Another Day, Another Murder

September 2, 2010 by

So, now it’s two for two.  A car outside Kiryat Arba the night before last.  And last night, with the earth yet fresh on the graves of the four victims, a drive-by  against a car near Kochav HaShachar.  This time, baruch Hashem, no deaths.  Only an attempted murder, not a successful one.

In response to both attacks, the Israeli security forces swung into well-practiced action.  Jews attempting to enforce justice were stopped in their tracks.  Israel’s Hamas allies were given protection by IDF soldiers.  Jewish youth were attacked and arrested.  The Head Kapo showed up on the scene of the Kiryat Arba murder to mouth platitudes, while his green-suited subordinates made the pretense of looking for the enemy whom they were really protecting.  His boss, the mass murderer Yehud Run-Like-Lightning Barak (y”sh) called on Jews to “respect the law”.  The Big Cheese Bibi  (y”sh) opined that Israel’s actions will not be influenced by terrorism, then proceeded to go to dinner in preparation for rewarding terrorism by giving Israel’s Hamas allies all of Yosh and half of Yerushalayim.

But all of this is business as usual.  The real issue is what is to be done about it.

We all know that Torah-true justice requires that roughly 12,500 Ishmaelites in Eretz Yisrael be executed immediately in response to the successful murders.   In response to the unsuccessful murders, it would be wise to kill another 5,000 or so.  After all, why should justice be stayed just because Hashem, in his infinite mercy, caused the Ishmaelite bullets to go astray?  Finally, to prevent future attacks, all Ishmaelites living within a day’s travel of the sites of the attacks should be rounded up and deported.  Any who resist in any way, even by word or gesture or by failing to promptly obey commands, should be killed immediately.  All in all, were justice served properly in today’s Eretz Yisrael, roughly 20,000 of the Ishmaelites within Israel’s borders would be dead by this afternoon and all the rest would be sitting in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

Of course, the Israelis will do nothing of the sort.  Justice will not be served because, first of all, the State of Israel is allied with Hamas.  Right now, Israel’s leaders are busy celebrating the death of their Jewish enemies and are certainly in no mood to attack their allies.  Secondly, even if the Israelis were on the side of the Jews, they would not be capable of acting in a just fashion because they would not know justice if it stood up and slapped them on the face.  To be just, one must be true to the Holy Torah.  This excludes the Israelis by definition.  Thirdly, just action would draw howls of protest and sanctions from the goyim.  The Israelis are not willing to endure such tribulations simply for the sake of some Jews.

Therefore, the answer is clear.  No justice will be served.  The Ishmaelite-Amalekite forces will continue their rampage through the Land until the JEWS stop them.  It is also clear how the Jews can stop them.  Firstly, Jewish security forces must enforce Torah-true justice against the Ishmaelites.  Secondly, the appropriate defensive measures must be taken.  Yosh is a war zone.  It should be treated as such.  Until the enemy is exterminated and security is established, civilian vehicles should move in armed convoys.  No vehicle should travel by itself.  No vehicle should leave the gate of a secure area unless every adult occupant has a rifle and plenty of ammunition.  There should be at least one light machine gun for every two vehicles.  If at all possible, local security forces should provide armored escort vehicles to large convoys.  Of course,  control of the roads and control of key terrain dominating the roads is paramount.  Jewish security forces must establish and maintain such control.  As a side effect, such control will prevent the enemy from resupplying his forces, causing starvation and abandonment of territory by the enemy.  Thus defense becomes offense.  As enemy forces abandon territory, secure areas will grow, freeing up forces for additional operations.  Thus offense becomes defense.

None of this can happen while Israel’s illegitimate occupation forces remain in Yosh.  Therefore, the first priority of any clearheaded Jew must be to expel Israeli security forces from the Jewish communities.  This is where you, dear readers, come in.  The Jews of Yosh will not begin to properly defend themselves until the idea that the State of Israel is an illegitimate foreign occupier on their soil is planted firmly in their minds.  You must help to make this happen by spreading the idea of Medinat Yehudah.  Only when the idea of Medinat Yehudah spreads widely, only when the Jews of Eretz Yisrael begin to understand that Medinat Yehudah is the only plausible answer, only when the general path to establishing Medinat Yehudah is well understood by many, will things finally begin to turn around in Eretz Yisrael.

P.S.  Recently, there have been numerous requests for permission to use the material on this site, translate it, etc.  There have also been offers of money.  Let me be clear.  For reasons of operational security, the persons who operate this site will never contact you directly and ask you for money, nor will they accept money from you.  If you wish to donate money to peaceful causes that will benefit the Jews of Yosh, you should find a worthwhile institution or organization, such as the Od Yoseph Chai yeshiva or The Committee to Save the People and the Land,  the Central Fund, or Mishmeret Yesha.  Or better yet, contact the various communities of Yosh directly and donate money where it is needed.

