Hachrazah 5768 Tevet 28
A document was prepared for US President George Bush's visit to Israel, January 2008. It calls upon him to remember that the legacy of all leaders is dependent on G-d's judgment alone. President Bush should choose to be remembered like Cyrus, and not like Nebuchadnezzar. The document is addressed to the the "Leader of the West." It requests of him to honor G-d's word and "declare to the world" that he will act "towards settling the Jewish People throughout their entire Land."
28 Tevet, 5768 - January 6, 2008
In the Name of the LORD, Eternal God
To The Honorable Mr. George W. Bush,
President of the United States of America,
Who comes seeking the presence of the Most High God, to Jerusalem, city of God, Divinely chosen site of the Holy Temple, eternal capital of our land, “the joy of the entire earth (Psalms 48:3),” may it be rebuilt and established speedily and in our days, Amen!
Esteemed Mr. George W. Bush, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal (Ezekiel 38:1), leader of the west!
Upon your arrival in Jerusalem you have the ability to make a declaration, as did Cyrus, King of Persia – whose memory is honored – who in the year 538 BCE returned the exiled nations to their lands and recognized the full right of the Jewish people to reestablish their Holy Temple, the “house of prayer for all nations” (Isaiah 56:7), and called upon them to return to their land,
And in the manner of Lord James Balfour of England, who in 1917, called upon the Jews to reestablish a national homeland in the Land of Israel.
And thus if you truly desire peace and benevolence, and you would be counted in the company of the truly righteous, we call upon you to declare to all the world:
- The Land of Israel was bequeathed to the nation of Israel by the Creator of the world. Neither could I, as a son of my faith, nor the Muslims according to their faith, ever take away even the slightest grain from the Eternal’s gift, which He gave to His people Israel, the eternal people. Thus I call upon all the nations to save themselves from certain doom, to return and recognize that this land is the exclusive rightful inheritance of the people of Israel, as is written in the Torah of Israel, which constitutes the very foundation of our faith, as well as that of Islam; and is the basis for the decisions of the community of nations. He who denies this truth endangers all life on earth.
- I shall dedicate all my strength and resources towards settling the Jewish people throughout their entire land. I shall greatly encourage and empower the Jews all over the world to rise up to the Land of Israel and to settle it, to establish God’s sanctuary in Jerusalem, to distance strangers from it and thus, I believe, I will be making a major contribution towards world peace.
- I cannot simultaneously support the establishment of a foreign state for an alien nation in the Land of Israel, and I will not lend my hand to this wrong.
Or – Heaven forbid – you can choose the second option – to willfully aid in the destruction, under the guise of peace!
You certainly know what the God of Israel did to Egypt and Assyria and to all Israel’s enemies from time immemorial: Do you imagine that you will be able to save yourself if you have come to implement a plan that intends to steal the land of “the people that survived the sword” (Jeremiah 31:1), and to cut off those who survived the Holocaust, to rob the land that was given to them by the Creator?
All of the peace treaties and initiatives which have been based upon the decisions of the government of Israel, indeed the entire Oslo process, and the ‘Disengagement,’ and the establishment of a terrorist state within the Land of Israel known as ‘Palestine’ – regrettably, all of these agreements are the result of a lack of sufficient faith in the Divine promises that the Lord made to the patriarchs of our nation, and all that is written in the Torah of Israel. Understand this well: the nations of the world cannot excuse their actions and their decisions on account of the weakness of Israel and her government. God ordained that the role of the nations of the world is to strengthen the nation of Israel. This will benefit all humanity and bring about world peace, as the prophets have foretold.
The Bush Legacy
Do you imagine you can escape from the struggles in Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Egypt, and Lebanon, by offering up sacrifices of the Jews who are slaughtered daily by their enemies who speak of peace but live by the sword?
Upon your arrival in our land we would anticipate that you bring Jonathan Pollard home with you. Bring him home to Israel. He is an emissary of the State of Israel, and he acted on behalf of our people. Authorize his immediate release while you are yet in Jerusalem, before you return to the United States. This will be a positive step that will build confidence.
Remember our forefather Abraham, who pursued the world’s four greatest kings in order to redeem his nephew from captivity. We cannot forget the deeds of our patriarchs, whose example guides us through every generation.
We are the loyal representatives of the Jewish people, the New Jewish Congress, and its court of law, the Sanhedrin, as well as the Temple and Temple Mount movements, but we merely reiterate herein what is public knowledge.
No government in Israel and no representative of the Jewish people has the power or right to alter, by even the slightest degree, our covenant with God and the words of our holy Torah, which are everlasting, as expressed by the prophets of Israel and even by the wicked prophet Balaam: “Then he looked on Amalek, and uttered his oracle, saying: ‘First among the nations was Amalek, but its end is to perish for ever’ (Numbers 24:20). Thus any desire, plan or agreement that challenges the eternal sovereignty and active possession of the nation of Israel over her entire land is utterly worthless, and has no basis in reality.
Therefore it behooves you to declare: “I, George Bush, Commander in Chief of the armies of the United States of America, will instruct all of my troops to protect the Divine rights of the nation of Israel, and remove from her any threat.”
Before you is a choice: You can merit to eternal life, or be inscribed for eternal disgrace. Your fate and that of all those with you hangs in the balance of the destiny of our land. “and you shall choose life!” (Deut. 30:19). In Sincere Supplication - In the name of the Jewish people
Rabbi A Even Yisrael Steinzaltz
Dr. Gadi Eshel
The New Jewish Congress
Rabbi Chaim Richman
The Holy Temple and Temple Mount Movements Biblical Verses for Meditation
These verses testify to the eternal promise and the inexorable link between the Land of Israel and the Jewish people.
