Monday, May 22, 2017

Beware the Terrorists in Diplomatic Clothing


There is still a belief that Fatah is somehow a potential partner in peace. President Trump in Saudi Arabia called Hamas a terrorist group, and yet in policy he has also declared Fatah a potential partner in peace. The sooner the real Fatah is revealed, the sooner real peace can have a chance.

If Fatah does not fully separate from Hamas and it's ways, there is no workable Two State Solution. They have been indistinguishable at times. Finding the true nature of Fatah has to be the main priority. Pressure is meaningless without a mechanism that leads to peace beneath the button to press. That mechanism is sincerity in peace making. The main concern is, is sincerity in peace making present in Fatah or not? That should be the first puzzle that the Administration attempts to solve.

To me it is clear, that Fatah is not a peace partner. They are not founded in improving the plight of their people even as a secondary agenda. Their conception of improving matters for their people is to create a front to hide their true intentions behind. They are not just a bunch of angered people who will calm with enough incentives. They are dedicated to hatred, but to guile as well. Even when not in unity government with Hamas, Fatah have continued indoctrination of their youth in violence. But they also fully understand the concept that one closes their mouth and takes foreign "peace" money even while they preserve their burning lust for bloodshed within. Keeping candies at the ready to distribute in celebration the next time an innocent non Muslim is slain. Yes, in case one did not hear the news, in Fatah controlled areas this recently occurred. Not just by Hamas in Gaza. No different than Hamas. Not just far away, but even on border towns in Samaria.

Reread what you have read in reports about Fatah and Hamas, and remember that "Palestinian Authority" is code word for Fatah, not Hamas unless stated specifically otherwise.  Do all reports only criticize Hamas but also mention "Palestinian Authority" TV indoctrinating evil to the children. Who runs Palestinian TV?  Israel had to destroy broadcast capability 15 years ago, in Fatah's seat of power, Ramallah. Before Gaza fell to Hamas. Think this through. If you longed for independence for your people, and would finally achieve independent authority to do or say what you want, what would the first thing you do be? Wouldn't you want to nurture your people in some way?  Fatah, wanted to instill hatred. FATAH desires hatred rather than improvement for their people. Their leaders aggrandize their lot while they keep their people low. Offer them better services than Hamas, to remain in power, but don't steal away the underpinnings of discontent needed to spark a war or intifada when called for according to the leadership elite of Fatah. Hamas later broadcasted from Gaza after Fatah, FATAH, first taught them how the hatred indoctrination is most properly done!

As long as the Israeli government and the West allow themselves to be deceived by Fatah because they have not considered all the possible one state solutions until a workable one is found, then true peace cannot flourish. But as soon as the truth is confronted, and accepted, the sooner a path to true peace can be found and achieved. May it soon be so, by the grace of God.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Rabbi Benny Elon of Blessed Memory

The passing of Rabbi Benny Elon is difficult for all lovers of Zion. His Jordan is Palestine peace plan was the first famous plan that did not contradict Torah prophecies. That should tell you right there how good he was to both Heaven and people; desiring peace for humans and in a way that did not risk offense to God.

PM Netanyahu said of him, “My wife and I express deep sorrow at the passing of Rabbi Elon, a lover of the land of Israel, a rabbi and educator, former MK. 

"The Rabbi was a man with a pleasant temperament, who worked in his public life both inside and outside the Knesset for the nation of Israel, the Torah of Israel, and the land of Israel. May his memory be a blessing.”

But he was more than that.

Whether or not Rabbi Elon's peace plan becomes the vehicle of the prophesied peace of the future, the outstanding character displayed to publicly stand for a kosher peace plan when everyone else could only talk about how much to divide the Promised Land, is an act of righteousness of historic proportions. It is not an exaggeration to say that he laid a foundation for a peace plan that Moshiach could accept.  A kosher peace idea became a topic of daily discourse in the secular State of Israel because of him. That is bringing the study hall to the street and allowing all to share in the ways of peace that Torah brings with it.

Rabbi Elon was the Abraham of peace planners, the first author of a peace plan who did not wage a secular war against God. The Torah would only be given to Moses, but the first covenant to the Jewish people was given by God to and through Abraham. Rabbi Elon will not only be missed, he is simply irreplaceable.

"The Lord gave and the Lord took, may the name of the Lord be blessed."

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Elements of Peace for Israel


When evaluating peace plans for Israel we need to cover 3 main categories of litmus tests. If we find optimum fulfillment of these values, it is then indicative of a possible plan with real chance of success. These values are, Security, Viability, and Compassion. Security: does it secure real peace. Viability: can it be implemented in actuality. Compassion: do the good people involved still remain good at the end of this or must they compromise their principles in some way, to achieve the greater goal of permanent cession of bloodshed, Or can such noble traits be retained at all if they are not compromised for the greater good.

