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Why Are We Afraid to Speak the Real Truth About Israel?

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On a Hike

Four Europeans go hiking together, and get frightfully lost. First they run out of food, and then they run out of water.
“I’m so thirsty,” says the Englishman. “I must have tea.”
“I’m so thirsty, says the Frenchman. “I must have wine.”
“I’m so thirsty,” says the German. “I must have beer.”
“I’m so thirsty,” says the Jew. “I must have diabetes.”

Israel Today

Exactly forty years after 11 Israeli athletes were slain during the Munich Olympic Games, there’s no doubt that Israel today is facing a complex reality, with more varied and serious threats than we’ve seen before. Shimon Peres, Israel’s President, told CNN this week that Iran has declared “open war on Israel.” This he said after Iran and Hezbollah staged a deadly attack in Burgas, Bulgaria last Wednesday, killing five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian citizen, and wounding some 30 Israelis.

Then there is the threat from Syria, which threatened to use “chemical weapons” against its foes, and the never ending threat from its neighbors, Hamas, Hezbollah, the PA, and today also Egypt.

During such times, it is vital that we, the Jewish people, stand firm and united. First and foremost, we must articulate to ourselves—and to the world—the truth about Israel.

Not Even a Foot

In this week’s Torah portion (Devarim), Moses, bidding farewell to his nation just weeks before his passing, narrates the experiences of the young nation during their forty-years of wandering in the Sinai wilderness, en route to the Holy Land.

Their long trek, from Egypt through the Sinai Peninsula, to the Eastern bank of the Jordan, forced them to pass neighboring countries, all of them antagonistic toward the Israelites. Moses records his instructions to the Israelites on how to treat these neighboring nations. His words are both shocking and stunning; their moral power resonates to this very day.

“G-d said to me,” Moses recalls, “Give the people the following instructions: ‘You are passing through the borders of your brothers, the descendants of Esau, who dwell in Seir [Southeast of Israel]. Although they fear you, you must be very careful. You shall not provoke them, for I will not give you even one foot of their land. As an inheritance to Esau I have given Mount Seir.'”

Moses continues the instruction: “You shall purchase food from them for money so that you may eat; also water shall you buy from them for money so that you may drink.”

From Seir, also known as Edom, the Hebrew’s continue their journey northward toward the territory of Moab, located at the East of the Dead Sea. This is Moses’ message to the Hebrews once again:

“G-d said to me, ‘You shall not distress Moab and you shall not provoke war with them. I will not give you their land as an inheritance, since I have already given Ar [the capital of Moab] to Lot’s descendants as their heritage.”

As the Jews continue their voyage up north toward the country of Ammon, today’s Jordan, Moses has this to say to his people:

“G-d spoke to me saying… ‘You will be coming close to the Ammonites. You shall not distress them and you shall not provoke them, for I shall not give any of the land of the descendants of Ammon to you as an inheritance; to the descendants of Lot have I given it as an inheritance.”

These words, uttered 3,284 years ago (in the year 1273 BCE), one month before Moses’ dies, are startling. When the world was still a moral desolate desert, a barbaric pagan society, Jews were barred from taking even a single inch from the territories of Seir, Moab and Ammon. “I will not give you even one foot of their land,” G-d declares to Israel. Not only can you not build homes on their territory, you mustn’t even stand on their soil without permission. You can’t enjoy a falafel with humus without their consent. Why? Because their land does not belong to you, the Israelites; it belongs to another nation. Do not lay a finger on that which is not yours.

The Eternal Lesson

Why does the Hebrew Bible record these apparently insignificant instructions of Moses concerning the Jewish encounter with the three countries of Seir, Moab and Ammon? What relevance is there in this lengthy and detailed account? Especially considering that the Torah is far more a book of moral instruction than a work of historical data. What moral relevance does this tale possess?

