Self-Destructive Jewish Guilt

by Rabbi Meir Kahane (January, 1988)

There is a specter haunting Israel and its American Jewish supporters. It is called guilt. Guilt over the "repression of Palestinian human rights". Guilt over the refusal to remove "the main obstacle to peace in the Middle East - the occupation of the Arab land seized in 1967". Guilt over the unwillingness to give the "Palestinians" their own state in the "occupied lands". And now, guilt over the killing of "Palestinians" and innocent civilians in the "Occupied territories". It is a powerful weapon, this guilt; Jews have a difficult time coping with it.

People that have been the most debased of losers for 2,000 years finds it difficult to cope with victory. It finds it extraordinary difficult to remain normal. It inherits insecurities, complexes, guilt. It begins to believe its enemies' slanders. It loses its self-respect and longs for the love of a hating world. That is especially true for the Jewish liberal! It is important that those who have retained their self-esteem and sense of Jewish survival speak out against the disease of guilt and moral insecurity. No guilt.

Are the lands of 1967, "occupied" by the Jews, the main obstacle to peace? Is the year 1967 the origin of the conflict? How peaceful it must have been in 1966 when Sinai and Gaza were in Egyptian hands and the Golan was possessed by the Syrians to shell, for 19 years, the Jewish settlements below, and when Judea and Samaria and East Jerusalem were in the hands of the "moderate" King Hussein. Why did they go to war? What did they want then? When they had all the "occupied lands" before they were "occupied"? When one has East Jerusalem and attacks Israel, can it be that he desires West Jerusalem? And Tel Aviv? And can it be that that is what they really want again? Now? And why did the "innocent Palestinian women and children" take to the streets then, in 1967, when Jordan and Egypt ruled them to call for "Israel in the sea"? What "occupied lands" did they want back then? And could it be that that is what they want now?

And what did they wish in 1947 when they rejected the "Palestine" state offered them by the United Nations and went to war, killing fully 1 % of the Jewish population? And what did they wish in the riots of 1936-38 when there was no country called Israel and they murdered more than 500 Jews?

And in 1929 when no "Zionist occupation troops" were in Hebron, why did the "Palestinians" rise up to murder 67 Jews in one day? And why the pogroms in Jerusalem and Jaffa in 1920 and 1921? (continued - see below)

Food for Thought by Steven Shamrak

At the time when Israel's President Shimon Peres has begun celebrations of his upcoming 90th birthday it is conveniently forgotten that it is he who during the Israel's War of Independence, when Israel was in urgent need of weapons to resist the invasion by seven Muslim countries, gave an order to Ytzhak Rabin to sink a cargo ship, the Altalena, which was carrying arms smuggled by Irgun for fighters of the newly formed state. The thugs of the self-serving leadership of Avoda, the Labour party, betrayed Jewish patriots who were fighting British occupation. Even now, being the President of Israel, Shimon Peres has been systematically undermining the sovereignty of Israel and the right of the Jewish people to live on the ancestral land!

UN 'Refugee Day' for Jews from Arab Lands

As the United Nations urges countries to do more to help refugees - MK Shimon Ohayon (Yisrael Beytenu) had a message for the UN: Don't forget the Jewish refugees from Arab lands (850,000), far more numerous than the much-worried over Arab refugees (460,000) who fled the Land of Israel before Israel's establishment in 1948 (following orders of their masters).

Israel Must Make Peace to Survive?

Former president Bill Clinton is urging Israel to make peace with the Palestinians in order to survive as a Jewish and democratic state. He spoke yesterday in central Israel at a conference honouring President Shimon Peres, who is turning 90. (Israel has been ‘surviving’ for over 60 years - it is not enough! ‘Friends’ of Israel are lecturing the Jewish state about ‘survival’, but not living. They do not visit Muslim states and demand the end of Islamic terrorism against Israel and the world’s democracies. I would like to see Clinton in Saudi Arabia preaching recognition of Israel!)

Arab Peace Initiative is a Spin

Speaking at the Washington Institute of Near East Policy, Yaalon said, "The Arab peace initiative is a spin. Prime Minister Netanyahu has said that Israel is ready to return to the negotiating table without preconditions and dictations, but the Arab initiative is a dictation - first we need to give up territory, then the Arabs would consider (when pigs fly) a relationship with us."

Refusal to Recognize Israel is not Undermining Peace

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon slammed Israel's plans to increase construction in Judea and Samaria. (‘Useless Nothing’ may changed its leader but retains its anti-Israel nature!)