Insofar as use of material on the site, it is free for you to use.  You may distribute it in any manner you see fit, whether for profit or not for profit, in any media of your choice, in order to promote the cause of our national liberation.  You may translate material into any language you wish, quote whatever you wish, etc, as long as it is for the cause of liberating our oppressed people from the rule of Israeli erev rav.  Attribution to the original site is unnecessary whenever it is operationally or tactically inconvenient.  The only request those behind this site’s creation have is that you consistently use the symbology of Medinat Yehudah, that is the colors white-black-gold and the Chai flag, when you explicitly promote Medinat Yehudah and not just talk in general terms about autonomy and self-determination.

Obviously, if you are planning radical action in accordance with Marighella Doctrine, you should not, at this stage, use Medinat Yehudah symbology or even talk about Medinat Yehudah.  Rather, you should talk about vengeance and revolution, and use your own symbology.  For the Israelis, Medinat Yehudah must be the “moderate answer” to the terrifying radicals.

Either way, whoever you are, wherever you go and whatever you do, those operating this site do not want to know any identifying details that can lead back to your true identity.  What a man does not know, he cannot compromise.  Remember, the reason the “Kahanists” left in this world today believe that Israel does not kill Jewish activists is because, the deranged ranting of Barry Chamish notwithstanding, in order to get on a kill list in the snake pit that is Israel’s coterie of upper echelon decision makers, one must be EFFECTIVE.  No Kahanist since R. Binyamin Kahane (z”l, h”y”d) has been worth killing.

23 Elul, 5770

A Cautionary Tale for Shabbat

August 20, 2010 by

The other day, Tzsvi Fishman published on his blog a giant pro-aliyah rant in which he first accuses everyone who does not immediately drop everything and make aliyah at once of cowardice, and then proceeds to demolish his own case by claiming that waving orange ribbons and hiding from the cops at Homesh constitutes the Pinchas-like struggle to overthrow the illegitimate erev rav regime called for by The Holy Martyr Rebbe Meir Kahane (z”l) toward the end of his career.  In support of this, he extensively quotes “Or HaRayon”, a book compiled from R. Kahane’s unpublished writings and ghost-published after his death by his close associates in an effort to present their idea of the Martyr Rebbe’s ideology.  Moreover, most of the particular passages Fishman quotes were written in the early 5740s and were tied to R. Kahane’s belief that redemption “at once” could be brought by revolution before the expiration of the forty-year “divine credit” of miracles that led to the creation and temporary strengthening of the State of Israel despite the wickedness of its rulers.  A few of the latter passages were written just before R. Kahane’s turn toward Medinat Yehudah as the solution to the problem still facing us today.  Obviously, the forty-year limit is long past.  Its end was marked by the beginning of the Oslo Process, signaling a definitive commitment to redemption “in its time” or else the destruction of Israel and a reset in the process of redemption back to square one.   At the end of his life, R. Kahane himself was committed to Medinat Yehudah, so much so that his last speech was given before the provisional banner of Medinat Yehudah.

At any rate, this is not very important.  What IS important is to ignore the kind of ranting Fishman indulges in on almost a daily basis.  Those who take Fishman and others like him seriously do a disservice to themselves, and more importantly, waste a valuable, scarce set of resources that will be needed in good time, namely their lives, health and money.  To explain why, I will resort to the ancient rabbinical method, and tell you a tale to think about over Shabbat.  So here is how it goes:

Not long ago, in a place not very far away, Flatbush to be precise, there lived a young man named Ephraim Khantsis.  He was not unintelligent and quite brave in the fashion of young men who think themselves immortal.  Young Ephraim had been born in the Ukraine, but his family had emigrated to America when he was quite young and so he had never known what it is like to live in a totalitarian society.  All his life he had spent in America and was thus used to the inviolate nature of basic freedoms and human rights enshrined in the American constitution.  So used was he to these freedoms, that he could not even imagine a society in which they would not exist, a society in which there was no freedom of speech, nor free elections, nor a free press, nor a right to keep and bear arms.  He knew that such societies could exist, intellectually, but he could not even imagine how they function.

In due course, young Ephraim grew up and understood that a Jew had no place living under goyshe rule.  Naturally, he became a Kahanist, as is the fashion of all decent Jewish young men aged between sixteen and thirty or so.  Indeed it is fair to say that if a young Jewish man is not a Kahanist by twenty, he has no Jewish heart.  Of course, if he is still a Kahanist by thirty, he has other problems.  But young Ephraim was still too young to know this.

As a young Kahanist, Ephraim did all the usual Kahanist things.  He read Kahane books, he hung out at Kahanist websites, he communicated with Kahanist activists.  In due course, he became committed to making aliyah and helping to build a Torah State in Eretz Yisrael.  Of course, he had little idea how to do this, but he assumed that if he just got to Israel and went to Yosh, he would find others who would help him and guide him, and all would be well.