The answer is dramatically clear. The Torah is communicating to us the circumstances surrounding the ultimate Israelite conquest and settlement of their homeland, Eretz Israel, so that when the United Nations, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the European Union, the State Department and all of the Arab countries will decry Israel as an apartheid state, occupying Palestinian soil and controlling land annexed from another nation, the Jewish people will be able to open their own constitution, the Torah, and present its unwavering message:

“Listen ye, defenders of morality and human rights! Do not preach to us about stolen land. At a time when most tribes and nations were slaughtering their very own children to pagan gods; in a milieu when parents regularly practiced infanticide, murdering their weak newborn children; in an era when cannibalism was a routine diet, and most people lacked the slightest idea about the very notion of right and wrong — Jewish children growing up in a desert were taught that they could not touch that which did not belong to them. They could not step foot into a territory that was not theirs. When your great-great grandparents were still entrenched in barbaric Pagan rites, our children were studying G-d’s instruction to cultivate absolute respect for the property and nationhood of others.

“It was under these guidelines that the nation of Israel conquered and settled the Land of Israel, knowing full well that this was their land to embrace. The very same G-d who instructed them not to set foot on foreign soil, granted the Land of Israel – the entire territory from the Jordanian till the Mediterranean – as His gift to the Jewish people. It is not stolen land; it is the eternal heritage of the Jewish people.”

Israel became a nation in 1313 BCE, 2,000 years before the birth of Islam. Forty years later, in 1273 BCE the Jews conquered Eretz Israel and enjoyed dominion over the land for a thousand years. Even after the Babylonians and then the Romans put an end to the Jewish sovereignty, Jews continued to reside there throughout all of their history. In short, the Jews have had a continuous presence in the land of Israel for the past 3,300 years.

“You Are Thieves”

The great 11th Century French biblical commentator, Rashi (Rabbi Solomon Yitzchaki), one of the greatest sages in the history of the Jewish people, asks the following question in his commentary on the opening verse of Genesis.

If the Hebrew Bible is a book of Jewish theology and law, why does it begin with the story of creation, and not proceed immediately to the story of Exodus and the first mitzvah given to the Jews?

Rashi, who wrote these words as Christian crusaders were attempting to “purge” the land from Muslim rule, presents an incredible answer.

One day in the future, Rashi says, the nations of the world will turn to the Jewish people and declare, “You are thieves! You have stolen the land of Israel from non-Jewish tribes.” What ought to be the appropriate Jewish response?

To answer this question, the Bible commences its text with the story of creation of the universe, in order to grant the Jew the best and truest answer to the accusation that he is a bandit. The entire universe, the Bible is saying, belongs to G-d. He created it. Every piece of land belongs to Him, and He chose to give the Land of Israel to the Jewish people.

To call Israel occupiers of the West Bank and Eastern Jerusalem is akin to calling France occupiers of Paris or Britain occupiers of London. The Bible — a book embraced by billions of Muslims and Christians as the word of G-d — states clearly that the entire country, including the West Bank and Jerusalem, is G-d’s eternal gift to the Jewish people.

In fact, our ownership of Israel surpasses that of any other nations ownership of its country. Every other nation in the world bases its claim to its land on conquest. A people came, conquered the indigenous people, took the land, settled it, and called it by a new name. “Might makes right” is the historical claim of almost all nations in history. With one exception: Eretz Israel. This country belongs to the Jewish people because, as the Bible states hundreds of times, G-d gave it to them as their eternal heritage. It is the most moral claim, because G-d is by definition the essence of morality.

What About the Palestinian People?

How about the ingrained notion that the Palestinians are fighting for their ancient homeland annexed by the Jews? The truth about this matter has been so deliberately obscured that even to raise the issue seems strange to many people.

Let us reflect on some undisputed historical facts. (Please read till the end and think about it before you dismiss it instinctively).

In the 1967 war, did Israel annex territory from a Palestinian nation? No. Not a single inch. There is not, nor has there ever been, a Palestinian nation. Israel captured the West Bank and Eastern Jerusalem from Jordan’s King Hussein and the Gaza Strip from Egypt, after they declared war against the Jewish State. It was only following the Six-day War in 1967 that Arab refugees living in these territories began identifying themselves as part of a “Palestinian people.” One must wonder why these Palestinians suddenly discovered a national identity after Israel won the war, but not during the “Jordanian occupation”?

