|AN OPEN LETTER TO PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU
by Eva Marie Stover
|Mr. Prime Minister, there is a lesson from American history which can be applied to Israel today. The following speech, "The Gettysburg Address" was
given on November 19, 1863, by Abraham Lincoln, one of America's greatest Presidents:
"Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.
"We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or to detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to
the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far nobly so advanced.
"It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation, under G-D, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."
In summary, the price of America's freedom was purchased with the precious blood of her patriots. It would be a wasted effort on America's part, if she seceded her land to foreigners or if she moved her Capital from Washington D.C. to New York City on the insistence of the same.
How then, Mr. Prime Minister, can you allow our "Ahab and Yoshabel" (i.e. President and Mrs. Bill Clinton) and the whole international community to dictate
to you what you are to do with the land -- the land of Israel? May you have courage enough to say "no" to the giant of terrorism who seeks to rule over
you -- namely the Palestinian Authority - who is only seeking Israel's full destruction. It always takes courage to stand alone, even before the United Nations.
From the very beginning, Israel was set apart unto G-D as His Light to the nations. That is why Israel remains separate from all other nations, even today. Rest assured, when you stand for the defense and preservation of Eretz Yisrael, you are not standing alone.
Finally, Mr. Prime Minister, let's not forget those (including your brother) who've laid down their lives for freedom's sake. May their memory live on through the hearts and minds of all Jews everywhere. Let us also not forget those pioneers of Zionism who continue, against all odds, to work at preserving Eretz Yisrael to this day. Let their sacrifices not be in vain!
|Published by The Jerusalem Post Daily Internet Edition, Oct. 4, 1998|