Tamar Adelstein

It’s enough already! Sharp words from the Lubavitcher Rebbe


Chof Ches Nissan

The day the Rebbe said,

“I’ve done all that I can to bring the Geula, now I’m turning it over to you.”

The Redcoats are coming!

Israel’s Sixth Column* also known as the Security Cabinet recently cast a near unanimous vote in favor of Great Britain’s high-handed demand that Israel allow its observers access to Hamas’ Nuhkba bullies being held in Israeli prisons.

Anxious to ensure the killers are being treated kindly, the Brits, paragons of humanity, however, could have cared less back on October 19, 2021 when their own departments of justice and healthcare pulled the plug on little two-year old Alta Fixler, HY”D, asphyxiating her to death over a period of many painful hours!

Alta, an Israeli citizen born to parents with Israeli, American and Hungarian citizenship, had the misfortune to suffer oxygen deprivation at birth in a royal hospital in Manchester, England.

Despite surviving two serious bouts with Covid, formal requests by Israel and America to take responsibility for her care and numerous appeals to British and EU high courts, Alta was sentenced to death, deemed unworthy of living.

And now Britain is going to come in and dictate to Israel and Jews around the world how to handle baby killers and rapists?!

So far, the only shot heard round the world has been that fired in protest by Itamar Ben G’vir and Betzalel Smotrich.  Hence, we come to add the words of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, who said, “When Jewish lives are in danger, we must scream out in protest, even banging our fist on the table, until the situation has been reversed!”

Mr. Prime Minister – the Rebbe is also speaking to you, are you ready to listen?

And, then Something happened…

In the summer of 2006 during the Second Lebanon War, Israel’s NYC Consul General spoke to an audience of nearly 1,000 in Buffalo, pleading for help.

Recalling the chain of terror and war suffered over the decades since the founding of the State, the Consul General would summarize the end of every clash with a sigh and say, “and then something happened….” before moving on to the next one.

It was all one could do to keep from shouting, “You bet something happened!”  Whether the government running the show was from the Left, Right or Religious, conceding to cease fire before the enemy had been thoroughly vanquished inevitably led to the next war.

Forfeiting security, boundaries and sovereign decision making in exchange for an empty promise on a piece of paper, especially in a time of war, are the somethings that must stop.  Weakness and wavering not only harm the welfare of Jews in Israel but also endanger Jews wherever they are living and accounts in some measure for the rapid rise in antisemitism since October 7th.

Protecting Jewish lives, Pikuach Nefesh, is basic Yiddishkeit 101; if Israeli leaders need a refresher course, they can walk into any Chabad House and ask the shaliach to review it with them.

Is It Not Enough Already?

We see one blunder after another, one betrayal after another. Is it not enough that those at the helm purposely covered their eyes and ears to Hamas’ in-your-face preparations for October 7th but is it also possible, as some have suggested, that calculations were made figuring the public could handle a few Jews dying, and, in a short time, simply get over it?

While they may have never dreamed Hamas would slaughter over 1200 people, including tiny infants, children, women, men and the elderly or that hundreds would be taken captive or that our holy Jewish sisters would be raped and some, r”l, carried off into sexual enslavement  – still we must ask:  How can it be that not one of these imperious commanders has resigned, been dismissed or at the very least had the good grace to hand his head in shame?!

Is it not enough that over 400 Israeli soldiers have died on the battlefronts in Gaza, up North and in Judea and Samaria and that more may fall or be wounded, G-d Forbid, partly because the War and Security Cabinets won’t allow the full force of the IDF to bring our enemies to their knees?

On the contrary, Defense Minister Gallant made things perfectly clear when on April 10th, he traveled to S’derot (most residents having recently returned) to tell 8th graders this:

“The war with Hamas will take time. Youth in middle school will one day fight in the Gaza Strip, as in Judea and Samaria, and against Lebanon. But the truth must be clear, and the head must be high for our achievements:  From a military standpoint, Hamas is defeated. Its fighters are eliminated or in hiding. Its abilities are cut off, and we will continue to hit whatever’s left. Victory will come, step by step. We are on our way to it, and we won’t stop.”

Wow, what a future to look forward to for these kids, the third and fourth generations born in S’derot under rocket fire from Gaza.

How much more food and whatnot must go into Gaza to satisfy finger-wagging Anthony Blinken (the token Jew) or corrupt Joe Biden that the Jews are towing the line, taking special care to feed and provide shelter for their Gazan neighbors – many of whom are guilty of aiding and abetting the pogrom and hostage taking on October 7th?

