Mr. Shlomo Nakdimon, reporter for "Yediot Achronot", told the Rebbe that he was here together with Prime Minister Menachem Begin, twenty-six years earlier.
The Rebbe: If you waited 26 years to see me again, it is a sign that you must have beed very busy.
In the gemoroh it is told, that Nakdimon supplied water to the Jews in Jerusalem when there was no water available. Being that the only water we have is the Torah, you must take advantage of your influence, and spread Torah in your articles. You don't have to do it through "the back door", in articles which you sign your name. You will then find a new following, who will be influenced by you and your Torah.
Mr. Nakdimon: Thank you very much. I wanted to ask the Rebbe if he is satisfied with the current government (in Israel)?
The Rebbe (smiling): So you want to use out this occasion for politics as well?
Mr. Nakdimon: Yes, why not?
The Rebbe: The best "politics" would be that these days should change to happy and joyous. Concerning my satisfaction with the government, I have already spoken and written many times, close to thirty years, that it is a Halacha in the Torah that Pikuach Nefesh sets aside certain issues. Therefore, there must be a strong and narrow government. A government that has too many people in it, can never produce anything complete, because they are constantly occupied with discussions. Therefore the government must be narrow and strong.
The should be like the "Shamir". The explanation of Shamir in Hebrew is that when there is a hard stone, the shamir worm is placed on it, and the stone splits.
Mr. Shamir must place this on "stone hearted" which surround him - I don't mean, G-d forbid, on himself, but on those around him. Then it will be understood, simply, that the only water we have is Torah. And it will effect "Nakdimon" as well, that he will have water - Torah.
Don't be afraid that these words have to do with Roshei Yeshivah.
(7 Av 5750)
Mr. Mordechai Zamir asked the Rebbe for a blessing for his friend, Deputy Foreign Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
The Rebbe gave him a dollar, saying: Put this in charity for him, and tell him that he will for sure continue in his "hard line", just as in the past. If he needs to find strength for it, he will definitely find strength to continue for the time being, and even afterwards, G-d will bless him.
I'm sure you know that "Shamir" means something strong.
(21 Iyar 5751)