As soon as he graduated from SUNY Stony Brook with his degree in Computer Science, young Ephraim got on a plane to Ben Gurion airport.  When he got off the plane in Lod, he enrolled in Machon Meir and made his way to Kfar Tapuach, hoping to lend a hand to the building of a Torah State.  There, he linked up with all the usual suspects.  Yekutiel Guzovsky, David HaIvri, Baruch Marzel, all the tired old men who represent the sad spectacle that is modern-day Kahanism in Israel.

But, you see, no one, not the Kahanist websites, not the Kahanist “leaders” and certainly not blogs like Fishman’s, educated young Ephraim on the reality of the situation in Eretz Yisrael.  All his life, he had lived in a democracy.  All his life he had been used to human rights, such as freedom of speech, being inviolate.  All his life he had been used to the idea that if enough people just get together and demand stuff, the powers that be will seek to accommodate them for fear of losing their votes.  He thought that Israel was a democracy, too.  Everyone had told him this.  Heck, there are even elections and multiple political parties that keep switching the number of seats in the Knesset.  Politicians get indicted for corruption on a routine basis, there is a lively press hotly debating all kinds of topics…  At first glance, it looked a lot like America, only smaller and louder.  Why would he think differently?

No one told young Ephraim that Israel is a totalitarian police state about as free and democratic as Brezhnev’s USSR.  No one told him that in Israel there is no freedom of speech, human rights are protected only for those who have the right protektsia, elections are rigged in advance, all electronic communications are monitored by the secret police, the press can discuss in a lively fashion only those things permitted by the powers that be, corruption indictments have nothing to do with actual corruption, or even evidence, and the average citizen cannot take a step into the bushes to relieve himself without a Shabak snitch running to tell the powers that be all about it.  No one told him that the people he hung out with live under a microscope.  No one told him that the very act of saying hello to them lands one on a secret police watchlist.  No one told him that they are surrounded by snitches on all sides and that some of them are forced to snitch on their own comrades for fear of their own lives and the lives of those whom they love.  No one told him that the vast majority of Jews in Eretz Yisrael worship the State of Israel as an idol no different in nature from the Golden Calf, but far more dangerous in substance.  No one told him that the people who should be busy trying to change this sad state of affairs by advocating Jewish independence and Jewish self-sufficiency are instead busy running internet cafes, or writing blogs to urge ignorant young men like Ephraim to make aliyah, or taking nature hikes, or trying to increase their number of Knesset seats from two to three.

The moment young Ephraim opened his mouth and started telling others what he believed, a snitch in Tapuach ran to tell the Shabak.  The mamlachti whores whom he mistook for rabbis at Machon Meir demanded that he change his views or else.  The Shabak made threats and ordered him to stay out of Yosh.  But young Ephraim lacked the basic knowledge to understand what it all meant.  He proudly stood his ground.  He refused to change his views because his views were right.  He refused to recant his statements because he had spoken the truth and, in the democratic society he was used to living in, no one is punished for merely speaking his mind.  He refused to stay out of Yosh because, in a democratic society, the police cannot simply ban a man from half the country on a whim, so he could not comprehend how such an “order” could even exist, much less be legally enforced.

And no one, not the tired old men he was hanging around with, not his Tapuach peers, not his classmates at Machon Meir, NO ONE took the trouble to educate young Ephraim as to the kind of society he was really living in.  First of all, they did not know him and therefore did not care about him.  Second, there was the language barrier.  But third and most important of all, in order to tell Ephraim the Truth, they first have to admit the Truth to themselves.  And they cannot do it, because the Truth imposes upon them obligations they are simply unwilling to fulfill.

And so Ephraim was simply arrested by the Shabak and thrown into Eshel prison without charge or trial.  In a totalitarian police state, the secret police can do anything.  After all, unlike in democratic societies, in a totalitarian police state like Israel, there is no law.  There is only the appearance of legality to paper over the reality of arbitrary naked force lurking just below the surface.  The “law” guarantees all kinds of freedoms in Israel, just like it did in the USSR and still does in Syria, Iran, North Korea, Zimbawe or any other similar country.  But only children and naïve immigrants who do not know any better would actually believe what the “law” says.  In actuality, the secret police need only point a finger, write a memo, and a man disappears into the gulag.  If he is lucky, he might make it out.  If he is unlucky, he might have an “accident”, “die of disease” or be “shot while attempting to escape”.  Or he might just rot away in some dungeon forever, and never again see the light of day.  In Israel, the façade is prettier than in Zimbabwe or North Korea, and the authorities are more restrained by the need to maintain the façade, but only when the cameras are watching.  When there are no cameras watching, Israel might as well be Zimbabwe.

