Guardian of Zion Award Lecture

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Last night I was honored to received Guardian of Zion Award from the Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies at Bar Ilan University. The ceremony was held at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. Play the Audio here:


The following is the full text prepared for delivery of the lecture I presented at the dinner. I titled it “Jerusalem, the Eternal Frontline.”



It was a beautiful evening, one that I daresay I will always remember.



Good evening. Minister Landau, Members of Knesset, President Moshe Kaveh of Bar Ilan University, Professor Benzion Netanyahu, past Guardian of Zion award winners Prof. Elie Wiesel and Arthur Cohn, and honored guests, thank you all for coming here today.


I would also like to thank some very important people who made a special trip to join me here this evening. Thank you to my parents, Sharon and Gerald Glick who came here from Chicago. Thank you to Frank Gaffney, the President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington and my dear colleague, and his wife Marisol for flying in from Washington to be here.


Thank you to Professor Avi Bell from Bar Ilan University Law School, my friend and intellectual sounding board for delaying your flight to New York where you’ll be presenting a paper at a law conference tomorrow, to be here with me tonight.


Thank you to Prof. Joshua Schwartz from the Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies at Bar Ilan and your staff for organizing this event.


And finally and most importantly, thank you Mr. and Mrs. Ira and Inga Rennert. Thank you for bringing my parents and the Gaffneys to Jerusalem for this event. Thank you for your extraordinary support for my work. And thank you for being such amazing Jews who give of yourselves everyday for Israel, for Jerusalem and for the Jewish people throughout the world. I am privileged to know you and we are blessed as a people to have you among our leading lights.



I TAKE ENORMOUS satisfaction from receiving this award. For nearly as long as I can remember, the image of the watchman on the gates of Jerusalem has been the singular image of Jewish strength for me. It is has always been to the Jewish watchmen, ever vigilant, to whom we have owed our lives, and our survival as a people.


Today these watchmen preserve our freedom in our land. For fifty generations in exile, it was the memory of those Jewish Centurions, manning the barricades that inspired us to keep faith with our traditions, our God, our law, and our land.


I believe that it is an honor beyond measure that Bar Ilan University and the Rennert Center would deem it proper to cast me among the ranks of our greatest defenders and champions. I know I do not deserve this distinction. I certainly do not believe that I have earned it. But I do know that since childhood I have strived to emulate the image of the watchman – or watchwoman — on the walls of Zion. And I pledge that I will continue throughout my life to strive to earn the distinction you bestow on me tonight.



THE WATCHMAN at the gates is a powerful image. But of course the defense of Jerusalem does not begin at the gates. And guarding Jerusalem is not simply a matter of physical strength. It requires spiritual commitment and wisdom as well. Indeed, defenders of Zion require a greater mix of physical and spiritual strength than any defenders of any spot on earth.


Both our recent and ancient history as a people is one continuous testament to this truth.


And it is this aspect of Jerusalem – the eternal and temporal front line of the Jewish people – that I wish to discuss with you tonight.


If you drove to Jerusalem this evening from Tel Aviv, as the coastal plain suddenly ended 25 kilometers from the city at Shaar Haguy or Bab el Wahd, you reached the starting point of the siege of Jerusalem from 1947. It was from this gauntlet that the British-commanded Jordan Legion sought – with the help of the Arabs of Jerusalem and surrounding villages – to cut the Jews of the city off from the rest of the country and so to conquer the nascent Jewish state.


As you began ascending through the hills to Jerusalem you could see the remnants of some of the most fearsome and bloody battles of the war. They came in the form of the reverentially preserved hulks of armored personnel carriers used by Haganah and Palmach units sent in front of the Jordanian snipers in a continuous attempt to bring reinforcements and food to the besieged Jews of Jerusalem.


As the hills — covered on both sides by JNF forests — rose to meet you, you passed the Latrun fortress on your right. It was the British decision to transfer control over Latrun – with its command over the road below – to the Jordan Legion, that all but guaranteed the fall of Jerusalem by preventing reinforcements from aiding its undermanned defenders.


Wave after wave of Jewish soldiers threw themselves against the guns of the Jordan Legion in a desperate attempt to break its chokehold on Jerusalem.



If you came to this hotel from the center of town, you may have gone by Davidka Square. There you would have passed by one of the primitive mortars used by the Harel Brigade in the battle for Jerusalem.


The Davidka was grossly ineffective as a killing machine. But between its thunderous noise and the rumor mill, it proved an effective tool of psychological warfare against the enemy. Even more than in traditional conflicts, the psychological aspect of the War of Independence played a pivotal role in determining its outcome.


