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Political Intervention

In International, Letters, National on June 8, 2009 at 11:04 am

Dear Friends,

As I’m sure you’ve all seen in the news, Israel is currently under extreme pressure. I met with Prime Minister Netanyahu and members of the Likud party following his recent visit to Washington D.C. The Prime Minister spoke of the pressure that President Obama is applying to reach a so called “solution” within an unrealistic timetable. He explained that he is working to advance a policy in which he will avoid harming the Zionist enterprise, whilst maintaining Israel’s relationship with America. At this point Prime Minister Netanyahu has made Iran’s nuclear threat his first priority. Make no mistake about it – we are dealing with the very survival of the State of Israel.

The Obama administration, which includes many individuals who support the radical positions of the Peace Now movement, has set itself along a very dangerous path, placing both Israel and America in harm’s way. My impression is that the State Department, in coordination with “moderate” European governments, is developing an orchestrated strategy to remove Prime Minister Netanyahu from office, as was done in the past to Prime Minister Shamir. No good can come from such an overt attempt to manipulate Israel’s sovereignty.

It’s too early to know how things will develop, but it is obvious that America’s current policy will not bring peace. Unfortunately, if it brings disaster then no public official will take responsibility. It’s a true shame that the pursuit of oil and money are threatening the very survival of the State of Israel.

We are doing all we can to hold the fort here in Ariel. Despite all of the challenges we continue to move forward. We continue to initiate and implement a variety of projects and programs throughout the City of Ariel – each of which provides the People of Ariel with the tools to persevere in challenging times, to hold their heads high day in and day out and to serve as an example of true leadership for the rest of Israeli society. I turn to you to do what you can to take a stand as well. Whether through letter writing campaigns to President Obama, Hillary Clinton and your elected officials, or through volunteering and supporting the American Friends of Ariel organization, you can make a real difference.

With sincere gratitude for your support,

Ron Nachman

Mayor of Ariel