Construction in Judea and Samaria (file)
Construction in Judea and Samaria (file)Flash 90

Dear President Trump,

Shalom from the Holy Land of Israel, the land that God, Creator of the Heavens and the Earth, gave to the Jewish nation as an eternal gift.

President Trump, I have a question for you: Would you ask a Jew to eat a ham sandwhich? I didn't think so. Why then are you asking Israel to stop building the Land of Israel for four years in your "Deal of the Century"?

President Trump, God commanded the Jewish nation to build and settle all of the Land of Israel that He promised our forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and us.

Our wise and holy Sages taught us that the commandment to build and settle the Land of Israel is equal in weight to all of the 613 commandments in God's Torah, which He gave us on Mount Sinai, put together!

President Trump, one of those 613 commandments is not to eat a ham sandwhich. If you would never ask a Jew to eat a ham sandwhich (as I'm sure you wouldn't) - which is only ONE commandment out of 613 - how then can you ask the entire Jewish nation to transgress the commandment to build and settle the Land of Israel, which is equal in weight to ALL the 613 commandments?

President Trump, should you rightfully ask: "Well, what about the Arabs living in Israel - what do we do about them?" and I say, please don't worry. The Jewish nation are a kind and gracious people, and always have been, to anyone who acts kindly and graciously towards us - it's in our DNA. Actually, we are commanded by God to act kindly and compassionately towards the foreigners living in our land. It's one of the 613 commandments. We only have a problem with the “bad hombres” among us who wish to kill us, and destroy our country.

President Trump, you and your administration have done a lot to aid and assist us in our goal of building and settling the Holy Land, and we will always be thankful for that. As a builder yourself, you certainly understand the importantance of building and growing, and as a man of faith who has said your favourite book is the Bible, I'm sure you understand Israel's obligation to fulfill the Word of God and His prophets.

President Trump, please do not ask us to stop building anywhere in our country, for any amount of time, thus requiring us to transgress God's most important commandment to the Jewish nation - to build and settle the Land of Israel.

With blessings from the Holy Land,

Yonaton Behar

Har Bracha

The writer made aliyah to Israel in 1984. He is married with 6 children and 10 grandchildren, and lives in Har Bracha where he does Judaica translations and other writings..