The Jews, who just three years before had been incinerated in European crematoria were an object of wonder no less than hatred for our enemies. Like the phoenix rising from the ashes, for many Arabs there was a sense that supernatural powers were at work as the new Jewish state rose from the ruins of Jerusalem.


For their part, schooled in the martial traditions of Joshua and Gideon, the Jews of 1948 blended seamlessly the psychological and the metaphysical with armor and steel.


The Davidka monument is just as much a reminder of what this uniquely Jewish military doctrine can achieve as the unwalled city of Jericho.



If you came this way from the Old City, you most likely walked through the Jewish Quarter. It was to the 1,700 Jews who lived there in 1948 and their 150 defenders that the eyes of the citizens of nascent Jewish state were turned. The future security of the country was dependent on their ability to withstand the Arab siege. They had to be assisted and they had to hold their ground if the war was to end in a resounding victory for the Jews.


Tragically, the spiritual strength that sustained us 61 years ago was not matched by sufficient physical strength to hold the city.


As Jerusalem commander Dov Yosef instructed the starving and desperate Jews within the walls about the nutritional benefits of various leaves that they could eat in the absence of food, and as wave after wave of Jewish fighters fell to their deaths on the roads ringing the city — at Latrun, the Castel, Har Adar and Gush Etzion – in their bid to relieve the Jerusalemites — the British-commanded Jordanians delighted in our suffering. Arab snipers picked off any Jew within range.


In the end, the Jews of the Old City held out for 6 months. Last week marked the 61st anniversary of the fall of Jerusalem on May 27, 1948. Of the Jewish Quarter’s 150 defenders, only 43 survived until the Hurva synagogue was destroyed by the Jordan Legion. It was the destruction of the venerable old synagogue that finally forced the hands of the rabbis within the walls. After the Hurva was destroyed, the rabbis began negotiating the surrender of the Old City to the Arabs.



If you walked to the King David Hotel today from the Old City, and exited through the Jaffa Gate, you certainly took note of the gentrified neighborhood of Mamila. Today, as you walk through the new upscale shopping plaza, it is hard to believe, that from May 27, 1948 through June 7, 1967 Mamila was Israel’s frontline. It was Sderot and Kiryat Shemona of its time.


The Jews of the neighborhood lived in constant fear of Jordanian snipers who took pot shots from the walls of the conquered city at the Jews down below. The buildings you passed were once surrounded by sandbags. The Jews w
ho lived inside them would run, not walk across the street. Any hesitation could spell their death.


But then, on the third day of the Six Day War, their long nightmare ended. After 19 years, the IDF succeeded in liberating the capital city. Paratroopers from kibbutzim danced with yeshiva buchers as they stood in awe before the remnant of the Second Temple. In June 1967, the proper balance between our spiritual and physical defenses had finally been struck.


After 2000 years, we were again a free people.



EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO, on May 27, 1991, the 43rd anniversary of the fall of Jerusalem, and the 24th anniversary of its liberation, tens of thousands of Jews from Ethiopia were airlifted to the Jewish state. As then prime minister Yitzhak Shamir said, the Ethiopian aliyah marked the first time in history where Africans were liberated from slavery by being taken out of Africa.


The entire country celebrated the arrival of these Jews, who had maintained their allegiance to Zion for thousands of years often in complete isolation from the rest of the people of Israel.


The next day, May 28, 1991, I stepped off an El Al plane at Ben Gurion Airport, and before reaching the passport check, I walked up the stairs of the old terminal building to the Ministry of Absorption’s offices and officially made aliyah. A friend picked me and my massive immigrant suitcases up and a few hours later, I began my new life in Jerusalem.


The Jerusalem that greeted me 18 years ago was almost entirely free from fear. It was hard for me to imagine that the city had ever been endangered as I rode the buses, walked along the streets, sat in cafes, hiked in the forests, shopped in supermarkets and clothing stores.


As I moved without fear through Arab neighborhoods, and traversed the old and new city, it rarely occurred to me that I was walking on contested ground. The Palestinian uprising, which had begun in 1988 and had instigated a period of self-segregation and renewed hostility towards Israel among the city’s Arab residents, had been defeated in the wake of the Gulf War.


But unbeknownst to me and to my fellow Jerusalemites, all of this was set to change just two years later. When, as part of the implementation of the Oslo peace process with the PLO, the government of Israel allowed for an Arab armed force to be deployed on the outskirts of the city, fear returned to Jerusalem.