Yashiko Sagamori, a spokesman for the National Unity Coalition for Israel, made the point very well in a recent article:

“If you are so sure that Palestine, the country, goes back through most of recorded history, I expect you to be able to answer a few basic questions about this country of Palestine:
When was it founded and by whom?
What were its borders?
What was its capital?
What were its major cities?
What constituted the basis of its economy?
What was its form of government?
Can you name at least one Palestinian leader before Arafat?
Was Palestine ever recognized by a country whose existence, at that time or now, leaves no room for interpretation?
What was the language of the country of Palestine?
What was the prevalent religion of the country of Palestine?
What was the name of its currency? Choose any date in history and tell what was the approximate exchange rate of the Palestinian monetary unit against the US dollar, German mark, GB pound, Japanese yen, or Chinese yuan on that date.
Since there is no such country today, what caused its demise and when did it occur?
And here is the least sarcastic question of all: If the people you mistakenly call ‘Palestinians’ are anything but generic Arabs collected from all over – or thrown out of — the Arab world, if they really have a genuine ethnic identity that gives them right for self-determination, why did they never try to become independent until Arabs suffered their devastating defeat in the Six Day War?”

Mr. Sagamori stated the facts correctly. There has never been a land known as Palestine governed by Palestinians. Palestinians are regular Arabs, indistinguishable from Jordanians, Syrians, Lebanese, Iraqis, Egyptians, etc., who have all lived for hundreds of years under Turkish rule, and then, after World War I, under British rule. At that time even Jews living in the Holy Land were called “Palestinians.” There is no language known as Palestinian. There is no distinct Palestinian culture. There is no such an entity as a “Palestinian people.”

The name “Palestine” was created in the second century after the Romans committed genocide against the Jews, burnt the Temple and declared that the land of Israel would be no more. From then on, the Romans promised, it would be known as Palestine. The name was derived from the Philistines, a Goliathian people conquered by the Jews centuries earlier. It was a way for the Romans to add insult to injury. (They also tried to change the name of Jerusalem to Aelia Capitolina, but that had even less staying power.)

The present conflict between Israel and the Arabs has absolutely nothing to do with any occupation. In 1967, when there was not one Jewish settlement and no occupation, five Arab countries — Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Iraq and Lebanon joined by Saudi Arabia — contrived a plan to annihilate Israel and “drive the Jews into the sea.” Israel fought back and won the war — and the territories from which it was attacked. Keep in mind that in 1967 the Arabs controlled 99.9 percent of the Middle East lands. Israel represented less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the land mass. But even that was too much for the Arabs. They wanted it all. No matter how many land concessions the Israelis make, it will never be enough.

During the summer of 2000 at Camp David, Yasser Arafat was offered by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak 98 percent of the “occupied territories” and a first time ever Palestinian State with its capital in East Jerusalem. Arafat rejected the Israeli offer and initiated three years of horrific bloodshed in Israel. Then in 2005, Israel evacuated every last Jew from Gaza, giving away Gaza exclusively to the Arabs. The result? Gaza became Chamastan, and Israel had not enjoyed a day of peace coming from Gaza.

The History of the Palestinians

In Hal Lindsey’s book “Everlasting Hatred: The Roots of Jihad,” he traces the history of the people now being called the “Palestinians.” I want to quote a few critical paragraphs.

“In the 7th century, the Muslims took control of Palestine for the first time. From 635 CE until 1917, the Muslims ruled it, with only a few interruptions by the European Crusaders. During that span of time, the land was reduced to total desolation. Many people who traveled the land in the 19th century remarked on the fact that Palestine was as desolate as the moon and very few people lived there.

“In 1867, Mark Twain remarked about his visit to the Holy Land in his book, ‘The Innocents Abroad.’ He lamented: ‘Stirring scenes occur in the valley [of Jezreel] no more. There is not a single village throughout its whole extent – not for 30 miles in either direction. There are two or three small clusters of Bedouin tents, but not a single permanent habitation. One may ride 10 miles hereabouts and not see 10 human beings.’ Twain described the country as ‘A desolate country whose soil is rich enough but is given over wholly to weeds. A silent, mournful expanse. We never saw a human being on the whole route. There was hardly a tree or a shrub anywhere. Even the olive and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country.’

“By all eyewitness accounts of that era, Palestine was a total desolation. There were virtually no trees and no people. Because of lack of trees, the weather changed and it rarely ever rained. The irrigation systems of the once fertile valleys were all destroyed, rendering most areas into malaria-ridden swamps. The terraces of the mountainsides were torn down, causing terrible erosion that left only barren rocks. This was the condition of Palestine by the beginning of the 19th century.

