Conference – What a Waste!
by Steven Shamrak.
I visited and reviewed an official website of the
Jerusalem Conference which took place last week. The only thought that came to
mind was “What a waste!” The waste of time, human and
financial resources and the waste of opportunity to set the agenda for reaching
a Jewish National Goal and uniting Jews and our true friends around the world
The site stated: “The Jerusalem Conference openly
deliberates core issues that will determine Israel’s future as a viable
modern democratic Jewish State. The Jerusalem Conference provides a broad
public forum for diverse viewpoints to freely discuss issues of national
importance. Topics range from national affairs and security to social welfare
and economics, from Jewish education to Aliyah, Israel as a Jewish State to its
functional relationship with its neighbours and nations of the world.”
Very fine words, but only words! While I was
reading an itinerary of the conference,
I recalled the conversation between Dorothy and scarecrow in “Wizard of Oz”. She asked
him which road to take, but did not know where she was going. His answer was: “Take any,
it will get you there!” For many years, the leadership of the Jewish people has
lost the vision of the modern Zionist pioneers and, unfortunately, has been
pushing Israel toward self-destruction!
The Jerusalem Conference discussed wide range of
topics: Strategic Threat from Iran, Syria, Lebanon & Gaza; Importance of Aliya, Jewish migration to Israel; Israel’s and the World’s Economy; even the possibility of the World War III
was discussed. Arab terrorism, the Palestinian Media and Education, The Winograd Commission, the new wave of anti-Semitism and
anti-Israel Media bias also were mentioned.
I was surprised that one subject, which has been
completely neglected and even sabotaged by governments of Israel for decades, was correctly
defined: “Hasbara: Just Confused or Deliberately
Nobody booed Tzipi Livni or left in protest when the foreign minister of Israel told participants that she
talks with Palestinians with “tears of paratroopers at the Western Wall” in her
mind. “Time is not on Israel's side, and we will
eventually have to concede parts of the country” she said. I wonder, were they crocodile tears? It is her government which, by
exhibiting a total lack of self-respect and an absence of any determination to
pursue the Jewish National Goal, has
made “Time is not on Israel's side” a current ugly
reality. She has no interest in and is completely ignorant of the fact that any
reality can be changed by the setting of objectives and an enduring
determination to achieve them!
Livni continued with her scare
tactic saying that Israel would be faced with giving
up its identity as a “Jewish, democratic and secure state” if it does not agree
to a land-for-peace deal with the PA. She and all of those political hypocrites
dishonour the memory of the Israeli paratroopers who liberated Jerusalem!
There were many distinguished people at the
conference. Some of them tried to impress others with ‘innovative’ idiocy such
as US Senator Sam Brownback who advocated a confederation of Judea and Samaria, historical Jewish land,
with Jordan. He does not care how
detrimental it would be for the future of the Jewish people to lose all hope
for reunification of Eretz-Israel. No one had pointed
out to him that neither Jordan nor the PA is interested in this stupidity, but
they are quite focused on the destruction of Israel. Alternative ideas like
the Sinai Option or organising a transfer of
all of the hostile population from all Jewish land to Arab and Muslim countries
were not even raised.
How can we reach our goals if we are not even setting
them? How can we find the best solution to a problem if we are not considering
all options? So many important people attended the Jerusalem Conference – What