Now, once he was arrested, Ephraim did all the right, good and noble things a proper Jew is supposed to do when arrested by the Israelis.  He refused to acknowledge their authority to arrest him.  He refused to talk to them.  He refused to recognize the legitimacy of their “courts” or their “law”.  He refused, in short, to be treated as anything other than what he was, that being a prisoner of war seized arbitrarily and illegally by a foreign force illegitimately occupying his country.

But then a funny thing happened.  While Ephraim was bravely defying the Israeli occupier, the other Jews in the Holy Land did… absolutely nothing.  No one protested on his behalf.  No one sprayed graffiti on buildings or pasted posters with his face on every street corner, demanding his freedom.  No one took Israeli soldiers hostage to exchange for him.  No one blew up border cops or ambushed policemen to avenge his illegal detention.  He was utterly alone.  No one was actually struggling to build a Torah State.  The few who should have been busy inspiring the struggle were busy with nonsense.  The many who should have been struggling were never inspired.  And the few brave heroes willing to sacrifice their lives to actually do battle with the regime as urban guerrillas would not do so for him, because they did not know him and he was not one of them.  And thus his noble defiance was utterly useless.

In a way, Ephraim Khantsis was lucky.  Unlike numerous underage girls at Amona, he wasn’t sexually assaulted.  Unlike Yaakov Teitel, he was not tortured to within an inch of his life, driven insane and forced to confess to every unsolved police case since the shooting of Arlosoff.  Unlike Chaim Perlman, he was not subjected to strappado.  Unlike Rav Binyamin Kahane (z”l), he was not murdered.  In the end, he was simply deported back to America.  One hopes that he is wiser for the experience.

The story of Ephraim Khantsis, dear reader, is a cautionary tale about the utility of new American olim at this stage of the national liberation struggle.  Unless you speak good Hebrew, can blend into Israeli society, have good connections in Eretz Yisrael and thus many places to hide from the enemy, and can pass for an Israeli at need, you are of no use whatsoever in Eretz Yisrael.  All you are going to do is get yourself arrested and deported if you are lucky.  If you are unlucky, the Shabak will quietly murder you.  And no one will care.

If you are an American Jew who wants to make a difference, do not listen to the aliyah rants of Tzvi Fishman and his ilk.  Your body is not needed in Eretz Yisrael.  Today, what is needed is your time, your voice, your money and your political support.  The idea of Medinat Yehudah must spread and you must help to spread it.  Once the idea spreads far enough, there will be a national liberation struggle.  During the coming struggle, Jewish communities in Yosh will need funding.  Jewish self-defense organizations will need weapons.  Medinat Yehudah activists struggling in Eretz Yisrael will need equipment, technical aid and moral support.  Even today, though most of the money that goes to Yosh is simply wasted, organizations like the Central Fund funnel millions of dollars to worthwhile projects.

When the time comes and there is a Stage One transition, you might be useful as a fundraiser in America or as a participant in the War of Symbols in Israel.  When there is a Stage Two transition, you will be useful as both a fundraiser and, if you wish it, a fighter.  When the War of Independence begins in earnest, all who want to fight will have ample opportunity to do so.  Until then, have patience.  Advocate.  Spread the word.  Gather skills.  Learn Hebrew.  Save money.  Wait.  And ignore the aliyah rants.  That is all you can do.

Shabbat Shalom

10 Elul, 5770

The other day, Tzsvi Fishman published on his blog [http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Blogs/Blog.aspx/4#4327] a giant pro-aliyah rant in which he first accuses everyone who does not immediately drop everything and make aliyah immediately of cowardice, and then proceeds to demolish his own case by claiming that waving orange ribbons and hiding from the cops at Homesh constitutes the Pinchas-like struggle to overthrow the illegitimate erev rav regime called for by The Holy Martyr Rebbe Meir Kahane (z”l) toward the end of his career.  In support of this, he extensively quotes “Or haRayon”, a book compiled from R. Kahane’s unpublished writings and ghost-published after his death by his close associates in an effort to present their idea of the Martyr Rebbe’s ideology.  Moreover, most of the particular passages Fishman quotes were written in the early 5700s and were tied to R. Kahane’s belief that redemption “at once” could be brought by revolution before the expiration of the forty-year “divine credit” of miracles that led to the creation and temporary strengthening of the State of Israel despite the wickedness of its rulers.  A few of the latter passages were written just before R. Kahane’s turn toward Medinat Yehudah as the solution to the problem still facing us today.  Obviously, the forty-year limit is long past.  Its end was marked by the beginning of the Oslo Process, signaling a definitive commitment to redemption “in its time” or else the destruction of Israel and a reset in the process of redemption back to square one.   At the end of his life, R. Kahane himself was committed to Medinat Yehudah, so much so that his last speech was given before the provisional banner of Medinat Yehudah.