Within just a few weeks of the establishment of the Palestinian Authority in 1994, Jerusalem again became the front line of the country as terrorists from Ramallah, Hebron, Beit Lehem and beyond converged on Jerusalem to terrorize its people in shooting attacks and suicide bombings. What the people of Sderot experience today was first suffered by residents of Gilo.


I moved away from Jerusalem at the end of 1991, after I joined the army. I returned to the city in 2002. By that time, the sense of safety I had felt here during my first months in the country had been obliterated. Every day brought a new atrocity or attempted atrocity. My own street became the scene of carnage as a bus was bombed just a half a block from my front door. My neighbors’ mangled bodies were strewn before me as I ran out of my home with some vague notion that I could help someone.


While there was no hunger among the city’s residents in 2002 as there had been during the siege in 1948, the chronic, continuous sense that at any moment you could be killed filled the air with similar dread and foreboding.


It was only after the government finally unleashed the Israel Defense Force in Judea and Samaria that a semblance of normality returned again to the city. It was only after Operation Defensive Shield returned our soldiers to the streets of Ramallah, Beit Lehem, Shehem, Jenin, Kalkilya and Hebron, and vastly curtailed the powers of the Palestinian armed forces, that we could feel safe going out to dinner and riding the bus again.



DURING THE YEARS THAT Jerusalem came under physical threat, it also became politically threatened. Israel’s acquiescence to the PLO’s military presence on the outskirts of the city began a process of unraveling Israel’s own claim to the city. As Yassir Arafat ordered his forces to march on Jerusalem, and denied that the Jewish people have any rights to the city, successive Israeli governments found themselves on the diplomatic defensive.


Just as our leaders allowed Jerusalem’s physical wellbeing to be threatened, so they enabled its political unity to come under assault. Rather than insist that the world recognize our sovereign rights to our capital, at best, our leaders spoke of the strategic importance of Jerusalem to our physical security.


The element of metaphysical power embodied by the tactically worthless Davidka was absent from discussions of how Israel needed Tzur Bahar and Jabel Mukaber to defend Armon HaNatziv or how our control over Shoefat and Beit Hanina is necessary to defend Ramot, Neve Yaakov and Pisgat Zeev.


Happily today Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat have abandoned this defensive posture and are waging strident campaigns against all who demand that we again surrender our eternal capital.


But for much of the past 15 years, the full expanse of Jewish history and identity was narrowed to a discussion of isolated neighborhoods, as if they were what this is all about.


 Jerusalem’s importance is far greater than the sum total of its neighborhoods. In ignoring this basic truth, our leaders did more to imperil the city’s neighborhoods than legions of our enemies could hope to accomplish.



Even more devastating than what we said to the world is what we said to ourselves. For much of the past 15 years, our national leaders scornfully and contemptuously worked to limit our expectations and accused us of being greedy for assuming we had a right to our capital.


When did King David live in Abu Dis, they sneered. Why were we needlessly upsetting the Arabs by moving back to Ir David, they hissed. The underlying message was clear. We were provoking our enemies by asserting our rights, which we were told, were unimportant.


In general, since 1994, to greater and lesser degrees, our leaders abandoned Jerusalem as our metaphysical frontline and reduced the rationale of our control over our eternal capital to a security argument.


This argument is fine for as far is it goes. We explained – correctly – that without Israeli control over Jerusalem, the entire country would be under threat. And this is true. Indeed it has always been true.


Among other reasons, King David chose Jerusalem as his capital city because of its strategic importance. Were foreign forces to take control over Jerusalem and surrounding areas today, everything from Ben Gurion Airport to Tel Aviv to Beersheva to Tiberias would be placed under threat.



As Shaar Haguy in 1948 and Beit Jalla in 2000 showed, with foreign forces on the outskirts of the city, Jerusalem is cut off from the rest of the country. To secure the city is to secure the country. And to abandon the city – whether by surrendering control of the road to Tel Aviv or by relinquishing Judea and Samaria — is to imperil the country.


Specifically, placing foreign forces in Jerusalem or on its doorstep would mean importing Gaza into the heart of the country.


Jerusalemites would find ourselves living in bomb shelters like our brothers and sisters in Sderot. Tel Aviv would find itself, like Ofakim, within range of enemy rockets. Terrorists with simple portable weapons could sit on the hills of Jerusalem and shoot down civilian jetliners landing at Ben Gurion airport. In wartime, terrorists with primitive artillery could shut down the country’s vital traffic arteries, preventing reservists from reaching the fronts to defend the state.


Although inarguably accurate, Israel’s security arguments for its sovereignty over Jerusalem have fallen on deaf ears. Neither the Americans – who demand that we cease asserting our sovereignty over eastern, northern and southern Jerusalem,
not to mention Judea and Samaria — nor the Arabs consider Jerusalem primarily a military issue.



