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Rabbis to PM Netanyahu: The Beginning of Downfall is Flight

Professor Israel Aumann at a meeting of the Rabbinical Congress for Peace.

Professor Israel Aumann at a meeting of the Rabbinical Congress for Peace.
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In a last-ditch effort to prevent the demolition of the Ulpana neighborhood in Bet El, The Rabbinical Congress for Peace (RCP) sent an urgent message to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asking him not to do it. The rabbis quoted the Talmudic adage that the beginning of a downfall is flight and warned that such a move will have a domino effect and will weaken Israel’s security.

“Dealing with registration of ownership and legal debates over Israeli land is dangerous and superfluous. What is actually happening is an attempt by Israel’s enemies with the help of leftist elements to force Israel to withdraw from Judea and Samaria and any minor concession only encourages them to continue with their plot. This can ultimately happen in Jaffa and Haifa just the same,” the rabbis wrote to PM Netanyahu.

The rabbis alluded to the Halacha in Shulchan Oruch 329 that when dealing with a border town it is forbidden to enter any negotiations of withdrawal. It makes no difference whether it’s one house or an entire neighborhood. Any concession and negotiation only inspires and emboldens Israel’s enemies and leads to violence and instability. The Prime Minister must state in no uncertain terms that this neighborhood is vital for Israel’s security and to remove the issue from the agenda. Instead he should expand and continue building more homes there, the RCP wrote.

The rabbis also cited the words of Nobel laureate Professor Israel Aumann who said that that evicting the families “would endanger not only the Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria but also all of Israel.” He said it is a “humanitarian and moral issue to keep the families in their homes. This [expulsion] endangers all of us even if the danger does not occur in our generation. The expulsion will influence our grandchildren,” he said.

The message sent to PM Netanyahu in the name of 350 rabbis of the organization was signed by Rabbi Joseph Gerlitzky, Chairman, Rabbi Moshe Havlin, Vice-Chairman and Rabbi Avrohom S. Lewin, Director.

For more information call Rabbi Lewin: 0508-563-992

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3 Responses to “Rabbis to PM Netanyahu: The Beginning of Downfall is Flight”

  1. Chaim Casper says:

    This article which is against the withdrawal from Ulpana misses one main point: the land that Ulpana is built upon may be privately owned Palestinian. Now the only justification for keeping five buildings on this land is if you hold גניבה מעכ"ום מותר. But if one doesn't hold GM"M, then the government is making a very correct and moral decision: move these five houses from possibly Palestinian owned land to land that is definitely owned by the government.

  2. Stephen Leavitt says:

    A lot of "mays" and "mights" in that paragraph.

    Here's another one: Maybe Shalom Achshav's claims of Palestinian ownership should first be unquestionably proved in court.

  3. Problem is the Arab can't prove ownership either byt according to the Supreme Court of Israel his dubious claim is enough.

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