Friday, May 11, 2018

Everyone Wins Peace Plan Index


Today marks the ten year anniversary of the composition of the mechanics of the Everyone Wins Peace Plan. To ease research on this wonderful plan, I am including an index of the key blog posts that deal with the plan and key factors that led to it all in this one post. Please feel free to join with me in the great work of attempting to bring peace to the world. Please research the plan, and then when you feel comfortable contact the members of parliament that you deem appropriate. You can e-mail me any questions that you feel urgent. author@jerusalemdefender.com

But as always it cannot hurt to emphasize, that this is a plan that HaShem/God gave to the world, through this writer; I freely admit. As this plan fits Torah ideals for peace, under the circumstances in our time, and does so, more than any other peace plan that is known, it seems to me that it is factual to say that this is more God's plan than my own.

But as I seem to be the interface for explaining it, I must continue to remain open to communication for those who would know more about applying it in practice. I would rather hide under a rock than try to take credit for that which God has done, but what can I do under the circumstance? It is the nature of the times and this mode of communication that self-promotion is required just to present a dialog. If it turns out that this is the path the world peace, how can I withhold it for even an instant from God's creations? The Lord's command of not remaining idly by the blood of one's fellow forbids that.


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On Making Peace with Terrorists 

MAY 4, 2018








Peace Before Multilateralism

DECEMBER 10, 2015





Fatah is the Problem

MARCH 30, 2015

We Must Not Empower Terror

DECEMBER 1, 2014







JULY 25, 2013









The Flaw with Fatah

JUNE 19, 2011

Fatah-Hamas Unity

APRIL 29, 2011




The Jerusalem-Golan Bill

NOVEMBER 26, 2010




















The Invalid Roadmap

APRIL 3, 2009






Compassionate Zionism

OCTOBER 27, 2008



Ezekiel's Jerusalem

SEPTEMBER 8, 2008










MAY 11, 2008





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Friday, May 4, 2018

On Making Peace with Terrorists


There is a difference between making peace in this situation in the Holy Land, and in other conflicts. In this situation, innocent are mixed in with the severely guilty. Making peace with a criminal instead of punishing their criminality is in contradiction with the most basic principles of criminal justice. The innocent should be saved, the heinous criminal must face corrections. There is also the third part of the population that neither wants the terrorist rule of the Palestinian Authority nor to ever join with Israel in a One State solution that will maximize prosperity for everyone within it. Therefore we need to discuss how to deal with each of these elements of the overall Arabic peoples in the territories, with individualized policy toward each population segment.

True One-State solutions should not allow potential pockets of armed resistance that each time a police action is called for, would risk a potential hasbara nightmare every time. The IDF needs full access to police the land, without risk of potential international conflict at each and every turn. But innocent Arabs should not be expelled and should be given an option to naturalize slowly, filtering naturalization applicants as one would credit card applicants to elevate those Arabs with the greatest lack of terroristic tendencies to be absorbed first. But exile is only for those not champing at the bit to kill again. Those who would kill again must be taken out of the equation. They should be in jail or not in this world, and not being sent to exile immediately into the ranks of an enemy army. Changing from being a card-carrying member of Hamas to one of Hezbollah does nothing for regional stability.

Terrorists are not from a city that we are attacking and whom should be given a chance to flee, (as per Maimonides, Laws of Kings, Chapter 6.) Terrorists are enemies that have blood on their hands.  They have tasted blood, and they desire to frenzy on that blood again. Exile is also not for good people who could contribute to Israel and they should be valued by our nation. Exile is only for those who are unhealthy for society but not with a track record of trying to commit bloodshed. In each category, the solution, if done in this way is a conclusive solution, in each of these 3 categories (of the Innocent, of Significant-Risk, and of Terrorists), and that is the path to true peace; a peace that is unlikely to be broken. Also by giving no hope of freedom to terrorists, it creates a penal aspect that is vital to prevent future recidivism among them and to discourage it toward future generations of Arabs otherwise potentially likely to become like them, Heaven forefend.

