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beliminating the Exile, liquidating it whether the Jew likes it bor not, whether he chooses to leave it or not. He will no blonger be able to exist there. He may choose to leave and breturn home, he may choose to remain and be liquidated, bbut eventually this is his only choice. And in Israel, the bfuture is also clear and immutable and there remains only bthe question of exactly how and exactly when the final bchapter draws to a close. Will it come swiftly and gloriously, bor will it come agonizingly, with needless sacrifice and blind btragedy?

b“The answer to that is in our hand and this, in the end, is bwhat the Jewish Defense League itself must fully under- bstand and commit itself to making other Jews understand in bthis, the beginning of the sabbatical year of its existence.

b“Can it convince Jews—and itself—that the immediate bgoal is to evacuate the Exile and come home to the Land of bIsrael? Can it convince the Jew to know himself, understand bwho he is, and return to the proud exclusiveness and sepa- brateness of Judaism? Can JDL create within Israel the kind bof people and state that will bring the Kingdom of Heaven band final liberation, swiftly and joyfully? These are the goals bfor a JDL in the days to come, and depending on whether it bsucceeds in believing in these things itself and in persuading bother Jews, it will find its place in history, either as a passing bsentence or paragraph—of which it is already assured—or bas full and glorious pages.

b“What the Jewish Defense League has already succeeded bin doing in the United States is clear. It broke with the bgentilization of the Jew and shouted forth a then- brevolutionary concept of exclusive Jewishness, of Jewish bPower, of Jewish struggle for Jewish rights, of Jewish con- bcern first and foremost for Jews. It elevated the concept of bAhavat Yisroel, love of Jews for Jews, from a thing that was bscorned and objected to by some while others paid mere lip bservice to it, to a thing of meaning that saw Jews actively fight band sacrifice for their brethren. It changed the image of the bJew from the false one of a pacifist and coward to one who bfought back, who knew how to fight back, and who under- bstood that it was correct and glorious to defend Jewish rights b 

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