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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.
Tishrei 25, 5772, 10/23/2011
That’s all we have to say. We don’t have to explain anything else. We don’t have to talk about safe borders, and security guarantees. All the talk about two states for two peoples is nonsense. Israel belongs to the Jews. Period. That’s all that our leaders have to say.
A few thousand years ago, our Sages foresaw that the day would come when the nations of the world would accuse the Jews of illegally conquering the Land of Israel. The great Torah commentator, Rashi, cites this in his very first remark on the Torah portion of Bereshit. Why, he asks, citing Rabbi Yitzhak, does the Torah begin with the account of Creation, and not with the first mitzvah given to the Jewish People, since the Torah is, by and large, a book of laws and proper behavior. The reason is to establish our eternal right to the Land of Israel: “So that if the nations of the world should come to claim ‘you are robbers who conquered the territory of the seven nations,’ the Jews can say to them, ‘All of the world belongs to the Holy One Blessed Be He. He created it and apportioned it to whomever He saw fit. It was His will to give it to them, and it was His will to take it away from them and give it to us.’”
Our Sages foresaw the day that America, and the UN, the European Jew haters, and the Arabs would all claim that the People of Israel were the illegal occupiers of Eretz Yisrael. In their wisdom, our Sages gave us the very best answer and defense. “If you don’t like it, go argue with G-d. He owns the world and He gave Israel to us.” This is the foolproof answer. No one can deny it. It says so again and again in the Bible. The Bible is our deed to the Land. The Christians believe in the Bible. The Muslims base their faith on the Bible. It states in the Bible, again and again, that G-d gave the Land of Israel to the Jews. What could be clearer than that?
All our leaders have to say is that G-d gave Israel to the Jews. It’s our Land. Period.
So what’s the problem? Why do we get bogged down in feeble and losing political and military explanations that lack the weight to withstand the accusations of the world? Because our present leaders don’t have the great faith of King David who said the he would speak unabashedly before kings about the commandments of G-d and not be ashamed. It isn’t enough for an Israeli Prime Minister to quote a verse here and there from the Bible, just to make his UN speech sound a little Jewish. He has to hold up a Bible in his hand and state loudly and clearly that G-d gave the Land of Israel to the Jews.
We hope the prophesized t’shuva of our Nation will come swiftly, when we will have a true Torah leader like King David, impassioned with great religious faith and emunah, but even if it occurs naturally, via the jumbo birthrate amongst the religious Jews in Israel, as opposed to the diminishing birthrate of the secular, bringing us a religious majority in just another decade, control of the Knesset and a religious Prime Minister or king, the time will surely come. Of course, if the million plus religious Jews of the Diaspora were to heed the Torah commandment to come to Israel, a commandment equal in weight to all of the precepts of the Torah, the situation would change overnight. Woe that the great religious communities of Europe and Russia failed to heed the call of aliyah prior to the Word Wars of the past century, and the terrible persecutions and slaughter that accompanied them. Had they came en mass to Israel then, the Israeli Cabinet would be filled with beards today. As the saying goes, one who prepares for Shabbat will be able to enjoy its blessings. The religious communities of the Diaspora shouldn’t complain about the situation in Israel now, when they had the power to change it by getting their garter socks dirty by helping to clear out the malaria-infested swamps with the brave Zionist pioneers.
It isn’t too late. Brothers and sisters, come now! And may the day soon come when the Prime Minister of Israel will proclaim to the world, “G-d gave Israel to the Jews!”