Therefore there must be a peace that allows the good people to escape terrorist rule, the bad people to not escape justice, and to those who are in between, the right to go into exile if they refuse to choose peace. It is their choice that is forcing them from their homes, but at least we can free them from being under the rule of terrorists. The terrorists are willing to toss people off of rooves to plunge to their deaths and are thus too cruel even to their own people to be allowed to rule if we have anything to say in it. As stated previously, Israel, even today, has the legal responsibility under international law, for all the territories, even Gaza, and so we must make this important choice for the betterment of all good people West of the River Jordan.

As we stated previously, the beginning of peace does not come by the placation of terror; that is its anathema. At its end, there must neither be the destruction of innocent societies. You can't make peace with terrorists, but you can with people.

By understanding that there is a difference between regular people and terrorists, then we can say the following: The key is in not living in the moment of the criminal's perspective but in the objective needs of good public policy for the vast majority of the people, every single innocent citizen. That a person not be judged based on race but only whether they wish to join in civilization building. Civilization builders cannot coexist with terrorists.

This terrorist filter is a key difference between my Everyone Wins peace plan and all the other one state solutions. All good and innocent can and will be saved therein. Therefore may the Everyone Wins peace plan become the Peace Policy of the State of Israel, and may it soon be so, by the grace of God.


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If you prefer the Kulam Marvichim/Everyone Wins Peace Plan over any other plan, please write to your favorite Member of Knesset and let them know what you think:
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Friday, April 20, 2018

Which Peace Plan Would You Select?


Is the status quo tolerable? In the 1990's Israel's government had such an urge to remove the status quo that they hit the panic button and ran with a plan (Oslo Accords) that was not fully thought through and had no end game calculated. They wanted peace but did not think the methodology through. The result was much suffering and bloodshed. To prevent another tragic mistake like that, Israelis must select a path that could be followed the next time a government considers a peace plan. Therefore now, while calm and collected thoughts are possible, is the time to choose the most ideal peace plan possible, to have in place already before it is absolutely needed. This could be the difference in preventing another Oslo-like disastrous decision.

As most Israelis believe that the Torah is a true document, whether or not the majority is observant, the point is that they believe that God is real, and the Torah represents Divine Knowledge granted to all generations of humanity. That being the case, as we mentioned previously, it is important to treat prophecy as the best kind of intel available. As we also mentioned previously, the prophecy of Ezekiel foretells that the land immediately to the North and South of Jerusalem will be in the territory of the Israel of the future. Therefore no peace plan that tries to give up Judea and Samaria can work long term.

The point of peace is to prevent war, not guarantee it. If it is a matter of preordained destiny that Israel own Judea and Samaria, then trying to give those territories away only guarantees further bloodshed.   If someone gave up Judea and Samaria they would be falling into a trap that will as a matter of destiny, lead to war.  Therefore no peace plan that tries to give up Judea and Samaria can achieve lasting peace. Therefore we must disqualify all peace plans that try to.

All the widely known plans that have been offered up by Labor, Kadima and even Likud go against the grain of Israel's destiny. All the plans of these parties, have unwittingly lead into cascading paths to bloodshed. We can't keep hitting the same wall and then complain about a lack of progress.

Only 3 widely-known plans have a clear path that avoids the pitfall we have discussed. Rabbi Elon's Jordan is Palestine, Caroline Glick's One Israel Solution, and my Everyone Wins Peace Plan.

Jordan is Palestine clears the territories the most efficiently but is extremely unlikely to be implemented. Jordan already feels overwhelmed by their population and would not likely accept millions more without a massive aid package (bribe) that no nation or group of nations in the West are likely to offer. Therefore Jordan Is Palestine is not an option.

