Dear Neemney Eretz , The Loyalties of the land of israel, a letter for
the first Convention of the Jewish Authority to the entiere Jewish Citizens of the free treitories in Eretz Israel and all the Jewish people of the Srate of Israel.
If a Jew can freely live in Hebron, North Dakota, he should freely live in the city of the Patriarchs of Hebron, Judea. If a Jewish family can dwell in Bethel, Ohio, it must be able to live in the original Beth-El, Samaria. But today the Israelis living in Judea and Samaria risk to be turned again in Jewish refugees. And the security of the State of Israel would be at existential risk. It happened after Gush Katif, that was a national implosion and disgrace that caused enormous physical, psychological, social, cultural, military and strategic damage to the entire Jewish nation. The disengagement left a deep wound that will not heal, not only because Jewish lives and homes were destroyed, but because it was immoral, unjust and irrational. It was part of an anti-Zionist, anti-Jewish and anti-democratic trend. After Gush Katif, the terror leaders have held press conference saying that they are moving their battle to Judea and Samaria and will transfer their rockets to the edges of the urban centers of Israel — Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Hadera, Netanya.
The so called settlers, Jeweish citizens of Judea and Samaria, are leading today a unique and historical battle for the safety and the integrity of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. Very few public personalities in Israel today have the courage and strenght to defend the Jewish rights. The Israelis living in Judea and Samaria are a tiny figure in the Middle Eastern conflict. But for many reasons the key of Israel’s future lies on their shoulders and hearts. “Land for peace” is the new Western opiate of masses, but for Israel is a way for committing suicide. In a time of global terrorism, monstruous antisemitism and Western appeasement to evil, those who have taken it upon themselves to defend the Jewish homeland and rights need and deserve all the support. And sovereignty, the ability of a government to act independently and in its own interests, is the essence of statehood and self-defense. The roots of Jewish sovereignty in the land of Israel are modern and political, but they are also biblical, grounded in Jewish history: the first and second Temples, commonwealths and civilizations that flourished in the Land of Israel, especially in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. Rome has its Colosseum and Athens has its Acropolis, but the Western citizens don’t feel any connection to their ancient sites. Instead Elon Moreh, Shiloh, Beth El, Hebron, Gush Etzion, these names are providing the Jews with intimate emotional links between present, past and future.
Jewish national and religious consciousness is the primary basis for the State of Israel’s existence. If Israel’s legitimacy would be rooted only in a resolution of the United Nations, tomorrow it could be revoked by the same assembly. The State of Israel, therefore, on behalf of the Jewish people, has the moral and political responsibility to say the truth: the land of Israel, including Judea and Samaria, legitimately, legally and historically belongs to the Jewish people. Proclaiming “Jewish”, rather than simply “Israeli” sovereignty, is an authentic statement of the relationship between the Jewish people and the land of Israel. Israel claim to a permanent presence in Judea and Samaria passes two critical tests: these areas belong to the Jewish nation, on the basis of the historical record, and Israel needs them on the basis of strategic considerations. The Jewish towns and houses beyond the so called Green Line are the backbone of Israel’s security. We should first remember that the same word, “settlers”, refers to the secular kibbutzim of the 1930s and 1940s as well as post-1948 outposts, such as Ashkelon. Professor Weiss initiative is also an humanitarian event. The Israeli media has cruelly exploited the “settler” to manipulate public opinion. After the Oslo talks, every settler killed by terrorists was a “price of peace”, a barbaric concept and perversion of humanism. The expelled residents of Gush Katif — the farmers of Atzmona, Katif, Netzarim, Netzer Hazani and Kfar Darom, the surfers and fishermen of Shirat Hayam, the Torah scholars of Neveh Dekalim and the mothers of Gadid — are the finest sons and daughters of Israel. They are the bravest soldiers and the most patriotic citizens that Israel has produced. But overwhelmingly, the Western media and intellectuals ignored and downplayed the terrorist atrocities suffered by the Jews of Judea and Samaria. It’s a dehumanization process part of Israel’s destruction as it happened during the Second world war: the Jews had to be dehumanized before being taken to the gas chambers.
To deny the right of Jews to live anywhere in Israel makes them lesser in nationhood than any other people. In the XVI century many Polish towns obtained the so called “privilegia de non tolerandis Judaeis”, that means cities where the Jews were forbidden to live in. Europe had the Jewish ghettos during the Middle Ages, the zoning restrictions in the Czarist Russia and the Nazi “rassenschande” laws, meant to ghettoizing the Jews. Israel today faces an historical movement of demonization and evaporization that involves its security, religion, diplomacy, culture and statehood. The solution doesn’t lie in more appeasement, self-hatred and self-rejection. The nightmare that Israel has endured with the destruction of Jewish Gaza must be the starting point for a new period in Israeli history. A period of faith, confidence, strenght and hope.
Thank you very much