Latest update: January 12th, 2014
Ariel Sharon uprooted thousands of Jews from the settlements he himself helped establish only because he could. Therefore, any plan to prevent another expulsion must make any such attempt impossible to carry out.
To be perfectly clear and remove any doubt: this is not a call for violence. Far from it. In fact, I’m quite certain that violence is absolutely the surest way to lose this battle. The folks at Eish Kodesh just proved it this week. The other side’s happiest murder fantasy starts with us resorting to violence.
Here, I’ll spell it out again: this is a warning against using violence in resisting the deportation of Jews from Judea and Samaria. Don’t use violence. Violence is bad, it would give the other side the excuse they need to land on us like a ton of bricks, using all the means in the hands of a modern state to squash rebellion.
So, no violence, got it? Pheew…
In 2005, we discovered that democratic protests and political schemes have no effect on the Israeli establishment. Articles in the press and appeals to the courts met with a solid wall of hostility and alienation. And the “Unity and Love” thing, frankly, made me gag. When did we become Christians? A Jew doesn’t tell the thug that beats his skull with a nightstick how much he loves him. We don’t love them, we loath them, they are the agents of evil, for heaven’s sake. We can’t hit them back, because we’ll lose if we do, but, people, enough with the loving…
It’s time for all of us, in Judea and Samaria and in Israel west of the “green line,” to learn from the errors of the past and start thinking outside the box. It’s time to start talking to each other, share our fears—fear is good—and think what we can do to make this deportation plan impossible to carry out.
Not our elected representatives, not our rabbis, not our press—they can’t help us.
We need to start thinking how we, as individuals and communities, can help ourselves. And, trust me, when we do, God will help us, too.
About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.
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