At any rate, this is not very important.  What IS important is to ignore the kind of ranting Fishman indulges in on almost a daily basis.  Those who take Fishman and others like him seriously do a disservice to themselves, and more importantly, waste a valuable, scarce set of resources that will be needed in good time, namely their lives, health and money.  To explain why, I will resort to the ancient rabbinical method, and tell you a tale to think about over Shabbat.  So here is how it goes:

Not long ago, in a place not very far away, Flatbush to be precise, there lived a young man named Ephraim Khantsis.  He was not unintelligent and quite brave in the fashion of young men who think themselves immortal.  Young Ephraim had been born in the Ukraine, but his family had emigrated to America when he was quite young and so he had never known what it is like to live in a totalitarian society.  All his life he had spent in America and was thus used to the inviolate nature of basic freedoms and human rights enshrined in the American constitution.  So used was he to these freedoms, that he could not even imagine a society in which they would not exist, a society in which there was no freedom of speech, nor free elections, nor a free press, nor a right to keep and bear arms.  He knew that such societies could exist, intellectually, but he could not even imagine how they function.

In due course, young Ephraim grew up and understood that a Jew had no place living under goyshe rule.  Naturally, he became a Kahanist, as is the fashion of all decent Jewish young men aged between sixteen and thirty or so.  Indeed it is fair to say that if a young Jewish man is not a Kahanist by twenty, he has no Jewish heart.  Of course, if he is still a Kahanist by thirty, he has other problems.  But young Ephraim was still too young to know this.

As a young Kahanist, Ephraim did all the usual Kahanist things.  He read Kahane books, he hung out at Kahanist websites, he communicated with Kahanist activists.  In due course, he became committed to making aliyah and helping to build a Torah State in Eretz Yisrael.  Of course, he had little idea how to do this, but he assumed that if he just got to Israel and went to Yosh, he would find others who would help him and guide him, and all would be well.

As soon as he graduated from SUNY Stony Brook with his degree in Computer Science, young Ephraim got on a plane to Ben Gurion airport.  When he got off the plane in Lod, he enrolled in Machon Meir and made his way to Kfar Tapuach, hoping to lend a hand to the building of a Torah State.  There, he linked up with all the usual suspects.  Yekutiel Guzovsky, David HaIvri, Baruch Marzel, all the tired old men who represent the sad spectacle that is modern-day Kahanism in Israel.

But, you see, no one, not the Kahanist websites, not the Kahanist “leaders” and certainly not blogs like Fishman’s, educated young Ephraim on the reality of the situation in Eretz Yisrael.  All his life, he had lived in a democracy.  All his life he had been used to human rights, such as freedom of speech, being inviolate.  All his life he had been used to the idea that if enough people just get together and demand stuff, the powers that be will seek to accommodate them for fear of losing their votes.  He thought that Israel was a democracy, too.  Everyone had told him this.  Why would he think differently?

No one told young Ephraim that Israel is a totalitarian police state about as free and democratic as Brezhnev’s USSR.  No one told him that in Israel there is no freedom of speech, human rights are protected only for those who have the right protektsia, elections are rigged in advance, all electronic communications are monitored by the secret police and the average citizen cannot take a step into the bushes to relieve himself without a Shabak snitch running to tell the powers that be all about it.  No one told him that the people he hung out with live under a microscope.  No one told him that the very act of saying hello to them lands one on a secret police watchlist.  No one told him that they are surrounded by snitches on all sides and that some of them are forced to snitch on their own comrades for fear of their own lives and the lives of those whom they love.  No one told him that the vast majority of Jews in Eretz Yisrael worship the State of Israel as an idol no different in nature from the Golden Calf, but far more dangerous in substance.  No one told him that the people who should be busy trying to change this sad state of affairs by advocating Jewish independence and Jewish self-sufficiency are instead busy running internet cafes, or writing blogs to urge ignorant young men like Ephraim to make aliyah, or taking nature hikes, or trying to increase their number of Knesset seats from two to three.

The moment young Ephraim opened his mouth and started telling others what he believed, a snitch in Tapuach ran to tell the Shabak.  The mamlachti whores whom he mistook for rabbis at Machon Meir demanded that he change his views or else.  The Shabak made threats and ordered him to stay out of Yosh.  But young Ephraim lacked the basic knowledge to understand what it all meant.  He proudly stood his ground.  He refused to change his views because his views were right.  He refused to recant his statements because he had spoken the truth and, in the democratic society he was used to living in, no one is punished for merely speaking his mind.  He refused to stay out of Yosh because, in a democratic society, the police cannot simply ban a man from half the country on a whim, so he could not comprehend how such an “order” could even exist, much less be legally enforced.

And no one, not the tired old men he was hanging around with, not his Tapuach peers, not his classmates at Machon Meir, NO ONE took the trouble to educate young Ephraim as to the kind of society he was really living in.  First of all, they did not know him and therefore did not care about him.  Second, there was the language barrier.  But third and most important of all, in order to tell Ephraim the Truth, they first have to admit the Truth to themselves.  And they cannot do it, because the Truth imposes upon them obligations they are simply unwilling to fulfill.