The Glick plan does not fix the problem in Gaza, and it does not filter the applicants for immigration and naturalization other than to select a large number of them to be non-citizen residents of Israel, which reduces the effectiveness of the plan. Apparently, she wants to give the Arabs more freedom of choice, but in this situation, the choice to not join with Israel is potentially a foot in the door for jihad down the road, we need them to join us or leave. A middle option should not be an option unless the logistics of a long naturalization process demand it, and in such a circumstance it would be a temporary classification, not a platform for any political statements by non-citizens. By denying a right to vote long term, you create a potential hasbara concern long term.

Whereas the Torah only separates between religious duties, such as in the national Temple, but for tort law, unity and fair play are encouraged. "There shall be one law for the native and for the stranger who resides in your midst." (Exodus 12:49) The term, Resident, in the Torah refers to good gentiles, not second-class citizens, "If your brother becomes destitute and his hand falters beside you, you shall support him (whether) a convert or a resident so that he can live with you." (Leviticus 25:35)

Nevertheless, the Glick plan does give full Israeli authority to lands in Judea and Samaria. If there were no other plans that do not attempt to fail by giving up Judea and Samaria, then this would the plan to support. Though, if between the Glick plan and Jordan is Palestine, Jordan is Palestine does offer much greater security than does the Glick plan assuming a bribe-Jordan plan is worked out in the backrooms of the EU and the Arab League. One Israel Solution allows the Gaza nightmare to continue, Jordan is Palestine does not. Yet Jordan is Palestine is not very likely to be viable.

Fortunately, there is the Everyone Wins Peace Plan. Unilateral, so no other nation need be coaxed or bribed, and it is strong against terror, demanding a filter on all applicants for naturalization. It also ends the Gaza nightmare. Arabs can choose to keep their homes and share in the prosperity of the Israel of tomorrow, or go into exile or jail with those who worship terrorism.

Terrorists who are willing to kill their own children for military gains are comparable with the child sacrificing Molech worshipers, and Scripture commands regarding such people, "You shall not form a covenant for them or for their gods." (Exodus 23:32) They cannot separate from their ideology, and therefore they cannot be given land which instantly is considered by them a staging ground for further bloodshed. They only need lie that they want peace, and their jihad is advanced by the stroke of a pen. This undermines a key brick in the foundations of International Law, the reliability of treaties.

Those sincere Arabs that choose to stay are offered full citizenship when the adjustment period ends. This naturalization process is slow enough to not change the voting ratio in the State of Israel, but sure enough that it ends doubt of which direction Israel is going in.

Everyone Wins allows people of all backgrounds to be equal with only one caveat, they have to want to build civilization, not destroy it. Everyone Wins removes the false impression of any continued segregation in any territory under Israel's control based on race, and only punishes the guilty. Only a choice for jihad could keep an Arab from becoming an Israeli sooner or later. The choice is theirs. But security, even over Gaza, begins from day one of the plan. May it soon be so, by the grace of God.

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If you prefer the Kulam Marvichim/Everyone Wins Peace Plan over any other plan, please write to your favorite Member of Knesset and let them know what you think:
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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Torah Philosophy on Middle Eastern Peace


How does the Everyone Wins Peace Plan differ from all others? It is based on the philosophy of Abraham, the forefather of Jews and Arabs.  By trusting the love of a father, we can find a way to peace between the children.  Abraham said, "Let Ishmael live before You." (Genesis 17:18) But it was recorded in the holy Torah to not only record a conversation with God but to teach a lesson to us as well. We should consider the facts of the matter without agonies of the past overwhelming our judgment. In short, that we cannot abandon the Arabs in the territories to terrorists that we armed in a failed peace attempt two decades ago. Also, if they would desire to join our nation, we would be better off for it. Nonterroristic Arabs are an asset to a lawful society, not a curse. Therefore we need to filter out terrorists from the good Arabs and then save as many precious roses from among the thornbush as we can.

If using a Torah perspective, it is assumed that the Jews have a right to their own land. If trusting that the Scripture has the most accurate intel possible, then any peace plan must take into account that the Jews are destined to have contiguous borders emanating directly to the North and South from Jerusalem. (Ezekiel, chapter 48) That means any peace plan would be doomed to fail if it did not end with Israel having full control of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank.)  As we mentioned before, there is another plan that gives full Israeli control without leaving a belligerent Arab militia in the way, this is Rabbi Elon's plan, i.e. Jordan is Palestine. From this aspect of Scripture-as-intel, either of these two plans could work.

