[THS] Rabbis to US Ambassador: Time to Go Biblical with Arabs
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Rabbis to US Ambassador: Time to 'Go Biblical' with Arabs
By Gil Ronen
January 02, 2009 "IsraelNN" -- A delegation of the Rabbinical Congress for Peace
(RCP) met with U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Mr. James Cunningham, today and called
for a reassessment of the entire U.S. policy vis-à-vis the Israelis and Palestinians. The
rabbis told Ambassador Cunningham that it was time to try the Biblical approach to
the dispute over the Land of Israel.
"The past 17 years have proven without a shadow of a doubt that every square inch
ceded [sic] by Israel to the Palestinians was transformed into a platform of hatred and terrorism," RCP Director Rabbi Avrohom Shmuel Lewin told the ambassador. "In
other words, the 'land for peace' formula in the Israel-Palestinian context, besides
being a formula that goes against the Divine will, is ineffective, obsolete, and an
exercise in futility. Most of all it is a dangerous policy that only leads to bloodshed and
instability in the region and harms vital American interests in the region as well,"
'Land for peace doesn't work'
The delegation was headed by Rabbi Joseph Gerlitzky, Chairman of the RCP, who is
also the Rabbi Central Tel Aviv where the US embassy is located. Rabbi Gerlitzky
presented the ambassador with the Halachic (Jewish legal) ruling signed by over 350
prominent rabbis in Israel that it is forbidden to give up even one inch of territory
controlled by Israel today because it will bring bloodshed and instability to the region.
"In the name of the overwhelming majority of rabbis in Israel," he said, "we request
of you Mr. Ambassador, to convey our Halachic message to President Barack Obama
that it is time for a complete reversal and reassessment of U.S. policy in the Middle
East. The 'land for peace' policy never worked and harms U.S. interests in the region
and the world at large."
The ambassador was visibly moved by Rabbi Sholom Gold, a leading rabbi in
Jerusalem, who described the suffering that the Jewish People have endured ever
since the implementation of the Oslo Accords and the agreements that followed. "It's
all a play of words, there is no peace process," he said. "From the day that we
started conceding and withdrawing we did not have one day of rest and peace. Why
should our enemies want to make peace with us when they see that with terrorism
they get what they want? Even the U.S., Israel's supposedly best friend, sides with
them in demanding a freeze and evacuation of settlements. Is the triumph of Arab
terror one of American interests?" Gold asked.
"Who knows, Mr. Ambassador, maybe this is your defining moment."
Rabbi Dov Lior, the Rabbi of Kiryat Arba-Hevron, said: "G-d gave the US the power
and influence to affect the rest of the world and supporting Israel is the key to
Ambassador Cunningham told the rabbis that he does not see how the problem can
be solved without taking into consideration the Palestinians, to which Rabbi Gold
remarked: "Ever since we started taking the Palestinians into consideration the
situation only worsened."
The ambassador asked the rabbis, "So what is your solution to the problem?"
Rabbi Gerlitzky replied: "You must switch the entire approach to the situation. We all
believe in the Holy Bible and up until now we tried every formula except for that
which is delineated in the Bible. Let's try it and who knows, Mr. Ambassador, maybe
this is your defining moment, that G-d Almighty has placed you in this capacity in
order to precipitate a new course which will bring a true peace to the entire region."
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