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Sunday, July 08, 2007

Parashat Mas’ei: G-d’s Peace Plan

The coming weekly parashah (Torah portion) is Matot-Mas’ei, two parashot joined in one. From Mas’ei, the last parashah of the book of Numbers, I bring a passage that I have quoted before, but now with a full elaboration. HaShem’s words in Numbers 33:50–56:

[50] And the LORD spoke unto Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho, saying: [51] “Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them: When ye pass over the Jordan into the land of Canaan, [52] then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their figured stones, and destroy all their molten images, and demolish all their high places. [53] And ye shall drive out the inhabitants of the land, and dwell therein; for unto you have I given the land to possess it. [54] And ye shall inherit the land by lot according to your families—to the more ye shall give the more inheritance, and to the fewer thou shalt give the less inheritance; wheresoever the lot falleth to any man, that shall be his; according to the tribes of your fathers shall ye inherit. [55] But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then shall those that ye let remain of them be as thorns in your eyes, and as pricks in your sides, and they shall harass you in the land wherein ye dwell. [56] And it shall come to pass, that as I thought to do unto them, so will I do unto you.”

And the authoritative commentary He inspired upon Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki (Rashi):

“And ye shall drive out the inhabitants of the land, and dwell therein”: You shall drive out all its inhabitants, and then you will be able to stay in it; if not, you will not be able to stay in it.

“And as pricks in your sides”: The solvers who solve it say: it is of the meaning, “An enclosure of thorns covering you to close you and imprison you, such that there is no one who goes out and no one who comes in”.

Of course it was given concerning the seven nations (and indigenous peoples, by the way) of Canaan at the time. But there are those who conclude, from that, that it is not applicable today. In the sense that the Muslims do not have figured stones, molten images and high places as the pagans did, that is correct; but all the rest is open to discussion, and from the way things look today, the case for its applicability is very compelling. Compelling, both because of the theoretical matter of the truth that the Torah is a book for all ages, not a time-bound human-authored document as the unbelievers say, and because of the practical matter that the eyes can see that the warnings of the passage have come to pass—exactly.

In the recent war in Lebanon, almost a year ago, Hassan Nasrallah (may he go to hell soon, amen) called upon the Arabs of the Galilee to flee the state of Israel. They did not do so, but that was what had happened in nearly all cases in the Israeli War of Independence (1947–9). Some of the Arabs did flee under Jewish prodding, because the course of war made it necessary (the Leftists, as usual, will hold us to a unique and impossible standard, saying, “Jews aren’t meant to make war, they were chosen to bring peace to the world”. Nice of them to acknowledge our chosenness, but no, we’re not the ones who are destined to bring peace to the world, we’re not that powerful—G-d is the one to whom this honor belongs).

There was no premeditated plan of expulsion; the desired event according to mainstream Zionism was a partitioned land, shared between Jews and Arabs as per the 1947 UN Partition Plan. Having been attacked on the day of the announcement of the partition, and then by five Arab armies in 1948, the Jews could not be reasonably expected to lie down, and they had every right to expel all the aggressors. As history would have it, most of the Arabs fled of their own accord, out of the calling of their leaders. David Ben Gurion invited those Arabs to stay who did not participate in the aggression, in order that the world might see that the State of Israel was on a foundation of justice. He acted wisely in destroying the homes of those who had fled, in order that they could have nothing but fake keys to show the world—in order to give them an incentive to break with the past and begin new lives, just as the Jewish refugees from Islamic lands ended up building themselves, often from scratch, in the state of Israel. But then as now, the thirst for revenge militated against reconstruction for the Muslims.

So within the 1949 Armistice Line borders, we now have a 20% non-Jewish, Arab, mostly Muslim, minority in the state of Israel. Nearly a million and a half Arabs whose standards of living are much better than those of their sovereign brothers in any of the 22 existing Arab states; Christian Arabs with the rare privilege, extant only in Lebanon (and that too is falling into doubt), of not being accorded dhimmi status, not living under the apartheid regime of Islamic shariah law. And yet, recent times have seen them complaining about their status, and demanding changes to it.