But from the Abrahamic perspective, only Everyone Wins should be implemented. Even if somehow the Kingdom of Jordan agreed to overwhelm their population further and said Jordan is Palestine is agreeable to them, from our forefather's perspective, it would seem unacceptable, at least to my reading. The Abrahamic clause of 'Let Ishmael Live', would be met, but 'Before You', would not be met.

Further, the political problems after implementation are deep. First, it depends on the Kingdom of Jordan to not only allow it to occur, but next Jordan would need to build affordable housing and provide jobs fast enough to prevent massive discontent from everyone who just lost the societies that they held dear and do this for millions of people. It could take a great amount of money from the Western nations and Arab League to implement such a plan and remove the probability of failure; so it would burden many nations as well. They were gung-ho for the Oslo Accords, would they be for Jordan is Palestine as well? The potential to destabilize our most stable neighbor is not a sign of being on the direction toward World Peace.

At the time it was invented, Jordan is Palestine was the closest to the true Torah method to peace, allowing for the future prophecies to occur without further war, so I don't fault Rabbi Elon or his followers.  That plan led to Everyone Wins. A natural consequence of trying to do things the Torah way leads to the question, how can we do it best.

In recent years some leaders in Israel have spoken of annexing Judea and Samaria but leaving all Arabs including terrorists in the heartlands. Those plans that would follow Oslo Accord relics like Areas A, B and C would be worse than full annexation plans like the Glick plan. Just in case one would think that a plan like the Glick plan is closer to the Torah than Rabbi Elon's plan, allow me to point out the following. While this would end the hasbara nightmare in the Eastern territories, but continue the potential for it in Gaza, it would also leave machine guns in the hands of those sympathetic to terrorists. It would establish the current risk to Israeli citizens as the norm for yet another generation only with the IDF in control, it would be a less violent direction for the nation to go in, but not a full resolution of danger, as Jordan is Palestine or Everyone Wins would provide.

Plans like the Glick plan would technically add the territory of Ezekiel's prophecy but seem unlikely to enable a smooth and non-violent transition ushering in a period of World peace which is prophesied to come. Whereas Oslo-remnant preserving plans like Likud currently supports, are doomed to fail from a Torah perspective and would enable launching pads for civil unrest in the heartlands, to be decided by the whim and fiat of unrepentant terrorists, as Israel already knows too well. Israel smuggled in arms in the 1940's, a terror army would always be trying to imitate the same even if their guns alone were confiscated. They need to be dealt with conclusively. Let's wisely implement just and humane policy, not only one or only the other and not without the inspiration of Torah values.

Everyone Wins has the best of all types of peace plans, without the negatives of any. It is an annexation plan that filters out terrorists and allows as many good people as possible to keep their homes and societies. It is also a plan that enables unilateral action so it can be implemented without delay or preapproval. It does not discriminate against race but only whether a person wants to be a builder of civilization or not. At a time when the Americans are open to a One State solution, it is extremely viable.

God told Abraham, that the land would belong to his descendants. God repeated that vow to Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and Joshua. But it began with Abraham. How Abraham views these matters must be taken into consideration. If God wanted us to only think of what is best for our people, He could have begun His pledge by speaking to Jacob, but instead, He spoke to Isaac and Abraham before him, perhaps this was so that we would consider the needs of our cousins as well when we made peace.

Isaac sent Edom to Seir, to become Israel's neighbor, but Abraham said Let Ishmael live before you. Isaac and Abraham were both prophets, with each the best possible advice was given. Edom in the time of Joshua would become neighbors to Israel, and Ishmael in our time would join with us to make this state into a greater nation.

