Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Agudah Mission to Washington DC July 25, 2013 gets widespread media coverage

To the Distinguished Leadership of Agudath Israel Mission to Washington DC July 2013:
The recent Agudath Yisroel mission to Washington DC received wide media coverage.  A well written article by Shoshana Bernstein was headlined "To See and to Be Seen". Coverage appeared in Hamodia, Yated,  5 Towns Jewish Times, Jewish Home, in Cleveland and Baltimore papers and others. 
Here are some links:
 It is clear that Agudath Yisroel has a wide network of friends in Washington DC.  
Eric Cantor the Republican House Majority Leader was quoted as saying, " I always admired Agudath Israel for their grassroots ability".
As an Eretz Yisroel Activist, I was especially curious to read about Aguda's lobby efforts in these trying times, specifically on behalf of Judea and Samaria and against the sickening release of terrorists.
Apparently, focus was "To See and To Be Seen", rather than to lobby for Judea and Samaria, against a PA State or against the release of terrorists. 
“This is Agudath Israel at its best,” enthused Rabbi Labish Becker, the organization’s Executive Director, as he reflected on the day. “Fulfilling our core, essential mission of representing Klal Yisroel to the governmental authorities and forming positive, mutually appreciated relationships with them to ensure their ongoing support on behalf of Eretz Yisrael, Jewish education, security and our ability to function as religious Jews.”  ( Cleveland Local Jewish News)
While showing a respectable presence and building relationships is a worthy goal,   the mission and what it accomplished was terribly disappointing. We were hoping that lobby efforts on behalf of Judea and Samaria and against the release of terrorists would have been on the agenda.
Atem Nitzavim Hayom....Lo Bashamayim hi.....
A few days ago on August 13, 2013 in Brazil, Kerry remarked that the Jews are illegitimate occupiers of Palestinian Land  All Israeli settlements on Palestinian land are illegal, US says

These untruths must be renounced.  We have the facts.  Truth is on our side.
 We know that we are descendants of the Tribe of Yehuda and the Tribe of Binyamin and the Tribe of Levi.  We know that these territories are our rightful legitimate Biblcal Inheritance and are clearly delineated in the Torah.  Who is Kerry to steal our identity and our Promised Land from the descendants of Yaakov Avinu? 

From an International legal standpoint please refer to Howard Grief's book The Legal Foundation and Borders of Israel under International Law (2008). While Jewish legal rights are firmly implanted in international law, there is, on the other hand, no binding document of international law that provides for the creation of a new Arab state in former Mandated Palestine. In this respect, UN resolutions do not constitute international law, nor does the Road Map Peace Plan or other similar initiatives.
Lemaan Zion Lo Echesha.....
The world needs to hear a Torah statement of truth to combat the lies whose foundation comes from our enemies, radical, terror supporting, Islamic infiltration of the White House.

Sec'y Kerry is trying his hardest to win over the major Jewish Organizations to support his anti Israel Agenda to turn Jews agaisnt their own brothers. 

Tamar Adelstein a Chabad actvist and Director of  Crown Heights Women For The Safety and Integrity of Israel whose activism comes from the teachings of the Lubavitch Rebbe put out a Press Release to denounce the presence of American Friends of Lubavitch presence at Kerry's meeting with Major Jewish Organizations.
Arlene from Israel found it dispicable and dangerous.
2013: Unbearable »

August 11, 2013: Despicable and Dangerous

Last Thursday night, Secretary of State Kerry met for 90 minutes with a select group of heads of Jewish American organizations to speak about the "peace process." Standing with him at this "briefing" were National Security Advisor Susan Rice and special envoy (Middle East "mediator?") Martin Indyk.