Let us go now to 1967, to the aftermath of the Six-Day War, which was even worse: coupled with the utter folly on the part of Moshe Dayan, of giving the Temple Mount to the Islamic Waqf, all the Muslim inhabitants of Judea, Samaria and Gaza were left to stay where they were. Jewish settlements were built alongside them, in violation of G-d’s commands quoted above. Again, the reason for those follies was the ill-founded, un-Jewish consideration of world opinion, of “what the non-Jewish paritz (town notable, the powerful figure in the Diaspora whom Jews often asked for help in trouble times) would think”. To show the world that the state of Israel is an enlightened state. Which it is, and has been from the start, to the extent possible in a region where enlightened values are short in supply, but the world no longer thinks so, and says loudly that it no longer thinks so.

Do not castigate me when I voice some points of agreement with the Leftists; I do so because they are true, but rest assured that we will always differ on the solutions. I say: the occupation, in the sense of controlling an enemy population, must end; the separation fence must go down; and the checkpoints must be dismantled. All that must be done—but only after all the Muslims have been expelled from the Land of Israel.

The Leftist “peaceniks” among us say the occupation (again, in the sense of keeping a military garrison to control an enemy population; not in the sense of “stealing land”, which we aren’t) is taking a heavy toll upon our sons serving to uphold it. I agree! They say the separation fence is effectively turning the state of Israel into one big Jewish ghetto, walling us off from non-Jewish enemies just as the ghettos and malahs of the Diaspora did. I agree with that too! Leftists abroad say the checkpoints are a top cause, a photogenic showcase, for “Islamists” to rally around in their hatred of the West. I agree even with that, though the caveats I make are legion (example: a few cartoons are all they need as an excuse to whip themselves up into a frenzy).

Indeed our soldiers—fathers, sons, brothers of every single Jew in Israel, not some putative far-off “mercenaries” of whom a blog owner could petulantly say, “Screw ’em!”—are chafing under this role. The Israel Defense Army was never meant to chase little children throwing Molotov cocktails. It is unhealthy and needs to be ended.

The separation fence and checkpoints, those enclosures of barbed wire turning Israel into a Jewish ghetto from which no one goes out and to which no one comes in, are a disaster. First, they are a political statement of our borders: they make it out as if there were a distinction between the territories within the 1949 Armistice Line and the territories retaken in 1967. They cover up the truth that both are equally the parts of the Land of Israel, which G-d has promised us throughout all the Torah. Second, they are antithetical to Jewish resurgence, that “Out of the Galut” mentality that underlay Secular Zionism and not just Religious Zionism. Jabotinsky’s call for an Iron Wall ensuring peace between the Jews of Israel and their non-Jewish enemies is better than the proposition that talks could achieve that, but it isn’t good enough. Walls (and fences) are the signs of siege, of a people huddled inside an enclosure, just waiting for it to be breached (which is what happened on the 17th of Tammuz). The defensive posture, unless it is a short-term tactic for the sake of long-term strategic gain, is a grave mistake. We did not return to our land after 2,000 years for that kind of existence.

The solution? From 1993 for over a decade, one proposition was tried, and found to fail: land for peace. 1967 territories to the Arabs, 1949 Armistice Line territories to the Jews, and they lived happily ever after. Trouble is, they didn’t: the reason the separation fence had to be constructed at all was that the other side never maintained a separation between the two territories. The other side, it seems, has been more faithful to G-d’s words about the Land of Israel than we have. Again and again, HaShem sends enemies upon us to bring us back to the right path. The Father chastises His beloved son. Nor has world opinion stayed the same: taking hold more and more, with each passing day, is the idea that Israel was a wrong and injustice from the start, a “white settler colony”, an “apartheid regime”, even a “Nazi-like enterprise” (may G-d burn those tongues who say those things).

The Muslims in both 1967 and 1949 territories have been, as G-d promised, harassing us in the land where we dwell. One of the shocks of the October 2000 uprising (the Al-Aqsa Intifada) was to see the Arabs within 1949 territories joining those of the 1967 territories in the riots. The documents demanding (demanding!) that the state of Israel relinquish its Jewish character are the final straw. They don’t even hide their intentions anymore! Just as G-d said: whichever of them we have left in the Land of Israel, out of mercy and heeding world opinion, have turned to be those who make our life perilous every day, a constant threat hanging over us.

