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Rabbi Lyon's Blog - 07_20_2012
07/19/2012 08:08 AM Posted by:

From the Desk of Rabbi David Lyon
July 20, 2012

 

Horrific tragedy. This week, a bus, full of Israeli nationals vacationing in Bulgaria, was detonated by a homicide bomber. At least six were killed and dozens more were injured. Children, men and women were victims of this cowardly and devastating attack. Many details are still being sought, but there is no question that it was a terrorist attack on Israel and its citizens.

                Credible news sources point to Iran as the instigator. Over the last few months, Iran has attempted similar attacks in Thailand, India, Georgia, Kenya, Cyprus and other nations. Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu stated firmly, “This is a global Iranian terror onslaught and Israel will react firmly to it.” With similar conviction, President Obama stated, “I strongly condemn today’s barbaric terrorist attack on Israelis in Bulgaria…The United States will stand with our allies, and provide whatever assistance is necessary to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of this attack. As Israel has tragically once more been a target of terrorism, the United States reaffirms our unshakeable commitment to Israel's security, and our deep friendship and solidarity with the Israeli people."

                Every peace-oriented individual aches with pain over this tragic event. Having returned from Israel in recent weeks, I heard first-hand from Jewish Israelis and Arab Israelis about the issues that plague the region’s quest for peace. But, there was no difference of opinion about where the danger truly lies. It is not just about Gaza or the West Bank. Israel understands what is at stake there. Israel also understands the wave of regime change that has swept through the Arab countries that surround her. Israel has a keen eye and ear on what is happening in Syria. But, the greatest and gravest danger for Israel is Iran. The events of the Arab Spring have created much change in the region but it has also created a screen behind which Iran has built its strength and influence. This week’s tragedy is a devastating example of what they can and intend to do.

                As London prepares to host the summer Olympics and as Israelis and westerners travel the world during summer vacations, the question that must be answered is who will take the leadership of our fragile world? Will it be Iranian madmen who aim to hold the Middle East, if not the world, itself, hostage? Or will it be, as it should be, the United States and its allies? Leadership is required in this fragile and precarious region. The U.S. and Israel, together with its allies, are the only reliable leaders who can wrest fear and murder out of Iran’s murderous hands. For months we have listened to the news about what the U.S. and Israel will do about Iran, together or separately. The pressure mounted until it seemed that cooler heads would prevail. But, the killing in Bulgaria has changed everything and the pressure is higher than ever.

                Outwardly I ache for Israel’s security and inwardly I pray for peace in Israel and the world. But, the signs are obvious to me: there will be no path to peace without engaging the enemies of peace. Israel has always defended itself and retaliated against those who have harmed her and its people. We should expect nothing less after this week’s bloody attack. Leaders in Israel must decide how far they will go with their allies or on their own to dismantle the menacing Iranian threat.

                Summer vacations serve a purpose by distracting us from our daily concerns. But, none of us is entitled to be distracted permanently. Shabbat is now upon us. Pause. Take a moment with your family and friends. Pray for peace and pray for Israel. If you’re in town, come to Sabbath services to lend your physical and spiritual support to the community. This is not a week to be at home. This is a time to gather with fellow supporters of Israel, democracy, and peace.

                From my family to yours, Shabbat Shalom.

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