Thursday, March 06, 2008

"An Attack on the Heart of Zionism"


Calev Ben-David, writing in the Jerusalem Post, accurately describes the impact of today's attack on Mercaz HaRav:

"In striking the flagship institution of the religious Zionist movement, a Jerusalem landmark whose history is linked with the founding and fulfillment of the Jewish national home in the Land of Israel, the gunman aimed his weapon at the heart of the Zionist enterprise.
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The death toll last night was nowhere near the worst of those attacks they have carried out in the past. But in bringing their war of terror right into the halls of Mercaz Harav, the institution founded by and embodied with the spirit of the Zionist's movement's most revered religious figure, the Yishuv's first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak Hacohen Kook, the terrorists struck with the most terribly precise accuracy they have demonstrated to date."

The above Israeli postage stamp, depicting Rav Kook, issued 30 years ago on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Israeli independence, underscores Mr. Ben-David's point about the significance of the target chosen by the terrorists.

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