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Before making Aliyah to Israel, Tzvi Fishman was a Hollywood screenwriter. He has co-authored 4 books with Rabbi David Samson, based on the teachings of Rabbi Kook, Eretz Yisrael, Art of T'shuva, War and Peace, and Torat Eretz Yisrael.
Adar Bet 20, 5768, 3/27/2008
I have news for all of the refuseniks who refuse to come to Israel because of its imperfections, and who are waiting for Medinat Yehudah. Medinat Yehudah already exists. It is called Medinat Yisrael.
Just as a parent does not throw a newborn baby into the garbage can because it makes doody and cries in the night, we are not prepared to trash Medinat Yisrael because it has not yet reached it destined maturity. Only a childish, puerile perspective demands that a gigantic, world revolutionizing project like the rebirth of the Jewish State in the Land of Israel be perfect from the start.
L’havdil, a thousand differences, not even America was complete upon its inception. Sixty years after its founding, it was engaged in a horrendously bloody Civil War to abolish the institution of slavery. Yes, after sixty years of Israeli independence, we still have secular Hellenists running the government, but that will naturally change as the population becomes more religious. Already the Land of Israel is by far the Torah center of the world, with more Torah scholars and Torah institutions than anywhere else. After waiting for this baby for nearly 2000 years, we have the patience and maturity of thought to wait a few more years if need be, knowing that the G-d of Israel is calling the shots, and that the spiritual revolution will come.
And now, a few words about the inane blabber of establishing Medinat Yehudah in the area of Judea and Samaria. This proposition comes clearly from a person who has never even visited Israel. The Jewish population in Judea and Samaria lives in scattered settlements, distant one from the other, each one surrounded by Arab villages and cities. While we favor the expulsion of all Arabs from Eretz Yisrael, the notion of transfer is not presently realistic, and will not be until the great spiritual revolution, or until all the refuseniks come home. In the meantime, assuming that all of the remaining unsettled lands of Judea and Samaria could be transferred to Medinat Yehudah, it would still be inundated with Arabs. Furthermore, the settlements to the north and south of Jerusalem would be totally separated from each other by the Holy City itself, which for the time being is in the hands of Medinat Yisrael. In other words, the settlements of Medinat Yehudah would be absolutely indefensible. Without the presence of Tzahal, it would be slaughter for the settlers, no matter how many rifles they had. And any notions that Medinat Yisrael would agree to defend this new Jewish neighbor are totally unfounded in reality. The “Israelis” don’t want us to be there in the first place, why risk their lives to defend the fanatic settlers of Medinat Yehudah once it becomes an entity of its own?
Besides being militarily unfeasible, Medinat Yehudah would have no viable economy, no water and electric of its own, no allies, not even Jerusalem for a capital. Is this to be our dream of 2000 years – a Jewish State without Jerusalem?
In short, Medinat Yehudah is a lot of Swiss cheese, dressed up in a fancy wrapping, but shot full of holes. If this wasn’t cyberspace, writing about it would be a waste of paper. G-d has given us Medinat Yisrael, and the truly brave among us are working to make it a better, more Jewish place, little by little, as our Sages have taught, that the Redemption of Israel comes slowly, just like the morning dawn.
The darkest hour is just before the dawn