Our leaders cannot go on with the same lines of the halcyon days of Oslo, but their “updated visions” are little better. A recent proposal, endorsed by a few Religious Zionist leaders as well, is to resettle the “Palestinian refugees” in Jordan, in an agreement which the “Palestinians” would accept voluntarily. Pipe dreams again. Not to mention that parts of the state of Jordan are within the boundaries of the Land of Israel, so that proposal goes against G-d’s commands too. There was no halakhic problem in giving back Sinai to Egypt; there is a problem in giving Gaza, Judea, Samaria or the Gilead to non-Jews. All the leaders seem to be in agreement in planning for a long war, a war of immense duration by necessity. See how, in their considerations of hostage exchanges, all sides of the debate proceed from the assumption that the war with Hamas and further hostage-takings (G-d forbid) will necessarily go on. But this is the thinking of unbelievers.

It is not necessary! If but we let go of the consideration of world opinion, and of the irrational fear of the International Court of “Justice” in the Hague, where self-appointed humans judge other humans without any solid basis, we could end this predicament entirely, within a few months! By expelling all the Muslims from the Land of Israel, most of our current woes would vanish like a bad dream.

We would no longer have to fear about hostages, for there would be no one to take hostages from us; our sons serving in the army would do the real work of soldiers, the work of fighting against armies and not grappling with unscrupulous guerrilla fighters, up to the day that there would be no longer need for an army at all; our civilian women and children would be able to roam the streets without fear, and to travel freely from any part to any part of the Land of Israel; economic prosperity would hit the roof, for there would be no enemy to vandalize what we have built, and no foreign investors would avoid our country on the grounds of security fears; overall, the losses from such a move, if any (a few weeks of international condemnation, I guess), would pale in comparison to the gains.

What is it about the G-d’s commands in Parashat Mas’ei that has so many people, even Religious Zionists, flinching from it? They keep the Sabbath, they try to prevent “Gay Pride” events from being held in G-d’s City, they hold debates about how best to observe the coming Sabbatical Year, but the command to expel all our enemies from the Land of Israel is a “fringe belief”?! The eyes can see how much we are losing because of our lack of heed to that explicit command.

The situation is mirrored in the whole world, in the form of the misnamed “Global War on Terror”: the rounds of appeasement, even unto dropping out “offensive terms”, as well as constant accommodation of the Muslims’ demands, is only making them more belligerent, for they give them confirmation that jihad pays. All these missteps, just in order not to be “racist”. Were the Muslims to be expelled from all their host non-Muslim countries, the current woes would vanish like a bad dream: no longer the fear of terrorist attacks, no longer the tortuous waits and checks at the airport, no longer the heavy expenditures for monitoring possible threats, and no longer the “racial tensions” which are in reality nothing but clashes between Muslim colonials and those who resist them. For the non-Jews, too, the solution is close at hand, if only the mentality of “death before considered a racist” were abandoned.

One could say G-d has brought this situation in globally in order that the world would one day understand and sympathize with us Jews in Israel, but I disagree: after all, Spain’s construction of a separation fence in Gibraltar to keep away illegal imm… uh, I mean, undocumented residents from Morocco doesn’t stop the Spaniards from criticizing Israel for its separation fence. No, it is the opposite: with the observation that events in Israel usually presage those of the rest of the world (Islamic terrorism being one of the prominent exhibits), it is only after we finally embark on doing the right thing that the rest of the world will follow suit. Whatever the case is going to be, world reaction should not even be in the list of our considerations.

For we know Who really is in charge of the world. He has spoken clearly in His word: when the Jews return to the land He has given them, the Land of Israel, they are to expel all those who form an opposition to the idea that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jews. We should have done that in 1947–9, but what is past is past; let us, therefore, do it soon. May HaShem replace our current leaders with Torah-believing ones soon, amen.

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Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

in the form of the misnamed “Global War on Terror”: the rounds of appeasement, even unto dropping out “offensive terms”, as well as constant accommodation of the Muslims’ demands, is only making them more belligerent, for they give them confirmation that jihad pays....exactly...all we do is embolden them more and more and more..well said my friend!!!

July 08, 2007 9:59 PM  
Blogger Bar Kochba said...

Its a shame that the Orthodox establishment turns Judaism into a religion that is relegated to synagogues and yeshivot rather than brining Torah into the government.

July 08, 2007 11:47 PM  
Blogger ZionistYoungster said...

Hi, Bar Kochba!

