Sunday, July 23, 2017

Once again testing us to see just how attached we are to this land - by Dror Eydar

...A sovereign presence requires determination. Not a hesitant, indecisive presence that wishes to appease our enemies, but rather a clear and natural presence of a nation at its holiest site, a place of longing that brought us back home after 2,000 years.

Dror Eydar..
Israel Hayom..
23 July '17..

Now that the metal detectors on the Temple Mount have been splattered with the blood of murdered Jews -- a grandfather, a father and a sister slaughtered at the hands of a miserable wretch who unfortunately stayed alive (why?!) -- to back down and remove them would be shameful and a disgrace, as well as a legitimization of bloodshed. Furthermore, anyone who thinks that removing the metal detectors will diminish the desire to murder Jews among those who wish to destroy us is dangerously mislead.

Pay no mind to the repeated accusations of "Jewish radicalism." They are part of what prominent poet Nathan Alterman described in a poem after the Six-Day War about the Devil's attempts to defeat the Jewish people not by use of force, but rather -- "only this shall I do: I will dull his mind and cause him to forget the justice of his cause."

In reality, the weakness of our response (what the brainwashing machine calls "moderation") contains within it the seeds of terror. As early as the 1920s, Revisionist Zionist thinker Ze'ev Jabotinsky called for a physical as well as a psychological "iron wall" of security to ward off the Arabs. Only this way will we bring peace to the country, he asserted.

The source of Arab murderousness is not despair, but rather the delusional hope of kicking us out of our land. To our shame, this murderousness draws its power from our weak conduct, namely the public dispute among Israeli security bodies after the deed was already done and the metal detectors were put in place. Is it not yet clear to us that we must put up a united front and stand as a wall of fortitude against threats by the "voice of wrath" from Ramallah and the Islamist elements from within us? Is a century insufficient time to get to know this murderous pattern, fed by Jewish hesitancy?

Where does this hesitancy come from? From doubting our right to this land, specifically to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. The incessant propaganda has succeeded in dumbing our minds to such an extent that we appear to have forgotten the basic tenets of Zionism, outlined in the original version of "Hatikva," Israel's national anthem: "To return to the land of our fathers ... the land of Zion and Jerusalem." This is the justification for our return as a people to history in general, and specifically to Zion.

Here is another fundamental truth that our sages taught us in the Babylonian Talmud, one that we have been learning on our flesh since the day we became a nation: The moral imperative of "if someone comes to kill you, rise up and kill him first." This includes those who incite to kill Jews, and those who justify the killing of Jews with false claims that Israel is threatening the Temple Mount (while those who actually desecrate it are the Muslims). We must rise up and disarm them before they rise up against us. It is the Palestinian Authority and the Muslim Brotherhood among us that are responsible for the spilled blood.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai all but apologized for Israel's actions, saying repeatedly, "We don't want to change the status quo ... only to prevent another attack." And what do you know, the general, presented on Al Jazeera as "Coordinator of Occupation Activities in the Palestinian Territories," asked his interviewers whether "anyone has an idea on how to prevent terrorist attacks, which are likely to happen again, in a secure manner that would safeguard the worshippers?" So, dear Al Jazeera viewers, how would you advise the Israel Defense Forces general to prevent a terrorist attack?

This murderousness was not born in 1967 or even in 1948. It was born with Islam, which imposed its beliefs on many nations by force of the sword. The Jews refused to accept the religion of Muhammad; they knew that he drew his principal ideas from us. The construction of the mosque on the Temple Mount was a symbolic declaration of Judaism's cancellation and the victory of Islam as our rightful inheritors. It symbolizes the only true occupation: the Muslim occupation in 638 with Caliph Omar's conquest of Jerusalem. Anyone who thinks that the dispute is political or security-related is ignoring the challenge the Temple Mount issue brings to our door: the question of our identity as a nation that has returned to its land. The Arab world is testing us to see just how attached we are to this land.

What is the source of the anger over the UNESCO resolution denying our link to the Temple Mount? Why do we ask other countries to move their embassies to Jerusalem? If the Israeli government demands that the world recognize our sovereignty over Jerusalem, we must conduct ourselves as sovereigns there. Indeed, the dispute over the metal detectors comes from them monitoring the sovereign presence of the Jewish state on the Temple Mount.

A sovereign presence requires determination. Not a hesitant, indecisive presence that wishes to appease our enemies, but rather a clear and natural presence of a nation at its holiest site, a place of longing that brought us back home after 2,000 years. Just as it would be entirely unreasonable for us to abandon security arrangements because of the threat of gang violence in Tel Aviv, it would be equally unreasonable for us to forgo security measures in Jerusalem because of terrorist threats against Jewish lives.

A Jewish family gathered to celebrate the birth of a baby boy on Friday evening, right before he enters the covenant of our father Abraham. This beautiful custom is called Shalom Zachar, or welcoming the male. The covenant is connected to peace, as is written in Numbers 25:12: "Behold, I give unto him My covenant of peace."

From its inception, the ritual circumcision is connected in scripture to inheriting the land (see Genesis 17). The Arab murderousness seeks to sever this bond between the Jewish people and its land, just as Islamist propaganda seeks to sever our connection to the Temple Mount. The Zohar, the primary kabbalistic text, speaks of a sort of connection Muslims have to the land of Israel, as they are also circumcised. This right will wait for them until the blood of the thousands of murdered Jews will drown our murderers and evict them from our land. "Sing aloud, ye nations, of His people; for He will avenge the blood of His servants, and will render vengeance to His adversaries, and will make atonement for the land of His people" (Deuteronomy 32:43).

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