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Date: Sun 21 Sep 2003
Subject: VIPAC's Shana Tova New Year's Greetings!

Dear VIPAC member:

First and foremost thank you so much for choosing to participate in our
VIPAC campaign to help Israel by sending thousands of emails faxes and
phone calls to Washington each week urging more support for Israel during
these difficult days. Too many friends of Israel have chosen to be
passive or silent for a variety of reasons/excuses. But not the thousands
of members of VIPAC--may G-d bless each and every one of you--who have
chosen to exercise their democratic right of free speech to fulfill the
Biblical commandment: "Thou shalt not stand idly by thy brother's blood."
(Leviticus 19:16)

And none of us should think even for a moment that these thousands of
weekly messages to the White House and Capitol Hill in support of Israel
have only Biblical import but no political impact. Our enemies don't
think so and neither should we.

Let me quote from a recent article in the NY Times printed on Monday
September 8 on page A3 under the title "Bush Administration Warns Israel
Not to Expel Arafat." Near the end of that article was the following
paragraph: "European and Arab diplomats involved in the peace effort say
privately that they regard as a major problem the unwillingness of the
United States to push Mr. Sharon's government. THEY ATTRIBUTE THAT

My friends that's what you and me and VIPAC are all about.

So thank you all for your efforts and accomplishments during this past
year. And let us all use this season of Rosh Hashanah to pledge our
renewed efforts with more vigor and with more intensity on behalf of
Israel for the coming year. And may our increased efforts on behalf of
Israel's security in all of Jerusalem Judea Samaria Gaza and the Golan
Heights be rewarded by G-d with the blessings of victory and peace for us
and for all of Israel.

Shana Tova Umetuka
A good and sweet year to you all.

Martin Elsant
Co-chair Virtual Israel Political Action Committee (




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