by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
...Our leaders say they don't want to fight but are forced to do so. They are willing to give up the Land of Israel, a gift and inheritance from HaKodesh Baruch Hu (the Holy One, Blessed Be He) for peace.
...Western leaders say it's a matter of poverty and restriction. All will be made better if Israel gives them a country and money and an economy and and and makes all wonderful and good for them. The man (Israel) is keeping them down, so what response do you expect?
But what do THEY say? Hashem is kind, when WE refuse to hear the truth, refuse to read the words of the Torah, refuse to value the GIFT of the Land of Israel, Hashem will remind us...
At an Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) conference at Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York, co-sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), among others, Wagdi Ghuniem told the audience in Arabic:
“The Jews distort words from their meanings. . . . They killed the prophets and worshipped idols. . . . Allah says he who equips a warrior of Jihad is like the one who makes Jihad himself.”
Ghoneim then reminded the audience of the Jews’ “infidelity,” “stealth,” and “deceit,” and told the audience that the Israeli/Palestine conflict was fundamentally not a dispute over land, but over belief:
“Suppose the Jews said ‘Palestine you [Muslims] can take it.’ Would it then be ok? What would we tell them? No! . . . The problem is belief, it is not a problem of land.”
I had a bit of a heated discussion with a visitor this Shabbos. A (not so) young man from the US, son of a community rabbi, who is learning in Israel was complaining about Israel. The people are difficult to deal with, the culture is unpleasant, every store experience is a battle, customer service is unknown, the learning is not what he has expected, doing some outreach in Tel Aviv was an ugly experience. He Doesn't Like Israel.
I granted that some of his points may be valid, those some are just cultural difference that you learn and adapt to. However, I told him these were probably the same excuses used by the people of Bavel (Babylon) to avoid returning with Ezra HaSofer (Ezra the Scribe). Does he ignore the mitzvah of yishuv haaretz (settling the land) and the intimate connection between Torah, Mitzvot, and the Land of Israel? Would he not come to Israel during the geulah because aspects are uncomfortable to him???
He responded with a classic cop-out, "when Moshiach comes, it will all be fine, I'll come then."
I asked him if he ever heard a rebbe or rosh yeshiva insulting Eretz Yisroel? I wondered if he davens (prays) towards Israel and Jerusalem, if he says Shema that promised the rains IN ISRAEL in their time, if he says birkat hamazon which mentions Israel.
He said he was leaving, he couldn't stand Israelis and it was good for him in his home (US) state.
I appreciate, oh so very much, the difficulties to living in Israel and the cultural adjustments that have to be made. I understand the arguments that yishuv haaretz is or is not a mitzvah incumbent upon us right now. But those who intend to build a permanent edifice outside of Israel and spit upon the concept of the Land of Israel are doomed to have that edifice fall.
...And our enemies, which have suddenly out-of-nowhere woken up and started attacking us world-wide, will make sure of it.
Photo from Israel the Beautiful Blog, "Machtesh Katan - Small Crater in the Negev"