Commentary by Dr. Gerhard Falk


The Independence of Israel

is without doubt the greatest achievement of mankind. Whatever else has been achieved in the history of man’s life on earth, nothing compares with the achievement of the Jewish people in reconstructing our ancient homeland in part of the Land of Israel. The entire Eretz Yisrael consists, of course, of all the land from the Mediterranean to the Arabian desert and includes all of so-called Jordan. Jordan is the name of eastern Israel, arbitrarily handed to some Bedouins by the British colonialists in 1920. The Arabs who live there now are immigrants from Arabia and have no right to be there. It is Jewish land.

That is also true of Lebanon, a good part of Syria in addition to Golan, which was always Jewish, and part of Iraq, the birthplace of our father Abraham.

When David ben Gurion proclaimed the establishment of the third Jewish commonwealth on May 14, 1948, i.e. the 5th Day of Iyar 5708, he announced that the promise of Torah had been fulfilled once more. In Berayshit (Genesis 12:17-21) we read:…….on that day the Lord made a covenant with Abraham, saying: “to your descendants I have given this land. From the river of Egypt (the Nile),  as far as the great river, the river Euphrates.” That means that Israel owns the entire Sinai peninsula and that Egypt has no right to be there. It also means that all of Syria and part of Iraq are in fact the Land of Israel.

It is of course impossible for us to visualize an Israel of such dimensions when even that tiny piece of earth now called Israel is delegitimized by the Arab-European axis every day. However, the miracle that is Israel today would never have been considered possible before Theodore Herzl wrote in 1898 that “if you will it it is no legend.” Even then, few Jews believed that a Jewish state could ever be re-established. Yet, the Torah tells us that Israel is the only nation on earth actually created by God. No other nation was so created.  

Surely the existence of the Jewish people is a miracle in itself. No other people have ever been so persecuted. Yet, the Jewish people live despite the horrors of the crusades, the inquisitions and the European death camps. The very existence of the Jews, let alone Israel, is a miracle.

The Torah teaches: 1. that we Jews are a people. “Berayshit (Genesis) 12:2 and 17:7. “And I will make you a great nation. And I will bless you and make your name great. And so you shall be a blessing.. And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant……

2. that Israel has a government and a constitution. The Torah is the constitution and the government of Israel rests on it. 3. the land of Israel (Berayshit 17:8). And I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your residence, all of the land of Canaan for an everlasting possession……”

Not only has the land of Israel been permanently allocated to the Jewish people, but Jerusalem in particular is entirely and eternally Jewish. Look at Nehemiah 2:19-20. “But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official and Geshem the Arab heard about it (the rebuilding of Jerusalem) they ridiculed us. …………I answered them by saying ‘The God of Heaven will give us success. We, his servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or right to it.”

In short, the Arabs have no right to Yerusholayim at all. It was only after the return of the Jews to Israel and Yerusholayim in the middle of the 19th century that the Arabs suddenly claimed some sort of importance of the land and the city for themselves. The truth is that the Arab immigrants to Israel came only to grab what Jews had built. The Arabs themselves never lifted a finger to build the land. In fact, there has never been a “Palestine”, a name invented by the Romans for the ancient land of the Philistines in 132/135 during the Bar Kochba revolt. Philistines haven’t really existed in thousands of years. The Hebrew word for Philistines means invader or intruder. There are no Palestinians today. There are only greedy Arabs who seek to benefit by Jewish labor, Jewish investments and Jewish ingenuity.

When in 1948 Israel declared its independence, the British occupiers armed the local Arab immigrants and assaulted the small Jewish community there in the hope of killing all 600,000 of them. It turned out otherwise and Israel survived. Yet, for 19 years Yerusholayim was divided until all of the city was liberated in 1967. During those 19 years the “Jordanian” Arabs destroyed every synagogue and even the Mt. of Olives cemetery. They used the ancient tombstones to build lavatories and paving for their streets.

The brutal and uncaring manner in which the Arabs treated Yerusholayim is understandable when we consider that the city has no meaning in Islam. The Quaran never mentions Yerusholayim. But in our Neviim (prophets) we read: Zechariah 1:17 “my cities will again overflow with prosperity and the LORD will again comfort Zion and again choose Jerusalem.”

There are numerous other passages in the Torah making it unmistakably clear to Jews and Christians alike that Yerusholayim is entirely Jewish. The insane lie that there is an Arab “east Jerusalem” has been repeated over and over by the stupid media who live by Hitler’s dictum that a lie will be believed if it is told often enough. Yet, there has never been an Arab or “Palestinian” government in Yersholayim and there never will be.

This bring us to the idiot “peace process” and the Oslo war and the so-called road map to peace. These devices to hand the terrorists rewards for murder will not stand. Nothing the befuddled politicians can try will work except one thing. The total and absolute control of all of Israel and all of Yerusholayim by the Jews and the Jews alone.

Isn’t it remarkable that a land so small and a city so remote causes so much interest in the world? Israel is no bigger than New Jersey. Why then are so many people interested in its fate? Why cannot the whole world forget about Israel and Yerusholayim?

The reason lies in the uniqueness of Israel. As ancient as we are, we are still here. Yet no one has ever met a Hittite, Assyrian, Philistine or Amalekite. These people are long gone. Yet, we Jews are still here. Therefore, fear not. Neither the idiot “road map” nor the “Oslo accords” nor the “quartet” can destroy Israel. Only we Jews can do that by our eternal in-fighting and apostasy. Yet, even our Jewish brethren, the secularists (God bless them) cannot destroy the Land or the People of Israel. In the words of the Declaration of Independence of Israel as proclaimed on May 14, 1948: “Our call goes out to the Jewish people all over the world to rally to our side ….and to stand by us in the great struggle for the fulfillment of the dream of generations - the redemption of Israel. With trust in almighty God, as we set our hand to this declaration, … the city of Tel Aviv, on this Sabbath eve, the fifth of Iyyar.”

We, the American Jewish community, heard that call. We have stood by Israel these fifty five years for our own sake, for the sake of America and for the sake of human civilization. May it always be so, now and in all the years to come, bimhayro v’yomaynoo,

Shalom u’vracha.

Dr. Gerhard Falk is the author of numerous publications, including Grandparents:  A New Look at the Supporting Generation (with Dr. Ursula A., Falk, 2002), & Man's Ascent to Reason (2003).

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