“It was at this time that Jews began to flee severe persecutions in Russia and Eastern Europe. In the mid-1800s, some Jews came to Palestine and, with the generous aid of some successful Jews, began to buy property from Muslim Ottoman Turks. The Muslims thought the land was worthless anyway, so they sold it to the ‘dumb Jews’ for extremely inflated prices.

“To everyone’s amazement, the Jews were very successful at reclaiming the land. Many of them died from malaria and the rigorous life the work demanded, but they performed an agricultural miracle that made the land very productive again. As a result of their success, poor migrant workers from the surrounding Muslim countries began to flood in to work for the Jews. The Jews literally became victims of their own success – almost all of the people calling themselves “Palestinians” today are the descendants of those migrant workers.

“When the Hashemite Tribe, who were rulers over Mecca and Medina for centuries, were driven out by the Saudis, the British gave them control over the vastly greater numbers of ‘migrant workers’ in Trans Jordan. The British said this would be, in effect, “The State of Palestine.” Instead, the Hashemites, who make up only about 20 percent of the population, turned it into their own kingdom and called it the Kingdom of Jordan.

“When the Jordanians and Egyptians controlled the so-called West Bank and the Gaza Strip for 19 years (1948 to 1967), there was never a thought of giving the disorganized mass of ‘migrant workers’ a state. Why? Because they knew there were no cohesive, homogeneous people known as ‘Palestinians.'”

“The current efforts of Jordan and Egypt and all the rest of the Muslim Middle East nations to give these same people a state is clearly a ploy to get a foothold inside Israel. It is a strategic accommodation to establish a base from which the final assault against Israel can be made. What they couldn’t do militarily is now being facilitated through the United Nations and the E.U.

“Muslims will never accept a permanent presence of infidels in what they claim is sacred Islamic soil. Especially Jewish infidels, for which the Koran reserves its most vehement condemnations. In their minds, the Koran and Allah will not let them accept Jews in what they view as their third holiest site.”

The Truth About the Refugees

Harvard University professor Ruth Wisse wrote these wise words in The Wall Street Journal (June 16, 2003):

“Unfortunately, the Arab war against Israel is no more a territorial conflict than was al Qaeda’s strike against America, and it can no more be resolved by the ‘road map’ than anti-Americanism could be appeased by ceding part of the U.S. to an Islamist enclave. From the moment in 1947 when Jewish leaders accepted and Arab rulers rejected the U.N. partition plan of Palestine, the Arab-Israeli conflict bore no further likeness to conventional territorial struggles. Arab rulers defied the U.N. charter by denying the legitimacy of a member state. Arab countries refused to acknowledge the existence of a single Jewish land. Arab rulers did not object to Israel because it rendered the Palestinians homeless. Rather, they ensured that the Palestinians should remain homeless so that they could organize their politics around opposition to Israel.

“At any point during the past 55 years, Arab governments could have helped the Palestinian Arabs settle down to a decent life. They could have created the infrastructure of an autonomous Palestine on the West Bank of the Jordan and the Gaza territory that Egypt controlled until 1967, or encouraged the resettlement of Palestinians in Jordan, which constitutes the lion’s share of the original mandate of Palestine. Rather than fund the Palestine Liberation Organization to foment terror against Israel they could have endowed Palestinian schools of architecture, engineering, medicine and law. What Israel did for its refugees from Arab lands, Arabs could have done much more sumptuously for the Palestinians displaced by the same conflict. Instead, Arab rulers cultivated generations of refugees in order to justify their ongoing campaign against the ‘usurper.'”

Every decent human heart goes out to the pain of innocent Arab children, women and men who grew up in impoverished refugee camps. Their suffering should evoke the compassion of all moral men. But let us be clear on the matter: Their suffering has absolutely nothing to do with Israel. Their profound agony is the result of the Arab and Palestinian leaders who have in a most cynical way used them as weapons in their bloody battle against Israel, robbing them from any prospect of a brighter future.

