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From the Desk of Rabbi David Lyon
August 8, 2014

 

As our city is diverse, so was the crowd of 2200 people who came to stand with Israel. Sunday, August 3, 2014. Liberals, conservatives, republicans, democrats, reform, conservative and orthodox Jews, and Christians, filled the synagogue. Out of such diversity came profound unity. “Houston stands with Israel” became the mantra for the event.

                Among the speakers were Congressional leaders Sheila Jackson Lee, Ted Poe, Al Greene, and John Culberson, each of whom enthralled the crowd. Their fidelity to freedom and democracy, and their witness to American values found in Israel were all reasons they were there. They acknowledged Palestinian casualties and deaths as products of an unfortunate war with Hamas, a recognized barbaric terrorist organization. We stood with our congressional leaders, democrats and republicans, because they represented American values everywhere they are found.

                Positive results from the event have been reported across the Houston community. But, our politicians are paying an inevitable price from some of their constituents for their participation in our solidarity event for Israel. I encourage you to call their offices to register your support for their leadership and courage to represent American values for us all. No one, including congressional leaders, called for the destruction of any people; but, we did call for the end of barbaric terrorist organizations including Hamas, ISIS (ISIL), and Islamic Jihadists.

                There are more facts than fictions to argue the reasons Israel has a specific purpose in eliminating terrorist organizations; they happen to be the same reasons America has fought prolonged wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and hunted down and killed terrorists wherever they were found. But, Israel is judged by a double-standard. From my observation, it appears that Israel has matured since it withdrew from Gaza in 2005. Long before, Israel acknowledged that conflicts and war would be inevitable parts of life in the Middle East. But, since 2005, despite the ethics of war, which every IDF soldier adheres to, efforts to reach peace with its enemies, though an admitted failure, and allies that send messages of support, but fail to deliver, Israel has finally said “Enough!” Israel is not the bastard child of WWII; it is a sovereign political nation and the Jewish homeland. Israel is not waiting for the world to approve its next steps or to condone its right to survive.

                America and Israel have more in common than does America with the U.K., France or Germany. We are both nations of immigrants who escaped tyranny in order to arrive in what early American settlers called the Promised Land, and what Jews have always known as the land promised to their biblical ancestors. It’s not an exaggeration to say that America needs Israel, too. That’s why congressional leaders, Jews and Christians, stood with Israel last Sunday at Congregation Beth Israel. Israel is a nation born with destiny in its sites and worthy to stand among all the freedom-loving nations of the world. That’s why Houston stands with Israel.

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