The Americans prefer to ignore the metaphysical and spiritual aspects of the city’s frontline status as they push for an Israeli retreat to the indefensible 1949 armistice lines. For them, the issue of Jerusalem is no more than a petty real estate squabble.


But our enemies know better. For them the question of who controls Jerusalem is rightly recognized as the core issue – as the issue upon which Israel rises or falls as a state and as a people. Earlier this month, this point was made clearly by one of Israel’s sworn enemies.


In a television interview on May 7, the PLO’s Ambassador to Lebanon Abbas Zaki explained that from the PLO to the Iranian mullahs, Jerusalem is seen as the metaphysical key to Israel’s wellbeing. As he put it,


“With the [implementation of the] two-state solution, [involving an Israeli relinquishment of Jerusalem], in my opinion, Israel will collapse, because if they get out of Jerusalem, what will become of all the talk about the Promised Land and the Chosen People? What will become of all the sacrifices they made – just to be told to leave? They consider Jerusalem to have a spiritual status. The Jews consider Judea and Samaria to be their historic dream. If the Jews leave those places, the Zionist idea will begin to collapse. It will regress of its own accord. Then we will move forward.”




As a wayward Jew once said, “The truth will set you free.”


We owe the likes of Zaki — and the Iranians who call their most prestigious terrorist unit the Jerusalem Brigade – a big thank you for reminding us of who we are and what we need to survive. For even as our leaders tried to forget what we as a people have always known, our history – both ancient and modern – is testament to the truth of Zaki’s statement.



WE MARK THE END of Jewish control over the Land of Israel as having occurred not with the Roman invasion in 63 BCE, nor from the defeat of Bar Kochba’s rebellion 182 years later in 135. We mark the hurban, the destruction of our sovereignty as having occurred with the fall of Jerusalem in 70 CE.


And why is this the case? It is because people do not fight for strategically significant hilltops. They fight for ideas like freedom. They fight for symbols, for abstractions like flags. They fight for their beliefs. They fight for their way of life.


They do not fight for strategic advantage.


We Jews know this better than any other people. We were the first people to self-consciously define ourselves at Mt. Sinai as a nation committed to an abstract principle of an invisible God, an abstract code of law, and an abstract, yet-to-be-seen promised land.


Josef Trumpeldor is not remembered as a great hero for having said, “It is good to die for strategically significant hilltops,” – although that is what he died defending.


Trumpeldor is remembered as a great hero for declaring, “It is good to die for our country.”


Even further back, we remember that the only reason the Kingdom of Judea did not suffer the same fate as the Kingdom of Israel in the end of the 8th century BCE is because as the ten tribes of Israel were expelled into oblivion, King Hezkiyahu saved Jerusalem from the Assyrians.


Due to his failed attempt to purge Judea of Assyrian influence, Hezkiyahu lost Lachish and Gat and dozens of other cities and villages and was forced to fall back on Jerusalem. There, against all odds, Hezkiyahu kept Jerusalem free. He breached the Assyrian siege by digging his famous water tunnel under the city.


Assyrian King Sennacherib, who destroyed the Kingdom of Israel and deported the ten tribes, went home empty-handed. His conquest of all the other cities and villages meant little without Jerusalem. By saving Jerusalem, Hezkiyahu saved Jewish independence and through it, he saved the Jewish people.





As Isaiah had promised in Chapter 37, verses 32-35:


לב כִּי מִירוּשָׁלִַם תֵּצֵא שְׁאֵרִית, וּפְלֵיטָה מֵהַר צִיּוֹן; קִנְאַת יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת, תַּעֲשֶׂה-זֹּאת. לג לָכֵן, כֹּה-אָמַר יְהוָה אֶל-מֶלֶךְ אַשּׁוּר, לֹא יָבוֹא אֶל-הָעִיר הַזֹּאת, וְלֹא-יוֹרֶה שָׁם חֵץ; וְלֹא-יְקַדְּמֶנָּה מָגֵן, וְלֹא-יִשְׁפֹּךְ עָלֶיהָ סֹלְלָה.  לד בַּדֶּרֶךְ אֲשֶׁר-בָּא, בָּהּ יָשׁוּב; וְאֶל-הָעִיר הַזֹּאת לֹא יָבוֹא, נְאֻם-יְהוָה.  לה וְגַנּוֹתִי עַל-הָעִיר הַזֹּאת, לְהוֹשִׁיעָהּ–לְמַעֲנִי, וּלְמַעַן דָּוִד עַבְדִּי.


