Thanking the President


Major Orthodox organizations were quick to thank the President for his unequivocal articulation of Israel’s right to defend herself. In the best tradition of hakoras hatov, these messages went out:

Agudath Israel

We at Agudath Israel of America, and our constituency of Orthodox Jews across the United States, salute your clear and unwavering support of Israel’s security, both in the past and the present.

Your recent public words confirming our nation’s endorsement of Israel’s right to defend herself, and placing responsibility for the current conflict squarely where it belongs, in the lap of Hamas and other terror groups in Gaza, was deeply appreciated.

As were your actions in 2010 committing considerable special aid to Israel for the expansion of the Iron Dome missile interception system, which has played so crucial a role in recent days in preventing loss of innocent life and destruction of property. We join all our fellow Americans and people of good will the world over in expressing our gratitude for your strong leadership and wisdom.

In a time when some other nations, sadly, seem equivocal regarding terrorism, whether waged by individuals or by state actors like the current government in Gaza, the clarity of vision and resolve you have demonstrated sets an example of how principle is more important than politics.
We thank you and want you to know that our prayers are with you.

Rabbinical Council of America

The Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), the largest organization of Orthodox rabbis in the world, expresses its gratitude to President Barak Obama for his statements supporting Israel’s right to protect the safety of its citizens and integrity of its territory in its current defense against the continuous bombing originating in Gaza. The President rightfully stated that “there is no country on earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders. So we are fully supportive of Israel’s right to defend itself from missiles landing on people’s homes.” Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, president of the RCA, stated, “We encourage the United States government to continue its strong support of Israel until the terrorist threats to Israel’s population has ended.”

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2 years 11 months ago

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Bob Miller
2 years 11 months ago

How exactly does Israel go for total, conclusive victory when the leaders of its “allies” prefer the other side?

3 years 4 days ago

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3 years 4 days ago

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3 years 4 days ago

Actions speak louder than words. It is crystal clear that Obama is exerting enormous pressure on Netanyahu not to let the IDF to do its job and enter Gaza, on the ground, which is the only chance Israel has of eliminating the missile threat.

In addition, he has brought in Morsi, head of the Moslem Brotherhood, to be a broker between the Israelis and Hamas, which is an offshoot of the Moslem Brotherhood.

Either Obama is naive beyond hope or he is dastardly.

Shades of Gray
3 years 5 days ago

I voted Republican both times, but it is for the reason of having the credibility to make statements like these, that I agreed with R. Shafran’s article(“Political Campaigns…and the Jewish Problem”) which takes into consideration traditional shtadlanus sensitivities derived from next-week’s Parsha(“What’s more, and more troubling still, we seem to forget that we’re still in galus…Do we ever stop to consider that affronts, whether based on nonsense or fact, particularly when lobbed into the public sphere, can easily come back to haunt us should the candidates we choose to vilify win?”)

3 years 5 days ago

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Bob Miller
3 years 5 days ago

But take note of Whom we should actually rely on.

See this from R Lazer Brody:

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