IDF Chief in Rome: Am Yisroel Lives 2,000 Years After Churban Bais Hamikdosh


gabi-ashkenaziIDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, speaking at the Arch of Titus 1940 years after the Roman Empire destroyed the Second Bais Hamikdosh, declared, “We are here, on the eve of Tisha B’Av, the day the Bais Hamikdosh was destroyed by Titus, and together with the Jewish community we say, ‘Am Yisroel chai.'”

Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi said in his speech at the Arch of Titus, “Despite all the misery and horrible tragedies that struck us since the destruction of the Second Bais Hamikdosh and our exile, the Jewish People were able to re-establish their national independence in 1948. The Israel Defense Forces, which I’m proud to head, carries the responsibility for the security of this independence.

“The IDF, as a large, strong and deterring army which draws on its physical and morale strength, is the force that stands prepared against all of our enemies and those who seek to harm us. It is the force that when required, will prevent tragedies, like the one commemorated by this arch.”

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  1. this guy missed the boat of what tisha bav is we don’t have our land back just because some opicorsim have so called control over the holly land
    And that is some control that they have to fight terrorists day in and day out and have attacks the way the do
    We need the geulah and that is that not the state of isreal

  2. In deference to the day, you ought to have some Ahavas Chinam, regardless of whether or not you agree with his statement. That is why we still mourn the BHMK.

  3. We need the geula and this man while hes the head of the Israeli army cannot protect us, as much as he claims he could, as we know the drums of war are looming over the jews in tzion and no tzioni could do anything about it the only koiach we have is tfila and achdus in klal yisroel, achdus amongst shomrei tora umitzvos and not with the amei haratzim, the chilonim or the koifrim, they dont understand our torah and may never understand it, as it says if klal yisroel would keep one Shabis moshiach would come, it doesnt say peace with the ignorant and koifrim!

  4. Wow Wow Wow! what a display of kochi ve’otzem yodi asa le es hachayil hazaheh! Ga’ava,at its best. Did not even mention Hashem once!!

  5. Peach and achdus are indeed great, the Bais Hamikdosh was destroyed because of a lack of Shmiras Hamitzvos, period. While we strive for Achdus, the truth must always be said and repeated HaShem emes ushemo Emes! Don’t be blinded by FAKE ahavah!

  6. The story has it that the Ponavitcher Rov, Rav Kahanaman was once in rome. He went to the arch of titus, went under it – while it was technichaly still illegal for a Jew to do so – raised his hands & voice & said: ” titus, titus, where are you today – we’re still here & still learning the Holy Torah”.
    How two different people see things differently.
    Yes Mr. Ashkenazi, we’re still learning the Holy Torah – in spite of your kind jailing, beating up, & taking away funds from those that cherish the same everlasting Holy Torah!

    PS: Mr. Ashkenazi, the only reason why you’re aware that you’re Jewish is because either your parents or grandparents once sat & learnt that same Torah. What about YOU’RE grandchildren?

  7. Some people posting comments here are so narrow minded.

    Did you ever hear of the term “tinok shenishbe” Asheknazi is nebach one of them. Hes is NOT an apikores. He was never was taught about shemah yisroel.