“From Jerusalem and Mt. Zion the people will be renewed. And so God said to the King of Assyria, you will not enter this city, you will not shoot your arrows upon it, you will not breach its defenses, your cannons will not reach it. You will go back the way you came. You will not enter this city, God decreed. I defended this city to save it for me and for David my servant.”



Our history as a people – both ancient and modern – has always been tied to Jerusalem. On Hanukah we remember the Maccabean revolt in a very telling way. The Maccabees began their revolt against the Greeks in 167 BCE. The fighting lasted for 23 years until Jonathan was crowned king.


But we remember the revolt for an event that occurred two years into the fighting. We celebrate the revolt not because it established the Maccabean dynasty. We celebrate it because in 165, Judah Maccabi liberated the Temple and so reinstated our sovereignty as a nation and our hope for national renewal. Again – from Jerusalem and Mt. Zion, the people were renewed.


Just as Zaki, Arafat, Nasrallah, and Ahmadinejad remind us every day, from the outset of our nationhood here in Israel four thousand years ago, throughout the centuries of our dispersion and to this day, our fate as a nation – both physically and spiritually – has always been tied directly to our control, or lack of control over Jerusalem. Jerusalem has always been our front line both physically and spiritually.


Rabbi Akiva knew, as he gazed at the destroyed Temple from Mt. Scopus that one day our control over the city would be restored and so our national wellbeing would be renewed. This is why he laughed as he watched foxes entering and exiting the Holiest of Holies.


Perhaps if he had known then that it would take nearly 2,000 years for that to happen, he would have joined his colleagues in their tears instead of shocking them with his laughter and gaiety.


But still, today we know that Rabbi Akiva was right. Our return to Jerusalem did presage our national rebirth with the renewal of our sovereignty in 1948 and 1967.


The modern Zionist movement, which officially began with Hovevei Tzion in 1882, came after the Jewish repopulation of Jerusalem. By 1850, Jews again comprised the majority of the city’s population. And it was our strong presence here that emboldened the early Zionists to believe that a mass return to Zion was finally possible. It was because we had returned again to Jerusalem that our hope and so our strength were finally renewed after 2000 years of stateless wandering and persecution.



LET US RETURN for a moment to 1967. There were many glorious events that occurred during those six days in June. I said before that it was only in 1967 that we wrought the proper balance between physical and spiritual strength. I would like to consider that statement at somewhat greater length.


In June 1967, Israel was transformed from a threatened, vulnerable Jewish statelet into a mighty state to be reckoned with. But who celebrated — then or since — the conquest of Gaza and Kalkilyah? Who remembers the great battles in the Sinai or even the Golan Heights?


The images of that war that have entered our collective consciousness – never to leave – are the images of our pa
ratroopers on the Temple Mount, of Mota Gur crying “Har Habayit b’Yadeinu!” “the Temple Mount is in our hands!,” of our young soldiers praying at the Western Wall.


The convergence of Jerusalem as our frontline of physical security and spiritual security was palpable in those days.



In honor of Yom Yerushalayim this month, a documentary was aired on Israel Television about the signals battalion in the Paratroopers Brigade. The battalion played a major role in the fighting – first taking over the Rockefeller Museum, then the Temple Mount, then the Kotel, then the walls of the city.


In the documentary, the heroes who liberated Jerusalem were brought together forty years later to celebrate its renewal and to recall their fight. They told a stunning story.


After the city was liberated, they situated themselves in the abandoned Jordanian police station just inside the Jaffa Gate. The same station now houses the Israel police. In one of the rooms, they found a large quantity of musical instruments. Apparently, a Jordanian police band was stationed at the site and stored its instruments there.


The men took one of the drums and climbed up the walls of the Old City overlooking Mamila. There the Jews had been huddled beneath the streets in their bomb shelters for several weeks.


As they ascended the walls, the paratroopers began pounding the drum. It must have been a terrifically strange noise since they all claimed to have had no idea how to play the drums.


As the men told it, and as a woman who had been hiding in the shelters with her family recalled, the civilians became perplexed at the new sound that replaced the familiar staccato pop of gun bursts and cannon fire. Slowly, they began emerging from the shelters to find out what was happening.


There above them, they saw the flag of Israel flying. They saw Jewish watchmen on the walls, beating the drums of victory in a half-mad boom, boom, boom.


And at the site of the Guardians of Zion above them, the Jews of Mamila began to dance as in times of old. They danced and danced, and walked to the walls, first tentatively, and then with a massive convulsion of joy and relief, of hope and ecstasy as for the first time in 2000 years the city was secured. The Jews were free of fear as we returned to the Temple Mount, to Mt. Zion, to Jerusalem from whence our strength was renewed.