Security

The most straightforward category given our point in history. History has shown that only with the multi-ethnic IDF in complete control of an area are the rights of all humans in that locale guaranteed. The Palestinian Authority does not pledge rights to Jews, and it does not even guarantee rights to Arabs, especially if they are women and children. The Palestinian Authority has used security control more to further terrorism, than combat it. Territory that was entrusted to them are being used as cities of refuge for terror. The IDF therefore must have control for any peace plan to work.

Viability

If the Palestinian Authority which is essentially a sub entity governor body of the State of Israel, cannot be counted on to make a treaty for the benefit of it's own citizens, then surely another country such as the Kingdom of Jordan is unlikely to take in millions of immigrant Palestinian Arabs, as part of any peace plan. Unilateral control must be retained for a chance at workable political viability. Therefore any plan that depends on a Jordan is Palestine kind of doctrine, is a roadblock to peace making in actuality. Jordan is Palestine covers a lot of the bases of what you want in a peace plan, but it does not deliver peace, due to lack of viable implementation options in real terms.

Compassion

One should not make good people homeless. You can't evict all the Jews from the territories, nor all the innocent Arabs, and still remain the same compassionate democratic state that Israel is today. Neither can Israel whose soul is resting upon the Holy Words of the Torah, forsake land that God gave her via that Torah. So this indicates the need for A) a One State Solution with annexation followed by naturalization of all good people West of the River Jordan. Yet it would be discompassionate to naturalize terrorists as well. Like locking wild animals in within a fence containing children. Only the innocent would suffer if terrorists were trusted like good people dedicated to civilization building. Therefore, B) an exclusion of terrorists from the future united State of Israel would allow a unified state dedicated to truth, justice and the Israeli way. Not only terrorists, C) even codependents to terror are not eligible for naturalization to the State of Israel, unless they renounce terror as an option, and jihad as a goal and agree to join Israel in helping to continue to make a peaceful and vibrant nation for citizens of all races and ethnicities.

There must be no racial discrimination.
 Evaluation and potential rejection of applicants to naturalization should be based exclusively on their willingness or lack thereof to be civilization builders. Those who would nihilistically prefer everything to crumble so they could get their way, are not possible candidates to join a civilized nation.

For too long many peace plan ideas from the political left felt that a failure to surrender, trade, or otherwise sacrifice an aspect of who Israel is, their heritage, would be a failure to retain their humanity. But the opposite is the case. By seeking what Israel must give up, the question of what Israel must retain never entered the forefront of the conversation on peacemaking. That was the final philosophical leap necessary before true and enduring peace could be brought to the Middle East. Only through compassionate strength could peace be brought to a region with too many bullies.

Demographic concerns are mitigated by two main factors to the peace that I am suggesting. One, many Arabs do not qualify for citizenship under these above stated guidelines so the number of applicants to naturalize is significantly lower than previous projections. Two, a slow but sure staggered transition period toward full citizenship will allow immigration rates of foreign born Jews to mitigate any significant change to electoral balance within the State of Israel.

This is the Everyone Wins Peace Plan that God blessed me to compose nine years ago. If this is the preferred method for peace, by Heaven and the people, may it soon be accepted by the leadership in the State of Israel. May it soon be so, by the grace of God.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Arabic Naturalization is Not Prelude to Destruction


Not all Arabs in the disputed territories are the problem. A right wing plan that calls for relocating all Arabs in a Kahane-esque manner is not the correct solution. By placing pressure on the innocent among the Arabs to relocate as well, that implies that they too are the problem. But really it is terrorists that are the problem. They and a lack of willingness on the part of the Knesset to annex and take full responsibility for that which belongs to Israel. The gradual annexation process suggested by the likes of Dr. Martin Sherman, I agree with, but I call for the addition of allowing for innocent Arabs to keep their homes and placing a filter to remove the terrorists.

Peace is not built on fueling societal discontent, but removing the barriers towards satisfaction of the peace loving masses on both sides of a conflict.

Removal of terrorists and their supporters from the naturalization option, and the result would be to make it a smaller naturalization process than implied and not as fearsome to consider, thus the assertion that it is a road to certain demographic doom is unfounded, in my opinion.

Some may look to a million Muslim migrants flooding into Germany and France as reason to not compromise from the absolute stance against allowing Arabs to remain in the territories.

But the Arabs are already there, if the naturalization is staged and filtered, and there are not hate-filled Arabs remaining, then there is no correlation with the German and French models. Reject citizenship to anarchists, but keep civilization builders. The good Arabs will help Israel, not be a burden.

Terrorists need to go. Compensation or no. Societal codependents to terror, who refuse peace, can be relocated under a method such as the Kahane style compensation plan Dr. Sherman suggests. But good people should not be expelled from their homes. Jew or Arab alike.

Post filtration of terrorists and their supporters, a majority of Arabs may not remain in the land, but the righteous and innocent minority should have their rights protected. For civilization to progress, good people must have their rights protected.

