Arutz-7 -- A delegation of the Rabbinical Congress for Peace (RCP) met with U.S. ambassador to Israel, James Cunningham,  and told him it was time to try the Biblical approach to the dispute over the land of Israel. 

"The past 17 years have proven without a shadow of a doubt that every square inch ceded by Israel to the Palestinians was transformed into a platform of hatred and terrorism", RCP Director Rabbi Avrohom Shmuel Lewin told the ambassador.  "In other words, the 'land for peace' formula in the Israel-Palestinian context, besides being a formula that goes against the Divine will, is ineffective, obsolete, and an exercize in futility.  Most of all it is a dangerous policy that only leads to bloodshed and instability in the region and harms vital American interests in the region as well," Lewin said.

The delegation was headed by RCP Chairman, Rabbi Joseph Gerlitzky, who presented the ambassador with the Halachic (Jewish legal) ruling signed by over 350 prominent rabbis in Israel that it is forbidden to give up even one inch of territory controlled by Israel today because it will bring bloodshed and instability to the region.

"In the name of the overwhelming majority of rabbis in Israel," he said, "we request of you Mr. Ambassador, to convey our Halachic message to President Barack Obama that it is time for a complete reversal and reassessment of U.S. policy in the Middle East.  The 'land for peace' policy never worked and harms U.S. interests in the region and the world at large."

The ambassador was visably moved by Rabbi Sholom Gold, a leading rabbi in Jerusalem, who described the suffering the Jewish people have endured ever since the implication of the Oslo Accords and the agreements that followed.  "It's all a play of words, there is no peace process," he said.  "From the day that we started conceding and withdrawing we did not have one day of rest
and peace.  Why should our enemies want to make peace with us when they see that with terrorism they get what they want?  Even the U.S., Israel's supposedly best friend, sides with them in demanding a freeze and evacuation of settlements.  Is the triumph of Arab terror one of American interests?"  Gold asked.

Rabbi Dov Lior said, "G-D gave the U.S. the power and influence to affect the rest of the world and supporting Israel is the key to America's success."

"You must switch the entire approach to the situation," said Rabbi Gerlitzky. 
"We all believe in the Holy Bible and up until now
we tried every formula except for that which is delineated in the Bible.  Let's try it and who knows, Mr. Ambassador, maybe this is your defining moment, that G-D Almighty has placed you in this capacity in order to precipitate a new course which will bring a true peace to the entire region."
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