Tamar Adelstein
Tamar Adelstein

Combating Terrorism – Counsel from the Lubavitcher Rebbe

The Lubavitcher Rebbe on the Way to Combat Terrorism (From Year 1969)

The collapse of all common sense from across the political spectrum in Israel this week is directly harming the safety and welfare of Jews.

The unwillingness by Israel’s ministers to take firm, immediate steps to stop the rockets being fired by Hamas on Southern Israel or the Ramadan rioting in Yerushalayim and other major cities is inexcusable.

By ignoring their obligation to protect Jewish lives, the Israeli Government emboldens the PLO/PA/Hamas conglomerate and hostile Israeli Arabs to continue their aggression.

The Defense Minister’s meaningless warnings sent to Hamas this week were feeble and ineffective; the mean-spirited order, at the same time, needlessly expelling the small group of Jewish students and families living in Homesh (one of the four communities in Samaria dismantled as part of the 2005 Disengagement) and destroying their buildings was harsh and reprehensible – a major Chilul HaShem that undermines the very essence of security and sovereignty.

In a month that commemorates the Holocaust, fallen IDF soldiers and victims of Arab terror, Jewish children in S’derot and elsewhere sleep fitfully at night because Israeli leaders insist on remaining loyal to the Oslo Accords and the Gaza Disengagement they foolishly pledged their allegiance to in 1993 and 2005.

So muddled is their thinking that even though the “Palestinians” campaigning in the upcoming PA elections carry a ton of terrorist baggage, Israel’s Foreign Ministry reached out to reassure European ambassadors, dafka this week while Jews are suffering under fire from PA incitement, that Israel has no intention of interfering in their internal affairs.

Rocking the boat, after all, might launch a win for Hamas in Judea and Samaria and that would leave Israeli politicians, finally, with no choice but to confront the demon they created and retake YESHA.

Left, Right  and then there is the MK, purporting to represent Eretz Yisroel’s Torah Sages, who shamelessly excoriated Betzalel Smotrich for refusing to sit in a Right/Religious coalition that would include the Islamist Ra’am party.  With all due respect, we could find no  source in Halacha that permits collaborating with a non-Jew whose political charter openly abides “no allegiance to Israel” and who is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.  See:  Mansour Abbas and the Islamist Ra’am Party: Partners or Enemies? – Israel National News.

In a week whose theme began with Pesach Sheni and its opportunity for second chances, we call on the Israeli Government to heed the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s wise and holy counsel for combatting terrorism: The Lubavitcher Rebbe on the Way to Combat Terrorism (From Year 1969) – Jewish News and Israel news – Breaking News

And, as we close this week celebrating Rabbi Shimon bas Yochai’s Yom Hilula, may these troubles have become a thing of the past and our celebration overflowing with love for one another, b’achdus and  b’simcha!

by Tamar Adelstein, Coordinator

Crown Heights Women for the Safety and Integrity of Israel

About the Author
I am originally from Buffalo, NY and although I did not have a religious upbringing I always felt a strong connection with Yiddishkeit and Eretz Yisroel. I still get chills recalling the moment the Rabbi announced that Israel had been attacked on Yom Kippur. In the weeks that followed, even though I really didn't understand all the details, I was the one student in my 10th grade Social Studies class who challenged our German-American teacher when he said Israel would be wiped out. Interestingly, the rest of Jewish kids in the class who came from much more Jewishly -oriented homes than I were silent. Years later I met one of them and was astounded to find out how they were all silently cheering me on. On the day the Jews were "disengaged" from Gush Katif, I was stopped in the grocery store (in Buffalo) by a little Jewish lady who whispered to me that she didn't think it was right what Israel was doing. Which just goes to show that there is a vast silent majority of Jews who agree with the Rebbe's approach to peace.
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