Denials & 2 Much Talk
By Alexander Zushe Kohn
analysis of the Rebbe’s message to former Israeli Prime Minister, Mr. Yitzchak
(The reader is referred back to the Dvar Malchus section of Beis Moshiach,
issues 299 and 302.)
The Rebbe begins the exchange of words by pointing out that the so-called autonomy talks are a violation of the Torah’s prohibition against giving non-Jews a place to live in the Land of Israel. This prohibition is known as “lo sechaneim,” which means, “You must not give them an encampment.” The Rebbe adds that since these talks will inevitably lead to giving away parts of Eretz Yisroel, they represent a denial of G-d, Torah, the Land of Israel, and the land’s holiness.
of the Land
other words, giving away land to non-Jews – or even talk of doing so – makes
a number of sacrilegious statements. Firstly, in effect it says: We do not
believe this land is sacred. As everyone knows, sacred things are treasured,
preserved, and guarded. Even among non-Jews it is an absolute, a given, that
sacred things remain the possessions of those to whom they are sacred. Imagine
the Pope, l’havdil, giving parts of the Vatican to the Moslems as a
sign of Christian goodwill to the Islamic people. That would be ludicrous.
Certainly the United States and the international community can readily
appreciate that for the Jewish people the Land of Israel is simply not
the Land Belongs
to the Jewish People
statement these talks make: We do not believe that this land belongs to the
people of Israel, the Jewish people. Normal people do not give away their
possessions. Nations certainly do not give away their land. Quite the contrary:
countless wars have been fought – throughout the course of history and across
the globe – over protecting the homeland from invaders and intruders.
indeed, did the land come to be ours? G-d gave it to us – period.
one on earth actually expects us to give it away. In fact – and the Rebbe has
pointed this out many times in the past – the world is actually surprised at
how easily we give in to the enemy’s demands. Moreover, adds the Rebbe, they
are absolutely stunned when our so-called leaders actually offer – as
of late it has even turned to begging – to give away portions of land that we
through great sacrifice in wars that we did not even initiate.
the Torah testifies to the fact that G-d gave us the land, the giveaway talks
represent a denial of Torah. (This is aside from the Torah transgression of ‘lo
sechaneim.’) Moreover, the Torah rules clearly and unequivocally that
negotiating with the enemy is a mortal danger. An unequivocal display of
strength is the only deterrent in matters such as these, says the Shulchan
Aruch. Thus, to give away the Land of Israel is to deny the truth of Torah.
first and foremost denial mentioned by the Rebbe is the denial of G-d, which
these talks represent. Since the Rebbe mentions it as a category of its own, it
appears to represent an evil not included in the denial of Torah, the Land of
Israel, and the sanctity of the Land.
what might the Rebbe be referring? Perhaps the reference is to the awesome
miracles G-d performed for us in our recent wars against our enemies. We need
not elaborate on these at the moment; suffice it to say that we triumphed
against impossible odds.
central and oft-repeated point in this exchange of words is the Rebbe’s
warning that the mere discussion of – or agreement to discuss – giving away
parts of Eretz Yisroel is in itself a grave and mortal danger which can lead to
the murder of Jews, ch’v (as we have unfortunately seen in recent
times, rachmana litzlan). It doesn’t take a genius to understand why:
agreeing to discuss the possibility of surrendering anything to the enemy is in
itself an act of surrender.
act of surrender immediately strengthens the enemy, for two reasons: 1) It shows
the enemy that we are weak. 2) It grants legitimacy to their claims by giving
them the impression that we’re not absolutely certain that the land is ours.
That means that we can be intimidated, especially through violence, into
of surrender actually encourage the enemy to increase violence. But this fact
isn’t obvious to everyone. Why not? Because we delude ourselves. We conjure up
fantasies of co-existence and harmony with our Arab neighbors as well as visions
of international recognition and acceptance, and we naively maintain that the
enemy cannot help but be filled with the same delusions.
up!" said the Rebbe. "These fantasies are very dangerous."
what alternative do we have?" whimper the politicians.
alternative," the Rebbe explained to Mr. Shamir (through Mr. Katzav),
"is to place your faith in the One G-d, the Alm-ghty Creator of the
universe, the Guardian of Israel. Do this and you will have nothing to fear –
we Jews are gifted with a rare stubbornness. So the conversation continues.
"How? How can we possibly resist the mighty U.S. and the international
sanctity into the Land," replied the Rebbe, "and it will strengthen
what if I still can’t resist?"
unfortunately you cannot serve in the capacity of prime minister. Have a heart:
quit your job. Admit that you have no moral, legal and – dare I say – halachic
right to endanger the lives of your people."
reality, the Rebbe’s approach is the only viable option.