Letter from Ruth Matar (Women in Green) Jerusalem
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Most of us American Jews living in our Jewish Homeland are extremely disappointed in the statements President Bush made during his visit to Israel.
After his departure, the papers printed his FINAL STATEMENTS:
*STATES- Palestine will be national homeland for Palestinians; Israel will be national homeland for Jews.
[R.M.: Not according to the God of Israel. Leviticus 25:23- "And the land shall not be sold in perpetuity; for the land is Mine"]
*BORDERS- Must adjust 1949 cease-fire lines to reality on the ground to ensure contiguity of Palestinian state and protect Israel.
[R.M.: The borders of the Jewish Holy Land were already set by the G-d of Israel. Deuteronomy 11:24]
*REFUGEES-Solution will be through establishment of Palestinian state and international mechanism, including compensation.
[R.M.: Who made them refugees? We sure didn't!]
*JERUSALEM-Tough issue for both sides, politically and religiously, resolving which poses most complicated challenge.
[R.M.: Not at all a complicated challenge for the Master of the universe. Jerusalem is his holy Mountain. Isaiah 66:20]
*SECURITY-No Palestinian state as long as terror persists. U.S. committed to Israel's security.
[R.M.: Psalms 28:7- "Hashem is my strength and my shield…"]
*IMPLEMENTATION-Only after the sides meet road-map commitments.
[R.M.: Not in this world…]
Throughout his visit, three major English language papers in Israel were full of giant headlines announcing Bush's commands:
*OUTPOSTS MUST BE EVACUATED
*BUSH TELLS ISRAEL TO 'END THE OCCUPATION', AND KICKSTARTS A DRAMATIC COUNTDOWN: A PEACE TREATY BY THE TIME I LEAVE OFFICE'
*"TAKE CARE OF OLMERT", BUSH URGES
-Lieberman, Yishai implored to keep P.M. in power
[R.M.: Of course Bush has an interest in keeping his loyal puppet in power!]
U.S. president George W. Bush blatantly intervened in Israeli politics at Thursday's working dinner at the Prime Minister's residence, calling on the politicians there to support Prime Minister Olmert. Bush spoke at length with Shas chairman Eli Yishai and Israel Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman. "Take care of Olmert, so he will stay in power", Bush said. "He is a strong leader. Israeli politics is like karate, you never know when the next chop will come."
*BUSH ON A MIDEAST PEACE 'TIMETABLE'
PRESIDENT BUSH SAYS HE IS CONFIDENT OF ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN TREATY
-Ramalah, West Bank: President George W. Bush, making his first visit to the Palestinian territories, expressed confidence here Thursday that an Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty would be signed during his last year in office, and urged Israel not to disrupt efforts to build stronger Palestinian security forces, which he called essential to the creation of a democratic Palestine.
[R.M.: This reminds me of Little Red Riding Hood: "My, what big guns you have..." "The better to shoot you with, my dear…"]
*BUSH: PALESTINE CAN'T BE A "SWISS CHEESE"
[R.M.: And Israel can?!]
-President tells Palestinians he is confident a viable, contiguous state will emerge.
-Ramallah- Palestinian Authority officials here had mixed reactions to Thursday's talks with U.S. President George W. Bush in the Mukata presidential compound.
-Portraits of Arafat were visible almost everywhere in the Mukata.
-The source said the PA did not hang U.S. flags in the city [Ramallah] to avoid "provoking" residents.
-Bush, who spoke beneath a portrait of Arafat, also stressed the importance of establishing a contiguous Palestinian state. "Swiss Cheese" isn't going to work when it comes to the territory of a state.
-Bush also outlined the tracks for the talks over the core issues, which include the future of Jerusalem, borders, refugees, water, settlements and prisoners.
-During the press conference, PA policemen used clubs and tear gas to disperse hundreds of demonstrators who took to the streets to protest against Bush's visit. The demonstrators shouted: "Bush is a murderer" and "Bush go home" as they tried to march toward downtown's Manara square, (the Presidential Compound).
[R.M.: Note the difference between the Jewish and Arab reception of President George Bush: American flags were hung along all the main streets of Jerusalem; the PA did not hang any US flags in Ramallah to avoid "provoking" residents.]
On Friday, the last day of Bush's three-day visit to Israel, he spoke during an hour long tour of Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial Hall of Names.
Bush's eyes welled with tears at least twice during his visit to Yad Vashem.
"I wish as many people as possible would come to this place. It is a sobering reminder that evil exists, and a call that when evil exists we must resist it," the U.S. leader said after laying a wreath and lighting a torch in memory of the victims.
Isn't it ironic that President Bush speaks of the importance of resisting evil, when he himself tries to deprive the very victims of the Holocaust of the homeland that they finally gained after the War?
Isn't President Bush promoting evil by trying to carve a terrorist state out of the land which the G-d of Israel promised the Jews as an everlasting inheritance?
With Blessings and Love for Israel,
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