Bret Stephens is smart, but dead wrong.

Ben Packer,

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Ben Packer
Originally from Petersburg, Virginia, Ben Packer moved to Israel in 1999, where he served in the IDF's Givati Brigade in the Gaza Strip. Ben served as a Rabbi on campus at Univ. of North Carolina and at Duke Univ. Ben now serves as Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House ( and Co-Director of Young Jewish Conservatives ( He lives in the Old City of Jerusalem with his wife and 6 children....

Bret Stephens is a gifted writer and generally a shrewd observer of global politics, but he has no faith and he is dead wrong on this:

"Israel is not a nation of saints and has made its mistakes. The most serious of those is proliferation of West Bank settlements beyond those in historically recognized blocs" (see full article here)

Jews living in Hevron are not a "mistake", neither are Jews living and praying and working in Shiloh or Elon Moreh or anywhere else in our Ancestral Homeland. They are the opposite of a mistake, they are possibly the most right and just endeavor in the history of man, the fulfillment of biblical prophecy and the security for a bright future for the State of Israel. And their residents and supporters are modern-day Maccabees - heroes of the Jewish People.

This lack of faith of Stephens and others is a crippling disability in the Middle East. Baruch Hashem, he's just a spectator. G-d willing, we'll give him alot to spectate at in the near future. But if the miracles of G-d and the fulfilment of prophecies up until this point haven't convinced him, I'm not sure anything will. His loss. These days, all we do is win!

Shavuah Tov,

Ben Packer

Old City, Jerusalem