Dear Arutz Sheva Readers in Israel and the world over,
I am taking this opportunity to respond to readers' critical reactions to our acceptance and posting of an advertisement from the president of the World Jewish Congress, Mr. Ron Lauder
I wish to make it clear that Arutz Sheva is a nationalist Zionist website that champions and promotes the cause of Greater Israel.
Arutz Sheva is the sole voice in Israel and the entire world that emphasizes the central importance of all of the Land of Israel and faithfully guards our land from its detractors.
Arutz Sheva will never run advertisements, no matter what the financial inducement, of leftist organizations in Israel and the United States whose activities damage Israel. However, the advertisement about which some of our readers complained is far from fitting into that category.
Mr. Lauder is a highly respected figure in the Jewish world. He serves as president of the Jewish Congress and is a close friend of the Prime Minister of Israel, Mr. Binyamin Netanyahu.
We regret that the Prime Minister and many Jews feel that the way to achieve peace is through the establishment of a Palestinian state, but we cannot, as a website that serves as a forum for world Jewry, boycott or reject a respected Jewish figure who does not agree with us. Mr. Lauder has many accomplishmetns to his credit in many areas that have helped Jews the world over - as does the Prime Minister.
Arutz Sheva's website has been expanding exponentially for the past several years, thanks to the good people who help us continue to be the voice of Greater Israel and sound the dangers facing our country and World Jewry.
We will continue to serve as a clear and unequivocal voice - and a brave and powerful one - while respecting our fellow Jews, wherever they may be.
Arutz Sheva is against a Palestinian State in Judea and Samaria and has posted many articles and opeds that make that stand clear. The advertisement's posting is an opportunity for those readers who feel as Arutz Sheva does to explain their position to the advertiser by writing to the Opinion section at Arutz Sheva. We will post those responses that are written poitely and explain the reasons behind the writer's position.
Editor in Chief
POB 388 , Bet El, D. N. Mizrach Binyamin, 90628, Israel