The Absurdity Of It All March 16, 1996 In the North we are bombing away - and the Katushas keep bouncing back.. Hizbulla is Public Enemy #1, - the bad guys. Shimon Peres isn't doing everything he can to blow them away - but he is doing. In the South - in Gazza, the same Shimon Peres has granted permits to Nief Hawatmei, Muhammad Daud Ooda, otherwise known as Ibn Daud, and Leila Khaled to enter - to attend the PNC convention. Hawatmei was responsible for, among other things, the massacre in Ma'alot. Ibn Daud planned the Olympic kidnapping and murder of Israeli athletes. Khaled is a well-known airplane hijacker. And who's next on the list - none other than our old friend George Habash. And crazily enough - these permits are issued and publicized on the Memorial and Remembrance Day for the six million killed in the Holocaust, as well as the freedom-fighters in the ghettos throughout Europe. The absurdity is so unbelievably apparent - the hypocrisy - the contradiction - yet it actually is happening. Just to put events in perspective - let's say for a minute (and I know the subject is controversial - shh shh - and I'm not using it to express an opinion, rather only to make a point) that Baruch Goldstein was still alive and in jail- imprisoned for life - and for some reason he was released and allowed to attend a special meeting of the Knesset, where his vote was needed to change some earth-shattering law. What would the entire world say - not to mention the Arabs and Jews?! These people have killed, maimed, and psychologically destroyed men, women and children, and they haven't finished. Khaled and Hawatmei encourage and compliment terrorism. They are true, man-eating beasts, who belong only in one place - six feet under. Yet, they are being allowed back into Eretz Yisrael, temporarily controlled by Arafat. What lesson can we learn from this? First and foremost: terrorism pays off. A terrorist group which is stubborn enough, and smart enough, can get whatever it wants by blowing people up. Arafat has succeeded in moving Israel out of almost all major cities in Judea, Samaria and Gazza. Only Hebron, a tiny ray of light in the foggy darkness, remains. And the terrorists are `coming home.' What more could they possibly want? If you don't know - I'll tell you: they want us out of here. No, not just the Jews in Hebron, Kiryat Arba and Gush Katif. They want all of us out - all the Jews living in Eretz Yisrael, in the State of Israel. And anyone who thinks they are about to stop the terrorism that has been so successful so far, is dreaming. Take a look at Hamas, working in tandem with Yassir - or, even better - Hizbulla in the north. We are blowing them away, but they keep hitting back. Syrian-Iranian aid, assisted by tacit Lebanese support, and bingo - they keep up the good work. This isn't the first time Israel has been in South Lebanon, and it's not the first time we've even bombed Beirut. But last time, Arik Sharon was pulling the trigger and Shimon Peres was raging. Now, Shimon is trigger-happy, and what he is actually accomplishing is questionable. After all, the Hizbulla terrorists have temporarily accomplished the seeming impossible. They have caused 75% of Kiryat Shemona's population to leave the city. Everyone has, very simply, run away. I cannot legitimately condemn the Kiryat Shemona residents from Hebron - but I can castigate a government which has played into the hands of an Assad-Iranian gameplan, which has led to the literal abandonment of a city in Eretz Yisrael. This is, of course, in total contradiction to basic fundamental Zionist philosophy - never give in to terrorists and never give up the ship - never, ever, run away! What does Shimon have to gain from all of this? If everything works out, even temporarily, he will look like a winner - stopping Katusha attacks without causing the deaths of Israeli soldiers. Except that Israelis have short memories - they tend to forget the soldiers kill over the last weeks and months by Hizbulla in South Lebanon. They forget that this operation should have been carried out long ago - before the situation reached the current proportions. And they don't think about what will be six months from now. However, things don't always work out as expected - Shimon still might be surprised. And what about the most absurd segment of this farce - that is, that today is Holocaust Memorial Day. I ask myself, if those six million could talk to us - if they could somehow communicate with us - what would they say? The overwhelming atrocity of the Holocaust is so great that it cannot be expressed. But, if there was an answer to the Holocaust, a result of the six million deaths, it is the State of Israel, brought into being directly from the ovens of Auchwitz. If the six million did not die in vain, (and I'm not saying that they didn't) it is only because of the creation of the State of Israel - the return of Am Yisrael to Eretz Yisrael. What would they have to say about a `Jewish leader,' who is going backwards and giving the Promised Land to our arch- enemies, some of whom cooperated with the German Death Machine. Listening to Shimon Peres speak at Yad V'Shem last night, my stomach turned over. Here, the absurdity of absurdities - the person most responsible for endangering the continued existence of the State of Israel, and its entire Jewish population, - he is eulogizing the people who died and brought about, in their deaths, our being here. What would they say if they knew that the `leader of the Jewish People' wanted to give Hebron, city of the Patriarchs, and major segments of Jerusalem, the eternal capital of Israel, to Arab terrorists who continue to kill Jews? What would they say if they knew that on the day memorializing their memories, that same `Jewish leader' would officially allow Hawatmei, Khaled and Ibn-Daud legally into Eretz Yisrael? The answer: I try very hard not to think about it. At exactly 10:00 AM on Holocaust Memorial Day (and on Memorial Day for soldiers and terrorist victims) a siren blasts throughout the country. All people stand, wherever they happen to be, for two minutes. The wailing of the siren, usually used to broadcast the commencement of hostilities, reminds us of what has been, and those who are no longer with us, so that we might be here. I've asked myself in the past, what do people think about for those two minutes. I imagine, about friends and loved ones who fell, in war, terrorist attacks, in the Holocaust. But when I stand, I think of the unity of the People of Israel, if even for only two minutes. For during those two minutes, we are one - really one. I think to myself the ultimate expression of oneness that I know - in my head, silently, I say Shema Yisrael, representing the unity of Am Yisrael, the unity and oneness of G-d. Those who knew they were going to their deaths said these words with their last breath. Others, perhaps, as the last moment, thought them. That is my answer to the above absurdities - our trust and faith, that G-d didn't bring us back to Eretz Yisrael after a 2,000 year-old exile, to let one Shimon Peres destroy the hopes and dreams of the Jewish People through the ages. We will remain here, - and not just for us - but for all those who died with Shema Yisrael on their lips, for the last two thousand years, and for those who will not have to die as they did, for the next thousand.