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From Helen Freedman, Executive Director
Americans for a Safe Israel
Judy Kadish, AFSI’s Special Projects Director, and I just returned from the AIPAC Conference in Washington, DC, where we were two of the 14,000 attendees at what is billed as an inclusive gathering of people from all walks of life, and varying ethnicities, but primarily Jews, who come together in support of Israel. Throughout the huge Convention Center there were huge placards picturing the great varieties of people representing AIPAC. However, we discovered that there was an exception to this inclusive attitude.
Judy and I had been outside the Convention Center with our signs in support of the application of Sovereignty to Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley. We were surrounded there by anti-Israel demonstrators. After making our statements, we folded up our banners and went into the Convention Center to participate in the Conference. At the end of the day, upon meeting with some of our good Israeli friends, I unfurled one of the banners to show them that we had been supporting them. I was pounced upon by an AIPAC staff member, a young, stern woman, who warned me in no uncertain terms that a banner with that message was NOT to be displayed.
After that confrontation, the same woman attacked Judy and me again, the following evening, when Marc Golub of Shalom TV was interviewing us. In the middle of the interview, she grabbed Rabbi Golub’s arm and demanded to know why he was interviewing “these women who do not speak for AIPAC.” Needless to say, the story has much more detail to it, but the tragedy is that every message, every person, is included in the AIPAC “big tent”, EXCEPT for those who support Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley.
Fortunately, we have champions like Caroline Glick, whose new book, THE ISRAELI SOLUTION: A ONE STATE PLAN FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST, lays out the message of the application of sovereignty to all the land of Israel. I had the good fortune of lunching with Caroline on Wednesday afternoon. She explained the essence of the book and the importance of reading it and understanding that there is an alternative to the much failed “two-state solution” formula. I intend to go onto Amazon.com to order twenty copies for distribution to friends and family. I encourage everyone to do the same.
Glick’s book, “The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East”
(Crown Forum 2014) was released Tuesday, March 4
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