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The Situation In The Middle East: One Of The Signs Of Redemption
Adapted from Besuras HaGeula by Dr. D.S. Pape on the occasion of his son's bar mitzvah

Prophetic words regarding the current situation in Eretz Yisroel from a sicha delivered on Shabbos Bereishis, Isru Chag of Shmini Atzeres and Simchas Torah, 5751

In recent days the (seventy) nations of the world have gathered together in order to accuse Israel with an ancient accusation: "You are thieves! for you have conquered the land of the seven nations [the Land of Israel]."

This is as the Midrash predicts that when Moshiach comes, "The nations will all be in an uproar…." (Tehillim, 2:1)

And when they call the Jews "thieves," they are not just referring to Gaza or Samaria, but even to Judea, which means Yerushalayim, the City of David (Yeshayahu, 29:1), the capital of Eretz Yisroel!

This accusation comes at a time when, as everyone knows, we begin reading the Torah anew, beginning with the words: "In the beginning, G-d created the heavens and the earth."

Rashi, in his commentary makes it crystal clear that this verse means, that there will be a time when the nations of the world will rise up to accuse the Jews, saying, "You are thieves!" Therefore, the Torah begins by telling us how to reply. "We must state boldly, Bereishis, In the beginning! All of the Earth belongs to G-d. He created it. And He gave it to whomever He wanted. First He gave it to them, and then He took it from them and gave it to us!"

Incredibly, we see that the nations who come to accuse the Jews include our friends as well as our enemies. Even nations that have championed the cause of righteousness and justice in the world. Even nations who went to war in the Persian Gulf to prevent one person from stealing from another, and one country from stealing from another country.

And yet, now, even these righteous nations who normally pursue justice, have unjustly come to accuse the Children of Israel of being thieves! And this, at a time when we are witnessing open miracles in the world!

Perhaps we can suggest the following explanation for the paradox: There is an order that G-d established in the world, by which darkness precedes light. Thus, we should not be dismayed when the "nations raise an uproar," since, as the verse concludes "it is all in vain." As the Midrash comments: "The One who dwells in Heaven will laugh! G-d will mock them." (Ibid.)

Therefore, the Jewish people must stand confident and firm, and remember that the whole of the Land of Israel, especially Yerushalayim, belongs to the Jews, for "all of the earth is G-d’s. He created it…and He gave it to us."

As for "the nations making an uproar:" This is nothing to be afraid of. In fact, it is one of the signs of Redemption! As Rashi comments: "Our Sages explained that the struggle for the Land of Israel, with the nations rising up in an uproar to accuse the Jews of being thieves, refers to nothing less than the struggle which will be fought by King Moshiach!"


As for "the nations making an uproar:" This is nothing to be afraid of. In fact, it is one of the signs of Redemption!



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