And so Ephraim was simply arrested by the Shabak and thrown into Eshel prison without charge or trial.  In a totalitarian police state, the secret police can do anything.  After all, unlike in democratic societies, in a totalitarian police state like Israel, there is no law.  There is only the appearance of legality to paper over the reality of arbitrary naked force lurking just below the surface.  The “law” guarantees all kinds of freedoms in Israel, just like it did in the USSR and still does in Syria, Iran, North Korea or Zimbawe or any other similar country.  But only children and naïve immigrants who do not know any better would actually believe what the “law” says.  In actuality, the secret police need only point a finger, write a memo, and a man disappears into the gulag.  If he is lucky, he might make it out.  If he is unlucky, he might have an “accident”, “die of disease” or be “shot while attempting to escape”.  Or he might just rot away in some dungeon forever, and never again see the light of day.  In Israel, the façade is prettier than in Zimbabwe or North Korea, and the authorities are more restrained by the need to maintain the façade, but only when the cameras are watching.  When there are no cameras watching, Israel might as well be Zimbabwe.

Now, once he was arrested, Ephraim did all the right, good and noble things a proper Jew is supposed to do when arrested by the Israelis.  He refused to acknowledge their authority to arrest him.  He refused to talk to them.  He refused to recognize the legitimacy of their “courts” or their “law”.  He refused, in short, to be treated as anything other than what he was, that being a prisoner of war seized arbitrarily and illegally by a foreign force illegitimately occupying his country.

But then a funny thing happened.  While Ephraim was bravely defying the Israeli occupier, the other Jews in the Holy Land did… absolutely nothing.  No one protested on his behalf.  No one sprayed graffiti on buildings or pasted posters with his face on every street corner, demanding his freedom.  No one took Israeli soldiers hostage to exchange for him.  No one blew up border cops or ambushed policemen to avenge his illegal detention.  He was utterly alone.  No one was actually struggling to build a Torah State.  The few who should have been busy inspiring the struggle were busy with nonsense.  The many who should have been struggling were never inspired.  And the few brave heroes willing to sacrifice their lives to actually do battle with the regime as urban guerrillas would not do so for him, because they did not know him and he was not one of them.  And thus his noble defiance was utterly useless.

In a way, Ephraim Khantsis was lucky.  Unlike numerous underage girls at Amona, he was neither raped nor sexually assaulted.  Unlike Yaakov Teitel, he was not tortured to within an inch of his life, driven insane and forced to confess to every unsolved police case since the shooting of Arlosoff.  Unlike Chaim Perlman, he was not subjected to strappado.  Unlike Rav Binyamin Kahane (z”l), he was not murdered.  In the end, he was simply deported back to America.  One hopes that he is wiser for the experience.

The story of Ephraim Khantsis, dear reader, is a cautionary tale about the utility of new American olim at this stage of the national liberation struggle.  Unless you speak good Hebrew, can blend into Israeli society, have good connections in Eretz Yisrael and thus many places to hide from the enemy, and can pass for an Israeli at need, you are of no use whatsoever in Eretz Yisrael.  All you are going to do is get yourself arrested and deported if you are lucky.  If you are unlucky, the Shabak will quietly murder you.  And no one will care.

If you are an American Jew who wants to make a difference, do not listen to the aliyah rants of Tzvi Fishman and his ilk.  Your body is not needed in Eretz Yisrael.  Today, what is needed is your time, your voice, your money and your political support.  The idea of Medinat Yehudah must spread and you must help to spread it.  Once the idea spreads far enough, there will be a national liberation struggle.  During the coming struggle, Jewish communities in Yosh will need funding.  Jewish self-defense organizations will need weapons.  Medinat Yehudah activists struggling in Eretz Yisrael will need equipment, technical aid and moral support.  Even today, though most of the money that goes to Yosh is simply wasted, organizations like the Central Fund funnel millions of dollars to worthwhile projects.

When the time comes and there is a Stage One transition, you might be useful as a fundraiser in America or as a participant in the War of Symbols in Israel.  When there is a Stage Two transition, you will be useful as both a fundraiser and, if you wish it, a fighter.  When the War of Independence begins in earnest, all who want to fight will have ample opportunity to do so.  Until then, have patience.  Advocate.  Spread the word.  Gather skills.  Learn Hebrew.  Save money.  Wait.  And ignore the aliyah rants.  That is all you can do.

