By Sagi Melamed
For a long time I have been arguing that
The overall objective of Hezbollah and
Hamas is not to free occupied land, nor is it to release prisoners. Their
aim is to eliminate the Jewish state. While the confrontation with Hamas
and Hezbollah is intensifying, others such as
I believe that
The First is the military front.
The IDF, led by the Israeli air force, is fighting to destroy the military
infrastructure of Hezbollah and to harm Lebanese vital interests as means to
put pressure on Hezbollah from within
The Second is the international relations front, or what is known as Hasbara. Israel needs the support of the international community, in order to be able to continue its military operation for the amount of time needed in order to accomplish its objectives, and not less important, to gain international support for the negotiation that will eventually accompany and replace the military battle.
The Third is the homeland cohesiveness front. Never since 1948 was the Israeli homeland front hit so hard and for so long, as in this time. The inner strength and endurance of the Israeli public, will not only allow the Israeli government and military forces to continue its mission with a strong civilian backup, but maybe even more important, demonstrate to our enemies, that we are here to stay, and that the Jews in their homeland will not give up to terror and violence.
So how could our brothers and sisters in the Diaspora help us Israelis, in our three fronts challenge?
I believe that although very important in the hasbara arena, Diaspora contribution should focus on the third front, the homeland cohesiveness front. Please consider the following potential actions of support:
Call, write and email your friends and
Send immediate solidarity leadership
missions to visit
Come visit, stay and tour
4. Buy Israeli-made products, invest in Israeli companies, and buy shares of Israeli companies.
5. Raise financial support for people and institutions which were hurt by the crisis situation in the North.
Focus and intensify your prayers for the
Since the birth of our religion, Jews were always faced with crisis situations. What made us prevail were faith, unity and internal cohesiveness. May G-d give us the wisdom and the strength to overcome this crisis and emerge even stronger from it.
Sagi Melamed is the
Director of External Relations at