This abuse of the Arab refugees by their leaders began back in 1948. For the most part, the refugees were encouraged by Arab leaders to leave Israel, promising to purge the land of Jews. Sixty-eight percent left their homes without ever seeing an Israeli soldier.

Out of the 100 million refugees after World War II, theirs is the only refugee group in the world that was not absorbed or integrated into their own peoples’ lands. Jewish refugees which numbered the same amount as Palestinian refugees were completely absorbed into Israel, a country no larger than the state of New Jersey. Yet the Arab refugees were intentionally not absorbed or integrated into the Arab lands to which they fled, despite the vast Arab territory. Why? Because cynical Arab leaders realized that the true value of the refugees was not as Arab brothers but as pawns to be used against Israel.

The Best Kept Secret

The early founding fathers of modern Israel, even if they were not religious, were deeply steeped in the realization of the Jewish Biblical connection to the land. David Ben Gurion, for example, had an appreciation of the necessity of anchoring a modern, even secular, Israeli state in biblical and Jewish tradition.

Yet, tragically, this has changed dramatically in recent years. You will rarely, if ever, hear an Israeli leader state the truest and most moral justification for a Jewish presence in the Holy Land: G-d’s gift to the Jewish people. I am sure our leaders are trying to do the best for their country, but the practical consequences of this policy are counterproductive.

The Arabs are protesting against Israel, saying, “You have annexed our land; you are building settlements on our soil; you are intruding into our territories.”

And Israel routinely responds: “Yes, you have the right to create on these territories a Palestinian state, but we have a right for self-defense.”

The world, we know, has embraced the Arab point of view. Condemnation of Israel as an apartheid state has become the norm. Is this pure anti-Semitism? I do not think so.

The world is sympathetic to the Arab propaganda against Israel, because Israel itself has embraced the Arab version of “truth.” Israel never refuted the core Arab claim that the territories captured in the 1967 war constitute ancient Palestinian land. Israel only states, that notwithstanding the validity of the Arab claim, she has a right for self-defense.

So the world says: “OK, so defend yourself in your territories, not in theirs.”

This, I believe, remains Israel’s profoundest diplomatic and strategic error. In many of its actions, it treats the 1967 territories as though they belonged to Israel; yet in its words, Israel agrees to the Arab claim that this is Palestinian land. So the world is confused: The Arab position is clear to all; the Israeli position is shrouded in mystery. Do they believe this land belongs to them or not? If yes, let them stop saying that they consent to create a Palestinian State there. If not, why do they still maintain a presence there?

The Arabs are not confused. Israel is. And when Jews are confused about who they are and what they believe in, the world resents them. “You are the nation who heard G-d speak at Sinai; if you guys can’t speak moral truth, you must be up to something really devilish.”

As long as the status of the entire country remains ambiguous, the terror campaign against Israel will, Heaven forbid, continue. The Arabs will view Israel’s moral and political ambiguity as a green-light to proceed with their aspiration to “liberate all of Palestine from the Zionist entity.” And the world will sympathize with this craving for statehood and freedom. Israel must stand up and put an end to the ambivalence around Jewish ownership of the land. Israel must state clearly that “There will be no more negotiations on even a single inch of the land of Israel. We have attempted to negotiate land for peace with our neighbors; we have offered them 98 percent of the territories and an independent state side-by-side with our state. Yet they have reciprocated by sending suicide bombers to our pizza shops, cafés, supermarkets, schools, and private homes. They have blown to pieces hundreds of innocent Jewish men and women. One cannot give land to leaders who teach their followers to play soccer with Jewish skulls and who inculcate in their children’s hearts, from infancy onward, with venomous hatred toward the people of Israel.”

Israel should allow anybody who wishes to depart for another country to do so. There are 22 Arab countries in the Middle East, and one tiny Jewish country, the size of New Jersey. Israel must reclaim its permanent sovereignty over all of the territories and crush every vestige of terror. Jews should be encouraged to live in their entire homeland. This will save not only countless Jewish lives, but also scores of Arab lives. It will once and for all purge the region from continuous bloodshed and terror.

This is not occupied territory. It is the land of Israel, given by G-d to the Jewish people. Let’s set the record clear: This is Jewish land, not Arab land. Let all Jews and people of moral standing unite and encourage Israel to bring life and peace to all good people in the region, Jew and Arab alike.