In my opinion, as a former secular Jew, this is an area where the religious must tread carefully. Instituting Torah law on the Jews of Israel in a top-down fashion is not desirable, because a sizable portion of them are secular. Internecine warfare, the reason for the destruction of the Second Temple, must be avoided as best as that can be done.

I set store on the bottom-up change in Jewish society. One positive development I've brought up a few times is the opting of many Jews, including secular Jews, to settle their legal issues in rabbinical courts, because of their being untouched by the Politically Correct legislation that has plagued secular law all over the world. I opine that we must be patient and let such changes take their course, until one day all the Jews gladly and willingly accept the rule of Torah. This reception, out of love, will be the best way, and the most pleasing unto HaShem, for rebuilding the Temple, speedily in our days, amen.

In the meantime, there is one area in which top-down change wouldn't disturb secular Jews one tiny bit: the military. Abandoning the insane UN-authored Rules of Engagement in favor of a military based on Torah rules of warfare is something very few Jews in Israel would oppose. The disillusionment from the kid-gloves treatment of the enemy has all but done away with the patience of Jews toward the milquetoast rules of engagement.

I think it is of great importance for us--and this will bli neder be in a future post--to embark on the process of mainstreaming expulsionism in the Israeli Jewish public. We're halfway to victory in that the public no longer believes in peace through negotiations and concessions, but now the public is left in the limbo of the prospect of "War Without End". Expulsionism needs to be publicized as a way out of the predicament and into lasting peace.

HaShem bless you.

July 09, 2007 12:20 AM  
Blogger Bar Kochba said...

I agree completely with you. We should resist all religious coercion but should seek a cultural revolution which will bring Torah mainstream.

July 10, 2007 7:22 AM  
Anonymous Dr C. Riyal Kilah said...

Dear WHT,
Yes we MUST abandon offensive terms. Let me tell you why.

Today, I have come home from the hospital feeling very upset. All the radiation sources have disappeared from the oncology department - probably those Buddhists up to their tricks again.

The kaffir hospital management (Inshallah may they soon die of strange, undiagnosable ailments and be replaced by Islamic brothers) called an emergency meeting addressed by a kaffir police officer .

This institutionally-racist representative of the oppressive Zionist-Crusader alliance said that the radiation sources could be "Used by terrorists to make a dirty bomb".

I was extremely hurt and distressed by this statement. I forcefully pointed out that there is no such thing as a terrorist - Gordon Brown (pbuh) has said so. The word 'terrorist' is hate speech - it is a racist term of abuse used by bigots, Islamophobes and BNP supporters (Inshallah may they find themselves upon our operating tables tended by Muslim anaesthetists) to vilify peaceful Muslims.

I have written to Sir Ian B.Liar demanding the officer's dismissal and prosecution for racist verbal assault. I intend to sue the Metropolitan Police for the post-traumatic emotional stress this appalling incident has caused me, and will continue to cause me for the next fifty years. I have been examined by four independent Muslim psychiatrists who will vouch for my mental suffering (I'll accept an out of court settlement of £500, 000 in a five-way split, Inshallah)

I just hope I've recovered enough by next week to be able to attend the annual dinner of the Muslim Medical Malpractitioners' Association. My colleague Dr Aggun I. Singh-Deth will be receiving the Dr Josef Mengele (pbuh) Prize for innovation in surgical procedures, and I am due to give a presentation on performance evaluation for our new Dr Harold Shipman (pbuh) Award for meeting mortality rate targets (One point for a standard kaffir, two for a dancing slag, three for a Jew, four for an Islamophobic blogger, five for an apostate and 100 for Sir Salman Rushdie).

I must finish now, as night has fallen and I have noticed a strange green light in the back of my car. Probably glowworms.

Dr C. Riyal Kilah
Muslim Medical Malpractitioners Association
'You'll need more than an apple a day to keep us away' TM

July 11, 2007 2:51 AM  
Anonymous Dr C. Riyal Kilah said...

Following recent adverse reactions in Glasgow, Muslim doctors should perhaps avoid Scotland and consider relocating to Wales.

Wales is a land of opportunity and reservoirs. It is the ideal place for a young Muslim doctor with an interest in microbial pathogens to gain his first practical experience.

However, as well as opportunities there are risks, such as the dangers of seduction by the lustful Welsh sheep, goats and cows. Muslim pedoetricians should also be warned about the sex-mad Welsh toddlers who will lead them astray and then complain to their Islamophobic parents that the doctor has been experimenting with unusual physiotherapeutic techniques.

