Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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Why Didn’t We Cut Up Israel?

via Rabbi Mordechai Lipskier

A surgeon once came to the Lubavticher Rebbe to discuss a specific surgery he was going to perform on a Jew. During their conversation the man expressed his disagreement with the Rebbe's strong views on not giving up any land in Eretz Yisroel.

The Rebbe asked, "You're an intelligent and kind person. Can you perhaps divide the surgery into ten segments, cutting open a little at a time, and only then removing the growth, that way avoiding the enormous blood loss and pain to the patient?"

The surgeon explained that the Rebbe obviously knows very little about surgery. "If I were to do that, the incisions would heal in the interim and be worthless, and the growth would continue to enlarge. The only method that works is to open the patient, notwithstanding all the blood loss, and remove the entire growth at once."

"Perhaps the same is true regarding the situation in Eretz Yisroel?" said the Rebbe. "Claiming that a gradual eradication of the terrorists is the best way to protect innocent civilians is like doing surgery a little at a time. Slow negotiations and concessions with terrorists only allow them to grow! The only method that can work is to go in and totally remove the terrorist forces, and after that the healthy tissue - i.e. the many Arabs who have no interest in terror and want only to live peaceful lives - will be spared.[1]

The words of the Rebbe are as true today as they were then.

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