The Hebrew word for "let" in this verse allows for an alternate translation. The simple meaning is as a stated wish, but it can also be translated, "if only." A conditional wish.
"If only My people would hearken to Me if Israel would go in My ways. In a short time I would subdue their enemies and upon their enemies, I would return My hand." (Psalm 81: 14-15) 
If only Ishmael is good, then we can save him and bring him into our land to dwell with us.

We learn from the holy Torah's discussion of laws of charity, to treat good gentiles similar to one's brother, "If your brother becomes destitute and his hand falters beside you, you shall support him (whether) a convert or a resident, so that he can live with you." (Leviticus 25:35) The commentary of Rashi states, "a convert or a resident: Even if he is a convert (גֵּר) ger or a “resident (תוֹשָׁב) toshav.” And what is a “resident”? Any (gentile) who has accepted upon himself not to worship idols, even though he eats (non-kosher) carrion."
Therefore I say we should show charity to Yishmael, so that he may live with us as our father Avraham intended. The only proviso, he does not bow to the idolatry of violence and terror.

Ishmael can only be welcomed if he is as a spiritual brother, i.e. not abusive and violent. Therefore the gentle and innocent among him must be collected to remain, and those dedicated to anarchy and terror must be excluded from society, rejected from the land, or otherwise brought to justice for their bloodshed. If Ishmael is a terrorist he has to go. If Ishmael is humble and gracious, then the truth is revealed; we are as brethren. Our mutual forefather Abraham had a wish even as he was told of great tidings regarding Isaac, that we should allow Ishmael to live before us. We are family and that is what family should do.

Everyone Wins remains the best way to attempt to bring peace in a way that respects not only the intel of the Torah but as we have written here, it is the only peace plan on the table that contains the precise nuanced philosophy of it as well. Therefore may it be accepted as the one path to peace in Israel. May it soon be so, by the grace of God.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

The Draft Law: A Study in Bad Politics


Education Minister Bennett said that there is no reason to push for an immediate draft of all Charedi yeshiva students.
 Bennett is exactly correct under the current circumstance. BUT, the initial bill should have included a multi-staged enlistment with exceptions allowed from the start, and then this controversy and the subsequent action would not have needed to happen.

Bennett said, "The 'coalition crisis' is hollow (political), there's nothing in it." He said,"The truth may not be popular, but I'll say it anyways: There is a draft compromise, which takes into the fact that over the past decade, more and more haredim are drafting into the IDF each year.  If anyone thinks that the IDF can, and knows how to, integrate dozens of thousands of haredim all at once - he is mistaken. The IDF wants exactly this pace."

This is all from the failure of those who support the change to not take a moment to listen to the Chareidim, and turned the initial vote into a battle to be won, and the Chareidim, as a portion of the population to be controlled. Now that it was won, they awaken to the concept that civilians were targeted in their haste. Many members of the Knesset seem to not understand this even at this stage of things.

As MK Oren Hazan (Likud) previously stated"During the two thousand years of exile, when the Jews prayed in private, quietly, and secretly, sanctifying the name of God, [Torah study] suited us. Today, when we have a state, we won't let them learn Torah? Are we crazy?" Hazan asked.

If the Knesset had shown more sensitivity, would the Chareidim have been looking forward to the integration a bit more? The opportunity to know that was lost by a lack of consensus building prior to the previous vote. Once you know you will win a piece of legislation, it then becomes time to ensure the implementation of the proposed law will be accepted by the people without contention and hurt feelings all around. There was nothing to lose, except all that they could gain, had they chosen to consensus build at that time. Gloating is not consensus building.

Hopefully, and God willing, the current political efforts will make up for the discriminatory aspects of the recently passed legislation. Perhaps it is not too late to turn this into a good thing for the Chareidim also. But that does not remove the poor intentions of some in the Knesset to continue to discriminate against anyone who is not in their own image, who did not perform military service as they did.  They were in the army in their youth, so also must the chareidim. Whether the IDF actually needs more soldiers at the moment is one of the factors such MKs refuse to consider. Facts are not welcome by them, only how they feel is that which determines how they vote. At least that is the impression they are giving.