OUR ENEMIES are right in choosing their targets. They are right because they know who we are. We are the children of Jerusalem, of Zion. Our physical and spiritual survival is dependent on our willingness to dedicate our lives in every generation to guarding both the physical and spiritual walls of this city. It is only by guarding Zion, that we guard its people.


I am humbled and honored beyond words to have been chosen from among so many of my fellow Jews for this singular honor of being named a Guardian of Zion. For me, more than anything, what this means, is that people I respect for their defense of our people accept me as a loyal daughter of this eternal city.


It is all I have ever wished to be.


It is all I wish for my children to become.


And with God’s help, it is something I will be blessed to remain all the days of my life.


Thank you. God bless the people of Israel and our eternal capital city.






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  • Ron Grandinetti 06/01/2009 at 19:45

    Caroline first and foremost let me congratulate you on receiving this award.
    I know everyone is extremely proud of you especially your parents. You are the best.
    You know I refer to you as a great American and a great Israeli, likewise an Israeli freedom fighter.
    After reading your speech I wanted to travel to Israel and join the IDF however Israel has enough liabilities.
    You and Israel can certainly count on my daily prayers.
    Again congratulations and G-d/God bless you and Israel

  • Joe in LA 06/01/2009 at 20:06

    What a beautiful, powerful and moving address! Thank you so much for sharing your remarks. Mazal tov on your well deserved award!

  • Ted Moran 06/01/2009 at 21:46

    The only thing I can say is, Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • judyinjerusalem 06/02/2009 at 5:10

    Yasher koach, Caroline. Brilliant speech. Mazal tov on your well-deserved award. May you go from strength to strength.
    Judy Lash Balint, Jerusalem

  • Marcel 06/02/2009 at 9:28

    A historic message for historic times
    Thank you for inviting us to this event by way of your watchman message.
    And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
    Zechariah 12:3
    The good news is that ISRAEL’S COMMANDER IN CHIEF ,THE lORD OF ARMIES is going to stop Obama and the U.S as He warns above.
    Cut in pieces is the immediate future of America as an example to all the remaining nations.
    It’s a tough job being a watchman as Israel’s watchmen have always been rejected,scorned and greatly abused.
    Jeremiah was right all along but he got no reward from his fellow Jews except a deep hole in a muddy cistern.
    His message was considered too negative and as it is today in Israel ,the false prophets held the people’s ears with their puffy, smooth words of peace without turning away from wickedness.
    This is why Israel is in trouble and you won’t hear that from the watchmen with one eye closed.
    Beware of the praises of men.
    The wicked do not like to hear the truth. It is considered rude,offensive, religious bigotry or hate speech to them,so if they don’t hate you enough maybe there is something you are leaving out ?
    AGAIN the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
    “Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from their territory and make him their watchman,
    ‘when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people,
    ‘then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his own head…..
    “When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you shall surely die!’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Ezekiel 33:9
    “Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.
    Obama is scheduled to make a major speech in Cairo on June 4. He has to address the Israeli-Palestinian problem. He may even speak in a Mosque! If during the speech, he comes against Israeli, which he is already doing, this may mark the doom of America. God has given so many warnings since 1991, when Bush Sr. started the Madrid Peace Process. I have documented these warnings in my book and on this blog. Obama may bring America into a direct confrontation with the God of Israel over the land and especially Jerusalem.

  • Paul 06/02/2009 at 12:09

    Mazel Tov Caroline!
    Well deserved.
    Your insight, wisdom, vision and courage shine forth every time I read your posts.
    As I have just read this wonderful speech so I hope to one day be reading your wonderful acceptance speech as PM!