Must all roses be destroyed if they be found on thorn bushes? Rather, even the thorn bush should be spared if that is what keeps the roses healthy. If policy to good people is the same as the consequences given to supporters of terror, justice is surely lacking.  Israel does not need to forsake justice to gain security and peace. Indeed it must not.

Our mutual forefather Abraham prayed for mercy for sinful cities, if only a few righteous be found among them. We cannot consider a policy of quickly removing Arabs LEST we find righteous among them. That is not the legacy of Abraham, that is not who we are, and that is not what we should do.

As to the misinterpretation by some on the right that Talmudic law prohibits keeping the innocent among the Arabs, apparently based on some things that Rabbi Meir Kahane wrote. Please allow me to reassure, it is not a hindrance to naturalization, as I previously discussed 8 years ago on my blog. Whereas creation of a terrorist state from out of parcels of the Holy Land, however, would violate the prohibition (of Lo Techanem). Therefore, naturalizing innocent Arabs is kosher, giving terrorists strategic footholds in your land is not.

May this realization spread fully among those in the political right of Israel that do not yet accept this. May this soon be so, by the grace of God.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Israel Has a Right to Build in Judea and Samaria


Israel is the owner of Judea and Samaria, aka the West Bank, under International Law. Israel tried but did not succeed to give most of it away. Unless Israel does give it away, it has a clear mandate to build as it sees fit. How can Israel make any decision if it allows other governments to sway it's every micro decision.

As I wrote nine years ago, Israel has full rights, but has allowed current residents both Jews and Arabs to define the nature of the land. By only making natural changes based on population growth of Jews and Arabs in these territories, Israel is preserving the status quo. At this stage in history, however, one must ask why keep the status quo of accepting terrorists as pretend diplomats as an equal counterpart to Israeli settlers who have a natural mandate to settle where they wish within context of local property rights. Israel is not administering law and order to these territories. Neither could one in all honesty say that the terroristic Palestinian Authority is either. The Palestinian Authority has guns and Israel stays out of their way. In America we call that a street gang that the police are not cracking down on, not a legal government of a nation with equal rights.

Israel has superior rights to the land of Israel. It would have to give up those rights to mitigate that under International Law. They have not; so the rights to build where they please remain.

A right for Israel to build remains.

The current status quo is inherently laissez-fair where Israel needs to be commanding, weak where Israel needs to be strong, codependent to terror, where Israel needs to bring the Torah of Sinai to bear and not allow murders a city of refuge; rather, give refuge to the innocent and the righteous of Jews and Arabs alike.

The mishandling of the unauthorized settlement of Amona underscores the danger of this status quo. Spiritually speaking, it also creates more unhealthy pressure against the State of Israel. Israel was tacitly allowed to build as they liked in the first week of President Trump's administration. The moment they were cruel to settlers, lo and behold, they are told to limit their building plans in the territories again. No coincidence there.

You only have to go to court if you don't want to compromise. By failing to find a compromise with the residents of Amona, Israel has failed to retain control of their own territory, this time giving over control not to a peace process, but to a court order. If for example any residents that are accused of squatting were allowed to promise to pay double market value to remain on the disputed territory, how many property owners would disagree about compromising? Not enough was done to keep this out of court, and keep it from getting out of control. And now Israel is reliving the nightmare of the Gush Katif evacuation, and suddenly Trump's spokesman sounds not much different than Obama's.

Israel needs to never again evacuate Jewish communities from the land upon which they live.

Never again.

If Amona was such a mistake, how did all those homes and buildings get built in the first place? Laissez-fair where there needs to be control. Cruel where there needs to be mercy. Seeking a deal with nations where there needs to be internal decision making.

We need rulers who do not merely speak politely about sages, but wisely pursue policy like them as well.

If the current government would blame this all on pressure from the Obama Administration. Then from now on, we can expect and rightly demand only wise, merciful and coherent policy from the Netanyahu Administration. If they would show wisdom in their policies, then the time to begin is now.

May the wise soon rule over Israel and the reign of fools come to an end. May it soon be so, by the grace of God.


Friday, January 20, 2017

UN Resolution 2334

The attempt to stop building within the capital of the State of Israel, known as UN Resolution 2334, is an illegal resolution that should be ignored. Could we accept Zionism equals racism? Neither can we accept this assault on the city of Zion itself. Likewise, this resolution should and must also be repealed. Jerusalem is a human right of the Jewish people. There can be no negotiations that deny that as a starting point.

The Holy Temple that Jews pray 3 times daily for it to be rebuilt stood in Eastern Jerusalem. The Palace of King David stood there. No city of Palestinian Arabs ever existed there. By the grace of God, the League of Nations granted it. The State of Israel annexed it long ago. The reasons are multifarious why the resolution is wrong, the reasons in favor of the resolution are either based on romanticism in peacemaking or downright hatred.

John Kerry claimed that Israel was in danger of becoming a Unitary State. Essentially he was saying that the Obama Administration had to put a diplomatic threat looming over Israel lest it become a state just like... France or the UK.?!?

