More than 60 prominent religious-Zionist rabbis have signed an open letter in support of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's upcoming speech to the US Congress.
The letter calls on Netanyahu to stay strong in his determination to speak in Washington, despite the fierce criticism coming from both the Israeli Left and much of the media.
It congratulates Netanyahu "on your determined and courageous decision to address the US Congress, in order to awaken them from their passivity and indifference, in the face of the plots of Iran, the enemy of Israel and the enemy of all civilized countries in the world."
The rabbis add that the prime minister's decision "is supported by many people in the world, both Jews and from other nations, who are concerned about world peace."
"Be strong and brave," the letter continues, borrowing from God's words to Moses's successor Joshua after he took the mantle of leadership, "and do not give in to the different pressures.
"Be strong and brave, because God the Lord of Hosts goes before you."
The letter is signed by many leading Israeli rabbis, including: Bnei Akiva head and Rosh Yeshiva (Dean) Rabbi Haim Drukman, Ateret Cohanim Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, Tzfat Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, Kiryat Shmona Chief Rabbi Tzefania Drori, Machon Meir Dean Rabbi Dov Bigon, Alon Shvut Chief Rabbi Gidon Perl, Petah Tikvah Chief Rabbi Micha Halevi, Samaria Region Chief Rabbi Elyakim Levanon, Dean of Yatir pre-military academy Rabbi Moshe Hager, Rosh Yeshiva of Mitzpeh Yericho Yeshiva Rabbi Shabtai Sabato, among many others.
In addition to that letter, Rabbi Yaakov Shapira, who heads the prestigious Merkaz Harav Yeshiva, sent a person note to the prime minister, encouraging him in anticipation of his speech.
In his letter, Rabbi Shapira wrote: "I am joining all the other well-wishers and those praying for your success in your appearance in the American Congress for the good of the nation of Israel, for the good of the land of Israel, and for the good of all nations.
"May it be His (God's) will that your words will be listened to, being that they come from the heart, and that they will enter the hearts and open the eyes which are blind. And the Good God will put in your mouth the good and right words and you will be successful in your journey."