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The Maccabean Online

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



As we approach Passover, a festival of Jewish liberation, we must think seriously about the future. The election in Israel was a blow to those who believe in the Right of Jews to their Holy Land.

The L-rd promised Abraham that Eretz Yisrael would belong to the Jewish People forever. Despite this a government has arisen in Israel that denies G-d\'s promise. We must continue to struggle for our rights and not give in to frustration and despair.

Jewish history has been a long process with many ups and downs. After the Holocaust, we witnessed the re-birth of the Jewish State. And so history will continue. Olmert and his party of self-destruction will one day be defeated. That he can cause great harm to Israel in the meantime is well known. However, we are a strong people and one day we will overcome this set back.

I say to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert: Be aware of the Risen People who will sweep the Arab scourge into the dustbin of history. Know that the Jewish soul will be set free. The spectacular victories of the Israeli army and the return to Zion demonstrated that power. But it wasn\'t a miracle. It was just the soul of the Jew coming to its own. It was just the Jewish soul freed at last to be itself.

And I see it coming, the Jewish soul released to be itself. I see a new proud Jewish government coming to power in Israel. A government that reclaims the Jewish Holy Places and restores Jewish sovereignty in all of Eretz Yisrael. I see Moslem control and Islamic sites removed from the Temple Mount to make it ready for Moshiach. I see the enemies of Israel, who raise up their hands to murder or injure Jews, driven from our Holy Land.

I see a new Israeli foreign policy that grovels before no nation, no matter how powerful. I see Israel\'s Foreign Minister informing every nation that their embassies must be in Jerusalem. If they don\'t respect Israel\'s capital, then maybe they can have a consulate in Tel Aviv. I see the government demanding that the Vatican return all the property it has stolen from the Jewish people during the last 2000 years. Maybe they will refuse and we could always hold their property in Israel as a down payment. The Vatican has been used to dealing with obsequious groveling Jews, but now they would see proud fearless Jews. I see an Israeli government that would change its relationship with America from one of subservience to one of equal alliance.

Yes, I have a dream that Jews will no longer debate the obvious: like whether to hold onto what is theirs or trade it away; whether to struggle for survival or to give up from fatigue. I have a dream that the Jews of the kibbutz and the Jews of YESHA will be reborn as brothers and patriots. From the Galilee to Eilat, all the people of Israel will share the same dream of a powerful independent Zionist nation. I have a dream that this strong, proud independent Israel will win the respect of all the nations of the world, including the Arabs. Instead of the contempt it has earned in recent years, Israel will again be a light unto the nations. And finally, I have a dream that this new Israel will find the peace it so dearly deserves. A peace with strength and self-respect. As I look back at 4000 years of Jewish history, I have but one urgent hope and prayer: We must make this dream a reality. There is no alternative.

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With Love of Israel and Faith in HaShem,
Bernard J. Shapiro, Executive Director