They Hate Israel but Love Wealth Created by Jews

1. France’s National Electric Company has invested $400M in Israel’s solar market.

2. The Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund, the largest investment fund in the world (funded by Norway’s oil explorations), has invested $686M in the Tel Aviv stock exchange, $552M during the last four years. (Israel is a global leader in communication, computer, biotech and defence. Not bad for “a little sh*y country”!)

Russia will "defend Russian Citizens” in Syria

Just one day after the G8 Summit ended in the failure of Western leaders to overcome Russian resistance to a resolution mandating President Bashar Assad’s ouster, Moscow announced that it will dispatch two warships carrying 600 Russian marines to Syria. They were coming, said the official statement, "to protect the Russian citizens there." (Any spin works, even the idiotic one like this, when a government confidently ignores international opinion. It is time for Israel to set national objectives and start to implement them. It is easier to ‘spin’ ideas which have well justified merits!)

Quote of the Week:

"It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them." - Mark Twain - Re: Shimon Peres’ birthday celebrations.

Self-Destructive Jewish Guilt - Part2

by Rabbi Meir Kahane (January, 1988)

What troubles the Arabs is the very presence of large numbers of Jews in the land, and Israel of any size, Zionism. That is what troubles the Arabs. That is the obstacle to peace. Let us inscribe that on our hearts lest we open the doors to a repetition-on a grand scale-of that which the Arabs have done to Jews since 1920. A horror of slaughter by knives and axes and the bearers of guilt would do just that.

No guilt. There is one sublime reason why we should not give up a
centimeter of land... it belongs to us. If we have no right to
Judea and Samaria and Gaza, then we indeed have no right to Tel Aviv. Abraham did not walk on Dizengoff street nor did our ancestors live in Israeli cities that were built in the 20th century. But Abraham, who lived in Hebron, and Jacob who lived in Shechem, now Nablus, and David in Bethlehem are the sole legitimate reasons that Jews can lay claim to a Tel Aviv and the kibbutzim of the guilt-ridden Left. The land belongs to us because the G-d of Israel, creator and Titleholder of all lands, gave it to us. No guilt.

There is no such thing as a "Palestinian people". They are Arabs, part of the Arab nation, possessor of 21 lands. Let them live in peace in any or all of them. But there are no "Palestinians". It was the Roman emperor Hadrian who, after the Jewish revolt against the Romans, angrily erased the name of the state, Judea, and invented the name "Palestine" after the Philistines. In every normal case an existing people gives its name to a land. The Franks named it France and the Angles, England, and the Germanics, Germany. Only in this ludicrous case does a Roman invent a name, give it to a land, and the arriving Arab trespassers become "Palestinians". One presumes that had Hadrian not changed the name, Israel today would be fighting Yasir Arafat and the Judean terrorists. There are no "Palestinians" and there is no "Palestine" in the land of Israel, Eretz Yisrael. No guilt.

The "Palestinian" civilians in Judea, Samaria, Gaza and Lebanon cheered and supported every P.L.O murder and terror of Jews. They are united in hatred of Israel. It would be nicer if they did not stone our soldiers and try to kill Jews. It would be nicer if they did not rise up in revolt in order to force us out of Judea, Samaria and Gaza as the first step to the elimination of the State of Israel. But since they do, let Jews not allow themselves to be destroyed by "Palestinian" women and children. And if the only way to survive is to take the lives of people who attack us we have no choice. I wonder how many Americans and British and French mourned and protested the killing of German civilians during World War II bombings of Berlin, Hamburg and Dresden?

There is nothing ethical about dying or anything moral about another holocaust. There is nothing immoral about winning and nothing necessarily noble in a loser. Let us cast off the chains of guilt and reject the accusations of its bearers. The greatness of Judaism is its spirit, but no spirit can survive without a living body. If we do not want to kill Arabs - and we don't; and if we want to put an end to the nightly television pictures of violence; and if we do not want to see those pictures tomorrow inside Israel itself, with Israeli Arabs fighting soldiers; and if we do not want to see the threat of Arab demography destroying the Jewish State - then let us have the courage to take the one difficult but immutable step that will free us of all this and guarantee a Jewish State: Remove the Arabs from the land and let them live with their brothers and sisters in any of the 22 Arab states. Anything short of that will see the horrors of today escalated a hundred-fold tomorrow. And let us not fear the world. Those who stood by during the Holocaust and when Israel faced destruction in 1948 and 1967 have nothing to tell us.

“Faith in the G-d of Israel and a powerful Jewish army are the only
guarantors of Jewish survival”. Let us not fear the world. Far better a Jewish State that survives and is hated by the world, than an
Auschwitz that brings us its love and sympathy. No guilt Rather faith in G-d and a return to authentic Torah laws; rather pride and strength, and the love of our people rather than the enemy that would destroy us. That is sanity; that is Judaism.