Yes, France, the UK, Spain and Japan are all examples of Unitary States. It is the normative form of government in the world today.

Is this Kerry statement an intended contempt for most of our allies or merely utter foolishness? Either way, there were a lot of words put out to explain this resolution, though none of them were about justice, and there was no logical foundation from a perspective of the rights of Israel or the pursuit of true peace.

Neither did this resolution comply fully with the very charter of the UN itself.  Can a band of nomads move to the Ural mountains and claim it for themselves? Would Russia lose it's historic core lands merely because such nomads had allies at the UN. The very charter of the UN was built to not allow that. This exception to the rule (
Resolution 2334) is dangerous for all countries and should not remain active not only for Israel's sake. As I wrote previously
"It is not logical to argue that the framers of the United Nations intended to create institutionalized chaos in contradiction to half of the principles the entire organization is predicated upon."

You do not have to say that Obama hates Israel. Perhaps it was a romanticized view of the two state solution that America's ally PM Rabin had died for.  But it is an unworkable notion that has brought death an misery in its wake, not peace, nor even the hope of true peace. Many have died during the two decades of the Oslo Accords. The only way to end that cycle, the only way forward is without the Two State, anti solution.

You may argue that there are Israeli political movements still attached to a two state solution. Then can we agree that it should be the choice of Israelis on what direction they should go? Not if you respect Resolution 2334. Only if you do not can you still choose one or two state solutions. Otherwise it is not longer about your choices any longer, is it? Reject the decree.  Under International Law, it cannot override Israeli Jus Cogens.


But I would argue, consider the source of this, and that this is a major proof that a two state solution is completely misguided at this stage of matters, with the Palestinian Authority's history of being a nemesis, not a partner towards peace. Strengthening a nemesis will not bring peace, only the strengthening of a nemesis. Why does the PLO still bother Israel? Because Israel chose to pursue a two state solution with unrepentant terrorist leaders in diplomatic clothing. That is the core of this, and support of a two state solution at this stage of things is inherently wrong.

It's not about what you ideally want to do, it's about the consequences of such actions under the circumstances. As if to practice codependency to terrorists. It's not good for Israel to create such a neighbor. It's even worse for the Arabs living under such a regime. Don't allow international pressure to make you support such evil injustice.

Get yourself far from the edge of that precipice and come back towards safety. May it soon be so, by the grace of God.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Response to the Illegal UN Declaration


In the waning days of the Obama Administration, the UN Security Council preposterously declared that settlements, if they are Jewish and in historic Jewish lands, are illegal. This distortion of truth is not in sync with International Law, nor with the UN's own charter. Some on the right have called for an escalation of building activity to answer this UN declaration. But the best response is simply to realize that the answers to peace in Israel have always been within.


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International Law

In chapter 1, article 2:4 of the UN charter, states are not supposed to be bullied.
"All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations."

A reminder that Israel is a state, and the Palestinian Authority is not.  Only Israel can compel itself to potentially give up any part of their land for it to be considered Arabic, it cannot be forced or threatened to be forced from them. Unless such a complete transfer via treaty is enacted by Israel, there is no legal recourse under International Law for such pressure.

Unlike principle 2:7 of chapter 1 of the charter, this is not subject to security council review and is binding upon the United Nations members even if a rogue security council should vote foolishly one day. There is no clear and present danger to Palestinian Arabs that would justify security council involvement, on the contrary, Israel has been attacked tens of thousands of times.

All this, even as the Palestinian Authority continues to defy the very intentions of the UN as mentioned in chapter 1 article 1 of the UN charter by refusing to recognize a Jewish state of Israel.

It is not logical to argue that the framers of the United Nations intended to create institutionalized chaos in contradiction to half of the principles the entire organization is predicated upon. That a security council can be justified to practice xenophobic policy about any race or ethnicity as this decree and too many similar general assembly resolutions can only be described as an assault against the Jews of the State of Israel. This decree therefore is not a law.

Though the decree is not a law, the concept of security council decrees being view as automatic declarations of International Law is a reality. So out of context, we should be wary to not allow enemies to use it as a potential justification for escalation of violence against Israel. We must confront the perception of this decree being viewed as legal, even though it clearly is not.


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A Torah Based Response

Applying the wisdom of Rashi on Proverbs chapter 26: "Do not answer a fool according to his folly lest even you become like him. Answer a fool according to his folly lest he be wise in his sight."
   Rashi: Do not answer a fool: with words of quarrel and contention lest you become like him. Do not answer: in a matter in which you will become like him if you answer him. Answer a fool: in a matter in which he will be wise in his sight if you do not answer him.

This means, answering the fool must 1) not make you act foolish, and 2) lead to him thinking he is right.

So as a policy 1) In other words, we do not do a tit for tat reaction in the very area they are most aggravated in,

2) The UN is no longer a body that can offer sound advice on how to fix the situation, so bilateral or unilateral options from now on, but no longer multilateral.

