Sunday, February 1, 2009

An Open Letter to Senator George Mitchell

To the Honorable Senator George Mitchell, Representative of the President of the United States of America, Mr. Barack Hussein Obama,

Welcome to Eretz Yisrael and to the State of Israel!

As you are well aware, our country – the State of Israel – is the sole democracy in the Middle East. In the elections that are scheduled to take place in another 12 days, our nation will express its desire – as well as its duty – to insure the sovereignty of the people of Israel and her state over the entire Land of Israel. It is to this land that we return after an exile of 2,000 years, and it is this land that we redeem by possessing it, building it, and protecting it. It is an eternal inheritance for the eternal people; it was bequeathed to our people by the Holy One, blessed be He.

This inheritance has also been recognized by international law, beginning with the San-Remo conference on April 25, 1920, and followed by the Mandate of the League of Nations on July 24, 1922. In all probability you will not hear this truth mentioned during your meetings with members of our current government, thus we publicly bring these matters to your attention.

Perhaps your intention – now, or at some other time – is to convince us that peace in the Middle East and the cessation of evil and terror in your country and worldwide will come about only as a result of taking away parts of our land, cleansing these areas of Jews, and transferring these areas to our enemies (as was done in 1938 at the Munich conference with Czechoslovakia and the Sudetenland). In that case, when you return to your country tell President Obama: Foisting borders of Auschwitz on the Land of Israel will bring neither life nor peace… neither for Israel, nor for America, and we will not return to that experiment again.

We have had our fill of all the attempts to trick us into accepting these “Auschwitz Borders” for the State of Israel, and we will not be fooled again. We know perfectly well what hides behind slogans like: “Palestinian State” in western Eretz Yisrael, “Right of Return for 1948 Refugees” or any “freeze” on “natural growth,” i.e., restrictions placed on the birth of Jewish children in “settlements” and the housing needs of their families. We will not fall into these traps.

However if you will stand by our side – indeed, perhaps by leading efforts to advance regional peace talks – efforts by which the Arabs of Eretz Yisrael can be reestablished in the places of their origins – through this, you will advance the cause of world peace by giant steps. For it is only a peace that will be based on justice, truth and the ethical values of Israel’s Bible and the words of her prophets, that will have the strength to stand. Not only this: Only such a peace will bring about prospertity for all humanity.

The ultimate test of justice and truth in our time will be determined here in the Land of Israel, through the return of the Jewish people to Zion, through the building of the land by the nation of Israel and by the exercise of her national sovereignty over the entire land.