  • David Custis Kimball 06/02/2009 at 21:00

    I noticed these on researching John Loftus and his revelations, but was struck how these applied to protecting Jerusalem, so based on the following summary of some recent events and deceit which ironically ‘the prophet’ Mohammed called correctly as they make war against Israel, the Palestianians, Hamas, Hezbollah, Fatah, most of the Media, Bush and others are no neighbors and have no right or claim to Zion or its temple mount, or city north, east, west or south. Like their own countries, they will turn charity into begging, kindness into bribery, and truth into pornography. They are the pornographers, intent on spoiling Israel, and all other democracies (if they haven’t already).
    Lead us oh Israel, and protect Caroline, your servant, and trusted friend of goodness, righteousness and truth. She can nurture in her ideas and facts the strength to follow a path to protect Israel and Jerusalem, her Zion.
    From url:
    FTR #661 Walkin’ the Snake in the Middle East, Part II: O.J. Agonistes and Palestinian Pornography
    War is deception. – The Prophet Mohammed
    Islamist, neo-Nazi and al-Taqwa director Achmed Huber made a prediction in a 2002 news article: “The U.S. is the ally of 15 million Jews against 1.3 billion Muslims; it is allied with 5 million Israelis against 200 million Arabs. . . We will bring down the Israel lobby and change foreign policy. We’ll do it in America. When it happens, you’ll understand.” This broadcast develops the argument that Huber’s prediction is indeed coming true, utilizing (among other devices) distorted media coverage tailored to inflame public opinion. Referencing the Nazi tract Serpent’s Walk, the program compares the coverage of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict with the O.J. Simpson case, both dramatically affected by blatant, deeply prejudiced advocacy journalism.
    In recent years, journalistic coverage of the Middle East conflict has featured emblematic and sensational stories of Israeli atrocities. What has received little coverage is the fact that many of them were either falsified or greatly embellished to generate anti-Israeli sentiment. The France2 broadcast of the alleged killing of Mohamed Al Dura by Israeli troops has been ruled fraudulent by a French appellate court. The tragic death of Rachel Corrie, the alleged Israeli attack on an ambulance during the Lebanon war of 2006, the “killing” of children at Qana during that same conflict and–most recently–the coverage of Palestinian casualties during the Gaza war have either been utterly fabricated or strategically distorted. These media events are the “Palestinian pornography” referred to in the broadcast’s title.
    Particularly noteworthy is the fact that some of these incidents such as the Qana “non-massacre” of 2006 and the alleged shelling of U.N. facilities and vehicles during the recent Gaza war have proved apparently decisive in persuading the Israelis to conclude the conflict before achieving their strategic aims.
    Revealing also is the fact that when Hamas kills Palestinian rivals of the Fatah organization it does not generate the same degree of outrage or media attention.
    After discussing an Internet story/rumor that has been circulating for a number of years concerning a direct Nazi heritage for Karl Rove, the program notes a significant development–the decisive effect of collateral damage to Palestinian civilians–real, embellished, provoked or fabricated–with regard to the actual tactical and strategic conduct of the conflict. As was the case in the 2006 Lebanon war against Hezbollah (whose youth wing is pictured in this photo essay from Time magazine) during which a largely fabricated incident at Qana helped precipitate the Israeli withdrawal, incidents such as the shelling of a UN school helped to halt the Israeli offensive in Gaza. According to witnesses, that shelling was deliberately drawn by Hamas fire. After the recording and broadcast of the program, the U.N. retracted its claim, clarifying that the shells fell outside the compound!
    In addition to that incident and a pattern of Hamas combatants dressing like civilians and utilizing civilian installations as munitions or firing positions (actions designated as war crimes), there have been a number of falsified incidents such as a “doctor” supposedly administering CPR to a wounded civilian and a supermarket supposedly devoid of food.
    Corriere della Sera–Italy’s largest and most respected daily–reported that the actual Palestinian death toll was closer to 600 (not 1300) and that most of the dead were Hamas fighters.
    Among the factors distorting coverage of the war is the fact that much of the coverage in the U.S. accessed an AP reporter named Ibrahim Barzak, a longtime Palestinian resident of Gaza, whose home was badly damaged in the fighting! Hardly an objective source. Another major media source alleging Israeli war crimes was a Norwegian physician who felt that the 9/11 attacks were justified!
    Of paramount importance in assessing the Gaza war of 2008-09 is the fact that Hamas and its Muslim Brotherhood parent emerged the strategic victor, due to the false perception generated by the coverage of the conflict, particularly those in the Arab street.
    Program Highlights Include: Analysis of TV host Jon Stewart’s ridiculous and destructively false analysis of the conflict; review of the Associated Press Television News Service and its decisive influence on coverage of the Middle East conflict; review of comparison between key points of information in both the O.J. Simpson case and the Israeli/Arab conflict–points of information of which most people are not aware; review of the anti Semitic perceptions presented in Serpent’s Walk.

