others of a public nature. Some are relatively unimportant. Yet others, may have far reaching implications and consequences. Presently Israel is at a crossroads that may determine our fate - the fate of Hebron, of Jerusalem, of the State of Israel, and of the entire Jewish People. We have arrived at a moment of truth. Tonight, a couple of hours from now, Netanyahu is due to again meet Arafat at the Eretz Checkpoint in Gazza. The topics under discussion and the pending accords remind me of scenes out of A Tale of Two Cities, especially the last scene. For those of you who don't remember, the guillotine blade falls....on the wrong person. Tonight not only is Hebron on the chopping block. Tonight almost all of the land area of Judea, Samaria and Gazza is up for grabs. In addition to abandoning Hebron, Netanyahu has agreed to part with close to 70% of Yesha by September 1, 1998. Netanyahu is not only beheading The Jewish Community of Hebron. He is castrating the Land of Israel. If the accords are signed tonight or early tomorrow morning they will be brought before the cabinet almost immediately. On Thursday a special session of Knesset can be expected, and then, on Friday, the withdrawal, the abandonment is due to begin. I am constantly asked if Netanyahu has betrayed us. The answer is no - he didn't initiate Oslo. But I have to add: in Judaism there is a term called `apikoris.' An apikoris is frequently defined as a person who has rejected Divinity and rebelled against G-d's commandments. However, this definition is inaccurate. An `apikoris' is not your everyday man on the street who is not observant. Most Jews have little knowledge of what religious Judaism demands of them. A person who is ignorant is not an `apikoris.' An `apikoris' is a person who KNOWS, and in spite of his knowledge, in spite of his education, rejects and rebels. As far as Rabin and Peres were concerned, Jewish heritage, Jewish history, Jewish identity, Jewish religion were synonymous with anachronism - pieces of the past, with no place in the present and future. Peres views Sweden and a role-model for a futuristic Israeli state. So he told the King of Sweden upon reception of the Nobel Peace Prize. He sees Israel as a state that, coincidentally, is populated by Jews. But, according to his philosophy, Israel is not a Jewish State. It needn't have a particular Jewish identity. Peres is an ignoramus. However, Netanyahu knows better. He may not be an observant religious Jew, but he has a much deeper understanding of Judaism, of Israel, of Hebron and Jerusalem. Yet he is rejecting - rebelling. Netanyahu KNOWS better, but is revolting. According to Jewish sources, a real `apikoris' has no place in the world-to-come. So, again, we have reached a moment of truth, a crossroads of overwhelming significance. This week ministers were quoted as saying the concept `Eretz Yisrael HaShlema' - the total complete Land of Israel is dead. We are told that we must deal with a new reality, the division of Eretz Yisrael. Very shortly we will be told that the same is true concerning Jerusalem - the same is true concerning a palestinian state. Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai was quoted in yesterday's Jerusalem Post saying that Israel cannot provide total security for Hebron's Jews. Yet he is supporting abandonment of the city, and of the Jews therein. Today it was reported that the army has been stockpiling emergency medical supplies at each of the neighborhoods in Hebron, including IVs, resuscitation apparatus, and battlefield operating-room equipment. The overriding concern is that a massive Arab attack on the Jewish neighborhoods could leave an area cut off and isolated from the other neighborhoods. So, complying with the old Boy Scout adage, they are fulfilling "Be Prepared." Thanks loads. I would like to reveal to you - devoted reader and supporter of Hebron - what is really bothering me - what is, as far as I am concerned, the true moment of truth. The previous administration's decisions were, as far as we were concerned, illegitimate. The Knesset majority rested on Arabs. There was no Jewish majority. However, that is not so of this administration. This government was elected with an 11% Jewish majority. There is a Jewish majority in the Knesset. Do these people really represent the will of Am Yisrael - do they really represent the Jewish people in Israel? If they decide to abandon Hebron, do we have no choice but to accept the decree - to resign ourselves to an Israel without Judea, Samaria, Gazza, without Hebron? The answer I think, is twofold. On the one hand, as private individuals, or even as a community, we cannot physically fight such a decision. We will not go to war, not against the Israeli government or army, and not even against Arafat's army. We may use all the tools and methods at our disposal to undo the process, if that is possible. We will continue to develop and grow, as much as we can. But, we will not accept that this is truly `the way is should be.' That's why I have called this article `Moments of Truth' and not "A Moment of Truth.' True, for the foreseeable future we will have to live with a reality that is harsh, and not to our liking. But this situation is temporary. Be it temporary for a few weeks, months, or even years. But Israel will not remain without Yesha, without Hebron, without Jerusalem forever. The present moment of truth may determine our short-range fate - it may determine whether their will be more, or less, bloodshed. It may determine the degree of complexity of our lives and the degree of suffering that we will have to undergo. But it cannot determine truth. For abandonment of land in Israel is contrary to our very existence. We came back to Eretz Yisrael to settle the land, to live on the land - not to divide it and hand it over to our enemies, to terrorists. The direction of the present `moment of truth' is clearly negative. But eventually, this will change and the crossroads we are turning down now will reach a dead-end, and we won't have any choice but to turn around, come back, and turn the other way. Whatever the cost, we must know this, and live accordingly. The Jewish Community of Hebron has no intentions of being another Masada. But we know, without any doubt, without any hesitation, that a Jewish presence in Hebron is part of the embodiment of truth, it is part of a metaphysical reality. It has nothing to do with Rabin, Peres, or Netanyahu. On the day of the elections I wrote that Hebron existed before any of them, and will continue to exist after all of them. The Prime Minister may decide to abandon Hebron, as may his cabinet and the Knesset. But we will never abandon Hebron - we will never abandon Eretz Yisrael - we will never abandon G-d. And we know, He will never abandon us.