Present were representatives of AIPAC, J Street, the ADL, the American Jewish Committee, the Conservative movement (the Rabbinic Assembly according to the JPost, and perhaps also the United Synagogue), the Orthodox Union, American Friends of Lubavitch, B'nai B'rith International, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the Jewish Federations of North America, Hadassah, the National Jewish Democratic Council, the National Council of Jewish Women and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

As the meeting was off the record, there was no official report issued; media descriptions relied upon reports from participants. All reports I encountered had the same basic information, but with varying details provided from one to the other. What I'm reading is that Kerry said there was a "strategic imperative" to arrive at a deal soon. Sounding "upbeat" about the possibilities, he said he "feared" for Israel's future if no deal was reached.

Kerry asked for American Jewish organizational "support" for this diplomatic effort. He is worried about "pressures" on Netanyahu that might sway him away from a deal -- as he has to contend with right wing parties in his coalition.""
Major Jewish Organizations listened to Kerry and were silent.  Aguda fortunately wasn't one of these groups summoned to support Kerry's statements. I feel  sorry for those who attended and were silent. We learn from Iyov that Silence is not an option. We must learn from Yithro who stood up to Pharoah, and assert our rights to Yehuda and Shomron as theological truth.
  We are counting on Agudath Israel's stance to be more proactive and assertive regarding our Jewish Biblical Heritage. Beezrat Hashem,  davka because Aguda is held in such high esteem and have a long term relationship with members of the Senate, House of Representatives and
White House officials that you can effect change and make a difference...
You were briefed regarding Israel's Security.    Key names that came up in this mission that pertain to protecting Israel's security interest came from the Dept. of Treasury, David Cohen Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence and Eytan Fisch and Daniel Moger asst. Directors for Policy, Office of Foreign Assets Control.  Their efforts are in the realm of sanctions for Iran. Sanctions against Iran are important but when you are dealing with an enemy that can not be bought, a statement of truth and principles must the foundation of all other course of action.  Otherwise sanctions alone prove ineffective.

 Menachem Lubinsky, who is involved in the protection of the graves of Har HaZeitim and a  member of the Board of Trustees of Agudath Israel noted a period of history where the Rabbonim did have influence.  Unfortunately, it was too late for the millions that already perished.....It took just a few short months in 1944 for the majority of Hungarian Jews including my grandparents and aunts and uncles to be decimated in Auschwitz. Too bad Rabbonim didn't or couldn't do more sooner....
"At the Treasury Department, the Orthodox group noted the historic role of US Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau in moving the FDR administration to recognize the atrocities being perpetrated against Jews in Eastern Europe. It was in October 1943 that some 400 Orthodox rabbis traveled to the White House to plead with the US Government to rescue Jews from the furnaces of Nazi Germany.
"While FDR refused to see the rabbis, who were reluctantly seen by Vice President Henry Wallace, it was Secretary Morgenthau at the urging of Agudath Israel and the Vaad Hatzalah, who successfully implored the Roosevelt Administration to rescue Jews, which resulted in the creation of the War Board," said Menachem Lubinsky, a member of the Board of Trustees of Agudath Israel. "For this we are eternally grateful."