But most importantly everyone, especially the trainee doctors, must be made aware of the filthy Kuffar slags known as nurses.

My Muslim colleagues - Dr Leeth al-Dohs, Dr Homi Saeed and Dr Aggun I. Singh-Deth - received an invitation from the dirty-dancing clitorally-intact nurse bints to attend a disco where these gyrating slags pulsate their uncovered meat to the lustful rhythms of their accursed infidel music.

(Please excuse me a moment while I massage my trouser-minaret. - Ahhhh... that's better!!!!)

I was unable to attend because I was involved in certain experiments regarding new uses for nitroglycerin, Dr Leeth al-Dohs was working on Kuffar infant mortality, Dr Homi Saeed was spending most of his time in the microbiology lab following the untimely deaths of his two technicians, and Dr Aggun I. Singh-Deth was busy in the hospital dispensary relabelling the harmaceutical products.

Luckily, Dr Homi Saeed's younger brother, Sewi, said he would go to the disco, and had a special jacket made for the occasion, full of king-sized Lebanese party-poppers. He said he expects have a good bang with the nurses before the night is over.

- Dr C. Riyal Kilah
Secretary, Muslim Medical Malpractitioners' Association

July 11, 2007 2:56 AM  
Anonymous Dr C. Riyal Kilah said...

On behalf of the Muslim Medical Malpractitioners Association I am most happy to keep you aware of the contribution that Muslim doctors make to the British National Health Service.

We are fully committed to cradle-to-grave healthcare (preferably with as few intermediate stages as possible) and are involved in many innovative developments.

For example, an ambulance, since it is an emergency vehicle, can gain access to areas which would be closed to other traffic. This has prompted Dr Homi Saeed to develop a new advanced design of ambulance which has a petrol tank with a capacity sufficient for a range of 350,000 miles, and carries no fewer than 50 cylinders of a variety of medical gases including chlorine and phosgene. We are hoping to test it out in the near future once our contacts in the Metropolitan Police have suggested a suitable destination.

Regretably I must go now as I am due to carry out a swabbing and inspection of the non-halal section of the hospital kitchens with my microbiologist colleague Dr Salman Ellah.

- Dr C. Riyal Kilah

July 11, 2007 3:05 AM  
Anonymous Dr C. Riyal Kilah said...

Brothers and sisters are still having problems in Scotland, possibly because
following the recent Zionist attack on Glasgow airport, many Scots believe that Muslims were responsible.

Part of this misunderstanding may arise from deliberate Jewish-inspired misinterpratations of the Holy Qu'ran, which as we all know can only be fully understood in the original Arabic.

I have consulted my three learned medical colleagues, Dr Homi Saeed, Dr Leeth al-Dohs and Dr Aggun I. Singh-Deth, who are fluent in Arabic, and they inform me that the following verses are often musunderstood:

Qu' ran 5:33 The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and His messenger and strive after corruption in the land will be that they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land. Such will be their degradation in the world, and in the Hereafter theirs will be an awful doom" is a rather poetic way of saying

"Do not do to another that which would be hurtful to yourself"

Qur'an:9:5: "Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war."
really means
"A stranger is just friend you haven't got to know yet"

Qur'an:9:29 "Fight those who do not believe until they all surrender." could perhaps be best expressed as
"Invite the vicar round for tea"

Qur'an:8:39 "So fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief/non-Muslims) and all submit to the religion of Allah alone." is a traditional Arabic idiom meaning
"Help old ladies cross busy roads"

Qur'an:2:216 "Warfare is ordained for you." is a common misinterpretation of the injunction to
"Be kind to animals and birds"

I could go on and on but unfortunately duty calls. I've got to attend a meeting to investigate the strange dissappearance of all the nitroglycerin from the hospital pharmacy. Must be those pesky Buddhists.

However if any Zionists should ever find themselves admitted to my hospital, I am sure I can make you fully aware of my points, so to speak.

- Dr C. Riyal Kilah
Secretary, Muslim Medical Malpractitioners Association

July 11, 2007 3:24 AM  
Blogger ZionistYoungster said...

Hmmm, is this the commenter "religion of pieces" come back to us? It's funny, anyway. Thanks.

July 11, 2007 9:48 AM  

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