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‘Two-state solution’ opposite to Torah

Much has been written about the Iranian nuclear deal and the danger to Israel of a nuclear Iran. After reading this week’s parsha, Massei, one wonders why so much attention is being paid to Iran’s part in the present situation regarding the security of the citizens of Israel.

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Choni Davidowitz

Since the miraculous victory by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War in which our armed forces restored sovereignty to almost all of Israel after nearly 2 000 years of foreign rule, there were expectations that at last Israel would be at peace.

Unfortunately the leaders at the time overlooked the Torah directive in the parsha, the same directive given to Joshua at the time of the first conquest of Eretz Yisrael.

“You shall drive out all the hostile inhabitants before you… you shall settle in it, for I have given you the Land… to occupy it. If you do not drive out the inhabitants of the Land before you, those that remain will be barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and harass you in the Land.” (Num. 33; 53-55).

Settling the Land of Israel is the “nice” part of the mitzvah of “Yishuv Ha’Aretz”. The other half of the mitzvah, that of expelling the gentile was never fulfilled. Today those who were allowed to remain after the Six Day War have been killing and maiming thousands of Israeli men, women and children, and even infants.

It is they who have prevented the nation of Israel to live in peace. “If you do not expel the gentile inhabitants, even though you have conquered the Land, you will not merit to inherit the Land for your children.” (Sforno and Ohr HaChaim).

Israel has twice in the past destroyed nuclear facilities: in Iraq in 1981 and in Syria in 2007. Even if we were to destroy or stop the Iranian facility, the killing and maiming of Israelis will not cease.

It is not Iranians or Iraqis or Syrians who brutally attack our citizens. It is the Arabs we did not expel, as directed by our Torah, who will continue to physically harm our people and be the only obstacle to an eternal peace in Eretz Yisrael.

To those who advocate a two-state solution which is the “official” policy of the SAZF and SAJBD, this is the diametric opposite of what the Torah states. Not only does it allow millions of Arabs to live in our Land, but also the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Israelis from their homes, schools, businesses, shuls, and surrendering our Land to the Arabs.

The verse in the parsha ends with the following words: “If you do not expel them then I will do to you what I meant to do to them.” (Num.33;56). Remember Gush Katif!

 Sandringham, Johannesburg

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“Clearly you’re a Zionist, going around demanding shit”

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I’m so sad that I came across this terrible article (“Professor of propaganda” by Howard Sackstein, SA Jewish Report, 3 June 2021).

First, I’m a Wits-trained doctor, and I admire doctors like Professor Shabir Moosa who are able to step outside their comfort zones and challenge the minds and beliefs of their younger doctors. South Africa needs more doctors that stand up for what’s right. Israel is an apartheid state. Please stop denying it! You’re basically killing Arabs and jailing innocent kids. You have no humanity as a Zionist.

Second, he posted his article on this group, and that made interns feel uncomfortable! Oh please, grow up! It’s a bunch of white men trying to bully us into acting in a way suitable for them. Imagine, a bunch of privileged white men felt uncomfortable for the first time in their life!

Third, screw the author! That he thinks he has any authority to report and demand “action”. Who do you think you are? Clearly, you’re a Zionist. Going around demanding shit. When you deserve nothing.

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Why seek citizenship of murderous Lithuania?

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“Most of our ancestors were forced to flee Lithuania in terrible circumstances, and restoring our citizenship will go a long way to address the wrongs of the past.” I find these words by the national vice-president of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies to be shameful and incomprehensible. To claim, as Zev Krengel does, that ex-Lithuanian Jews have an ancestral right to citizenship is an insult to the G-d of Israel. The only country to which any Jew has an ancestral right is the land of Israel.

When the Nazis marched into Lithuania in 1941, the government and people (with a handful of exceptions) didn’t lift a finger as Jews in more than 200 shtetls were humiliated, tortured, and ultimately murdered by Lithuanian collaborators. Which Jew with pure emotions would now wish to seek citizenship of that country, or any European country which willingly aided and abetted Nazi murderers?

The yizkor (remembrance) prayer that Jews recite in synagogues four times a year includes one for martyrs: “May G-d remember the souls of the holy and pure ones who were murdered, gassed, burned, strangled for the sanctification of the name through the hands of the German oppressors and their collaborators. (Yemach s’hmom v’zichron – may their name and memory be obliterated.) No, Mr Krengel, no amount of time will “restore the wrongs of the past”.

The most tragic event in Jewish history – the Holocaust – has taught the Jewish people that it’s forbidden for us to derive any benefit from countries that persecuted our people. (Hilchot Sanhedrin 15:9). How can any Jew with pure emotions associate with these places, much less seek citizenship?

With all due respect to Krengel and all those who seek citizenship of these murderous countries, may I humbly suggest that you rather seek citizenship in your one and only true ancestral homeland – the land of Israel. Seeking citizenship anywhere but Israel, after 2 000 years of bitter exile, is scorning G-d’s most precious gift to His people.

Further, I believe that to fulfil the commandment of “may their name and memory be obliterated”, no Jew should ever set foot in or associate with these countries in any way. It’s with dismay that one sees influential Orthodox groups spending money on resurrecting Judaism in these murderous countries instead of obliterating their names.

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None of us are angels, but condemnation of Israel is truly sick

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I’m appalled by prominent members of our government, even one of our own – Ronnie Kasrils – who has the gall to speak out against Israel, Zionism, and the Jews for what happened recently in Gaza, even to the extent of mentioning a Jewish policeman or soldier with his knee on a dead Palestinian child. This isn’t the way Jews behave. We are very conscious of our Judaism and families, and kindness is in our genetic make-up.

The photo I’m referring to was taken years ago, in a completely foreign country, and it incites hate where it doesn’t belong.

Sick people have caused anxiety and fear during the pandemic by publishing pictures of COVID-19-related crimes and other lies on Facebook and WhatsApp, and by publishing old photos and leading us to believe that they are fresh situations.

None of us are angels who never sin. But can anyone truly believe that no action should be taken against 4 000 rockets fired at a country indiscriminately? Does any other army in the world advise the perpetrators that they should evacuate because they don’t want to hurt or kill innocent people when they retaliate?

Well, Israel does.

In conclusion, Israel isn’t fighting Gazans, it’s fighting Hamas. The people who run Gaza are Hamas, not the Palestinians. They made the fatal mistake of allowing Hamas to run their country. It uses them as shields and doesn’t give a damn about their safety or well-being.

So, wake up South Africa, and all who condemn Israel for defending its citizens – you would do the same!

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