There were many warnings pre Holocaust that the Rabbonim ignored.  Doris Wise Montrose a child of Holocaust Survivors describes the blatant warnings that a Holocaust was coming that Jews choose to ignore:  She writes:
"I am Doris Wise Montrose, founder and president of Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors. As a child of two Holocaust survivors, I determined that it was my obligation to help educate the public in the United States and abroad about the political, intellectual and cultural climate that led to the Holocaust.
My father, Meyer Wise, a survivor of the Lodz Ghetto and Auschwitz among other Nazi retreats, always said that had a place like Israel existed where Jews were wanted and could go, there would not have been a Holocaust.
In the 1930s, Jews in Europe were forbidden to attend schools, play in the parks, go shopping and do business. Jews accommodated, believing that if only they abided by the rules, they would be left alone. But then Jews were told to relinquish their possessions, their jewelry, and their art. Again, Jews believed that their possessions were only material things and if they would only let go of them, they would be left alone..."  She brings lots more examples..
- "All of these ongoing concessions by Israel resulted in one failure after the other, yet many still contemplate further futile capitulation to gain the world's sympathy. Too many Jews still hold the same old suicidal belief that the more we surrender to those who hate us, the greater the likelihood that peace with the Arabs will be achieved. Today, we are here again. -
See more at:
Doris writes
"... 1948, the UN completely disregarded the Balfour Declaration, the decisions of the League of Nations and the historical rights of the Jewish people to Israel/Palestine. Instead, they tried to split the land of Biblical Israel into a Jewish state and a Muslim/Arab state. The Jews said, "It's not fair, but we'll take what we can get." The Arabs said, "No, we want it all."Then the Arabs said, "We will rename ourselves, invent a people, a land and a history where none had existed." The Jews failed to correct that myth and now the world sides against a people with an established history of a Jewish nation for over 3000 years. Unfortunately, Israel and the Jewish people accommodated and continue to accommodate this new narrative which has captured the world's support and sympathy while inspiring hatred for the Jews and Israel. "
Dror Eydar in Israel Hayom writes, "Every diplomatic statement, press conference and political speech needs to emphasize, first and foremost, the historical, religious and moral rights of the Jews to their land. Mr. President of the United States of America, do you believe in the Bible? Do you believe in the promise of this land to the Jewish people? Almost 2,000 years before Islam came to this world, when the forefathers of MKs Zahalka and Tibi were worshipping idols in the Hijaz desert, our own forefathers were walking here and beginning to practice monotheism.
One thousand six hundred years before Islam, we had a kingdom and Temple in Jerusalem. Twice we were destroyed and exiled, and twice we came back home. Four hundred years before the advent of Islam, the Romans changed the name of Judea to Palestine, after the coastal nation known as the Philistines, who had disappeared hundreds of years previously. The Romans sought to erase the connection between the Jews and their land. Now Arabs of the region call themselves Palestinians and say, "We were here before you." This lie must be exposed at every opportunity. Telling this truth is also our chance at achieving true peace. "
Surely a public statement of such nature by Agudath Yisroel is crucial. It is an accurate reflection of the beliefs of the Jewish people throughout the world throughout the centuries.. Surely it is an accurate reflection of the Torah..
 This public statement with the backing of hundreds of thousands of frum ehrlich Yiden, Jews united and mobilized to support this statement in action and words, will ease the pressure off of Netanyahu, give him Chizuk (support), and help him be strong to not cave into pressure. It will validate and justify Israel's policies to continue to build build homes, schools, cultural centers, nurseries and expand in Judea and Samaria and in all parts of Jerusalem especially in areas captured after '67 and defend Israel's refusal to freeze settlement growth and release terrorists.
Apparently, Agudah doesn't want to, or is afraid to express a viewpoint that is contradictory to American foreign policy. Otherwise they would be more outspoken as per our Biblical, historical and moral right to our Biblical Homeland.

Agudah defends its position of not making a public statement by assuring its people that it is obvious that Agudah is pro Jewish settlement in Eretz Yisroel and wants Israel to be safe and how is it possible to think otherwise. Unfortunately, taking a public stand with a declaration is not their way and the Gedoilim who see things in a clear light choose a different approach so as not to anger the Goyim.
But we are reaching a red line and this approach can not be sustained any longer. It has perhaps delayed the anger of the Goyim (nations of the world), and that is arguable in itself, but certainly allowed the cancer to grow and fester. It has allowed the lie to grow bigger and bigger.
The time has come to speak the truth and brace ourselves for a reaction as did Bnei Yisroel after Moshe Rabbeinu confronted Pharaoh and told him Let my People Go.
Maybe the Gedoilim do not feel we the people are ready to brace ourselves for the backlash of speaking truth. Let us encourage our Leaders not to be afraid to speak the truth. We the Jewish People want Eretz Yisroel the Promised Land promised to our forefathers. We support Jews in Har Habayit, Hebron and Shchem the 3 holiest sites of Israel for the Jewish People. We have faith that Hashem will save us and deliver us from our enemies as He has promised when we are deserving.
Or do we continue to remain silent and allow the enemy to take over what rightfully belongs to us?


Robin Ticker
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