If the fool decides to preemptively decide that he is wise in his own sight no matter what you do, then there is no point to answer him.

In other words, we do not become involved in a tit for tat retaliation, but a realization that attempting to please the UN has been the single greatest delay to peacemaking in the Middle East. It's not about 242 any longer or 338 or any other number they pull out of their hats, it is the question of how to bring peace when the leaders on the other side prefer bloodshed. In other words, a withdrawal of sharing responsibility for peacemaking with them. They went too far from logic and justice, we just can't keep involving them if there is ever to be peace.

YET, we should not go wildly unilateral at this time, We should find independence from UN interference, but not seek chaotic moves that could provoke more and more attention than necessary.

Whether Israel annexes some or all of Judea and Samaria down the road, that is not the question for today. The question is, what justification is there to support a terrorist regime as the governors of the Palestinian Arabs? Candidates for a new Palestinian Arabic political leadership council can be collected from among the non violent mayors and lay leaders in Arab towns and a new election can be held. whether they are the next leaders of a potential country or the leaders of a naturalization movement into the State of Israel can be answered another day.

We must not make the foolish side seem right in their own eyes, and merely because a more normal President is in office, start making unilateral moves. Rather we must de-escalate the blood-lust this evil decree has stirred in the Arab world and first ensure that no nation is on the brink of attack because they feel they are justified by this decree. First disprove the bad decree by making peace without UN interference, and then do what you wish in your land, this way or that, it is your choice, even according to the UN's own charter.

Trying to seek revenge against the United Nations, is foolish. We need to have more wisdom reach practical peacemaking efforts in the Middle East, if there is to be peace in the region. May it soon be so, by the grace of God.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Re-centralization of Halachah Essential to the Mission of Judaism


A thing in the Torah that I did not understand when I first read it as a young lad. In Parshas Netsavim, (Deut. 30: 12 & 13) Moshe Rabbeinu says that the Torah is not in the Heavens, and in the next verse, not over the sea (that we would have to send someone to get it for us.) If we would have to go to the heavens to get the Torah, kal vechomer, logically there is no need to say we would have to traverse  over the sea. Boats have existed for a long time, even before Moshe Rabbeinu. Spacecraft, only recently. Why did he not reverse that and say, it is not in the sea, and not in the heavens. The first verse refers to the generation of Moshe himself, he personally went to the Heavens to get the Torah. The second verse refers to the generation of Moshiach, where everyone’s rabbi speaks his own version of halachah and a ruling may be found on this or that side of the sea.

Assuming actual halachah is being spoken by a random rav, we can say eilu veeilu Divrey Elokim Chayim, these and these are the Words of the the Living God. But when those words contradict, what is going on may be the Words of God, but not the intent of God’s law, which would be one law for the stranger and the resident in the land. Sometimes there are strict rules or lenient ones that are suspended in midair, due to the power of poskim to change the way God’s world is run. But when the very rules divide rather than unite, the intention behind HaShem’s law is not being fulfilled. All of those congregations are fully religious and God fearing, and yet they follow 3 different rulings that allow no room for the other. It is no longer loshon hora that is the main cause of our nation’s strife, and exile, but also a symptom of the times. No longer are we in a position where we only need to repent and God will redeem, but we are at a crossroad and do not know which direction to go as a collective. Without redemption, we cannot achieve the full unity we need as a people in our time.

We need a single united assembly of halachic deciders, like the knesses hagedolah (Great Assembly) in ancient times, to put our nation back on one path again. Is a smart phone essential for business, is it a tool of the Satan? Is this eruv a source of unity or spiritual destruction to our people? We don’t need to vote, we only need to know what the Will of our Creator truly is, and we would follow it. That is the only way to win such a dispute.

We are bidden repeatedly in Tanach to not veer to the left or right from the Torah. Nowadays it’s like there is also an up or down by some rabbis, and new authorities are trying to put in diagonal ways as well. Therefore I say, the real tool of the Satan in our time is the decentralization of Torah authority. If the law is really more like the Chareidi Rabbis or the Modern Rabbis, or somewhere in between, so be it. We will not engage in activity of insulting the other side and making the Satan rejoice in our strife. We only need know the direction that our beloved Creator truly wishes us to go and there we shall.

May HaShem please send Moshiach ben David to bring back to our people this precious proactive unity in Halachah, without delay. Hashiveinu HaShem Eilecha, venashuvah, chadeish yamainu, kekedem, Bring us back to You, O God, and we will return, renew our days, as of old. Amain.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Temple Mount is the Heart of Judaism


In reaction to the UNESCO's assault on Jewish rights to the Temple Mount:

"The Temple Mount and Western Wall are obviously the seat of Judaism throughout history. A World government respects and upholds International Law. A wayward International Organization, not a governmental body, makes meaningless decrees like this one. 