Looks like it will never be enough, especially when Israeli leaders send in the police to beat up and arrest any Jews (including Lucy Dee’s son and relatives of the hostages) who dare to protest and block truckers from delivering “humanitarian” aid – prodding the World to keep tightening the screws until the Jews keel over into the sea.

Finally, does anyone honestly believe Qatar, Egypt, or their cronies in the region let alone the UN are going to rescue our hostages?  Really, it’s enough already!

Witless and Wrong

The decision to allow British inspectors into prisons where Hamas fighters are being held is wrong and must be revoked.

By kowtowing to Britain’s demands, the Security Cabinet witlessly fuels the false narrative that the State of Israel mistreats its prisoners and violates their human rights despite everything to the contrary.  Israeli leaders have no mandate to add in casting aspersions on the sterling character of the Jewish People (whom the Torah calls Yehudimrachmanim, b’nai rachmanim) and which is exactly what Britain’s hollow concerns are meant to do.

Thoroughly lopsided, such obsequiousness also removes any incentive for Hamas to treat the hostages humanely, let alone release them.

And it’s a slap in the face to the hostages (freed and still in captivity) who were cruelly denied and continue to be denied visits by the Red Cross, sufficient food and water, medical treatment, medicine, a way to bathe or shower or any change of clothing throughout their ordeal.

Finally, this kind of capitulation coupled with the Israeli government’s actions going on against residents in Judea and Samaria is an enormous embarrassment to good Jews around the world speaking up for Israel and against antisemitism.  There’s only so much an activist can spin on these latest insanities by Israeli leaders!

See:  The Lubavitcher Rebbe Unfiltered | Terrorism | Party Politics | Peace Treaties

The Day After 

We will conclude with some thoughts about the Day After:

Instead of issuing one wishy-washy statement after another, it’s time for Israeli leaders to say it straight and more importantly to follow through.  Ha Maaseh Hu HaIkar.

After defeating Hamas and the other bad actors working with them, Israel will assert its sovereignty, security and full, unconditional Jewish presence in Gaza.  Get ready for the uproar!

Gush Katif spokeswoman Anita Tucker recently introduced a fantastic, well-thought-out plan for Gaza she and other activists have been working on.

The first step begins with ensuring the security of every kibbutz and moshav along the Gaza periphery and will finally bring relief from the turmoil and disruption unchecked Arab terrorism has long caused those living in S’derot, Ofakim, Netivot, Ashdod and Ashkelon.

The next phases will develop agricultural, industrial and residential zones.  A lovely seaside promenade will be built (the touted Israeli riviera) and a forest will be planted in memory of the martyrs slain on October 7th.  See:  Can Gush Katif Be Reclaimed (Feb 14 2024)

 An Arab Spring elsewhere

As for the millions of Arabs living in Gaza, here is what the Lubavitcher Rebbe had to say:

“The government of Israel created with its very own hands the demographic problem by not expelling the Arabs who were at war with us during the Six Day War and by leaving them in their locations.

“So, let the government not come now and wave (which in truth is the result of their own failure) a demographic problem to explain away why they say we need to withdraw from the territories and not annex them to Israel.

“Indeed, I do admit that a large Arab population dwelling in the State can create a great problem but what is the better alternative?

“Better an independent Palestinian state or a Jordanian one in which one and a half million Arabs are within firing distance and creating war against every Jewish town and village in the Land?  Is it not preferrable that these same millions of Arabs be subject to the controlled supervision by the State of Israel within her borders, even with all the problems this brings?” The Rebbe in an interview with Shmuel Katz in 1978.

Considering that the vast majority of Gazan Arabs polled remorselessly support and/or were complicit in the atrocities on October 7th, they cannot be allowed to remain in Gaza.

The State of Israel has a moral and, yes, Halachic obligation to protect and secure the welfare of its Jewish citizens over and above the “rights” of an enemy – and that includes an enemy who finagles a ceasefire in order to regroup and rearm for later!

Implementing Moshe Feiglin’s suggestion offering Gazan Arabs a generous financial package to resettle elsewhere and make a new start could be combined with Tzachi Levi’s proposal to get them into Egypt where, subsidized by a hefty monetary grant to absorb them, would also give a much-needed boost to Egypt’s failing economy.

As it turns out, there are more than two million vacant apartments in Egypt that can house them, and part of the various grants can help Gazans emigrate to places like Turkey and Europe.  See:  Zehut Peace Plan,  See: The diplomatic battle between Israel and Egypt can decide the future of Gaza

*The Sixth Column – the aggregate of persons in a country at war who assist the subversive activities of the fifth column by defeatist talk, the spreading of rumors, and other activities that weaken resistance or appease the enemy (Miriam-Webster Dictionary)

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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