“The message of Gush Katif will not be forgotten.”
In that one sentence, Dr. Joseph Frager, chairman of the board of the World Committee for the Land of Israel, declared the mission statement of the Gush Katif Museum dinner. “We today are witness to the shattering of dreams. First they built the land of Israel, land that was considered never arable. We all want peace now, but not a false peace.”
“The borders are in the Torah,” explained museum founder Rabbi Sholom Ber Wolpe. “Not one inch for somebody else. We gave 25 beautiful towns to the Arabs, murderers and terrorists, and we got more missiles, more getting killed.”
“It was so horrible,” recalled New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, about the last days of Gush Katif, when he was there. “Don’t make concessions to our enemies; they are not interested in peace, we don’t have a partner.”
Over 600 men and women gathered in a Crown Heights ballroom to show support for the Gush Katif Museum in Jerusalem and its director, Rabbi Sholom Ber Wolpe.
The museum, at 5 Shaarei Tzedek Street, opened in 2008 to educate the public about the dire conditions of those expelled from the Jewish communities in Gaza and to thwart any future attempts at dismantling any other Jewish towns in Israel.
Close to 10,000 people were dislocated from their homes and businesses in Gush Katif; even cemeteries were emptied of their dead. Synagogue structures left behind were ravaged and desecrated by Arab mobs. The museum has had over 100,000 visitors to date, including members of Knesset and congressmen.
Keynote speaker Glenn Beck, conservative radio and TV host, author and political commentator, compared Israel’s land giveaways to the events prior to the Holocaust. “Compare it to 1938,” he noted. “When the world had a madman spell out exactly what he was going to do. And they ignored him. Here we are again. When madmen are spelling out exactly what they are going to do and no one listens and this time around, with the media aiding and abetting.”
Fellow keynote speaker former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton spoke about Iran and its threat to the world.
“While Israel faces many challenges,” pointed out New York State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, “Iran is the number one threat to the safety of Israel and its people. The administration has been given the tools by Congress and this administration has to use these tools to put the pressure on Iran. Tough economic sanctions are the only tool that will bring Iran to the table.”