Israel Forever

For the week ending 5 November 2011 / 7 Heshvan 5772

Whose Land Is It?

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

One of the stickiest points in the Israel-Arab conflict is the stubborn refusal of the Palestinian Authority to recognize Israelas the homeland of the Jewish People.

While this is not surprising in light of the historical persecution of Jews by radical Moslems, what is shocking is the attitude of some Jews in Israel and throughout the world that perhaps the Arabs are right in their claims.

These radical, assimilated liberals unfortunately ignore the Divine promise which all synagogue-going Jews will hear this Shabbat: "To your offspring I will give this land." (Bereishet 12:7)

It is not enough that a prime minister eloquently recalls this promise as he addresses the US Congress and the UN. It is the responsibility of every Jew to internalize that Eretz Yisrael was given to our people, and even if we have to make some compromises for the sake of survival, we must always keep in mind that it will be ours forever.

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