Declare Open War Against G-D And His Torah
by Rabbi Zushe Kohn
from issue 299.)
mere discussions of the ‘autonomy plan’ are in and of themselves a
desecration of G-d’s Name and a desecration of holiness. It is one thing that
there are Jews living in Eretz Yisroel who in their own personal lives do not
observe Torah and mitzvos. It is quite another matter, however, when the
government of Eretz Yisroel declares open war against G-d and His Torah.
for the explanation they give, that the issue is merely one of allowing the
Arabs to conduct their own affairs in such areas as education, agriculture, and
the like, but not in areas of foreign relations and security, and that it’s
only on a trial basis – if this were indeed true, it would be a matter of
diplomacy and I would not argue with you. You apparently understand diplomacy
better than I do. The fact of the matter is, however, that this is not an issue
of diplomacy, but one of giving away parts of Eretz Yisroel. The very talks, in
and of themselves, are a desecration of G-d’s Name, and in opposition to G-d
and His Torah. Consequently, all the dainty and delightful diplomacy that Jews
wish to make of it is irrelevant.
for the argument that due to the current wave of Russian immigration and other
important interests which require U.S. involvement, the U.S. opinion must be
taken into account – the bottom line is that this is the first step in the
giving away of parts of Eretz Yisroel. The proof is that the politicians
themselves, say that they are doing this only because they are intimidated by
the gentiles, and because they are being pressured, etc., which means that the
moment that there will again be pressure, they will again become intimidated,
and the pattern will continue without end. Indeed, they’ve already seen from
the past that bowing to pressure only brings more pressure in its wake.
this point in the exchange, Mr. Katzav confirmed the Rebbe’s words by pointing
out that last year President Bush had written a letter in opposition to a
Palestinian state, while this year he merely wrote that he is not ‘for’ a
Palestinian state – a perfect example of how bowing to pressure had resulted
in a change of attitude on the part of the United States.)
the Rebbe: "And we see in which direction the change is headed. It’s
unacceptable for a Jew who believes in G-d and in His Torah, to be a partner to
matters such as these, G-d forbid, and affix his signature to them in approval.
It is thus preferable that the government should dissolve and cease to be a
Jewish government – because they speak of these autonomy plans only out of
pressure from the gentile nations (as they themselves admit). As such, it is
preferable that there be established, G-d forbid, a gentile government, which
will make the decisions about what to do with Eretz Yisroel. At least this way
Jews will not affix their signatures to such matters.
are certainly acquainted with Mr. Menachem Begin, who originally did not agree
with the Camp David issue. Indeed, he strongly opposed it. Eventually, however,
he began to make concessions, and from what I hear, he regrets having done so to
this very day. If people who do not believe in G-d were the ones doing this, it
would possible to understand. But for people who believe in G-d to affix their
signatures to matters relating to giving away parts of Eretz Yisroel – this is
a desecration of G-d’s name.
believes in G-d and in the holiness of Eretz Yisroel. It is completely
incomprehensible how he, of all people, now agrees to discuss plans, which
ultimately translate into giving away parts of Eretz Yisroel.
security of Eretz Yisroel comes from the One G-d. If the government will act
accordingly, with the necessary strength, then they will have nothing to fear
regarding the security of Eretz Yisroel!
the moment, the discussions concern only a five-year autonomy plan, but this is
merely because the politicians are afraid to clearly state that they intend to
give away parts of Israel. Their intention, however, is quite clear. I estimate
that Shamir himself is aware of this – even more so than I.
has many merits with regard to Eretz Yisroel, going back to the days of the
"Irgun," and so on. Back then, when the gentiles had dominion over
Eretz Yisroel (as sanctioned by Torah), Shamir fought against them – and now
it is he, of all people, that is discussing the giving away of parts of Eretz
practical action, it is my opinion that everything possible must be done to see
to it that Shamir immediately dissolve the resolution and talks of autonomy.
have always fought for a government that would be headed by Shamir. Just as I
did all that was in my power toward this end, if the Israeli government will
continue in the path of autonomy talks, then I, Menachem Mendel, will be the
first to fight, with full force and with all my might, against Shamir, so that
his government should collapse!
until today, only Mr. Peres opposed the Shamir government. However, should he
continue on the path of autonomy talks, then I too will oppose the Shamir
Shamir cannot withstand the pressure of the gentiles, then he must openly
declare that due to his inability, he is no longer able to serve as prime
I have pointed out a number of times in the past, it is written that the shamir
is something [a worm] that breaks apart solid stone. Let Mr. Shamir apply
himself with the full intensity of the shamir against the resolution to
discuss the giving away of parts of Eretz Yisroel, and the entire matter will
break apart and disappear. If he applies himself in this manner, all such
resolutions and ideas will disintegrate.
Katzav: The Rebbe shlita is the
one who brought about the establishment of the present government and we want
the Rebbe to continue to bestow upon it his blessing, which brings sanctity into
Rebbe: When Shamir will bring sanctity
into Eretz Yisroel, it will give him the strength to stand up to the pressure.
Katzav: Shamir will surely be strong.
Rebbe: Until now he has been strong.
Regarding the issue at hand, however, it must be seen to that the talks of
autonomy be stopped immediately.
you will communicate all of this to Shamir, and surely you will not bear a
grudge against me for having given you an unpleasant mission. Communicate it in
all of its intensity, in the same manner that I have spoken it. Why should I
have to personally appoint a messenger to communicate it in all of its
intensity? Forgive me for having spoken so harshly, but the truth is that I
ought to speak of it at even greater length and in more detail. Now, however, is
not the appropriate time.
it be G-d’s will that you bear good tidings concerning all this, and
henceforth there be spoken only matters relating to the holiness of the Land and
People of Israel.
Rebbe’s conversation with Mr. Moshe Katzav, a10 Sh’vat, 1992)
Zushe Kohn can be reached at (718) 771-9612.