As the Terrorists' War on Israel expands with rockets falling in South Jerusalem with the Israel Defense Forces poised for a ground war into Gaza, it is with pride and relief that our federations, JFNA and the Jewish Agency are all standing tall.
JFNA has formally thanked President Obama for his steadfast support of Israel's right to defend itself and mobilized its leadership. Michael Siegal, installed just this week, will lead a Solidarity Mission of federation leaders "in the coming days" and JFNA has rallied federations to a $5 million Terror Relief Fund to aid the victims of this War that has been thrust upon Israel.
And the federations have already responded with rallies and funds. My Chicago Federation has already transmitted $1 million to the fund for the victims of terror and others are doing likewise.
The Jewish Agency has responded with direct assistance and respite to those directly in the line of fire.
All of us pray for the well-being of those of our People under constant threat and terror, literally living in shelters and now at risk whether in Ibim, Be'ersheva, Kiryat Malachi, Jerusalem or Tel Aviv .
We stand, as always, with Israel.