- 12 (1) Now the Lord said to Abram, 'Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the Land that I will show you. (2) I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. (3) I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse: and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.'
- 13 (15) For all the Land that you see I will give to you and your offspring for ever.
- 15 (7) The He said to him, 'I am the Lord who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess.'
- 21 (12) But God said to Abraham, 'Do not be distressed because of the boy and because of your slave woman; whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for it is through Isaac that offspring shall be named after you.
- 28 (13) And the Lord stood beside him and said, 'I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the Land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring.
- 35 (12) 'The Land that I gave to Abraham and Isaac I will give to you, and I will give the Land to your offspring after you.'
- 50 (24) Then Joseph said to his brothers. 'I am about to die: but God will surely come to you, and bring you up out of this land to the Land that he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.'
- 6 (8) "I will bring you into the Land that I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; I will give it to you for a possession. I am the Lord."
- 32 (13) Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants. How You swore to them by Your Own Self, saying to them, "I will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven. And all this Land that I have promised I will give to your descendants. And they shall inherit it for ever."
- 14 (8) If the Lord is pleased with us, He will bring us into this Land and give it to us, a Land that flows with milk and honey.
- 34 (1) The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: (2) Command the Israelites, and say to them: When you enter the land of Canaan (This the Land that shall fall to you for an inheritance. The land of Canaan, defined by its boundaries). (3) Your south sector shall extend from the wilderness of Zin along the side of Edom. Your southern boundary shall be from the end of the Dead Sea on the East: (4) Your boundary shall turn south of the ascent of Akrabbim, and cross to Zin, and its outer limit shall be south of Kadesh-Barnea: Then it shall go on to Hazar-Addar, and cross to Azmon: (5) The boundary shall turn from Azmon to the Wadi of Egypt. And its termination shall be at the sea.
- (6) For the western boundary, you shall have the Great Sea and its coast; this shall be your western boundary.
- (7) This shall be your northern boundary: From the Great Sea you shall mark out your line to Mount Hor: (8) Form Mount Hor you shall mark it out to Lebo-Hamath. And the outer limit of the boundary shall be at Zedad; (9) Then the boundary shall extend to Ziphron. And its end shall be at Hazar-Enan: This shall be your northern boundary.
- (10) You shall mark out your eastern boundary from Hazar-Enan to Shepham: (11) And the boundary shall continue down from Shepham to Riblah on the east side of Ain: And the boundary shall go don, and reach the eastern slope of the sea of Chinnereth; (12) And the boundary shall go do to the Jordan, and its end shall be at the Dead Sea. This shall be your land with its boundaries all around.
- 1 (8) See, I have set the Land before you; go in and take possession of the Land that I swore to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give to them and to their descendants after them.'
- 4 (1) So now, Israel, give heed to the statutes and ordinances that I am teaching you to observe, so that you may live to enter and occupy the Land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you.
- 10 (11) The Lord said to me, 'Get up, go on your journey at the head of the people, that they may go in and occupy the Land that I swore to their ancestors to give them.'
- 11 (22) If you will diligently observe this entire commandment that I am commanding you, loving the Lord your God, walking in all His ways, and holding fast to Him, (23) then the Lord will drive out all these nations from before you, and you will dispossess nations larger and mightier than yourselves. (24) Every place on which you set foot shall be yours; your territory shall extend from the wilderness to the Lebanon and from the River. The River Euphrates to the Western Sea. (25) No one will be able to stand against you: The Lord your God will put the fear and dread of you on all the land on which you set foot, as he promised you.
- 26 (1) When you have come into the Land that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance to posses, and you possess it, and settle in it. (2) You shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from the Land that the Lord your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the Place that the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for His name. (3) You shall go to the Priest who is in office at that time, and say to him, 'Today I declare to the Lord your God that I have come into the Land that the Lord wore to our ancestors to give us.'
- 30 (3) Then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you. Gathering you again from all the peoples among whom the Lord your God has scattered you. (4) Even if you are exiled to the ends of the world, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there he will bring you back. (5) The Lord your God will bring you into the Land that your ancestors possessed, and you will possess it: He will make you more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors.
- 34 (4) The Lord said to him, 'This is the Land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, "I will give it to your descendants";
- 1 (1) After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord spoke to Joshua, son of Nun, Moses' assistant, saying, (2) 'My servant Moses is dead. Now proceed to cross the Jordan, you and all this people, into the Land that I am giving to them, to the Israelites. (3) Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have give to you, as I promised to Moses.(4) From the wilderness and the Lebanon as far as the Great River, the river Euphrates. All the land of the Hittites, to the Great Sea in the west shall be your territory. (5) No one shall be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you: I will not fail you or forsake you. (6) Be strong and courageous; for you shall put this people in possession of the Land that I swore to their ancestors to give them.
- (10) Then Joshua command the officers of the people. (11) Pass through the camp, and command the people "Prepare your provisions; for in three days you are to cross over the Jordan, to go in to take possession of the Land that the Lord your God gives you to posses."'
- 22 (43) Thus the Lord gave to Israel and the Land that He swore to their ancestors that He would give them; and having taken possession of it, they settled there. (44) And the Lord gave them rest on every side just as He had sworn to their ancestors; not one of all their enemies had withstood them, for the Lord had given all their enemies into their hands. (45) Not one of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the House of Israel had failed; all came to pass.
- 2 (1) Now the angle of the Lord went up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, 'I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you into the Land that I had promised to your ancestors. I said, "I will never break My covenant with you."
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