This weak attempt at redefining history is not only one of the worse blatant frauds ever attempted, but any attempt to remove the Temple Mount from the Jews is an assault on the Jewish faith itself. A violation of their freedom of religion. 

There is no conception of sanctuary in Judaism outside of the Temple Mount. Synagogues are called, "Small Temples" in Talmudic law. An attempt to bring some of the holiness of the Temple Mount to the worshipers who can't go to the real Temple.  It is the heart of Judaism, the seat of it's connection between Heaven and Earth. The interface to imbue humanity with Godliness still flows from there, even today, in Jewish belief. The towering preexisting holiness in that sacred place overrides foreign worshipers and stone throwers that may frequent there today, and brings blessing to the world regardless." 


~ Rabbi Professor Alan Friedlander

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Arutz 7 reported:

The UN passed a resolution Thursday denying the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. The resolution was supported by 24 states, including Russia and China. 6 countries opposed and 26 abstained.The resolution maintains that the Western Wall and Temple Mount will be referred to by their Arabic names and the Hebrew terms for the sites will only appear in quotation marks in UN references.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu made the following statement at the beginning of the Bible study group at Prime Minister's residence:​​
"The UNESCO theater of the absurd continues. 
Today that organization adopted another delusional decision that states that the Jewish People have no connection to the Temple Mount or the Western Wall. 
Even if they do not read the Bible, I would suggest that UNESCO members visit the Arch of Titus in Rome. The Arch shows what the Romans brought back to Rome after they destroyed and looted the Second Temple on the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago. There, engraved on the Arch of Titus, is the seven-branched menorah that is the symbol of the Jewish People, and today is the symbol of the State of Israel. 
Soon, UNESCO will decide that Emperor Titus engaged in Zionist propaganda. 
To say that Israel has no connection to the Temple Mount is like saying that China has no connection to the Great Wall of China or that Egypt has no connection to the pyramids. With this absurd decision, UNESCO has lost the modicum of legitimacy it had left. 
But I believe that historical truth is stronger and that truth will prevail. And today we are dealing with the truth." 
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Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Hotovely responded regarding today's (13 October) decision of UNESCO's Executive Board: 
"The Executive Board of UNESCO has disgraced its international mandate in this politicized and distorted resolution. The fact that more states abstained than supported the resolution underscores the deep reservations of many states with regard to this shameful resolution. The countries that supported this resolution have lent their voice to the lie propagated by the Palestinians that the Temple Mount is an exclusively Islamic site. This falsification of history is an affront to the ancient Jewish and Christian connections to Jerusalem."

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Some 26 nations abstained from the vote and two were absent all together. 
The six countries who voted in support of Israel were: the United States, Great Britain, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Germany and Estonia.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Redemption Without Cataclysm


There is debate among rabbis whether the main violence of the Final War of Gog and Magog has already occurred since the start of World War 1, or not. There is room to interpret that there could be a cataclysm before the final redemption. There is room to interpret that all such major tribulations have already been fulfilled.

The synchronicity where HaShem/God has set up the potential for redemption without travails or redemption only through further suffering, is apparent. God, in His infinite wisdom, found a way to allow for every potential spiritual choice of humankind and still give the world a chance at redemption without further suffering, or the opposite if the wrong choices would be made.

Since God is holding the door of mercy open for us, it would behoove us to participate in His preferred plan of proactive mercy, and do all the mitsvos we can to enable a peaceful resolution to all conflicts in the world without devastation.

After a series of world wars in the first half of the 20th Century, people got used to the idea that cataclysm is predestined. But it isn't, there is no commandment of cataclysm.  It is only that the possibility is allowed for. The prophets often spoke in allegories, and by Talmudic principle, only positive prophecies must occur, negative prophecies need not, people can repent, as the city of Nineveh did, and not be destroyed, even if the only good they ever did was that unified penance, God in His endless mercy will find a way to save. If we "allow" for it with our choices.

God humbly awaits our choices, and has advised us with many messengers and many ways, please choose what is right. So we should.

The main thing is to do our best to serve HaShem/God in every way we can according to the Torah from Sinai, and the traditions of the prophets as recorded in the Talmud.

This explains why many rabbis such as the Lubavitcher Rebbe said that in our generation(s) we are not in need of moshiach ben Yosef, the messiah who primarily wages war, we now need only moshiach ben David, the messiah who primarily brings peace. This also explains why the rabbis say we need a yeshua (salvation) more than a geulah (redemption). Because if we repent and improve sufficiently, the positive prophecies will not be delayed, and then the salvation would spur on an immediate final redemption. Once the final redemption occurs, the possibility for cataclysm by human hands will forever end.

Thus the Talmudic perspective is, sufficient repentance leads to the salvation promised in the Tanach, and that salvation leads to redemption without further cataclysm.

Since it is a possibility that this is in our hands to do, shouldn't we do our best to try to make sure that it can happen?

Therefore do not give up until HaShem sends our righteous moshiach to build the Holy Temple on its mountain in our days.

