadowy fascist regime, and will forcefully and brutally prevent people from coming to Gush Katif, we must ensure that this time our people will not listen to the calls for restraint, but will push and cut the fences until they breach the siege walls. No force will be capable of stopping a determined public of tens of thousands of Jews streaming to the aid of their besieged brothers. And if the security forces, once again, will act brutally and violently, this must be stopped by active defense. It is inconceivable that they will mercilessly beat us and we will silently take it, as in the time of the galut (exile, Diaspora). It is inconceivable that a policeman will be permitted to put their hands on us, and attack our daughters as the Cossacks did, and our men will stand around helpless and not come to the defense of the young girls. It is inconceivable that the government trains deportation forces, and teaches them how to break our ribs, how to block veins in the neck so that we will lose consciousness, how to push their fingers into our nostrils until we faint, how to grab infants from their mothers and give them to strangers, and how to beat us with clubs - and we won\'t give ourselves and our children courses in self-defense and krav maga (close physical combat).

The time has come to put an end to the persecution of the national camp by the left - persecution that has continued since the time of the saison (when members of the Irgun and Lehi were seized and surrendered to the British authorities by the "organized Yishuv"), continuing with the Altalena episode and the pogroms organized by Yitzhak Rabin\'s mother, "Red Rosa," against Betar members. In all these instances our response was the shameful response of turning the other cheek. Enough. We\'re fed up.

Oriana Fallaci, an Italian journalist, who is one of the few journalists in the world who dares to attack Islam and the fact that Europe has surrendered to terror, wrote a passage in her book Apocalypse that is appropriate for us, as well, now, both for our struggle against the Arab enemy, and for our struggle against Ariel Sharon and the band of Oslo criminals who surround him:

"Resignation leads to apathy. Apathy leads to inertia. Inertia leads to indifference. Indifference paralyzes the instinct for self-defense, that is, the instinct to fight back.\'

We call to all the leaders of the national camp:

Stop accepting the decrees of Ariel Sharon.

Enough of moderation! Enough of havlagah! Enough of restrained and stately protests!

We have a public of tens of thousands. Assemble all the congregation of Israel and breach the siege of Gush Katif.

Only in this way will we succeed, with G-d\'s help.

Nadia Matar
Kfar Yam, Gush Katif