Operation Cast Lead By Stuart Levy UJA Shaliach


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Operation Cast Lead By Stuart Levy UJA Shaliach. Given at Frisch School, January 8, 2009.

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Operation Cast Lead By Stuart Levy UJA Shaliach

  1. 1. Operation Cast Lead Israel’s Defensive Campaign Presented by Stuart Levy UJA Community Shaliach
  2. 2. 15 Seconds in Sderot <ul><li>http://www.hagshama.org.il/sderot/ </li></ul>
  3. 3. 15 Seconds Is Not Enough Time… <ul><li>To put on your shoes and tie your shoelaces </li></ul><ul><li>To pay at the cashier and get the correct change </li></ul><ul><li>To sign in to your email and start reading your mail </li></ul><ul><li>To take 5 breaths </li></ul><ul><li>To say good bye to your loved ones </li></ul><ul><li>To take cover and save your life </li></ul>Taking cover in Kfar Azza, Israel. Wednesday 7/1/2009 www.haaeretz.com
  4. 4. 3 What’s ? <ul><li>What has happened? </li></ul><ul><li>What will happen? </li></ul><ul><li>What can we do? </li></ul>
  5. 5. What has happened? <ul><li>2005 – Unilateral Israeli withdrawal from Gaza </li></ul><ul><li>Summer 2006 – 2 nd Lebanon War </li></ul><ul><li>2007 – Hamas take control of Gaza </li></ul><ul><li>July 2008 – Cease-fire </li></ul>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j61ktUeDDuo&feature=channel_page
  6. 6. What has happened? <ul><li>Dec 19 th 2008 – Truce broken; hundreds of Qassams fired on S. Israel; </li></ul><ul><li>> 3000 in 2008 alone </li></ul><ul><li>Dec 27 th 2008 – Israel begins air attacks on Hamas targets </li></ul><ul><li>Jan 2 nd 2009 – Israel begins ground operations against Hamas </li></ul>
  7. 7. What will happen? Israel’s actions are defensive, moral and legitimate Israel wants a lasting peace with all neighbors Weapons smuggling into Gaza pre-condition for cease-fire This is a struggle for the very survival of the State of Israel
  8. 8. What can we do? <ul><li>Support Israel – stay updated and engaged </li></ul><ul><li>Israel allows in humanitarian aid / corridor of time </li></ul><ul><li>Support community / national solidarity events </li></ul><ul><li>Sunday January 11 th at 11.00am – NYC (42 nd St & 2 nd Ave) </li></ul><ul><li>Sunday January 11 th at 6.00pm – NNJ (Kaplen JCC on the Palisades) </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Global Rally for Israel - Thursday January 8, 4:00 PM until Friday 4:00 PM http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=47852346516 </li></ul>
  9. 9. Tefilla / prayer Our father in heaven, bless the State of Israel, its heads and leaders Protect the protectors of our sacred land, the fighters of the IDF and all The security forces, who fight courageously to protect citizens of Southern Israel, and to stand guard over our land and our State. Strengthen them and send your blessing and success in their every endeavor. “ May the one who causes Peace to reign in the highest heavens let peace Descend upon us, upon all Israel.” Amen.
  10. 10. Operation Cast Lead Israel’s Defensive Campaign THANK YOU - TODAH Presented by Stuart Levy UJA Community Shaliach