The Truth, The Whole Truth, and
Nothing But the Truth
Today’s Conflict over Israel is Predicted in the Torah
"In the beginning G-d Created Heaven and Earth..." (Genesis 1:1).
What is the reason the Torah begins with Creation? Because if the nations of the world will say to Israel: "You are robbers because you have conquered with force the lands of the nations of Canaan" Israel can answer: "He created it and gave it to whomever was proper in His eyes. Of His own will He gave it to them and of his own will He took it from them and gave it to us."
Rashi on Genesis 1:1
The conflict over Israel is not the result of a land dispute between two groups of people. It is a fundamental spiritual and religious conflict over the direction and destiny of the Holy Land, and ultimately, all of humanity. It is predicted by the Torah and intimately connected with the very purpose of Creation.
Therefore the solution to this spiritual conflict will not come from political pundits, the state department or the U.N. It will come only from the Torah itself.
The Only Solution
“Rashi stresses (v.8) that if the Jewish people had trusted in G-d, nobody would have contested their rights to the Land of Israel. Likewise, in our times,
when the Jewish people will trust in G-d, that the land of Israel belongs unequivocally to them, and are willing to declare this openly to the nations of the world, then, No one will contest the matter, and you will not need to go to war.
In fact, even weapons will prove unnecessary, as Rashi writes.” (Likutei Sichos (Collected Talks) of the Rebbe vol. 34, p. 8)
The Rebbe’s position concerning the conflict over the Land of Israel has always been clear and unambiguous. It is firmly based on the Torah and is therefore not subject to the changing political expediency of the moment.
The Rebbe has guaranteed – as the Torah itself guarantees - that if the Jewish people
assert and defend
our one and only claim to the Holy Land –
G-d’s promise to us in the Torah (Bible) - and
settle every part of the land
, G-d will protect us, the pressures against us will cease and we will experience true and lasting peace.
Sadly, until now, the Jewish people and the government of Israel have done everything but assert that claim. Although we say that we feel pressured by world opinion, the truth is that the world takes their position from us. In simple words, if we refuse to believe in and assert our right to live in peace everywhere in the Holy Land, why should they?
Instead, we have made concession after concession to those devoted to our destruction. We have made countless attempts to appease fickle world opinion and to curry favor with the anti-semitic UN. Each concession has brought with it increased danger and bloodshed and has vastly emboldened our enemies. In addition, our weakness gives our enemies time and resources from which to launch ever more deadly attacks.
The Rebbe has warned again and again that
even talking about giving away land constitutes pikuach nefesh
- a clear and present danger to life - for every person living in Israel. In 1979, after the Camp David accords, Israel’s first foray into ‘land for peace’, Israel’s enemies were infinitely weaker and more intimidated than they are today. Nevertheless, the Rebbe warned repeatedly exactly where the ‘land for peace’ formula would lead. In the Rebbe’s own words:
The signing of the Camp David accords by Eretz Yisroel is the most senseless folly imaginable. We have ceded our security — lands, oil, settlements and airfields — for nothing but a piece of paper that can be torn up at any time. The "peace" we thought to gain is a bitter illusion, and the only result is that now we are infinitely weaker and the enemy infinitely more powerful.
A Palestinian state in the heart of Eretz Yisroel — and make no mistake, that is exactly what "autonomy" means — is an open invitation for full-scale terrorist attacks on all parts of the land, G-d forbid. As an indication of what we can expect, ever since autonomy was even discussed, terrorist attacks have become much more frequent and much more brazen.
“It is not too late. We have fallen low, but we can rise; and when we do, we reach the heights. It is time to act as a Jew, with the pride and nobility that befits the Chosen People. The other ways have been tried, and we have tasted their bitter fruits. It is surely time to show that we are indeed the "wise and understanding people," that we are ready to submit our will to His.
Interestingly, thousands of years ago, when the Jewish people were preparing to enter the Land of Israel for the first time, they felt a
to claim the Holy Land as their own. As hard as it may be for some to believe, this hesitation is the
only thing standing in the way of peace in the Middle East.