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An Open Letter to Netanyahu: I Want to Volunteer for the IDF

Many of us are too old or have too few skills to volunteer. I apologize for that. It's the best I/we can do. In my case, my Hebrew isn't very good, having not kept it up, I blush to say, since my Bar Mitzvah.

So if you pass on my application, I understand. You have better things to do right now. And plenty of reserve troops who are much better trained than I.

But I want to say this -- I urge my fellow Americans of all races and religions to join with me and stand with Israel now, no matter what our government does.

As one Jewish sage famously asked, "If not now, when?" Or, in the more complete words of Hillel: "If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, then what am I? And if not now, when?”

I am not the first to say that that seems to sum it up. If you really think Western civilization is worth saving, you will do this.  Because the stakes are nothing less than that. If you think the Judeo-Christian tradition can survive the fall of Israel, you are, to be blunt, birdbrained.

All the best,

Roger L. Simon

Also read: Senators Vow ‘Vigorous’ Support for Right of Jewish State to Defend Itself