  • Marcel 06/03/2009 at 9:17

    Obama Sows a Mideast Whirlwind
    ‘It is hard to believe that the Obama Middle East agenda enjoys the support of the American people or their elected representatives in Congress. Historically, the public and strong bipartisan majorities on Capitol Hill have appreciated that an Israel that shares our values, that is governed democratically and that is in the cross-hairs of the same people who seek our destruction is an important ally. Quite apart from a sense of moral and religious affinity for the Jewish people’s struggle to survive in their ancient homeland, most of us recognize that it is in the United States’ strategic interest to stand with Israel……………..
    My guess, however, is that, as the implications of President Obama’s Mideast policies – for the United States as well as Israel – become clearer, he is going to find himself facing the sort of popular and congressional revolt that has confronted him in recent weeks on Guantanamo Bay. The question is: Will such a reaffirmation of American solidarity with and support for Israel come in time to prevent the winds of war being whipped up by Mr. Obama’s posturing and rhetoric – and driving Israelis into bomb shelters – from wreaking havoc in the Middle East, and perhaps far beyond?’
    Frank Gaffney

  • neshama 06/03/2009 at 9:22

    Caroline, you are truly a blessed woman with many talents. I have often thought that with your intelligent and level-minded vision, you should lead this country as a Prime Minister. I realize that your independence might be curtailed, but it might just be the type of leadership that the people need.

  • beniyyar 06/03/2009 at 12:02

    Congratulations on the award, you certainly deserve it!

  • John B 06/03/2009 at 12:05

    Congratulations on your clear and strong position and for accurately seeing many of the subterfuges of those that wish Israel ill.
    May God bless you and Israel at this time when it seems most who seem to now control world policy are working to destroy Israel as a Jewish state.
    I left the following comment at the JPost which I would nevertheless like to share with you if I may:
    The way things are going with the pressure Israel is under from the US and Europe, never mind its dedicated enemies, the battle for Jerusalem seems set to continue. It seems the world is intent to integrate the Jewish nation into a homogenised Middle East. And with the “dhimmi status” principle applying one can imagine what the Islamic population will do with that.
    Perhaps there will only be peace when the sentiments in your speech expressed in these words: As a wayward Jew once said, “The truth will set you free”, the emphasis being on the ” wayward “, cease to apply. In His love. John

  • Carl Muller 06/03/2009 at 13:54

    Psalm 137:5-6. If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill. Let my tongue adhere to my palate, if I fail to recall you, if I fail to elevate Jerusalem above my foremost joy.
    Many of us Christians pray for the Peace of Jerusalem and the Jewish people.
    May Almighty G-d bless you!!!

  • aussiereader 06/03/2009 at 16:55

    That is one terrific speech. Good on you.
    Zechariah 2: 5, in the old King James translation:
    “For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her [Jerusalem] a wall of fire round about her, and will be the glory in the midst of her”.
    May it be so. May it be so. That is my prayer for Jerusalem and for all the land and people of Israel.

  • Marcel 06/04/2009 at 9:30

    Caroline,you win !
    Glick vs Baskin

  • 06/04/2009 at 9:51

    Such a well-deserved honour. Mazel tov!!!!!!!!!!

  • BaruchAdam 06/04/2009 at 11:40

    Mucho Mazel Tov. The honor is well deserved.

  • Editors 06/04/2009 at 17:05

    Greetings Caroline,
    If anyone derserves that, it is you!
    If there is one thing that I am amazed by, it is that your name is Caroline, and not Esther,
    for truly, you were born for such a time as this!
    May the Blessings of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob be upon you.

  • Editors 06/04/2009 at 17:07

    May your children have the same zeal for Zion. Mazel tov on your award, and may God protect Israel and the Jewish people.
    Posted by Marc Handelsman, USA

  • mwm5414 06/05/2009 at 9:43

    Kudo’s Caroline. The “debate” was a knockout. Who cares if it is Hamas, Fatah, NSDAP or the FSB the aim, language, actions and goals are basically all the same. The USA must be smart enough to realize it and not take the fruit of the apple for it is rotten at the core.

  • will_48 06/05/2009 at 15:48

    In November 2008 Brzezinski gave out this grand speech in London where he set out his NEW GLOBAL MANAGEMENT strategy for Obama to implement: -UNIFY- (with European top three) -ENLARGE- (G7 to G14 by adding China, Japan) -ENGAGE- (the regional powers like Iran by accomodating their needs) and -PACIFY- ISRAEL in the name of “stability”. So Israel is below Iran in the new order of things in Washington.
    This is exactly what Obama is doing.
    Brzezinski’s terms for imposed “peace”:
    – demilitarized “Palestine” with NATO presence
    – 1967 lines with minimal “fringe” corrections
    – no right of return, but resettlement, recognition and compensation for Palestinian refugees
    – Palestinian flag over the Golden Dome Mosque on Temple Mount, “two capitals in one city” sharing of Jerusalem.
    All this may have no meaning with the nuclear Iran which is apparently beyond the new Washington rulers’ comprehension.
    Spread the news!
    Make a copy (if you can):
    (starts at 3:39)

  • evan 06/09/2009 at 18:33

    I love you caroline


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