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Shabbat Shalom From the President 07.11.14

Kidnappings. Revenge. Fanatic nationalism. Terrorism. Innocent, young lives lost and families destroyed. Israeli and Palestinian parents unthinkably united by personal devastation. Long range rocket barrages. The mobilization of ground troops. Sirens. Bomb shelters. Evacuations. Destruction. And Trauma.

A mere several weekends ago, my daughter was sunbathing on Gordon Beach in Tel Aviv and reveling in the Mediterranean without a fear in the world. As always, she spent her weekends with many friends from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) who were on Shabbat leave. One of her very best friends now writes to her daily from his command post on the Gaza Strip. And Mollie worries constantly about him and her many other Israeli friends, and only wishes she could be there to support them. And I only wish I could give her any reassurances about their collective safety.

I stand in solidarity with Israel and defend Israel’s rights to protect its citizens against Hamas and other terrorist factions. No country would or should tolerate the remorseless attacks against its inhabitants by a terrorist group determined to see it destroyed. But something, somehow, has to give. How many more innocent lives will be lost, how many human beings will have to be traumatized, how many families will have to be decimated, and how much more destruction has to occur, before a cease fire will occur? We need much more than a cease fire. We need a solution in which all peoples can live safely. Forgive me for being naive, but I want to be able to tell Mollie that her friends in Israel are all going to be okay.

Shabbat Shalom,

Shabbat Shalom From the President 07.11.14

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