Sunday, June 26, 2011


Defend Israel Because?

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.

Video – The (Lubavitcher) Rebbe speaks with the mayor of the West Bank city of Ariel


    Shavua Tov

  2. Excellent Akiva, furthermore Written Torah is quite clear what will happen when we don't take what God gives us.

  3. Don't misunderstand me, but the theft of Arab houses isn't halachically forbidden?
    Yes, I know, there were lot of reasons to do so, because the Arabs attacked the Jews first, they did not maintain pacts, and so on... But, still, maybe the foundation of the State of Israel was a bit problematic, wasn't it? How can we be sure that we are really doing what the Torah says? I think it is very dangerous to use religious arguments in these areas.

  4. Geo, you use the word theft quite easily. Just by use of the word you have already assumed guilt, without giving any thought to the ultimate saving of life that may have occurred in any situation. So why ask the question?

  5. Akiva, I am also familiar with the site and the blogger. I found myself defending the actions from the Torah perspective to those that have less emuna and more "realistic" (as they put it) outlooks. I came to the conclusion that if we try to divide the issue between the secular and the religious, we will again arrive at a solution that we run right past i.e. running right over the Temple Mount trying to find the Western Wall.

    I, of course, welcome those that support us in our efforts. But we cannot abandon the truth in an effort to enlist more help.


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