The Land of Israel and Peace

  • Peace with its neighbors may be more important for Israel than annexation of territories.
  • Gantz and Netanyahu both agree on the importance of the agreement between UAE and Israel.
  • The Israel Army will not let extremist factions from both sides interfere with peace.

The right of the Jews to live in the Land of Israel was certified by the United Nations in 1948 after the war of Independence. The Jewish people have always had an historical connection to the land of Israel from Biblical times. After World War II and the holocaust came the opportunity for the Jewish people to establish in the land of Israel a sovereign nation. The Jewish people have always been a nation and the land of Israel has always been its homeland. The Land of Israel is an important part of Judaism, the Jewish religion.

Moses gazes at the promised land.

Islam and Christianity became religions in the world after the Jewish people were banished from their land when the Romans conquered Israel and destroyed the holy temple in Jerusalem. Islam and Christianity are religions not connected to a specific plot of land but they are religions connected to the whole world. Even though Rome and Mecca are the central focus points of Islam and Christianity in these religions there is no spiritual connection to these places as their homeland. Only Judaism has the spiritual connection to a specific place in the world which is called Jerusalem and Israel.

Christianity and Islam also have a deep connection to the land of Israel and to Jerusalem. The holy temple of Al-Aksa is located on the temple mount in Jerusalem and Jerusalem is the place of the burial of Jesus as well as other Christian holy sites in the land. Only for the Jewish people is Israel a homeland. It is an important place for World Faith which is shared by all of mankind. In difficult times like today when the whole world has been stricken by a horrifying dangerous and contagious Pandemic is more appreciated the need for God in the world. Jerusalem is a center of World faith for all of humanity.

To give honor to God and to World Faith it is very important that there should be peace in the Land of Israel. There is no greater connection to God than peace. Peace on the level of the Macrocosm physical world means nations at peace. Peace on the level of faith the individual the spiritual world means inner peace.  There is peace within a nation and there is peace between nations.

The connection of the Jewish people to the land of Israel was established through war. The Book of Joshua and other later works in the Bible records the wars through which the Jewish people eventually conquered the land and established the Biblical nation of Israel including the building of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. The Land of Israel was conquered with the help of God by the soldiers of the nation of Israel.  When the Biblical Nation of Israel was strong, there was peace in the land. The period of peace in the land of Israel even during Biblical times was temporary. Shortly after the death of King Solomon who built the holy temple in Jerusalem, it is recorded in the book of Kings, Egyptian armies entered Jerusalem and the temple to steal many valuable golden vessels.  Israel and the Jewish people had to defend their right to live in the land.

The same is true today that Israel and the Jewish people have to defend their right to live in the land. The nation of modern Israel was established through war and has continuously battled for its independence and right to live in the land. The Army of Israel is one of the most powerful armies in the world.  Israel is not the only nation in the world and the State of Israel was given to the Jewish nation of Israel through a mandate in the United Nations. It is important for the Jewish people living in Israel to have peace with its neighbors.  Peace with your neighbors is sometimes not essential but better than continuously having to fight them over disputed borders. There are many border disputes in the world which continue from year to year unsolved. Israel is in the middle of a border dispute. In the spiritual light of the Bible the land of Israel including the captured territories were given by God to the children of Israel, the children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  This right has never been accepted outright but it has always been necessary to fight for the land. Today is no different.

Camp David Accords which began peaceful negotiations between Israel and its neighbors.

The Nation of Israel has to consider World Peace as well of their own national security. Israel today is a sovereign nation but its sovereignty depends upon its acceptance by other nations living together in the world of God. America, Russia, and many other nations accept the sovereignty of the Jewish Nation of Israel. The dispute is only concerning its borders. Border disputes are difficult to solve.

Through the new agreement between UAE and Israel for full diplomatic relations gives Israel more acceptance in the world. The UAE and its city Dubai is an important part of the world. It is also connected to the part of the Arab world which is threatened by Iran. Israel is threatened by Iran and its neighbors Syria and Lebanon are being used by Iran in their plan to destroy Israel. UAE has joined Egypt and Lebanon to be friendly with Israel. Netanyahu hopes that other Arab nations will join them.

Jews are living in disputed territories since the Six Day War in 1967. These territories are still disputed but have been organized into three areas A,B,C dividing these disputed territories to make it possible for both Arabs and Jews to live peacefully.  The Palestinians want a nation but Israel and the Palestinians cannot agree on division of the land. Trump attempted to make a permanent solution, the Deal of the Century but it was rejected by both sides. However through the Deal of the Century and the threat of annexation Trump has been able to bring together UAE with Israel. The territories are still in dispute between Palestinians and Israel, but Arab nations in the Middle East do not have to sacrifice their own national security and prosperity for Palestine. The Palestinians have human rights in their own autonomous areas. Israeli settlers are enjoying living in the holy land the land of their fathers.

Jews live peacefully in many countries in the world. These nations are happy to have Jews who are productive people living in their countries. They defend the right of Jews to live in their countries and fight against Anti-Semitism. Jewish people have a homeland but according to Judaism are not obligated to live in Israel if they prefer Jewish life in another part of the world. There are advantages for Jews to live in Israel. There is a Jewish government in Israel supporting all Jews from all backgrounds to make their homes in the land.

The Jewish people pray each day that the Messiah should come to bring all the Jewish people to live in Israel and build the third temple in Jerusalem. The Baal Shem Tov the founder of Chassidism taught that when you hold on to a garment from its corners firmly you hold on to the whole garment. The State of Israel has a strong hold on the land of Israel even its disputed territories. According to the Baal Shem Tov they  may not need annexation. The Land of Israel, the holy land belongs first to God. God gave it to the Jewish people for his own purpose which is the purpose of the revelation of peace which is the name of God. The Jew is important in the world; peace is the name of God most important to his glory. About this it says in Isaiah, 43:7, Everything that is called in my name, I have made for my glory.

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David Wexelman

Rabbi David Wexelman is the  author of five books on the topics of World Unity and Peace, and Progressive Jewish Spirituality. Rabbi Wexelman is a member of the American Friends of Maccabee, a charitable organization helping the poor in the United States and in Israel.  Donations are tax deductible in the USA.
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