Bibi Joins the Spies

Is Israeli land Bibi's to give away?

Tzvi Fishman

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How chilling that Prime Minister Binyamin ("Bibi") Netanyahu agreed to a Palestinian State within the borders of Eretz Yisrael during the very week that we read the Torah portion about the Biblical spies in the wilderness, who
Even talking about a Palestinian State sets a dangerous precedent.
also "despised the cherished Land."

Like Bibi, the spies were also willing to let a foreign power rule in Eretz Yisrael instead of the Jews. Their sin is arguably the worst transgression in Jewish history, paving the way for the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple that occurred years later, our sages inform us, on the very same day.

Sure, Bibi "loves" the Land of Israel. But it is like a man who agrees to give one of his wife's arms and a leg to another man, even though he "loves" her dearly.

Is Shechem, the burial place of the Biblical Joseph, just another place that you can barter away like a Monopoly deed? Is Bethlehem, the birthplace of King David, just another name on a map? Is Hevron, the city of our forefathers, to become a part of Palestine, no matter how emasculated that state may be? Is the heartland of the Bible - Elon Moreh, Shilo and Bet-El - Bibi's to give away?

You can say that the Arabs will never agree to all of Netanyahu's stipulations, so there is nothing to worry about. But even talking about a Palestinian State sets a dangerous precedent that will be hard to erase. Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook taught that all talk about surrendering parts of Eretz Yisrael weakens the nation:

"In our generation, we are in a situation of war, and we must be careful of what we say. We must guard against speech which leads to discouragement. The Torah forbids this, saying, 'Lest his brother's heart melt like his heart.' The Torah tells us, 'Let not your heart be faint, fear not and do not tremble, nor be afraid because of them.' All of the talk about surrendering land confuses people, and there is no place for it. In our time, weak-heartedness is as forbidden as pork."

The problem with Bibi, and the rest of Israel's political leaders, is that, like the spies, they don't have real faith in G-d. They see themselves as grasshoppers and Barack Obama as a giant.

But just like in the days of the spies, when Joshua and Calev rushed forward to remind the Jews that HaShem's promise would surely lead them to victory, so too the Joshuas and Calevs on the hilltops of Judea and Samaria today will surely shout out a brave battle cry; reminding us that it is Obama and his cronies throughout history who are the grasshoppers, and that the Eternal One of Israel will not lie.