But what if, for example, they had offered Chareidim to volunteer at hospitals instead of army service, does anyone think they would have protested so? No, only out of a spirit of trying to make, the Israel of tomorrow, in their own image, and not in the best interests of the collective population of Israel, did these lawmakers act.

Israel deserves better leadership than that. A leadership that can be wise about tomorrow and sensitive to the people of today. May the quality of leadership in Israel improve. May it soon be so, by the grace of God.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Jerusalem Defender Ten Year Anniversary


Today is the Tenth of Teves, the Jewish fast day commemorating the siege of Jerusalem thousands of years ago. This blog was founded ten years ago to help in anyway possible to help prevent another assault on Jerusalem, only this time with our own consent. God blessed this good intention and this effort to the point that little did I suspect but just 6 months later, in writing to this blog, God inspired me to compose the Everyone Wins Peace Plan.

Everyone Wins is based on these core concepts:
  1. A good peace is good for all good people. 
  2. Peace does not wait for war to reset the playing field. Peace prevents war. 
  3. What terrorists want is not equal to what good people want.
  4. Terrorists are anti-ethical to civilization. No peace that makes sanctuary for them in strategic points of a nation's heartland has any real expectation to achieve lasting peace.
  5. Only a plan that can fit into the prophecies of the messianic age can possibly have a real chance of success. A plan that, for example, would try to divide the very place that the seal of world peace, the Holy Temple is, could not possibly be effective. This emanates from a pragmatic attitude of God being real and Scripture being the best intel one could hope for. It is guaranteed to be so.
  6. Ten years ago, Jordan is Palestine was a known peace plan that fit this bill at the time, but it put the power to fulfill it, in the hands of a foreign government.  The Kingdom of Jordan would have to agree.  This makes it implausible. Therefore another peace plan that retains Jerusalem was needed. One that allowed for unilateral implementation.
  7. More so, Abraham, the forefather of Jews and Arabs, did not rejoice at the destruction of the wicked cities in the vicinity of Sodom. He prayed for them to be saved if there are righteous among them. Thus there is no religious imperative to treat innocent Arabs as one would terrorists. Why should they be made homeless?
  8. So another method was needed. A plan that retains the land needed for the prophecies of world peace to occur, merciful towards enemies, but strong against terrorists. Someone who understands these factors should write a plan to deal with this. Also I am among the few who write on these matters publicly, who attempt to adhere to the Torah from Sinai completely.  The Torah that commands, “Do not stand still by the blood of your fellow (i.e. do not do nothing when your fellow’s life is in danger.)” (Leviticus 19:16)  I felt I had no choice but to try.

    So I accepted the responsibility to be open to God's inspiration on where we should go to find peace based on all these factors. God blessed me to do so. But it remains His inspiration. It must be implemented by the government of the people of Israel. But at least it is on the table.
To date no plan has come out that equals Everyone Wins. But I have to admit that this must be from Heaven. Just as beautiful music can come to the world through a highly imperfect composer, this plan somehow came through me, for whatever reason. So I wanted just to say thanks to HaShem/God for helping me to be the first to write about it.

Give thanks to the Lord because He is good, for His kindness is eternal. ...To Him Who performs great wonders alone, for His kindness is eternal. (Psalm 136:1 & 4)


It seems to me that based on the trend from 3 USA administrations we have thus far shared since this blog began, and considering that the alternative plans offered by leading Israelis in the past 10 years have been inching closer toward our way of thinking, it seems that it is just a matter of time until the things we wrote about here in this blog regarding the Everyone Wins Peace Plan, will occur as the true and lasting peace that Israel and the world needs.  But I only continue to promote the Everyone Wins Peace Plan, because there is simply no plan it's equal. This is God's project and if a better plan would come along, I remain prepared to support that instead. But as of this writing there is no true competition.

