EIN BRERA -- NO ALTERNATIVE

By Bernard J. Shapiro

Time is running out. On May 29th, Israeli voters will make a fateful decision that will either save Israel or lose it for all time. A victory for Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres and his Labor Party will mean that the Oslo Agreement will be brought to its logical conclusion. That conclusion as we have discussed many times will mean diminishing security and water supplies for Israelis. It will mean the abandonment of Jerusalem and the emergence of an irredentist PLO terrorist state dedicated to Israel's destruction. To elect Peres would mean the abandonment of Jewish history and its Holy Places. Electing Peres means that millions of Arabs will return to "Palestine" and millions of Jews will begin to emigrate to a more secure home.

Herzl dreamed a wonderful dream of Jews returning to rebuild Zion. Millions of Jews followed that dream: planting trees, irrigating land, reviving the Hebrew language, starting industries, founding kibbutzim, building Jewish villages and cities and creating the powerful Israel Defense Forces. Herzl could not have foreseen that a new generation would grow up in Israel that knew neither history nor Jewishness. He could not have foreseen that there would be an Israeli Prime Minister who would abandon Jerusalem and Hebron. Herzl could not have foreseen that a Peres would value membership in the Arab League more than his people's roots in their own soil. He would not have guessed that Israeli leaders, would treat their own country like the evil mother in the tale of Solomon. That they would be willing to divide what was rightfully the possession of the Jewish people. And what would they get in return for this great sacrifice, only contempt and demands for more concessions.

One thing is clear to me: the Lord has blessed Israel by re-uniting Jerusalem and bringing Judea, Samaria, and Gaza back under its control. It would be a horrendous sin against G-d and common sense for Israel to renounce this inheritance to which it is entitled. Israel holds these lands as a sacred trust for the Jewish people in perpetuity. It would not only be sinful, but also criminal, to abuse that trust by denying future generations of Jews their Holy Land -- Land of their Fathers; the one tiny spot on planet earth given to them by G-d.

We must therefore fight this final battle with all the power at our disposal. Hashem has sent us Messengers of Truth like Elyakim Ha'etzni, Louis Rene Beres and Yossef Bodansky. He has given us modern Maccabees like Nadia and Ruth Matar of the Women in Green and Moshe Feiglin, Rabbi Benny Elon and Shmuel Sackett of Zo Artzeinu. We must rally to their side, standing shoulder to shoulder with them in their struggle to save Eretz Yisrael. We must mobilize support for Benyamin Netanyahu as the best candidate for Prime Minister. And we must also give the religious, Zionist and pro-security parties on the Right our support. By electing Netanyahu and giving him a strong coalition,we may avert disaster for Israel. But this is only the first step on the road to recovery of the Zionist dream. There will be many more difficult battles ahead. However, we must win this one, or it will be too late for the others. Ein Brera.

In blood and fire was Israel born and on a hot anvil was she forged. The brave citizens of Israel must take a quick glance back to the crematoria of Auschwitz and then go forth to face the enemy knowing that there is still no alternative (ein briera).

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