Kudos to the OU for a strong statement supporting PM Netanyahu and the govt. in regard to Jerusalem housing.This is an example of the difference between modern Orthodox Zionists, and the Reform movement,whose main thesis is social activism, and probably rue the day they had to become "Zionists".
The battle is not over,as today France and Russia join the attack.
A few weeks ago I spoke to both the Pres. Conf. and the leaders of the OU,urging them to become pro-active on these issues.
Basically I suggested that as a start films be made for internet to help explain the issues and gain public support.
THEY WOULD EXPLAIN
the history of Eretz Yisrael
the Jewish attachment to Jerusalem
the history of rejection of every peace offer by the Arabs
an analysis of the legal issues regarding Judea and Samaria, that show Israel is not an "occupier"
and now even a history of Shepherd's Hotel
and other issues that will place pressure on the Obama administration.
the history of settlements and the difference between outposts, settlements and Jerusalem neighborhoods
The OU has the facilities (film dept and internet dept)and the brainpower .They have a full-time Washington staff.
They are the largest and most powerful synagogue group,and can mobilize probably 60% of the Pres. Conference to get behind a full court press.
Editorials should be written for every major and local paper,Petition drives should be undertaken.Pressure on Congress and ON AIPAC(where they serve as members of the Board).
These are serious issues in critical times.
Honestly I know each organization has personal organizational issues on their agenda.But,as the representatives of American Jewry-this is not the time for mere statements -we need leadership
IF NOT NOW...
IF NOT YOU...