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Special Note from Rabbi Roth- Nov 16th

Dear friends,

Once again, Israel is at war, defending its people after hundreds of missiles landed on its towns and cities from Gaza.

We all need to be informed. Here is a good short summary of the current situation that appeared in the New York Times as a letter to the editor in response to an editorial earlier this week.

Re “Another Israel-Gaza War?” (editorial, Nov. 15): Over the last decade, Israelis living in the south of the country have had to endure a barrage of three missiles a day on average. Every day, sometimes several times a day, an alarm pierces the ears of innocent civilians, eradicating any notion of normalcy or routine, giving them 15 seconds to find shelter or risk death.

You claim that Hamas “mostly adhered to an informal cease-fire with Israel after the war there in the winter of 2008-09.” What does this mean? Do 800 rockets being fired at Israeli communities in 2012 alone constitute adherence to a cease-fire? Does one?

Do the lives of the 10 people killed by rocket fire into Israel and 127 wounded in the last three years count? There were virtually no media reports about the effect this barrage had on Israeli civilians. What option did Israel have other than to take the safety of its citizens into its own hands?

In 2005, Israel evacuated the Gaza Strip and removed thousands of Israelis and dozens of thriving communities in the hope of achieving peace. Indeed, the Palestinians could have turned Gaza into “a garden of Eden”; rather, they turned it into a haven for terror with advanced weapons and a multitude of terrorist groups bent on death and destruction.

Israel’s government is accountable to its citizens and will not allow them to become hostages of Hamas’s terror. This needs to stop, and Israel deserves the support of the entire international community in what is clearly a defensive operation.

SHAHAR AZANI
Spokesman, Consulate General of Israel
New York, Nov. 15, 2012

You can also support Israel in many ways. Our local Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey will have details on how to make donations on their web site, in the very near future. You can go to their web site http://www.jfnnj.org/. This fund will provide needed services to the elderly and disabled population (emergency kits/meals on wheels) in Israel’s South, and counseling and support to victims of terror.

Among the other ways to support Israel, you can buy Israeli government bonds http://www.israelbonds.com, you can make donations to Magen David Adom at http://www.afmda.org,.

Stay informed. One of the best ways to do this is via the free and reliable Israeli press. You can choose, in English, from among http://www.haaretz.comhttp://www.jpost.com,http://www.timesofisrael.comhttp://www.ynetnews.com, and others. You can also stay informed via the American Jewish press, including http://www.forward.com andhttp://www.jta.org, and others. You can also follow this link for information from AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs :http://www.aipac.org/

May God, who makes peace in the heavens, bring peace to Israel. And let us each do what we can as well to support Israel and its people.