Let us not emulate the Jew in the opening anecdote, who, rather than communicating the full relevant truth, beats around the bush.

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  • Johan Fopma

    To me the rest of the world is no less holy than what some might considered the holy land. Everyone is born equally, no one is better than another, everyone deserves to have their Human Rights respected.

  • erik

    No serious Historian, Geologist, or Scientist takes any religious document of proof for anything in the physical world. All religious scriptures are spiritual in nature, and are written with references to physical objects, lands, people, events in history to relate to the people of the time period and are used as tools to allegorically explain the spiritual world. It is easier to explain spiritual truth in allegory with references to known events and people, when the information is being passed down orally. Therefore, using the Hebrew Scriptures as proof that Israel is the land of the Jews is without merit, irrational, misleading, and is a tool used only to confuse and control the ignorant.

  • peace

    Yosef do you have Alzheimer or what? You wrote this: “G-d said to me,” Moses recalls, “Give the people the following instructions: ‘You are passing through the borders of your brothers, the descendants of Esau, who dwell in Seir [Southeast of Israel]. Although they fear you, you must be very careful. You shall not provoke them, for I will not give you even one foot of their land. As an inheritance to Esau I have given Mount Seir.'”

    Moses continues the instruction: “You shall purchase food from them for money so that you may eat; also water shall you buy from them for money so that you may drink.”

    From Seir, also known as Edom, the Hebrew’s continue their journey northward toward the territory of Moab, located at the East of the Dead Sea. This is Moses’ message to the Hebrews once again:

    “G-d said to me, ‘You shall not distress Moab and you shall not provoke war with them. I will not give you their land as an inheritance, since I have already given Ar [the capital of Moab] to Lot’s descendants as their heritage.”

    As the Jews continue their voyage up north toward the country of Ammon, today’s Jordan, Moses has this to say to his people:

    “G-d spoke to me saying… ‘You will be coming close to the Ammonites. You shall not distress them and you shall not provoke them, for I shall not give any of the land of the descendants of Ammon to you as an inheritance; to the descendants of Lot have I given it as an inheritance.”

    These words, uttered 3,284 years ago (in the year 1273 BCE), one month before Moses’ dies, are startling. When the world was still a moral desolate desert, a barbaric pagan society, Jews were barred from taking even a single inch from the territories of Seir, Moab and Ammon. “I will not give you even one foot of their land,” G-d declares to Israel. Not only can you not build homes on their territory, you mustn’t even stand on their soil without permission. You can’t enjoy a falafel with humus without their consent. Why? Because their land does not belong to you, the Israelites; it belongs to another nation. Do not lay a finger on that which is not yours.

    and then you write this: This is not occupied territory. It is the land of Israel, given by G-d to the Jewish people. Let’s set the record clear: This is Jewish land, not Arab land. Let all Jews and people of moral standing unite and encourage Israel to bring life and peace to all good people in the region, Jew and Arab alike.

    you know what is worst than a thief? , it’s a liar. When someone steals you they just take what they want and go away but a liar will never go away even if they tell you that they are going it’s a lie .tell yourself that there is an idiot like you in Palestine claiming that the lands belongs to Palestine. How can peace be if there are people like you two who instead of looking for a solution by opening their minds and hearts are looking for a justification of killing Childs, women and innocent people in the name of lands?

  • Zygmunt B

    ” It is the land of Israel, given by G-d ”
    You are so full of s…..t it’s is hard to breath even here where I sit and it’s a lot of space here…. Your argument is based on God ? How about reality ? First you invent God then you built “all your truth” on the lie you just invented… You people are such f… hypocrites…. Let me ask you just one question ? Where Jews born in land you call “Israel” ? Or they came from another land… If you r so good with bible you know that you “father Abraham” came from different land… Palestine was always there and will be, regardless on what you are going to call !

  • Rabbi Jacobson,

    Please answer the question you posed at the beginning of your essay.

    The answer to this question is the begining of solving Israel’s existenial problem of refusing to acknowledge that Israel is supposed to be “a light unto the nation”.
    It’s hard to acknowledge something you don’t believe and worse that you know little to nothing about.

