The gentile nations proclaim that certain land in Israel must not be ‘Jewish’. They say Jewish ‘settlement’ upon this land is prohibited. They claim Jews cannot possess such land or dwell upon it.
The land in question is Judea-Samaria. The gentile nations call this land, ‘the West Bank’ (of the Jordan River).
Humanitarians come from the gentile nations. They are the moral voice of those nations. They decide what is right and wrong for those nations. They create laws for those nations.
These laws are called, ‘International Human Rights Law’. Humanitarians say these laws bring morality to the world.
These laws declare that it is illegal for Jews to own Judea-Samaria.
Some nations don’t say Judea-Samaria is ‘illegal’ for Jews to own. They simply say, Jewish ownership is ‘illegitimate’.
Humanitarian morality doesn’t distinguish between ‘illegal’ and ‘illegitimate’. It doesn’t need to. Both words send the same message: Jewish settlement in Judea-Samaria is forbidden.
Our Jewish Heritage tradition says the opposite. Our Gemara (Talmud) was handed down from generation-to-generation for more than 1,000 years before it was codified. It was and is our ‘Oral tradition’. It represents the living documentation that explains how Judaism ‘works’ in the real world.
In that Talmud (Tractate Kiddushin, p.37a), our Oral tradition talks about this subject of ‘settlement’ in Israel. It validates what Humanitarians and their gentile masters reject.
Our Talmud in Kiddushin refers to the Torah commandment ‘to dwell’ in the land of Israel. It says, in essence, that in order to ‘dwell’ in the Holy Land, the Jewish nation must first possess the land and then create ‘settlement’ there (see translation by ArtScroll, The Schottenstein Daf Yomi edition, Kiddushin, Mesorah Publications, New York, February, 2011, p 37a).
Put another way, G-d disagrees with Humanitarians. G-d says Jews must dwell in the land of Israel—it’s a Divine commandment. G-d tells us that ‘settlement’ is a G-dly requirement.
In case you were wondering, Judea-Samaria (the West Bank of the Jordan River) is within the borders of the ‘Israel’ G-d describes in the Torah (Devarim 34:1-12). If you pick up an ArtScroll translation, you’ll even see a picture of that border (see Devarim 34:1, The Stone Edition, Mesorah Publications, 1996).
The picture is clear. G-d gave all the west bank of the Jordan River to the Jews.
Humanitarians reject that. They reject our G-d’s words. They reject our G-d’s commandments. They reject our G-d’s borders.
They say that our G-d’s commandment to possess Judea-Samaria is ‘illegal’. They say G-d’s commandment to ‘settle’ Judea-Samaria is ‘illegitimate’.
Judea-Samaria, Humanitarians say, doesn’t belong to Jews. It belongs to those who hate Jews. The G-d of Israel lies when he says otherwise.
In essence, Humanitarians say Judea-Samaria isn’t Jewish. This belief is tantamount to saying the G-d of Israel is a liar.
Funny thing, a few years ago, US President Barack Obama stood at the rostrum at the United Nations and declared that we cannot build our future by slandering the prophet of Islam (John Hayward, “Obama at the UN: “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam,” Human Events, September 25, 2012). Humanitarians cheered.
But Humanitarians and their gentile masters seem to have no problem whatsoever outlawing not the prophet of the Jews, but the very G-d of the Jews. They seem to cheer at the prospect of calling G-d a liar.
Our Heritage teaches that the enemies of Israel are the enemies of G-d (Rabbi Shmuel Yerushalmi, Me’am Lo’ez [first published, 1730], The Book of Tehillim III, Moznaim publishing, New York/Jerusalem, 1990, Psalm 83). These enemies scoff and revile us—and our G-d. They ‘take counsel’ against Israel. They come against the Jewish people with ‘complaints’ (Humanitarian complaints? War crimes charges?).
They (the gentile nations and their Humanitarians?) make a covenant against the Jews and against G-d (ibid). They have always waged war against one another, but here they come together to make a covenant to fight Israel (Psalm 83:6). To the author of Me’am Lo’ez, “Anyone who wages war against Israel, wages war against G-d. The true purpose of this war is to obliterate Your Name” (ibid).
Humanitarians and their gentile masters start that process of obliteration by declaring, the G-d of Israel is illegitimate. The G-d of Israel is a liar: Jews don’t belong in Judea-Samaria. They don’t own the Temple Mount.
If you wish to learn what happens to those who stand in public and say G-d is liar, turn again to the Jewish Talmud. In Tractate Sotah (34b), you’ll discover what happens.
It isn’t pleasant.
The G-d of Israel has a Story for you. It’s the Story of the Final Redemption of the Jewish people. Will the nations’ calling G-d a liar play a role in that Story?
What do you think?