Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Resp of the Bd of Directors of the OU - needs to go a step further. Entitlement.

The Response of the Board of Directors of the OU  (see below) is a step in the right direction but is clearly not going to work.
The OU as representative of Orthodox Jewry has never spoken with clarity regarding our entitlement to the entire Land of Israel and that this is  fundamental to our Jewish Heritage.  This entitlement goes hand in hand with observance of the commandments. The Land of Israel is the Promised Land and also the Holyland.  It is promised to the seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and it's holiness is contingent on the observance of commandments.
The OU is a member of the JCPA which endorses a Two State solution and they are a member of the Conference of Presidents which represents Peace Now and other organizations that promote the Two State Solution. This  response below of the OU is equivalent to foolishly allowing a robber/murderer into your home, allow him to take over and then rebuke him for trashing it and for threatening you and then telling all the members of your household that they have permission to defend themselves. 
All one needs to do in such a situation is to clearly express entitlement to ones home and throw out the imposters once and for all thereby restoring peace into the home. 
What is our source of our entitlement?  It is our Holy Torah.
Sources in Tanach of our entitlement:
Bereishis/Genesis 13:15-18 ; 17:8 (HaShem to Avram - promise of land; to Avraham - new name and reiteration of promise of land)
The Covenant with Abraham is Breishis/Genesis 15:18-21. (extended boundaries, from the River of Egypt to the Eurphrates River, covers boundaries of 10 nations)
The Covenant to Isaac Breishis/Genesis 26:2-6.
The Covenant of Jacob is in Breishis/Genesis  28:13-16.
The Covenants and promises to the forefathers share three points. 1. Land is promised to them and to their children afterwards 2. The Nations of the world are blessed through them and 3. the children must keep the commandments in order to be worthy of the Land.

Shemos/Exodus 6:4,8 (HaShem to Moshe - reminder of promise to the Avot)
Isaiah 11:12; 49:12; 51:11 (Ingathering of exiles; return to Zion)

Amos 9:14,15 (Return from captivity - plant on to the land - never again to be uprooted)

Ezekiel 36:24, 36; 37:21( Gathering from all the lands to your own soil)
Breishis/Genesis 15:18-21. (extended boundaries, from the River of Egypt to the Eurphrates River, covers boundaries of 10 nations)

Bamidbar/Numbers 33:53; 34:13 (HaShem to Moshe - boundaries of Eretz Yisrael, the 7 nations)

Shemos/Exodus 19: 5-6  (The Nation of Israel will be a Kingdom of Priests and a holy nation)  
Statement of The Board of Directors of the OU in Support of Israeli Self-defence Actions in Gaza
March 04, 2008

The Board of Directors of the Orthodox Union has unanimously adopted this resolution.

Statement of the Board of Directors of the Orthodox Union:

WHEREAS, the Orthodox Union watches with horror the recent terrorist onslaughts against the State of Israel, with rocket and mortar fire into Sderot, and now Ashkelon. Nearly 200 rockets have fallen in the last few days alone, and since Hamas took over Gaza in an armed coup in June 2007, 1,018 rockets and 937 mortars have been launched, making Sderot and the Western Negev the front line against Arab terrorism; innocent civilians, including men, women and children face constant, unprovoked attacks, as terrorists indiscriminately target homes, schools, kindergartens and houses of worship; and the Orthodox Union is deeply concerned by the physical and psychological trauma and injuries endured and we mourn the death of innocents.

WHEREAS, Hamas is a vicious terrorist organization, committed to the destruction of the State of Israel. Hamas continues to indoctrinate children with hate in school textbooks and children's television programs; it refuses to recognize Israel's right to exist and continues to arm, train and fund terrorists; it remains a proxy of Iran and continues, most awfully, to hold IDF Corporal Gilad Shalit hostage, in violation of all basic rules of war and human decency.

WHEREAS, Israel has the sovereign right of self defense and the moral duty to protect innocent civilians from terror attack. Israel has done so admirably, with great restraint and making efforts to minimize civilian casualties on the Palestinian side while targeting terror masterminds and leaders in targeted strikes; yet, the international community, including the United Nations, the Arab League and the European Union, in whole or through member states, has criticized Israel's responses, and equated Israel's reaction and self defense with Hamas led terrorist attacks.

THEREFORE, the Orthodox Union states its strongest support for Israel's right to defend itself against the terrorist campaign and to defend Israel's right to exist as a Jewish State in the historic homeland of the Jewish People and


To support the brave people of Israel, notably those in Sderot, Ashkelon and the Western Negev;

To support the Israel Defense Forces and security personnel who risk their lives to defend innocent life;

To call upon the international community to support Israel in its fight for survival against Hamas and Arab-Islamic terrorism.


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