Shabbat Shalom

10 Elul, 5770

The Israeli Case for Medinat Yehudah

August 17, 2010 by

The Jerusalem Center recently released a video delineating Israel’s “vital security needs”.  Like all such information released by Israeli propaganda organs, it is fundamentally defeatist, indeed almost suicidal, in its premises.  From the beginning, it assumes that all territory east of the Green Line will be surrendered to some non-Israeli entity.  But let’s not discuss this for a moment.  We all know that the Israelis are fundamentally suicidal in their outlook and that their very will to national self-defense is swiftly ebbing.  The more important thing about this video is that it makes, without trying, the case for Medinat Yehudah.

Consider this for a moment.   If the Israelis want security, a force friendly to Israel must control the Judean Hills and the defensive wall of the Jordan Valley.  Once a hostile force sits on the hills overlooking Jerusalem, only a nine mile drive downhill separates it from the Mediterranean.  One hour of armored combat, and Israel could be cut in half.

A friendly air force must control the airspace over Judea and Samaria with a guarantee that any hostile aircraft is intercepted within less than two minutes of violating this airspace and therefore never reaches Israel’s major population centers in any form, not even in the form of descending debris.  From the hills of Judea, the most primitive man-portable anti-aircraft rocket can shoot down any airliner taking off or landing at Ben Gurion Airport.  Therefore, no hostile force with such missiles must be present in the hills of Judea.

From the same mountain country East of Israel, all Israel’s major communications arteries are exposed to direct lay artillery, rocket and mortar fire, making them all but untenable in wartime.  With roads and mobilization centers under constant artillery fire, Israeli reserves would be unable to even mobilize, much less deploy.  Israeli forces already in the field will be fixed in their positions and cut off from resupply as long as the guns sitting in the hills above them do not run short of ammunition.

Every air base in Israel is likewise within direct lay artillery range of the same hills.  Artillery observers sitting in Yosh can crater and scattermine every runway in Israel literally within minutes of a decision to go to war, effectively rendering the Israeli air force useless before its pilots even know there is a war on, much less have time to get to their planes, never mind getting the planes up into the air.  And these same observers, watching through their field glasses, can stop in its tracks any effort to repair or clear these runways, effectively removing the IAF from consideration for the duration of the conflict.

To any modern armed force occupying Judea and Samaria, many major population centers in Israel are within range of not only howitzers and multiple rocket launchers, but even heavy mortars!  No Israeli civilian would be able to do anything other than cower in a bomb shelter and wait for the shells to stop falling from the moment a war starts to the moment it ends.  No factory, hospital or power plant would be able to operate.  Food distribution and garbage collection would stop.   Electricity would go away.  Sewage plants and water pumps would stop working even if they are not simply destroyed in the bombardment.  Should the war go on for more than a few days, with sewage systems destroyed, rotting garbage piling up in the hot sun and corpses in the streets, there would be real risk of starvation and epidemic disease.

The video does not mention this, but much of Israel’s water comes from wells in Western Yosh.  Any force sitting on top of these wells can simply turn off the taps and, within days, Israelis in Tel Aviv will be literally dying of thirst or drinking raw sewage.  The well problem is a major motivator behind Israel’s recent push to construct several giant desalinization plants, lest Israelis die of thirst during an Arab uprising that temporarily cuts off access to the water.  But heavy artillery based in Yosh would turn these plants’ fancy reverse osmosis filters into so much plastic-laced rubble within hours.

Moreover, the Israeli armed forces depend heavily on an electronic backbone comprised of a chain of wireless stations linked by fiber optic lines not dissimilar in concept to the backbone of a cell phone network.  With jammers advantageously positioned on the high ground in Judea and Samaria, a modern armed force can “drown” this backbone for hours on end even if it cannot, for some strange reason, shoot it full of holes with precision-guided artillery.

The bottom line is that any halfway competent, decently armed modern military force based in Judea and Samaria can simply shut down Israel at will within fifteen minutes, destroy the critical national life-support systems within hours and strangle what is left of the country within weeks, even if it does not simply overrun it within days.  The Israelis cannot permit this.  They cannot permit even the possibility of it.  Not if they want to live.

Yet they are between a rock and a hard place.  They do not want and cannot keep Judea and Samaria.  They have neither the will to indefinitely occupy land that they feel no connection to, nor the stomach to indefinitely rule over an alien people, nor the large brass beitzim needed to indefinitely receive the combined opprobrium of the entire word and answer it with the one-finger salute.  All they want is peace, at any price whatsoever.  But, as things stand now, they cannot have any peace at all, except the peace of the grave.

This is the ”real” world as it looks through their eyes.  No settler or Jewish nationalist, whether secular or religious, bearded or clean-shaven, articulate or not, can change this perception.  When naïve fools, from Ketzaleh to Feiglin, argue that the Israelis should stay in Judea and Samaria on the basis of “security needs” or “common sense” or “heritage” or common humanity, their arguments fall on deaf ears.  AND THEY ALWAYS WILL.  The Israelis want nothing but escape.  At any price.  And if they cannot have it, they will simply pretend that they can and surrender to the Moslems, or walk into the sea and drown.