    Unfortunately Israel has no Jewish leaders.
    what they have are so-called leaders who happen to be Jewish. These ‘leaders’ believe our redemption lies in a booming economy and that eventually the Arabs will wake up and respond to all the economic carrots that Israel wants to give them. This is what you get from leaders who know next to nothing about Judaism so its expected they they don’t look to our 3300 year Tradition for answers.

    The Orthodox has failed to fill this breach.

  • DavidO

    Excellent article. I believe Bible believing Christians believe more than the Jewish people that one day G_d will fulfill to Israel the lands he Promised to Abraham, Issac and Jacob. The nations of this world will have nothing to say about it. G_d gave specific instructions to the people through Moses but He never recendid what He would do to keep the promise made to Abraham, Issac and Jacob.
    Gen. 15:18-20;28:3,4;35:10-12.

  • Ephraim Shalom

    Thank you, Rabbi Jacobson, for your remarkably well-written and thought-provoking piece! From paragraph 2 under “What about the Palestinian People?,” I respectfully suggest that the caveat, “(Please read till the end and think about it before you dismiss it instinctively)” seems superfluous. Your work draws the reader in, and this parenthetical aside merely detracts from the power of your persuasive message.

  • Jeffrey Reiss

    Pardon me Mr. Jacobson, but what is the answer to your question: Why are we afraid to speak the real truth about Israel? All of the arguments you present, including quotes from other brilliant writers, one Japanese ,the other an American academic, yet none of the facts as presented, answer your very fundamental question. Therefore as a reader I am still quite puzzled. I can only conjecture that there is a historic precedence that haunts Israel’s leaders: as much as they feel some pride in their unique Israeli Jewish identity,their historic Zionist roots are steeped in accepting the “Big Deceptions” of the Europeans and eventually the Americans. The Big Deception began after WWI, when the Great Powers Britain, France, Italy and Japan, convened in 1920 at the San Remo Conference to divide up the defeated German and Turkish occupied territories, and then they declared that Palestine would be established as “the reconstituted historic homeland of the Jewish people.” They then gave Britain the Mandatory power to implement migration into Palestine of the Jews of the Diaspora and to guide them in re-building a Jewish nation along the historic Biblical borders. Well, the “Big Deception” occurred within two years, in direct violation of international law, the British stole 78% of the designated Jewish homeland and created an Arab country Trans-Jordan. Chaim Weizman felt either powerless or pragmatic in his acceptance of this egregious and illegal action. Following this first Big Deception, it became easier for all subsequent Zionist leaders to be pragmatic and look away as the British fomented Arab hatred and violence against the Jews of Palestine, which eventually led to the notorious White Paper of 1931, declaring that the unrest in Palestine prevented them from creating the Jewish state then or in the foreseeable future. Neither the Zionists of the Yishuv nor the World -wide Jewish Zionists were willing or capable of leading protests against the backsliding of the Western Powers.
    Which brings us to the rest of the Modern History of Israeli leadership which somehow has been either incredibly ignorant of their rights or pragmatic about what they could accomplish. Every Zionist leader other than Jabotinzky and Begin have taken the path of the Biblical princes who, when sent by Hashem into the Promised Land as spies, returned with reports of Giants inhabiting the land, thus justifying the Israelites not following G-d’s command to enter the land even as He told them He will be with them. Conclusion: Israeli leaders and Jewish leaders are afraid to follow Hashem’s promise concerning Eretz Yisroel, that He will be with them. It is their failure of faith and courage to follow Hashem’s word, instead of pragmatically mouthing the words of the leaders of the “Goyim,” and acting in pragmatic ways, not G-d’s ways. If you have a different answer to your own question please give it to us your readers, because there is no doubt that Israel and the Jewish people were granted and still have sovereignty over the West Bank and Gaza, according to G-d’s law and international law.

  • Leslie Peterson

    I have never seen a better presentation of the truth concerning Israel. Unfortunately, the world is not interested in truth. Just as it was when Hitler used the pretext of the Sudetenland to manipulate the West into condoning his murderous attack on Czechoslovakia, so is it with the Arab’s Palestinian polemic concerning Israel today.

    The overriding factor, overlooked by the world?

