LETTER FROM RUTH MATAR (WOMEN IN GREEN) JERUSALEM
Thursday, December 9, 2004
Last night, we lit the second candle of the Chanukah holiday. Our whole family was sitting around the table, eating latkes and other goodies, with the children excited about the presents they have received. All in all, it was a grand party. It was a happy occasion until our son David told us that he had just read on the Arutz 7 news website the following bad news. These are excerpts from an article entitled “US and Israeli Officials: Yesha Headed for Destruction”:
“The US demands that Israel evacuate and abandon all Jewish communities behind the anti-terror partition fence. So says Elliot Abrams, Director of the National Security Council Middle East section. “Abrams gave this short-thrift treatment to the 250,000-strong, 35 year-old Jewish settlement enterprise when speaking to American Jewish leaders recently. They were visiting Washington when Abrams told them, ‘It’s clear to us that in the end, the settlements on the other side of the partition will be dismantled.’
“Abrams, considered a pro-Israel element in the American government, said that the US has no plans to suffice merely with the uprooting of the Jewish presence in northern Samaria and Gaza. He explained that the Americans will support Israel’s retention of “settlement blocs” ONLY [emphasis is mine. –R.M.] if Israel uproots everything else in the Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria.
“Of even greater concern to pro-Yesha elements is a statement uttered just yesterday in a session of the Knesset Law Committee. Itamar Yaar, a senior figure in Israel’s National Security Council, said outright, ‘The goal of the disengagement plan is to bring about a new reality, a permanent arrangement in which there will not be Jewish settlement in these areas [Judea and Samaria].'”
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Is this our Chanukah present, courtesy of Ariel Sharon and the American government?
It is extraordinary, how history repeats itself. Also, that this announcement came during Chanukah. The story of Chanukah is, of course, very much simplified in our generation: “A small band of courageous Maccabees fought the mighty Syrian-Greek army of King Antiochus. The miracle of Chanukah is the rededication of the Temple, and the triumph of freedom of religion in the face of oppression.”
The TRUE Chanukah story is not so simple. Yes, the Maccabean wars were fought against a foreign occupying force, the Syrian-Greeks. But these wars were also waged against another enemy trying to destroy Israel as a Jewish entity, an enemy WITHIN.
The Hellenized Jews at the time of the Hasmoneans were a dedicated group of “worldly” Jews drawn to the “beauty” of Greek culture and alienated from their own heritage and from the G-d of Israel. They existed to ingratiate themselves by serving the whim of their foreign patrons and to eliminate the yoke of their own heritage — the Torah. They longed to be like the other nations of the world, free to indulge in whatever they wished, and to eradicate any vestige of what makes a Jew Jewish in the first place: The G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the Land of Israel, and the Holy Torah itself.
The REAL battle of the Maccabees was not only against the Syrian-Greek army of Antiochus. It was also against their fellow Jews, who were willing to sell out their Jewish identity for universality, world citizenship, economic advancement, and of course, acceptance by other nations. They were even willing to give up the Holy Temple, and to allow Jerusalem to become a Greek city, all in order to obtain for themselves “the good life”, and to become enlightened “citizens of the world”.
Today, our modern assimilationists are very much like the Hellenists of old. We have our own version of disloyal high priests and our own Hellenizers — the Sharons, the Olmerts, the Shimon Pereses, the Tommy Lapids, and others too numerous to mention.
What makes the leader of the Hellenists, Ariel Sharon, run? Sharon, who personally induced and himself helped his fellow Jews settle in Judea, Samaria and Gaza?
Aryeh Stav wrote an editorial in the Israeli Magazine ‘Nativ’, entitled “Your Destroyers and Those Who Laid You Waste Go Forth from You”: “Sharon’s actions are an insult to the intelligence.
Is it necessary to again emphasize that the introduction of the Egyptian army into the Gaza Strip is a strategic failure, the likes of which in any proper country, would lead to the Prime Minister’s removal within 24 hours and his being tried before a military tribunal on counts of treason?
Is it not self-explanatory that the expulsion of Jews by Jews from Judea, Samaria and Gaza, the cradle of the Jewish Nation and Zionism’s raison d’etre is sinking to depths unprecedented in Jewish history?
“A corrupt con artist captured the Israeli premiership, one who led his voters astray and stole their votes. “Can one imagine a more profound moral nadir than the ‘Israeli Defense Forces’ expelling a Jew from his Land and destroying his house? An army whose hands were tied preventing them from liquidating the murderous Arab gangs, and was therefore ordered to turn on his own people?