Blessed is the Lord God, the God of Israel, Who performs wonders alone. And blessed is His glorious name forever, and His glory will fill the entire earth. Amen and amen. 
(Psalm 72:18 & 19)

The main thing is that true peace come. May true peace come swiftly in our days. May it soon be so, by the grace of God.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Increase Pressure On Hamas


Any entity seeking statehood, whose aim is primarily the destruction of member states is obviously beyond the boundaries of civilized statehood and cannot help the world find peace.  Such an entity, should they become a state, would become more roguish than the states that currently sponsor them that have at least historic moments of normative philosophies in their international relations. 

All member states must desire peaceful coexistence or they cannot be considered member states.  While philosophical extremists can say whatever they like, terrorist ideology is beyond the pale of normative international relations. Comparable to a shopping mall; just as you need  everyone to be dedicated to avoiding violence before they enter. Similarly there is a normative expectation for an applicant state. It is a social contract expected from everyone who shops at a mall. There are reasonable expectations from applicant nations as well.  Hamas is inherently disqualified from joining civilized nations and also Israel never intended to give them Gaza. Therefore to encourage Hamas control of Gaza is illegitimate as a goal towards the path of achieving worldwide peace among nations states.

During Hamas' drive to continue ties with arms supplier Iran, we need to put more pressure up against their false claims to Gaza. Under international law, there is no protection for non nation entity based  terrorists who are trying to form a rogue state.  There is no international law that grants diplomatic immunity to Hamas to form a terrorist state before it has even achieved statehood.  Pro Israel advocates should emphasize this fact more often.


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Today I met Prof. Eugene Kontorovich for the first time. Though we have spoken previously, via electronic means.  I reiterated my position as taken in our previous discussion, on my view that Gaza does not belong to Hamas even under International Law. (as written about in this blog at this URL: Gaza and a One State Solution It was that meeting today that inspired this essay.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Unifying Temple Mount Advocacy


The Temple Mount is the heart and soul of Jerusalem and Israel. Surrendering governorship of the Temple Mount to the Waqf is not explainable from a Zionistic perspective. It is nonsensical from a strategic perspective. It is not excusable from a Torah perspective. In this Essay I do not wish to judge a religious dispute, but show an avenue to national unity that is not being discussed.

From an international perspective, there is nothing wrong in owning your land. The assumption of giving up land is an assault on Zionism. The attempt from four decades ago to falsely claim Zionism as racism was rescinded by the U.N. The U.N.'s current policy is a form of repentance for repealing Zionism-is-racism, by pressuring Israel to surrender the land of their own accord to a known terrorist supporting entity. Zionism-is-racism was lighter than attempting to force a permanent partnership with someone who wants to kill the new partner. We can't live in the mindset of the U.N., especially when it has stopped being an honest broker long ago.

The actual movement for Jewish rights on the Temple Mount should not center around the Jewish right to only pray there, but their God given right to govern and build there as well.

Not equal rights to pray, but equal rights to manage your own religion's holiest site on Earth. The Muslims do it in Mecca, the Catholics in Rome, and the Jews should do it in Jerusalem.

From an internal perspective, if it is OK to build on the Golan without asking the U.N. each time, why not on the place we are guaranteed to build on by prophecy, a prophecy that even Islam admits is true?

Israel's policy has been to ignore all world opinion on the Golan. Why should the Temple Mount be different? Do what is truly best for you.

Why take a poll of only those who do not love you regarding the Temple Mount and not ask those who do love you? Israel only seems to ask the PLO and the U.N. It does not take polls or referendums on what Israelis feel about the status quo on the Temple Mount.

The PLO has shown they want to use the Mount as a strategic spark to ignite unrest. This time even when Israel did nothing they still are trying to use the Temple Mount for violence. Therefore strategic concerns are no longer a reason to delay full control of the Temple Mount.

If you can't explain control of the Temple Mount, how do you explain control of anything? King David bought it 3000 years ago and it is at the center of our prayers.

First thing to do, you don't need to explain anything, don't let haters hate at your expense.

Second, Land for Peace is anti Zionistic. Give into it no longer.

Third, religious rights of your people matter, stop offending Jews by ignoring their right to the Temple Mount.

