Over a month ago, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced that
he found the way to fight terrorism. This bombshell of a statement graced the
headlines of the front pages of the two largest newspapers. The day before he
went to Washington in order to continue suggesting dubious deals whose goal was
to transfer land to our enemies, Sharon announced again, before a committee of
lawyers, that he found the way to fight terrorism. Shortly afterwards, there
were three more terrorist bombings in Israelís central cities.
The interesting thing is that along with his announcement
that he had found the way to fight terrorism, he did not forget to talk about a
Palestinian state, about concessions, about evacuating settlements for peace,
about capitulation and withdrawal.
Itís fascinating. You canít help comparing Sharonís approach
now to his situation 23 years ago, except that then Sharon was still new to his
job and he made mistakes. Now, after much experience, he is not allowed those
Mr. Sharon, you received two messages from the Rebbe Melech
HaMoshiach. These were precise instructions, and had you followed them, they
would have helped you find the way to fight terrorism and even eradicate it!
The Rebbeís messages are relevant even today no less than at
the time they were said - perhaps even more so. For some reason, those messages
you received - one when you were a general in command, the other when you served
as Defense Minister - were not carried out and were not mentioned as part of
your new way of fighting terrorism. This is very likely the reason why you
havenít yet found the way, despite your announcements. Itís true that sometimes
you see progress of one step forward; however, this is immediately followed by
taking two steps backward.
On 12 Elul 5728 (1967) (Igros Kodesh, Vol. 25, p.
169), you received a letter of military strategy on how to fight terrorism. The
Rebbe raised very pointed questions regarding Israelís situation and its
political conduct - questions that are just as strong today. In this unusual,
shocking letter, the Rebbe writes "...on the other hand, enemies surround [Eretz
Yisroel], and from day to day we see more points of weakness in the approach
towards them on the part of the government in our Holy Land, for in their
opinion [the Arabs] need to be handled with kid gloves and extreme care. If
thereís an argument between an Arab and an Israeli, the first thing to be done
is to ascertain what they will say in some capitol city or another and make a
decision in accordance with that. And so from time to time [the Arabs] continue
to allow themselves more latitude in matters of rioting, and even more so in
[creating] disturbances, and rioting leads to terrorism, etc..."
I donít think thereís anything clearer than that paragraph
discussing precisely how to deal with terrorism. The Rebbe says that when we run
from capitol to capitol to explain, chív, why we donít want to liquidate
Arafat, and all we ask is that he "follow the program," in exchange for which
(along with seven days of quiet, of course) Israel is ready to give Arafat a
Palestinian state, we know the results ahead of timeÖ
There was another time the Rebbe told you how to fight
terrorism. This was when you fought Arafat in the war in Lebanon. You served as
Israelís Defense Minister and you fought the Fatah land-grab led by Arafat, in
which he carried out non-stop attacks on the Jewish residents of northern
At a certain point you decided to go to war, in which you
were fully justified. You took one of the most critical steps. But your problem
then was exactly what it is today: one step forward and two steps back.
You were frightened by the demonstrations of Shalom Achshav,
and you listened to what the nations would say. In the middle of the war you
stopped, thereby turning the war (which had begun with great success) into the
worst and most difficult war, which Israel eventually left in ignominy.
Just one month after the war in Lebanon began, the Rebbe
cried about the need to finish off the job as quickly as possible. "Instead of
finishing the job, theyíre busy with meetings, sending emissaries, sending
telegrams and letters, and discovering the opinions of all the Ďadvisors,í and
until now they still havenít finished the job. This is despite the fact that (as
long as the job isnít finished) there are more wounded daily, and sometimes
Mr. Sharon! I think todayís situation is exactly the same as
in "bíyamim haíheim" (those days), except that this time, biízman
haízeh, you are repeating the same terrible mistakes which lost you the
position of Defense Minister for many years.
Mr. Sharon, if you repeat the same mistake again and do not
get rid of Arafat, and continue with these or other connivings, there will be
more tragedy, chív. Only when you finish the job - and it might not be
pleasant for a day or two, and the world, including the traitorous Left, might
scream - will peace and quiet reign again in the streets of Eretz Yisroel.
The problem is that you look left while squinting right, and
are afraid of the Leftís de-legitimizing you. "Like in those day, in this time,"
they fight you, frighten you, scare you from completing the job. They make sure
you donít forget Sabra and Shatilla, and certain people among us made sure that
the B.B.C. of London broadcast it, and got the Belgian court to take it on. We
can understand you, but you know good and well what bitter results these
policies will lead to.
In a heartbreaking farbrengen, the Rebbe begged you to
finish the war. Like in a film script, amazing in its precision, the Rebbe
described the results if the war in Lebanon wasnít finished properly. And it
happened just as the Rebbe said it would.
You must not reckon with the opinions of the timid and
faint-hearted. You have to do everything to rid us of this grave danger and
situation of pikuach nefesh.
Thereís an interesting point that is repeating itself in the
present situation, too. In recent months we heard about the debate between the
military leadership and the political leadership, Sharon and Puad Ben Eliezer, a
debate (for example) concerning the military position which was supposed to
conquer the hills of Abu Senina. The politicians were against it. Even when it
became unbearable and the army entered the neighborhood, the general decided
unequivocally against leaving, and for that you sharply criticized him.
At the previously mentioned farbrengen, when the Rebbe
spoke from the depths of his heart, the Rebbe also dealt with the following
point very sharply: "They do all they can to impose their views on the military,
and to prevent them from doing their job faithfully, when the militaryís view is
100% clear that the only way for true security (and beyond that - true peace) is
to finish the war in Lebanon! We see that all the concessions and withdrawals in
the past were a preparation for the war to follow!"
Reading this is chilling. The obvious question is: Why are we
repeating the same mistake? Why are we trying to impose political considerations
upon military matters?