May it soon be so, B'Ezras HaShem Yisborach, by the grace of God.



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Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av, 5776.

Friday, July 29, 2016

A Summary of the Everyone Wins Peace Plan


HaShem/God blessed me to compose the Everyone Wins peace plan 8 years ago.  With the new Republican platform allowing for a One State solution, it would seem appropriate to restate the key aspects of this plan. The truly best one state solution is different from other one state solutions. This essay is a restatement of what it is and a description of what it is not.

The "Kulam Marvichim", "Everyone Wins" Peace Plan requires the tying of Judean and Samarian (West Bank)/Gaza Arabic naturalization rates to the immigration rates of foreign born Jews. Whereas previous one state solutions called for relocating masses of people. This plan calls for no segregation whatsoever. Nobody has to give up their homes, neither Jews nor Arabs, only terrorists. Palestinians slowly but surely become complete Israelis without overwhelming the Israeli economy and infrastructure.

That means democracy without tyrannical leaders for the Arabs. Improved economic opportunity for Arabs without the need for any new infrastructure to power it.  And, of course, peace for Israel.

Peace plans offered by Labor, Kadima and Likud have all failed to sway me. The current Knesset's direction is toward Palestinian Autonomy, which in my mind is a guaranteed limit to security (making zones the IDF could not travel at will) as well as a hasbara nightmare. The two main alternatives to the Everyone Wins peace plan that could actually resolve the matter, that are currently popular, are the Jordan is Palestine peace plan of former MK Rabbi Elon and the annex Judea and Samaria plan of Jerusalem Post editor, Caroline Glick.

A major hurdle before "Jordan is Palestine" is it begins not as a one state solution but depends on the Kingdom of Jordan to first agree with it. One State solutions that do not allow for unilateral implementation of legal options for peace, are at risk to never get off the ground. Relying on political and diplomatic miracles that are not mentioned in the Prophets of Scripture, is unacceptable as policy.

If the opportunity somehow does occur through a diplomatic breakthrough with Jordan, I still do not prefer Jordan is Palestine from the aspect of forcing the good, non terroristic Arabs to lose their homes. If a terrorist should lose their home to a bulldozer, perhaps a non terrorist should not be forced to leave their home, even with compensation, if at all possible. If no other one state solution were possible, this would make sense, and I would support it under such a scenario, for the sake of stopping violence, but as there are other options, I do not actively support Jordan is Palestine as a plan for peace.

The main issues I have with Caroline Glick's proposed plan are that it does not, to my knowledge, demand that current criminals are filtered before given an option to naturalize into Israeli society, and it seems to kick the can of the entire Gaza Strip issue down the road.

I believe that you have to filter out terrorists if you are going to naturalize the Palestinian Arabs. You can't naturalize terrorists. As I wrote before,  "The beginning of peace does not come by the placation of terror; that is it's anathema."

I am also for a more decisive conclusion to the conflict with the Palestinian Arabs that does not allow for war over this issue ever again. As long as Gaza is still out there, what do you think a Hamastan would desire a few years down the road? Not trade and peace, that's for sure. If Fatah could not be trusted for peace, how can you possibly hope to trust Hamas? It seems as if this part of the plan is a manufactured vehicle to avoid naturalizing the Arabs of Gaza, not an actual solution based on a consistent policy. As if it is a straight line to political viability over substantive peace making. If no choice, I would support it to end the violence at least in the heartlands. But what about communities near Gaza like Sderot? How does that help them at all? As we do not need to rely on such a conveniency as this, we should not.

The process of naturalization, I feel, must be as methodical as necessary to not risk Israeli electoral balance or anything else. Using the slow nature of bureaucracy to everyone's benefit, we can reduce dangerous mistakes that could cost bundles of cash, or even lives. Trying to fix it all overnight is not as good as selecting the correct path as soon as possible, but then taking the time to implement it as wisely as possible. 

The Glick plan proposes to save the Arabs of Judea and Samaria from despotic leaders, but abandon their cousins in Gaza to that very fate. It calls for increasing the Arabic voting ratio within "Green Line" Israel, giving them more votes than today, but my Everyone Wins plan calls for maintaining current voting ratio levels in the State of Israel. 

Caroline Glick's proposed plan is very wise in several areas. It is unilateral and does not depend on bilateral negotiations with arch terrorists and their supporters. Or multilateral negotiations as does Jordan is Palestine. It also does not propose to ignore Scriptural "intel" that forewarns the world that Israel is going to have Judean and Samarian ("West Bank") territories no matter what people try to negotiate away, so it prevents running down a diplomatic path that would be doomed to fail from the start. As do Jordan is Palestine and Everyone Wins. It further does not destroy current societal configurations as most other peace plan suggestions of the past would. This is in Judea and Samaria, but Gaza, would remain forbidden to Jews, unlike Jordan is Palestine or Everyone Wins. Most importantly, and similar to, though not as well as Jordan is Palestine or Everyone Wins, it ends the possibility of those territories being used as staging ground for a war against Israel. This is a plan that actually has a chance to work. But for reasons stated, I do not support it as initial policy, only if it would be the only politically viable option.