It makes no sense to delay this any longer, from a strategic perspective, since the violence in the streets was part and parcel of the Waqf withdrawal from the Temple Mount. It was not Israel forcing them out and then there was violence. They withdrew to make an excuse for violence.
(In basketball that would be called an offensive foul. Charging at and leaping into someone who is doing nothing wrong to draw a foul, is a foul in and of itself.)

To entrust the Waqf again at this juncture is an act of rewarding terror.  The U.N. said do it. And the Knesset accepted it, and not one referendum or poll to consider how the constituency feels about it.

The same U.N. that advised Israel to give ISIS the Golan Heights prefers the Waqf remain in control of the Temple Mount.  What does that tell you?

Israel never budged on sharing the Golan, but Israel immediately heeded to return governorship to a pro violence organization that does not allow the Mount to be a holy place for all peoples. Israel needs to no longer take advice on these kinds of internal matters from the U.N.

Prime Minister Netanyahu correctly told the world a year ago that Israel will never give up the Golan. Even more firm than Israel's right to the Golan is Israel's right to the Temple Mount. Why not apply the same wisdom there? If the Knesset feel uncomfortable dealing with religious issues, and consider themselves less religious than the Waqf, there are more religious people in Israel than there are in Waqf who would be better caretakers than the Waqf is able, who would ensure, as a matter of faith, that no violence issues forth from the Holy Mountain.

Rather than allowing the Waqf to take back governorship of the Mount, it was upon the Knesset to recognize that all this was an offer from Heaven to retake the Temple Mount to allow it to be a true house of prayer for all peoples. Not in a way that would cause war, but delivered gift wrapped. Should the Knesset continue to foolishly cave into U.N. pressure to squander this chance, and continue to deny religious rights? The right still exists for Israel to select a different governor, even today. What is your opinion on this? Who will you share that opinion with?

But this was an important historic moment nonetheless. We were reminded in practical terms, that the Waqf is only a caretaker governor organization under International Law. Israel remains the true owners, even by International Law. This gives tantalizing hope that Moshiach/messiah can come even in an avenue that would allow that age to be ushered in, without the need for any further wars. An End of Days with out lives ending. Only the right of the wicked to oppress the meek need end.

Unifying the Message

Just encouraging Jews to flock onto the Temple Mount is not likely to succeed as a catalyst for real change, as it ignores a vital prerequisite according to many, many leading Rabbis. Many consider, no prayers should be held today, only when the Temple Mount contains the House of Jacob, and the Biblical laws of cleansing and purification are in place, then can people ascend and then also is world peace guaranteed.

Ergo, some rabbis may be strongly against prayer rallies on the Temple Mount, as it is a workaround and a potential delay to the process that must be done to really fix things in the world today and enter the era of no bloodshed, politically, and religiously it is even more complex. Well, we can leave that to the experts, but we need to recognize the reality that the Jewish-prayer-now movement may not have Divine blessing to rid Israel of Waqf rule. A commandment that is fulfilled via a sin is a sin (Talmud, Sukah 30a), and ignoring most of the great Rabbis of a generation is a bad start to attempting to establish a House of Jacob.  Hence it can aggravate a lot of the followers of those Rabbis. Thus, politically speaking, it leaves half of your potential supporters at the gate before any potential prayer rally is even announced.

I am not presuming to judge this from the perspective of are these rabbis or those rabbis wrong or right.  I am simply objecting to the lack of unity currently in the movement for Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount.  I am merely trying to help light a path to unify all potential members of the movement towards the same direction by showing the side of the discussion that is not always reported on in the media. Let's not work around the great Rabbis, let's work with them. Consensus building will draw the combined energy of all lovers of Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount to combine to form a govern-the-Temple-Mount movement.

May the Knesset no longer participate in the continued appointment of the Waqf as the governing authority on the Temple Mount. May the time that the hallowed Temple Mount becomes a house of prayer for all peoples occur swiftly, in our days. May it soon be so, by the grace of God.