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Tuvia Brodie has a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh under the name Philip Brodie. He has worked for the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham College and American Express. He and his wife made aliyah in 2010. All of his children have followed. He believes in Israel's right to exist. He believes that the words of Tanach (the Jewish Bible) are meant for us. His blog address is http://tuviainil.blogspot.com He publishes 4-6 times a week on his blog. Please check the blog regularly for new posts.
Tzipi Livni, Israel’s Minister of Justice, is also Israel’s chief negotiator in current Arab-Israel peace talks. She is a long-term advocate for ‘peace’. She believes in a ‘two-state’ solution. She says that if Israel does not sign immediately for ‘two states for two people’ there will be ‘devastating consequences’ for Israel (“Livni: Delaying 'Two-State Solution' is an Historical Mistake”, Arutz Sheva, June 4, 2013).
She says time is running out. She says we are running out of possibilities (ibid). She says that Israel MKs who are not prepared to concede land are “hypocrites – and, if they get their way, will ultimately destroy Israel as a Jewish state” (“Livni: If We Don’t Decide, the World will Decide For Us”, Arutz Sheva, February 6, 2014). She says that surrendering land is the only choice we have (“Livni: 2-state solution is only way to safeguard Zionism”, Jerusalem Post, June 6, 2013). She says the only way we can maintain our Zionist identity is to surrender land--now.
She has a lot to say. But she’s wrong. If we surrender land now we will lose our identity, not maintain it. We will not see a stronger Israel. We will see the Islamification of Israel.
She’s also wrong to believe that this Arab-Israel Israel conflict is about land. It isn’t. It’s not even about peace.
This conflict is about G-d.
More precisely, this conflict is about whose G-d gets to rule in the Israel—the god of Islam or the G-d of Israel.
Ask the Arab. He’ll tell you.
If you don’t want to ask, watch PMW.org. You’ll see how often the Arab declares that this land belongs to the Islamic god.
If you don’t want to watch PMW.org, read Israeli news. The Arab can’t stop proclaiming his desire for the religious conquest of Israel. For example, Mahmoud Abbas has declared—more than once—that the Western Wall is not Jewish—it’s Islamic (“Palestinian Authority Denies Jewish Right to Western Wall”, Arutz Sheva, August 12, 2013). He claims that the Temple Mount and the Wall are not Jewish. They're Islamic.
The Supreme Muslim cleric for ‘Palestine’, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein, claims that Jerusalem has no ties to Jews—it’s Islamic (“Mufti: Jerusalem is 'Islamic'”, Arutz Sheva, November 12, 2013). The Temple Mount should not, Muslims declare, be for Jews (“Islamic Movement Leader: Temple Mount for Muslims Only”, Arutz Sheva, December 8, 2013). It’s Islamic.
Everywhere in Israel, the Muslim declaration is clear: this is not your land. This land is not Jewish. It belongs to Islam.
This conflict is not about two states. It’s about the Islamification of Israel.
Livni is wrong. The Arab is right. This conflict is about G-d. That’s what he fights for. It’s what we need to fight for.
Only one of us will win.
You need to understand something. It’s time to stand up. It’s time to act. It’s time to ‘vote’.
If you want a Jewish Israel, you can no longer remain silent. You cannot support a two state solution.
Do either of those things and you vote for Islamification.
You keep your Jewish State by voting for Israel. How you express that vote is up to you. You can go to lectures and stand up to defend Israel. You can write Reader Comments to anti-Israel essays. You can talk to friends and relatives about the need to stand up for Israel. If you feel you are not articulate enough to do these things, you can work to sponsor pro-Israel activities in your community. You can work at your shul to sponsor pro-Israel speeches. You can write checks to support those who fight for Israel on your behalf.
But the one thing you cannot do is remain aloof. As Israel faces increasing pressure ‘to surrender land or else’, we all lose the luxury of silence.
Silence is not an option. It’s a vote for the enemy of Israel.
Through action or silence, you cast a vote. That vote will give this Holy Land to the god of Islam--or give this Holy Land to the G-d of Israel.
You cannot be politically correct here. You must choose.
Abstention is a vote for the god of Islam. Refusing to vote is a vote for the god of Islam. Uncertainty about how to vote is a vote for the god of Islam. Forgetting to vote is a vote for the god of Islam.
Get the picture?
Whether you take an action or do nothing, you vote. That vote will be either for or against the G-d of Israel.
In the Book of D’varim, G-d tells us more than 25 times to ‘possess the land’. Tzipi Livni wants to give that land away.
Do you follow your G-d--or Livni? Do you vote to possess the land—or give it away?
Is Livni wrong—or is she right?