Kudos to Hotovely: Yes, This Land is Our Land!

David Rubin,

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David Rubin
David Rubin is former mayor of Shiloh, Israel. He is founder and president of Shiloh Israel Children"s Fund, and the author of five books, including The Islamic Tsunami and his latest, More Sparks From Zion. For more info, click on these links: www.DavidRubinIsrael.com or www.ShilohIsraelChildren.org...

Since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hasn't yet named a Foreign Minister in his new government, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely is currently serving in that capacity, and she's not wasting any time in changing the language of Israeli diplomacy.

in her first speech to Foreign Ministry employees in Israel and around the world, Hotovely declared, “Many times it seems that in our international relations, more than emphasizing the rightness of our cause, we are asked to use arguments that play well diplomatically, but at a time when the very existence of Israel is being called into question, it is important to be right.”

She then gave a concrete, more personal example to illustrate her point that the justice of Israel's cause is the real issue: “If I wear your coat because I’m cold, and I can prove pragmatically and analytically that it really is cold for me, the world will ask a primitive and analytic question: Who does the coat belong to? In this context, it is important to say that this coat is ours, this country is ours, all of it. We didn’t come here to apologize for that.”

Hotovely then went on to cite Rashi, the biblical commentator, who, in his famous commentary on the first verse of Genesis states that the reason the Torah began with the story of creation, was so that when the world would call Israel robbers for having stolen the Land of Israel from others, the Jews would be able to answer that the land belongs to God, and that He gave it to whom He desired.

Yes, we have returned home to our God-given eternal homeland, the Land of Israel, where we were a sovereign nation far longer than the combined age of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. There is no reason to apologize for this, especially when we are confronted with the regional Muslims who call themselves Palestinians, borrowing the fictional term that the Roman invaders used nearly 2,000 years ago when they exiled Israel from its land. Given that the Hebrew root of their adopted name means a robber, an invader, or one who takes something that doesn't belong to him, the relevance of that biblical commentary in our times becomes ever so clear.

Hotovely is off to a great start, as she attempts to change the rules and the language of the diplomatic game. Wishing her much success and hoping that the PM will adopt her positive approach. The complexities of diplomacy often demand simplicity and clarity. May it continue!