Translation of Hebrew letter written to radio host Tali Lipkin-Shahak of Galei Tsahal:
In reaction to your interview with Minister Dan Meridor this morning on Galei Tsahal (Wednesday, October 7, at about 9:10 am) in which you suggested that one should "limit the freedom of speech of the fringe right wing Jewish extremists who call for the building of the Temple" and thus incite the Arabs to violence, I would like to give you an idea:
Why don't you suggest instead to make the Jewish siddur (prayerbook) illegal for its "inciteful" content? As I assume you know, a very large portion of the prayers talk about our longing and the need to rebuild the Temple.
No, not a few "Jewish extremists" talk about rebuilding the Temple but millions of Jews, in Israel and abroad, who pray three times a day, longing for the rebuilding of the Temple.
"Sheyibane Bet Hamikdash" (May the Temple be built) are not empty verses we say, but we actually mean it!
So, Tali, as someone who seems to worry very much about the rights of the poor, poor, violent Arabs and not about the right of the Jews to their holiest place, which is the Temple Mount and not the Kotel (as even Meridor pointed out to you in the interview), you have two options:
· to suggest making the siddur illegal
· to put in administrative detention millions of Jews who might have the hutzpa to pray from that "inciteful" prayerbook
All this, of course, in order to make sure not to upset the feelings of the very sensitive Arabs.
It is with great sadness that we still have radio hosts who don't understand that we are at war with a bitter Arab enemy. That Arab enemy davka does understand what Uri Zvi Greenberg wrote years ago: "Whoever controls the Temple Mount, controls all of Erets Israel"
I would love to have a cup of coffee with you and give you a tour of areas that you probably never set foot in, the mountains of Judea and Samaria, where our forefathers lived and where all of Jewish history took place. From the mountains of Judea and Samaria, we who live here watch over you down there in Gush Dan. The fact that we live here in our Biblical Homeland is what protects you Tel Avivians and the rest of the country, and prevents you from being bombarded by Arab katyushot and missiles.
With warm wishes of a chag sameach and fervent prayers that G-d will give us the opportunity to rebuild our Temple on the Temple Mount,
Women in Green
Women For Israel's Tomorrow (Women in Green)
POB 7352, Jerusalem 91072, Israel
Tel: 972-2-624-9887 Fax: 972-2-624-5380