Today, all security officials say we must liquidate Arafat
and dismantle the Palestinian Authority. This is said in all forums and on all
levels. Even senior people who in the past stood at the top of the security
pyramid think that the Arafat era has come to an end. But our Prime Minister
announced that he will not eradicate Arafat. And we believe him, because the
inner political machinations, the fear of what people will say and what they
will do, will not allow Sharon to do the most important thing to ensure our
So if you, Mr. Sharon, are still looking for the way to fight
terrorism, you have it all ready-made, in amazing letters the Rebbe wrote to you
ITíS GOOD FOR THE JEWS?
We keep on getting polished interviews with the one who was
"good for the Jews," Binyanim Netanyahu. He tries to explain that while he was
Prime Minister there were no attacks because Arafat was simply afraid of him.
Today, in the era of the electronic media, itís possible to
transform every dream into reality by means of a digital screen. You can also
sell us on the idea that Arafat simply trembled in fear of Bibi.
Mr. Netanyahu, you have all the visual talents as far as the
media and television go. Just the other week you gave fifty interviews to the
American media, and you explained what a danger Arafat is to peace in the
region, but all that canít change the reality of what took place when you served
as Prime Minister.
You were the one who continued the policies of Oslo. You kept
Arafat quiet by giving him large sections of Eretz Yisroel, thus bringing us to
the terrible state we are in now. We havenít yet been stricken with amnesia, and
we remember how after the tunnel incident, when Arafatís security forces killed
16 soldiers, you were afraid to enter Area C and wipe out Arafat along with his
security forces, despite the fact that you had all the right in the world.
Instead you ran to Washington to meet with Arafat and Clinton. Over there you
announced that you found Arafat to be "a real friend and partner."
Three months later, you gave 85% of Chevron to the murderer
Arafat. So itís not surprising that it was quiet. Until now your words
reverberate at the press conference you called after giving away the hills of
Abu Senina to terrorists. You said that these areas would be accorded the
highest security, that from then on there would only be peace and security in
It was from those hills that the infant Shalhevet Pass was
killed. It was from those areas that bloodthirsty terrorists entered the home of
Rabbi Shlomo Raanan in Tel Romeida and killed him.
If that werenít enough, less than two years after giving away
Chevron you went to the Wye Plantation in order to give Arafat 13 percent more,
all with the political consideration that this would help you get elected. At
that meeting you signed documents giving away land that today are focal points
Youíre a great explainer, but to come and criticize, and
especially to pervert history and tell us what a hero you were against Arafat!
And another thing, Mr. Netanyahu. When you served as Prime
Minister, after every security failure you blamed the previous government, and
claimed that this was the inheritance you received from them. So if we make a
simple calculation, the terrible situation we are in now is an inheritance from
your government, which did not annihilate Arafat.
MITZRAYIM - EGYPT
The week after the bloody massacres, we received the Egyptian
envoy, their Foreign Minister Ahmed Moher, who came to try and bring quiet to
the region. Naturally, in his honor, military actions were suspended. The
explainers trumpeted and explained that the cessation of military action was
because of the weather.
We canít help but think of those Camp David Accords, when the
Rebbe warned that those agreements wouldnít stop with Sinai, but the concessions
would continue endlessly. Egypt sends a peace envoy, but everybody knows that
Egypt is readying itself for war. It has been preparing its army for war for
years, and it has armed itself with the most advanced weaponry. It stands on
Arafatís right side against Israel, but Israelís leaders pretend not to see
this. All red lights have been lit for a long time now, but we continue to see
Egypt as a suitable mediator.
THE ICHUD LEUMI AGAIN...
Itís a joke. Tzvi Hendel, member of Ichud Leumi, the
extremist, turned to the Mafdal party and asked it to join the government. Yes,
the party whose only principle for years was to hang onto its seats at all
costs, is on the outside, while Hendel in the eternal opposition is on the
If you expected that a party that was supposed to represent
the Ichud Leumi of Israel would not sit in a government responsible for
bloodshed, look again - this week they announced a great achievement and victory
- that the government announced that the P.A. is an "entity that supports
terrorism." How sad.
You would think that after all the terrible attacks
everything is back to normal, and even those in the Ichud Leumi seem tranquil.
The Right is calmed by the bombing of Arafatís helicopter and by the
pronouncement that the P.A. is a terrorism-supporting entity, and the members of
Ichud Leumi can continue to sit and enjoy their positions. What a chutzpa
for Hendel to call on Mafdal to join the government. This is in the category of
sinning and causing others to sin. If you, Mr. Hendel, know that you are giving
a hechsher to this government and you have pangs of conscience as a
result, the time has come to leave the government and fight it from without. But
to call on another party in the opposition - which at least is not a partner, as
you are, to bloodshed - to join the government, too? Thatís too much.
We saw your glee as well as that of your friend, Benny Eilon,
after the governmentís announcement that the P.A. is an entity that supports
terrorism. It was obvious that your joy was because you would retain your seats.
The truth is that this announcement is a charade to enable you to remain in the
Minister Benny Eilon, asked repeatedly why he didnít leave
the government, said: "Why should I leave? Let Peres leave!"
Benny Eilon is making a serious mistake. In the meantime,
itís Peres who made an announcement in the U.N. about a Palestinian state, while
you still havenít been promoting "transfer" (which just happens to be the main
issue of your partyís platform) and neither have you succeeded in getting Arafat
out of here. If you were not in the government, at least you wouldnít be a
partner to all these terrible failures. You havenít managed to achieve even one
thing since you entered the government. On the contrary, since you began getting
comfortable in your ministerial post, the situation has deteriorated. Stop being
collaborators to bloodshed, for you wonít be able to say, "Our hands did not
shed this blood."