by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths
A friend and fellow blogger, a secular-ish Jew who made aliyah a few years ago, is starting a campaign “to convince the Israeli public to reject the two state solution in favor of annexing Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) in whole or in part as we may determine in the future.”
I personally strongly support Israel not ceding another inch of land, both for practical reasons and religious reasons:
1. Hasn’t brought any peace so far, only the opposite.
2. A “tiny” Israel will be unsafe and may lose some key resources needed to be a viable country.
3. Because the Land of Israel, the Holy Land, was given by G-d to the Jewish people.
4. Jewish religious law clearly says it’s not permitted.
I asked my friend “I'd also like to ask about the religious perspective. In particular it's my opinion to NOT be bashful about what the Torah says about Israel. Either the Land of Israel is ours (the Jewish people’s) because G-d said so in His Torah…or it’s not.”
My friend replied, “Religious people don't have to be convinced. So I focus on secular reasons.”
But if we’re learning ANYTHING from the current vilification of Israel and the Jewish people in today’s world it’s ‘there are no secular reasons that will be accepted’.
This is a battle of narratives and faith. Logic and quotes of international law are not going to win the argument…because it can’t be argued. Either you stand firm in the righteousness of the Torah’s position, or you can’t stand at all.