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bfellow Jew and leap to his defense, to totally commit himself bto saving his fellow chosen Jew in distress. When he betrays bhis people by placing his own status and security before the bpleas of his desperate brethren, he betrays his destiny, his bchosenness. And the Almighty will no longer tolerate such btreason. The Jew who turns, because of narrow self-interest, bfrom his obligation to his brothers will pay the price in blood band suffering. Not for nothing did the rabbis say that unto bsuch a man does the Holy One, Blessed Be He, send his bangel to declare: ‘This one who did not participate in the bsuffering of the community will not see its comfort. . . .’

b“What is true for the individual is true for the entire peo- bple and what is true for the people is true for the state that it bcreates. A chosen people that creates its state creates a chosen bstate. That state is only the reflection of the people, and the bobligation of the people is hammered into the State, which is bnothing more than the people’s instrument to live its chosen life. A bpeople which betrays its destiny must pay the price and the bstate that does the same cannot escape its fate, either.

b“The Jewish government of the state, which has jailed me band plans to try me and sentence me, has accused me of the bcrime of urging and plotting Jewish attacks on Soviet and bIraqi installations and officials. The State of Israel does not breally weep for the Soviets and the Iraqis. It knows of the bmurder of Jews by the Iraqis in Baghdad. It knows of the bterrible spectre of physical punishment that threatens the bJews of the USSR. It is not love of the Iraqis and Soviets or black of love for the Jews of those countries that led the State bof Israel to move with energy and speed to stop Jews who bwish to save them. When Jewish militants, two and three byears ago, were committing acts of violence against the bSoviets in America, more than a few officials blessed the bunseen heads of the Jewish militants.

b“The difference between yesterday and today is that yes- bterday, those Jewish activists did not, in their minds, threaten the binterests of Israel, while today, the narrow people who always look in bnarrow terms of narrow self-interest, believe that they do. And so bbelieving, they will do anything to protect what they con- bceive to be the narrow interest of the state, even if that b 

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