“I know that these are harsh words and it is conceivable that the undersigned will be forced to pay the price. However, in a world in which Sharon and his ilk are running free, sitting in detention will be considered an honor.”
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Thus, on one side we have today’s Hellenists, the enemies within, who are willing to sell out their Jewish brethren. But who is the modern equivalent of the Syrian-Greek Army of King Antiochus? Is it all the anti-Semitic countries in the world? Is it the members of the Quartet, Russia, the United Nations, the European Union and the United States?
Undoubtedly, some of these countries have joined the modern equivalent of the Army of Antiochus. However, I think we must rid ourselves of the comfortable fiction that poor Ariel Sharon is being unbearably pressured by the United States and its President, George W. Bush. Sharon, for his own reasons, (avoiding prosecution for his and his family’s alleged questionable actions in the past, his persistent legal problems, etc.) has in effect, told the United States: “It would be helpful for you to put pressure on Israel. This would achieve goals which would be beneficial for both of us.”
Can we really blame the United States government, especially its State Department, for gratefully accepting a diplomatic geopolitical victory, which supposedly would have a positive effect on the relationship with approximately 1.4 billion Muslims?
However, it is certainly a danger sign when Elliot Abrams, the Director of the United States National Security Council Middle East section, declares that the American government wants to uproot virtually all settlements in Judea and Samaria. Who does he speak for, President George W. Bush or the U.S. State Department?
I doubt if Mr. Abrams speaks for Congress or for the Christian Evangelicals, many of whom refer to themselves as Christian Zionists. The Los Angeles Times noted, not to happily, after the American election: “Christian Evangelicals provided much of the passion and manpower for President Bush’s reelection” (November 12, 2004). In the words of the Christian leader Pat Robertson, “Evangelical Christians support Israel because we believe that the words of Moses and the ancient prophets of Israel were inspired by God. We believe that the emergence of a Jewish State in the Land promised by God to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, was ordained by God. “You must realize that the God who spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai is our God. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are our spiritual Patriarchs. Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel are our prophets. King David, a man after God’s own heart, is our hero. The Holy City of Jerusalem is our spiritual capital. And the continuation of Jewish sovereignty over the Holy Land is a further bulwark to us that the God of the Bible exists and that His Word is true.”
Make no mistake: the entire world is being convulsed by a religious struggle. The fight is not about money or territory; it is not about poverty versus wealth; it is not about ancient customs versus modernity. No, the struggle is whether Hubal, the Moon God of Mecca, known as Allah, is supreme, or whether the God of the Bible is Supreme.
“If God’s chosen people turn over to Allah control of their most sacred sites, if they surrender to Muslim vandals the tombs of Rachel, of Joseph, of the Patriarchs, of the ancient prophets, if they believe their claim to the Holy Land comes only from Lord Balfour of England and the ever fickle United Nations rather than the promises of Almighty God – then in that event, Islam will have won the battle. Throughout the Muslim world the message will go forth: “Allah is greater than Jehovah. The promises of Jehovah to the Jews are meaningless. We can now, in the name of Allah, crush the Jews and drive them out of the land that belongs to Allah.”
“In short, those political initiatives that some have asserted will guarantee peace, will in truth guarantee unending struggle and ultimate failure. Those political leaders who only understand the secular dimension of Israel’s existence and dismiss the spiritual dimension will find that they receive the mess of pottage of Esau rather than the inheritance of Jacob.”
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The present situation in Israel now is becoming unbearable. Sharon is a virtual dictator and is hell bent on getting his own way. He is pursuing policies which are not in the Jewish nation’s interest. A civil war is unfortunately a possibility. It is definitely not in the interest of the United States to decimate and destabilize the Jewish Nation, and to create an additional terrorist state in the Middle East.
Dear Friends, it is in the power of Christian Zionists to stop this madness of the modern equivalent of the Hellenists and the Army of Antiochus to try to cause a second Holocaust. It is not only in your power, but it is your responsibility to make clear to whoever in the American government is contemplating to uproot Jewish communities in the Holy Land, that this is directly against the Word of G-d.
Please don’t put off writing to President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, your Senators and your Congressman, and tell them how strongly you feel about the survival of the Jewish State.
Also tell the American government representatives how important it is that the United States not become a partner to the Crime of uprooting G-d’s People from the Holy Land. With Blessings and Love for Israel, Ruth Matar
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