Only an argument that promises the Israelis a viable escape from the death trap they have arranged for themselves can penetrate the fog of their despair.  To stop the desperate Israeli search for solutions one cannot do anything other than OFFER THEM A SOLUTION.  Medinat Yehudah can be this solution.

The argument is simple, direct, persuasive.  Imagine, it says, that a bunch of crazy religious Jews completely independent of the State of Israel control Judea and Samaria.  Imagine that they have their own army, their own air force, their own police, their own government.  Imagine if they do what they want in their crazy country and fight their own war.  Imagine them, and not the IDF, fighting Arab terrorism with no concern whatsoever for international public opinion.  You want a force that will fight Hamas without Betselem?  You got it!  You want a force that can put an end to Arab terror attacks once and for all?  You got it!  You want an end to the “occupation” that will not result in sworn enemies shooting rockets at Tel Aviv from the hills of Judea, or trying to shoot down airliners on approach to Ben Gurion airport?  You got it!  You want peace, strategic depth, security, all without cost to you and without sending your sons to die in some “West Bank” hellhole?  Step right up!  Heck, if you pay rent, you can even have IDF bases in the Jordan Valley without having to patrol Ramallah, Hebron and Jenin!

And what do you, the Israeli, have to provide in return?  Simple.  Split with us the tanks, the planes, the guns.  We will take our fair share, and you can have your fair share, just like we will take our part of the Land, and you can keep yours.  Or, if you are too chicken to do even this, just walk away and open the border to us.  We will buy what we want, we will bring it home and we will use it to help ourselves.  Just stay out of our way.

We are tougher than you.  We are crazy.  Completely nuts.  We believe that Hashem will help us and that He is the only ally we need.  You can see it from our huge kippot and our long peyot and our tangled beards and our crazy tunics with long tzitzit shot through with techeilet.   We are lunatic biblical fanatics who are nothing like you.  There has been nothing like us on this earth since the days of the Hashmonaim.  We will fight forever, until the end of time, just like Hamas.  We will never give up even a centimeter of the Land.  We will build fortresses up in our hills overlooking Tel Aviv, point cannons east instead of west and intercept hostile airplanes before they ever get to you.  We will do it all at half the cost and a tenth of the effort you spend, because we are loons who do not give a rat’s behind about anyone’s opinion and we will therefore be able to use methods that you could never get away with.  We are willing to endure endless blood, sweat, toil and tears, struggle in poverty, serve in our army for a mandatory six or seven years, eat short rations, have dozens of kids and live in shacks and caves, all just so we can hold on to the Land.  The whole world will embargo us, sanction us and attack us, but because we are such lunatics, as long as we have the guns, no UN member would dare send “peacekeepers” to actually enforce any of the UN resolutions against us.  The Arabs will fight us forever, like they have always fought you, except ten times more, because they will be scared spitless of us actually marching to the Euphrates if we ever get enough men and guns.   And while the Arabs fight us, you will be safe.  As long as we don’t go under, no one will even remember that you exist.

The moment this argument is made, CREDIBLY made by lots of people who look and act serious, the moment the Israelis believe that this is for real and that Medinat Yehudah will really work, they will fall on their knees and kiss the dust at the feet of whoever makes it.  They will run from Yosh so fast, their feet will blur like a cartoon and the dust will rise to the sky like a tornado.  They will hand whoever convinces them a ton of hardware and a pile of cash, all of it with plausible deniability, of course.  They will open the border, officially or otherwise, and do everything they possibly can to keep Medinat Yehudah afloat.

Moreover, dear reader, in due course the Israelis will hand Medinat Yehudah far more than simply Yosh.  For they do not want and cannot hold the Golan, either.  Or the Galil.  Or the Negev.  Or Yerushalayim.   All they want is Gush Dan.  And even in Gush Dan, what they really want is the Tel Aviv “bubble”.  They are Bubble People, as unsubstantial and unsuited to the real world of the Middle East as the wannabe Silicon Valley-cum-Hollywood-cum-LA-cum-San Francisco soap bubble they occupy.  The first dati leumi leader to credibly offer the Israeli bubble dwellers a way to withdraw forever away from our harsh Middle Eastern reality and hide safely in their magic Bubble World will be the first Nasi of Medinat Yehudah.

Sadly, neither Feiglin nor Ketzaleh, nor even Michael Ben-Ari truly comprehends this.  Nor are things any better with our rabbis.  Even R. Shapira, R. Wolpo and R. Tal are yet to truly see the light.  Yet there is hope.  For if these tired old men do not step up to the plate, sooner or later a younger leader will.  If we cannot be this person, then your job and my job, dear reader, is to find someone who can be.  Or at least to keep speaking until, bizrat Hashem, the words fall upon the right set of ears.  The leader our people need is, surely, even now walking among us.  We just don’t know it, yet.

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