A Voice For Hebron
By Gary M. Cooperberg
Pondering on the recent past in this country, the miracles are clearly evident. No other country in the world has worked so hard to destroy itself, and failed so miserably. Only with supernatural interference is it possible that this country still exists, not to mention grows and thrives.
The Oslo tragedy saw Israel recognize the biggest terrorist of our generation as a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. We recognized the existence of a people whose only reason for existence is to destroy the Jewish State. We unilaterally drove Jewish civilians from their homes in southern Israel, dug up the bones of our dead to be reburied elsewhere, in order to give our enemies a Jew free part of our homeland to call their own. Today we are being bombarded with missiles from this gift we gave them. Were we a normal country we would simply take back what we gave away and drive our enemies out. Instead we appeal to foreign nations to get them to stop shooting at us. Why should any foreign nation intervene in a war that we refuse to win?
While everyone is overjoyed that Gilad Shalit was reunited with his family, the manner in which this was accomplished was not only shameful, it was criminal. Our army is more powerful than our enemies. We always had the ability to force Gilad’s safe return. Instead we chose to succumb to blackmail and signal to all of our enemies that we are weak and unable to defend ourselves. Worse than this we have annulled the authority of our courts and shown the world that in Israel it is very possible to get away with murder. Saudi Arabia is offering a million dollar reward to anyone who can capture another Jewish soldier and free yet more murderers from Israeli prisons. Why not? And why should the freed murderers not continue their bloody profession? Indeed, when it was demanded of the prisoners to sign a pledge that they would not return to terror, they brazenly refused and even stated that they would prefer to remain in prison rather than sign such a statement. Can one imagine that such people will not return to drenching their hands in Jewish blood? Can any threat made by this government deter them?
And now, to add insult to injury, our “right wing” Prime Minister has announced that he will prepare a suggested outline of the future borders of the Jewish State and the new PLO one he hopes to help establish. With leaders like this who needs enemies? We are consistently demonstrating to the world that we do not believe in our own sovereignty! How is it possible for such a country to maintain its sovereignty?
Rashi’s first commentary in the book of B’reishit asks the question, “Why did the Torah begin with describing the creation? Since its primary purpose is to teach us the commandments why did it not begin with commandments?” And he prophetically explains, “The day will come when the nations of the world will challenge our right to the Land of Israel. They will call us thieves who stole the land of others. When this happens we must explain to the world that all of the world was created by G-d and it all belongs to Him. He decides which lands will go to which people. He will give to some and take away and give to others.”
G-d has chosen to give the Land of Israel to the Jewish People. That is the only reason we are here. From the very beginning of our return home our enemies sought our destruction and tried to take our homeland from us. Although we were outnumbered and surrounded on all sides by enemies who sought to wipe us off the map, our enemies not only failed, but lost more land to us. This proves that Rashi was right. Never, in any war from 1948 onward, did we ever lose land to our enemies. Rather we voluntarily chose to give away pieces of our homeland as a gesture to end the war peacefully. This in spite of the fact that, not only were we spitting in the face of our Creator, but we were defying an historical axiom that peace is only achieved after winning a war. No country ever achieved peace by negotiating before the war was finished and there was a definitive winner and loser. Israel has intentionally refused to win the war of Independence. We have thus caused the state of war to continue unto this very day. We have learned nothing from our mistakes. PLO spokesman, Naabil Shaat, actually recently stated that we are in a state of war.Yet we continue to deny this reality and choose to relate to each attack against our population as an individual criminal or “terrorist” attack, rather than the act of war it really is. Rather than destroy our enemies and drive them out of our homeland, we “punish” their “soldiers” and hope to “rehabilitate” them in our prisons. Yet, by turning these murderers, who were sentenced to multiple life terms in prison, free what we are really doing is surrendering to our enemies and encouraging them to continue the war by murdering our citizens!!
Were we to heed the lesson of Rashi, we would never negotiate that which G-d chose to give us. We would declare to the world that while we certainly want peace, we have no right to give away that which we are obligated by G-d to possess. If any nation thinks it has prior rights to this land let it try and take it from us. We will never give away any part of it voluntarily.
Our leaders can change course and turn Israel into the light unto the nations it was always meant to be. Let us not be afraid to state those Truths which all the nations can easily see and accept. Let us be a proud nation which helps others, but maintains our pride and dignity. It is the Will of G-d that we return to all of our borders and thus this will certainly happen. If our leaders would learn to work with the process rather than against it we will see peace much sooner than we can imagine. Until then it is we who are the source of continued strife and tragedy.
Project Shofar seeks to bring this message to those who choose not to see. It is incredible that the majority, both in the Exile and even in Israel, fail to see the obvious. They prefer to believe in the nonsense that we can make peace with those who seek our destruction rather than to accept the reality that with us is the greatest power in the world Who wants us to make real peace simply by accepting and demonstrating the fact that He and only He is in charge.