From: Nadia & David Matar [mailto:email@example.com]
YULI TAMIR'S PROVOCATION WILL BE OF NO AVAIL
by Nadia Matar
Minister of Education Yuli Tamir did not know what to do with herself, she was so frustrated. For two whole days she suffered. For two whole days the Israeli media broadcasted reports sympathetic to the public that she hates the most: the national-religious public. Since her youth in the pro-Arab extreme leftist organization Peace Now, she has acted tirelessly to break exactly that public which threatens her anti-Jewish worldview: lovers of Eretz Yisrael and the Torah of Israel.
Her entry to the Education Ministry gave her even more effective tools to implement her machinations. While in Peace Now most of her efforts had been directed against settlers and the settlement enterprise in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza. In the Education Ministry, she was given the opportunity to also act against the educational network of the entire population. Quietly, very quietly, she acts to close the flow of funding to all the educational institutions of the national-religious public that has produced a wonderful generation of lovers of the people and the land. Ulpanot (girls' seminaries), Mechinot (pre-military academies), Yeshivot, National Service programs - all the projects of the national-religious public are on the verge of collapse, because of Yuli Tamir's anti-Semitic decrees.
And now, all of a sudden, the massacre in the Merkaz Harav Yeshivah occurs, and a spirit of sympathy for the public that the Yeshivah represents fills the country: in the newspapers, in the news broadcasts, and on the radio. And this is intolerable for Yuli Tamir and her friends of the extreme left. This cannot happen! Not that she and her friends care about those who were murdered - she and her fellow leftists pushed forward the Oslo Accords, in the course of which thousands of rifles were given to Arafat and his fellow murderers. Because of them thousands of Jews were murdered and wounded. Now, Tamir is a minister in the Olmert government - the same government which recently gave the Arab enemy thousands of additional rifles, two million bullets, and dozens of armored vehicles. Obviously, this weaponry was given to the murderers, with the knowledge of the danger that they might use it to murder Jews. I will go so far as to state: The Olmert Government may even have hoped that with these weapons the Arabs will execute so many terror attacks in Judea and Samaria that they will succeed in causing most of the settlers to flee. All this without the government having to bother with compensation and an expensive and complicated expulsion plan. Whatever the reason for the giving of the weapons, one thing is clear: whoever gives weapons to Arab terrorists invites the murder of Jews. So the leftist government should not weep now, that they "feel the pain" of the slaughter in the Yeshivah. This reminds me of the story about the son who murdered his parents, and then cried that he was an orphan.
But Yuli Tamir and the rest of the extreme leftist haters of Eretz Yisrael and the Torah of Israel did not anticipate one thing: the media sympathy. Yuli Tamir quickly cooked up a brilliant provocation to try and put an end to this sympathy: she would visit the Yeshivah and pretend that she came "to offer condolences." It was clear to her that such an insolent visit would not pass quietly. The plot succeeded. The Yeshivah students responded in a healthy manner and castigated Tamir. Surrounded by her body guards, she had to flee the angry crowd of boys. The media immediately stood by Tamir. For most of the people in the media, it was also difficult to shower love and sympathy on the public which they usually attack or just ignore.
Tamir and her friends rejoiced. The color returned to their cheeks. She succeeded in returning us to the time of the leftist hatred following the Rabin assassination. Instead of castigating her and her cynical and cruel provocation, all the media reported of the "poor minister who was 'attacked' and experienced the hatred of the national camp." But, after all, what can we expect from the leftist media and public figures?
What infuriates me are those innocent mamlachtiyim (state-oriented individuals) within our own national camp who, once again, fell into the trap laid for them by the extreme left, and joined the chorus of condemnations against the yeshivah students. In Mekor Rishon-Hatzofeh from Tuesday, March 11, several of them write pathetic sentences such as: "It's better to be guilty of gratuitous love" (p. 9); "Yuli Tamir came with good intentions, to identify with the grief of the yeshivah students, and therefore her expulsion from the yeshivah cannot be forgiven" (p. 9), or "the Education Minister represents the state, and she should be given the proper respect" (p. 3).
I read these sentences, and I ask myself: Have we learned nothing? Don't we know that it is written in our sources: "Lovers of the Lord, hate evil"? And what about: "a time to love and a time to hate"? Is it still not clear to us that in order to guard the people of Israel, the Land of Israel, and the Torah of Israel, we must castigate and denounce the minority in our midst that collaborates with the Arab enemy and brings destruction and ruin on us all?
Do we still not comprehend that more than 1,500 Jews have been murdered since Oslo because of these evil people who gave weapons, ammunition, and cities of refuge to the Arab enemy, and therefore we must not embrace them, welcome them, nor grant them legitimacy? Yuli Tamir is only one of a long list of Oslo, Expulsion, and Annapolis criminals whom we must denounce, specifically out of love for the People and the Land. Whoever loves the People of Israel, the Land of Israel, and the Torah of Israel is obligated to castigate those who collaborate with the Arab enemy!
And I ask the mamlachtiyim among us: Have you still not understood that Gush Katif and northern Samaria were destroyed because of an excess of gratuitous love in our camp? The Kassams on Sderot and the Negev are not the fault only of the implementers of the expulsion; they also are the fault of everyone in our camp who refused to truly fight the expulsion plan and preferred to dance with the expellers. If everyone had heeded the calls to refuse orders and for nonviolent civil disobedience, we would have been capable of preventing the expulsion from Gush Katif, and thereby prevent the Kassams from falling on Ashkelon. Yes, at times, gratuitous love causes damage to the people and the land, and this is not the way.
The good news is that this will be of no avail for Yuli Tamir. Thank G-d, the majority of the People is not stupid and does not accept the incitement and brainwashing by Yuli Tamir and her friends in the leftist media. Most of the people know who most faithfully represents the love of the People, the Land, and the Torah - exactly those whom Yuli Tamir and her ilk love to besmirch, persecute, and repress. And we will not be broken. Not by giving weapons to the Arabs, not by expulsion decrees, and not by building freezes.
Despite Yuli Tamir and those like her, we will continue to build Eretz Yisrael and to spread Torah everywhere. "But the more they were oppressed, the more they increased and spread out" (Exodus 1:12). The day draws near when, with G-d's help, our wonderful youth in yeshivot such as Merkaz Harav and on the hills of Judea and Samaria will take power and Yuli Tamir and her friends will be relegated to the pages of history, together with all those who stabbed a knife in the back of their own People and Land.
All that remains for us is to say to the wonderful students from the Merkaz Harav Yeshivah: We are with you in your heavy mourning. We are proud of you for the loyalty you show for the People, the Land and the Torah.
We will conclude with what was written in 1945 by Yehoshua Hankin, redeemer of many parts of Eretz Yisrael:
"I wish to say to our youth: I believed in the power of the individual to blaze new paths for the many, and the battle between David and Goliath always served as an example and encouraged me. In the place where the individual stands today, scores will come tomorrow, and thousands and myriads the following day [...] We must know that only by stubborn perseverance and unbridled faith in the justness of our sublime idea shall we attain our complete redemption in our precious homeland."
Dedicated with love by Women in Green to the wonderful youth that loves the Land of Israel, the Torah of Israel, and the People of Israel.