    Behold, He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
    Psalm 121:4

  • Heila Verster

    Unfortunately not too many people read the Bible and because they refuse to, they will never know the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

  • kevobx

    Mark twain? Jesus Christ gave up the twain *Matthew 27:51 And, behold the veil of the temple was rent in twain from top to bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; *Lamentations 1:19 I called for my lovers, but they deceived me: my priests and mine elders gave up the ghost in the city, while they sought their meat to relieve their souls. *John 4:34 Jesus said unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. *Genesis 9:3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. (*1st Corinthians 3:21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;) *Luke 23:45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. *Luke 16:31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. (John 1:17)

  • kevobx

    Jewish is a religion, not one of the twelve tribes of Israel? Judah is the Negros, the hebrew black slaves who entered themselves into Egypt, being forewarned and eventually became pawns shipped to America’s lands *Psalm 78:67-68 Moreover he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not Ephraim: But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved. *Psalm 105:23 Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham. *Psalm 105:26 He sent Moses his servant; and Aaron whom he had chosen. *Hebrews 3:16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. *Ezra 4:4 Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and trouble them in building, *Romans 9:4 Who are Israelites; (Revelation 21:12)

  • I could not agree more with the observations outlined in this article. It is absolutely true that the ‘refugees’ within the confines of the U.N. partitioned State of Israel were encouraged by their Arab neighbors to leave the land for a ‘vacation’ with the promise that upon their return all of the land would in fact be theirs. What an embarrassment to find out that your brethren, while in possession of 99.9% of Middle East land with vastly larger and presumably more developed military forces, not only lost the battle but ceded incredibly large portions of land in an effort to avoid total annihilation at the hands of the Israelis. Palestinian homeland. Spare me.

  • Max

    these are facts FACE IT ………………..

  • Gary

    I am an American, and I will always support Israel as long as there is air in my lungs and blood in my veins!

  • John Samisoni

    Well Samuel – the author has referenced all the names, venues and dates of most of sources of the claims he is making. So all you have to do is quote more numerous or more credible sources of your own.

    You might want to start with the relatively straightforward task of answering Yashiko Sagamori’s simple list of questions!

    In the meantime, thank you very much Rabbi! Num 6:24-26

  • matt

    Excellent.Soon, G-D Himself will resolve this whole issue.Cannot wait to see the face on leftist trolls like samuel when Jerusalem is made Capital of the WORLD.

  • So why?, is not why? It is within me and within all that it is thought but reserved strength of the Jew. Every nation and people will accept and recognize Israel and the Jewish people of what belongs to them. “Israel must reclaim its permanent sovereignty over all of the territories and crush every vestige of terror.”

  • Samuel

    nonsense. This article is an insult for human knowledge and history.

    • SAMUEL..show us why and how the article is an insult

      • Andrea

        Samuel is right. The article insults the intelligence. It’s an advertisement for claptrap.

      • Tom

        This article is an insult because it automatically assumes any non-jew is the descendant of pagans.

        “When your great-great grandparents were still entrenched in barbaric Pagan rites, our children were studying”

        This article is hateful, and this attitude of entitlement is ridiculous.

        • erik

          This is because Judaism considers all gentiles (that is non-Jews) to be pagan worshipers. Anyone who is not born a Jew, is not of G-d’s Chosen(They like to write it G-d rather than God, just like the Muslims). A gentile that worships God, is a pagan-worshiper, because you must convert to the Jewish religion to worship the true God. However, Jews by birth-right do not take kindly to Gentiles attempting to convert to the Jewish faith, and generally do not accept outsiders. Even when the conversion is completely, you are never truly accepted, as you are not considered to truly be of God’s chosen. If you are atheist, you are still pagan because you are being materialistic. However, Jews can be atheists, because they are still God’s chosen by birth-right and are still guided by God, whether they choose to believe or not, and the Jewish proof of that is the story of of King Ahasuerus in the Book of Esther. There is no mention of God in the story, and yet the people are guided by God, proving that God’s chosen will always be guided by God whether they choose to believe or not, but it is not true of the Gentiles.

  • Shareef Abdul-Kareem

    I truly enjoyed this enlightening statement of truth. As a Torah Student I am always enthusiastic to separate truth from fiction.

  • Joshua5737

    Yasher koach, Rabbi. That was a tour de force. Thank you.

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