Opening/Closing Remarks. Jerusalem Summit-2003
Sukkot is the Festival when Jews were bringing the fruits of their harvest to the Jerusalem Temple. It was prophesied that the time will come when all nations on each Sukkot will come to Jerusalem bringing their gifts.
On behalf of the organizers I wish to thank all of you for the wonderful gifts you brought to Jerusalem. You brought your experience, your intellect, your love of Truth.
During the Summit we advanced in our attempt to work out a joint strategy of resistance to the Totalitarianism of the Radical Islam, and to the moral relativism which in vain tries to placate this Totalitarianism by sacrificing Israel.
I hope that we have made a first step towards creating an international Jerusalem Alliance. Starting from tomorrow, we plan an extensive follow-up.
We plan to launch public and information campaigns to spread the creative ideas which we heard here during the last 3 days.
We will call on other nations, organizations and individuals to join the Alternative programs developed here in Jerusalem.
We plan to keep you in touch with us and with one another: staying together, as members of the Jerusalem Alliance, we can accomplish far more than we would do as disparate individuals.
So far we're not many. I would like to see here the leaders from all religions and countries. But it's a start. I believe that the streamlets of truth that flow to Jerusalem will turn into a mighty river.
That vision of the prophet does not belong to some eschatological future. It's near. It's at hand.
Once the restoration of Israel did seem to belong to some unreal eschatological future, until a few men dared to perform the commandment "Shma"-Listen - and heard from the Almighty that the time came to materialize the promise. They turned their faith into action and the state of Israel was restored.
Likewise, another prophecy, another promise of the Almighty, about nations uniting in Jerusalem seems to belong to eschatology and fantasy. But nowadays more and more people are hearing the voice of the Almighty that the time has come to unite in Jerusalem.
Your presence here is a proof of it.
It's not a dream any more. It's a burning necessity. Everyone with the spiritual eyesight sees that the Almighty is bringing it closer and closer through exposing the irrelevance and harmfulness of all other attempts to unite humanity in places other than Jerusalem, and on the basis other than His commandments. The UN are the most vivid example of that futility.
WWII and the Holocaust sped up the process of restoring Israel. But we should not wait until the WWIII and, God forbid, a new catastrophe bring nations to unite in Jerusalem. We have to start it now, we have to call the world to come to its senses and unite in the true center on the true basis.
I urge you to spread the call for all nations to unite in Jerusalem. Together, united around Zion, we will build a true and lasting Peace.
We will build it on Truth, rather than political correctness.
Justice will be its pillars.
Faith in our values will be its impregnable walls.
Traditions of our cultures will be the Gates leading into it.
And love of our Creator will be its roof.
To repeat Herzl’s words: Im tirzu ain zo agada – If you will want it, it’s not a fairy tale.
Thank you for coming,
And I hope to see you next year in Jerusalem.
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