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Friday, May 11, 2012

Celebrating Jerusalem Day

My kids were raised celebrating Jerusalem Day, which is a great joyous day on the Jewish Calendar.


Just two days after the start of the 1967 war, when the Arab countries attempted to totally destroy and annihilate the State of Israel, we turned it around and liberated the Old City of Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and within a couple more days--remember that the war was over in six days--we had also liberated the Jordan Valley, the Sinai and the Golan Heights.  That gave the State of Israel defensible, logical borders for the very first time, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River and from the Golan Heights to the Suez Canal.

In Jerusalem and places like Shiloh, it's a major holiday, but I understand that the rest of the country ignores it.

The "great leaders," movers and shakers and media and ivory tower residents still haven't been able to admit that the defense plans of the government of the time (Labor Left, masked as National Unity Government) was totally faulty and G-d took over and corrected them.  These reactionaries, who call themselves liberals and are if you spell Liberal with a capital "L" refuse to admit that reality has changed.  The State of Israel can't survive without the Judea-Samaria Mountains, the Jordan Valley and the Golan.  Unfortunately, Menachem Begin's government gave Egypt the Sinai thirty years ago and Arik Sharon's gave Gush Katif to the Arab terrorists (Disengagement) almost seven years ago.  There is no longer any buffer zone to protect us.

Israel's resounding military victory in 1967 was due to G-d and G-d only.  There is no other reason for our survival.  Yes, without that victory, there wouldn't be a State of Israel today.  I say this as a pragmatist, not a dreamer.

Next week, the 28th of the Month of Iyyar on the Jewish Calendar is Jerusalem Day.  Wherever you are, thank G-d and attend whatever celebration you can.

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach!

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