This book is a revision of the earlier Volumes 1 and 2 with the same title. It incorporates the best of both volumes plus new articles leading up to and including our victory in the Israeli elections in May 1996. This impressive history of the struggle to save Israel includes: over 100 original articles by the author plus historical maps, political cartoons, a bibliography, an outline of Israeli history and important information about the Freeman Center.
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Israel and the Jewish people have been caught up in a whirlwind these last few years. In this last few weeks, it could have been called a roller coaster. From doom and gloom to elation, victory and hope for the future. We saw an Israeli government abandon all the elements of national survival and security: strategic territory, water, national cohesion, intelligence capability, reverence for the Jewish character and Holy Places of the country. And we saw the Israeli people decisively say NO.
The late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and his successor Shimon Peres were both caught up in a delusion of truly global proportions. They truly believed that by a grand act of self-emasculation, Israel could propel their Arab neighbors into making peace with them. That by denial of everything Jewish about their country, they could create a New Middle East where national identity didn't matter. Peres even desired acceptance into the Arab League.
During Israel's formative years, we in the diaspora looked with pride as sabras (native Israelis) seemed to be overcoming the galut (ghetto) mentality of the exile. Here were proud Jews fighting for survival in a hostile neighborhood. Who would have guessed that the post-Zionist of the Israeli left would bring back the ghetto mentality in its most extreme form. Then came the Labor Party victory of 1992. A victory, I might add, derived from fraud, deception and treason. Once in power Rabin reneged on all his promises to the electorate: "no to a PLO state, no to negotiations with the PLO, no to surrender of the Golan". Surrender to Arab demands became a matter of high government policy.
With the help of anti-Jewish Arab Knesset members and the extreme leftist anti-Zionist Meretz party, Rabin and Peres began to systematically destroy Israel from within. Democratic norms of civil and human rights were thrown out and replaced with repression, torture and incarceration of their regimes political opponents. Terrorist murderer, Yassir Arafat was resurrected as Nobel Prize winner and national leader. The very language we all use to talk and think was manipulated into Orwellian newspeak. A ridiculous concept, "land for peace," became the code word for the destruction of Israel. No nation in history had ever received peace from territorial sacrifice (ask the Czechs or for that matter Native Americans). This became the sacred cow of Middle East diplomacy and Rabin and Peres accepted it with the respect they should have given the Torah. The Oslo Agreement that would have led to the demise of Israel was called a "Peace Process." Those of us who opposed suicide were labeled "enemies of peace." Victims of Arab terrorism and hatred of Jews suddenly became "sacrifices for peace."
The world media joined in the manipulation of the truth with a vengeance. Those of us who loved Israel and supported its secure borders were called "right-wing extremists." The centrist Likud was labeled "hard-line, fascist, and racist." When Rabin was assassinated by a young law student, Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu was labeled a murderer. No one paid much attention to the fact that he had been provoked and incited not by the Right but by Rabin's own secret service.
On May 29, 1996, the Israeli electorate swept the Labor/Meretz/Arab government into the dustbin of history. They elected Bibi Netanyahu and gave him a strong coalition of Zionist, religious, and pro-security parties. My hopes and prayers are with the new government.
This book documents the Battle for Eretz Yisrael as reflected in my writings and activities through the Freeman Center. It reflects four years of pain culminating in the sweet taste of victory. In order to give the reader the full impact of our struggle, I have included dozens of political cartoons, maps, mementos, flyers and poetry.
Of course, victories must be defended and extended. As Jews we have faced many defeats and many false hopes, yet we have survived 4000 years. We must understand that true PEACE will come with the Messiah and not necessarily from diplomacy. "And on that day the Lord will be One and his Name shall be One."
../..../..../..../..../..../..../..../..../..../..Bernard J. Shapiro
Houston, Texas [June 14, 1996]