To sum it up, Everyone Wins is more secure and strong against terror than the Glick plan, and more generous and politically viable than the Elon plan. It's political viability is open to unilateral implementation and not dependent on the whims of other nations.

In the spirit of Avraham Avinu, Abraham our forefather, it seeks to spare the righteous of the Arabs who are scattered among the thorns and keep good families and their friendships and societies intact.

In the spirit of King David, it does not allow the enemies of Israel to get away with it. Everyone Wins filters out terrorists and establishes unfettered rule of law throughout all land West of the River Jordan.

May all who need to understand this, do so, as soon as possible. May it soon be so, b''Ezras HaShem Yisborach, by the grace of God.


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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A Defense of Torah Based Zionism

There are those on the religious right who attack Zionism as being a rebellion against the sages of the 1940's. I previous condemned harshly the Neturei Karta movement as treasonist. But there are also those of that anti Israel perspective in philosophy, only who do not advocate actually supporting Israel's enemies. They think that way, but care too much about people in Israel to encourage terrorists. This essay is a defense of being completely religious AND pro Zionist in the face of that more benign, non treasonist, anti zionist perspective.

Halachic dissent with the government has to be in a respectful Torah way, like many great rabbis in Israel today, but not in the pro terror Neturei Karta way. Policy by policy opposition, but not as attacking an enemy. Such utter vilification is part of the sinas chinum, baseless hatred, that delays Moshiach (messiah).

As with Neturei Karta missionaries, anti Zionists like to quote rabbis from 100 years ago who opposed a philosophy that has little to do with the practical survival of Jews in the Holy Land today. That is due to God, and our faithful adherence to the Torah to the best of our ability. Including the Torah command to not sit idly by the blood of our fellow. That command is part of the halachic reason to support God's angelic army, the IDF, and do nothing to undermine it. A drowning person does not say to a lifeguard, "Stop, get on more clothes before you try to rescue me! You're not modest enough!" So too, we don't demand that the IDF first become completely religious before we stop trying to verbally bash it publicly.

If he who saves one life is like he saves the world, then what kind justification is there for those would would fight hasbara and risk increasing danger to men, women and children by adding moral support to terrorists incidentally while concurrently lowering the esteem of Israel and the IDF.

Metsiyus (actuality) has profound meaning in halachah (Jewish Law).  You can't only quote rabbis from long ago, you need to know the current halachic trend. This trend is only valid if the adherents are utterly dedicated to Talmudic principles. Most but not all Orthodox rabbis fall under this umbrella. Neturei Karta on the right and Open Orthodoxy on the left are examples of halachic deciders outside the bounds of Orthodox adherence to Talmudic law. The halachah follows the majority of kosher Torah sages in each generation.

We must protest outrageous public sin, otherwise it can seem like we are God forbid condoning it, (as per, the Talmud in Shabbos 54b-55a.) The government of Israel is not automatically immune to such protestation. A good Zionist would not want the government to do wrong policy either.

Secular Zionists who are under philosophic attack by this philosophy are often, at least in part, protected in halacha under the rules of “tinuk shenishba” from full liability for any aspects of foreign philosophy. But unfortunately the Neturei Karta themselves are involved with a first generation rebellion and it is forbidden to take their side in a dispute, as we are commanded to not only avoid a Korah, but also "his congregation."

For dissent against Zionism to not violate halachah, is to be done as a line by line protest, issue by issue. No global slander that saves nobody, but strengthens evil in the world.

If the Satmar Rebbe is your rebbe, so follow his opinion in your home, but don't use it to attack your fellow Jews whom you are supposed to show love for. It is an opinion (primarily from a previous generation), not a halachic mandate to campaign against the Jewish State. Great rabbis can surely express an opinion, but it is wrong to use any opinion, and certainly a minority opinion to hurt people with.

As the halacha for the nation is not like that opinion, but according to the majority, one surely can't use that minority opinion as justification to endanger the nation actively or even passively.  Free speech has a limit in halacha; you can't advocate that which would endanger life.

There is no justification to attempt to undermine hasbara globally whatsoever. Only an issue by issue protest is acceptable under halachah.

What I have written here is the basic halachah on these matters. I studied from great rabbis of blessed memory, my father, Rabbi Leon Eliezer Friedlander, and also Rav Aharon Soloveichik, and also Rav Chaim Yisroel Belsky from whom I received rabbinical ordination. There is no doubt among them as to the veracity of this position that we have stated here.

I hope this essay can help those on the wrong side of this matter to come over to the correct side of the fence. May those confused about this matter soon turn away from the wrong path and do good for our people.  May it soon be so, b'Ezras HaShem Yisborach, by the grace of God.