13 Elul 5773
In January 1989, Rabbi Meir Kahane, Hy"d, held a conference about which he said, "We did not declare a state. We declared our intent to declare a state if and when Israel will leave the areas." [Yehuda, Shomron and Aza - Yesha]
To the government of the State of Israel, he said:
"You will not be able to sign an accord with the Palestinians giving up parts of the Land of Israel - you will not be able to. This is not Sinai, this is not Yamit. Here, we're not dealing with two or three thousand people. Here, you are speaking of 65,000 settlers who live there, including 100,000 Jews who live right across the border who will pour into the area to ensure that it will not be given up because they know that the day after a Palestinian state arises in Judea and Samaria, the next day, the Palestinians will say, "now to the next."
It's clear that while Rabbi Meir Kahane put no faith in the Israeli government, he put a lot of faith in his fellow Jews.
Twenty-four years later, we're not still talking about 65,000 settlers. We're talking about 350,000 settlers. And today, we are no longer talking about 100,000 Jews living on the Green Line, but the entire population of 7.5 million who are in rocket range! And even so, still the government is continuing with the same insane and unfeasible policies.
Why? Well, maybe the government knows something today that Rabbi Meir Kahane did not know in 1989. For one thing, no replacement has ever been found for Rabbi Meir Kahane since the US and Israeli governments colluded to silence him permanently in November of 1990.
Second, Rabbi Kahane was speaking in a time before the Madrid Conference and before Oslo took it's terrible twenty-years of terrorism toll; before the US and Israeli governments colluded to train and arm a Palestinian-Arab army on our doorstep. And before the US Ambassador to the UN suggested quite openly that the US introduce a "massive protection force" to impose a solution on the parties.
Third, Rabbi Kahane did not live to witness the ease with which 8600 Jews were forcibly expelled from Gush Katif, along with the complete and utter destruction of seventeen Jewish communities, including the removal of graves.
Finally, perhaps Rabbi Kahane did not have the distinct pleasure of knowing the woman from Efrat whom I overheard telling another that as long as her settlement's future was secure, she wasn't going to concern herself with the others. And surely, he never had the honor of meeting Micha Drori. This is how a Yahoo News article describes him:
Micha Drori is living the Israeli dream: a house, a yard, a wife and three kids. The 42-year-old businessman has found an affordable alternative to Israel's booming real estate market in a quiet community he loves, with a commute of less than half an hour to his job near Tel Aviv.
What's the catch? He's a West Bank settler.
The fate of Jewish settlements took center stage this week with the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks aimed at establishing a Palestinian state. In contrast to the prevailing image of settlers as gun-toting religious zealots, the majority are in fact middle-of-the-road pragmatists seeking quality of life. Many shun the settler ideology and say they will uproot quietly, if needed, for the sake of peace.
"We will not sit here and burn tires if the government will tell us to leave. We will just leave," Drori said in his quiet garden, smack in the middle of the West Bank.
...But Drori is not concerned. He's skeptical a peace accord will be reached, and if it is, he is open to various options, including living alongside Palestinians. He says he has moved many times before, and will do so again if required.
"God is not my guide," he said. "My guide is conscience and economy and community."
When you take all of this into consideration along with the outpouring of avodah zarah in the Shomron facilitated by the Jewish 'leadership' there, I'm not sure Rabbi Kahane would hold out much hope for us.
I'm not even hearing any discussion this time around. I'm wondering, is it because people are already convinced that a Palestinian state is inevitable and cannot be stopped or is it because they are convinced that the settlements are already too big to remove, so there is nothing to worry about or maybe they are counting on the Arabs to once again "never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity."
Whatever the case, I think each of these viewpoints is extremely dangerous and ill-advised.
In the year 2000, when it appeared that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak was prepared to give the Arab enemy the lands of Judea and Samaria for a Palestinian state and half of Holy Jerusalem for their capital, a handful of people living in Yesha sought to revive Rabbi Meir Kahane's vision of the State of Judea - Medinat Yehuda.
I thought, considering the times, my readers might find it interesting to read some of the articles which were posted to the [now-defunct] Medinat Yehuda website from that time period. Following is the first - the Statement of Intent to create a second Jewish state in areas of Eretz Yisrael, should they be abandoned by the Israeli government. (Subsequent articles will be recognizable by the attached Medinat Yehuda banner at the top of the post.)
STATEMENT OF INTENT
"And Judah will dwell forever and Jerusalem from generation to generation." (Yoel 4:20)
WHEREAS, the State of Israel has relinquished the holiest sites of the Jewish people in Eretz Israel---Yericho, Shechem, Hevron, and Har Habayit---to the enemies of Judaism; and,
WHEREAS, the State of Israel is relinquishing the heartland of our sacred heritage in Eretz Israel---Judea, Samaria, and "East" Jerusalem---to the enemies of the Jewish people; and,
WHEREAS, the State of Israel has expressed its willingness to forcibly transfer Jewish citizens from their homes or to hand them over to a foreign, hostile entity; and,
WHEREAS, the State of Israel debases its people, its heritage, and its G-d, by bowing to pressure exerted by foreign powers; and,
WHEREAS, the State of Israel denies true justice for its citizens by allowing terrorist murderers of Jews to go free; and,
WHEREAS, the established institutions, i.e., educational, judicial, executive, and legislative, provide no relief or recourse to the concerned citizen; and,
WHEREAS, the State of Israel allows enemies of the State to hold positions of power within the government and freedom of speech to incite to the destruction of the State, while outlawing and persecuting any voice of dissent within the Jewish electorate; and,
WHEREAS, the State of Israel is relinquishing critical water resources to those sworn to its destruction; and,
WHEREAS, the State of Israel is risking the lives of all of its citizens on the gamble of "peace" with a people who is not even at peace with themselves; and,
WHEREAS, the only alternatives within the established infrastructure---revolt or total surrender---are unacceptable to us;
We, the Jews of Eretz Israel, do hereby declare that we will create for ourselves, with the help of G-d, the True Jewish State---the State of Judea (Medinat Yehuda)---in the Arab-occupied land of our forefathers which will exist, please G-d, to correct all the wrongs of the present State of Israel. This holy endeavor will, with the help of G-d, be accomplished as a result of the following goals which we have set for ourselves:
WE WILL refuse to recognize any agreement which relinquishes Jewish sovereignty over any part of Eretz Yisrael; any such agreement being illegal and non-binding in our eyes.
WE WILL, those of us who live in the Golan, Yesha and the Jordan Valley, continue settling and inheriting these parts of Eretz Yisrael.
WE WILL resist in any and all ways any attempt to evict Jews from their homes in any part of Eretz Yisrael; any such action being immoral and illegal in our eyes.
WE WILL proclaim and establish a true Jewish state, the state of Judea, on any and all parts of Eretz Yisrael that are relinquished by the state of Israel.
WE WILL, in order to enable the Jewish people to fulfill their destiny in Eretz Yisrael, establish Torah law to be the law of the state of Judea.
WE WILL defend the state of Judea through any and all available means. We implore all Jews who agree with these principles to come to our assistance by settling in these parts of Eretz Yisrael and to otherwise do everything in their power to protect and strengthen "the cities of our G-d."
"Be strong and let us be strong for the sake of our People and for the sake of the cities of our G-d, and Hashem will do what is good in His eyes." (Shmuel II 10:12)
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