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Monday, July 30, 2007

The Exile Today



After the evil king Jeroboam split off the kingdom of Israel with its ten tribes from the kingdom of Judea, he erected a wall and posted guards along all the roads leading to Jerusalem, to prevent his people from going up to the Holy City for the pilgrimage festivals, for he feared that such pilgrimages might undermine his authority. As a "substitute," he set up places of worship which were purely idolatrous, in Dan and Beth-el. Thus the division between the two kingdoms became a fait accompli and lasted for generations.

The last king of the kingdom of Israel, Hosea ben Elah, wished to heal the breach, and broke down the wall and removed all the guards from the roads leading to Jerusalem, thus allowing his people to make the pilgrimage again. This act took place on Tu B'Av.

Today a wall is being erected to seprate off Hebron, Shechem, Beit El, Shiloh, and Beit Lechem from the rest of the country. Today the Biblical heartland is being cut off and exiled, just as Jeroboam exiled Jerusalem. It is time to tear down the wall so that we may have a true Tu B'Av, reunited in love with our land, our people and our G-d.

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11 Comments:

  • At 6:26 PM , Blogger Ezra said...

    Amen. Tear down that wall.

     
  • At 11:02 PM , Blogger amechad said...

    But what about all the hasbara that the wall (what wall? security fence!) saves lives?

    And those cities aren't part of the STATE (not land) of Israel as they aren't annexed (which would bring in a Palestinian majority)

     
  • At 8:42 AM , Anonymous Dan in Jerusalem said...

    The fact that the fence was built right next to Jewish towns such as Kfar Saba and next to Highway 443 so Philistine snipers can shoot at traffic, shows that it's purpose was NOT security, but to reduce Jewish sovereignty.

    Besides, what kind of government sends weapons to the terrorists and then builds a wall to protect it's citizens against the weapons it sent to the terrorists ?

    Then, the EU can fund some radicals to incite the Arabs to demonstrate against the fence, and the Israeli people will be fooled into thinking it's to protect them.

     
  • At 12:31 PM , Blogger aaron fox said...

    i'm with you guys tear it down. but it is a hard thing to prove that this isn't a security fence. the fact is that there is far less terror now after the wall than before without a wall. one could say that there is no correlation, but how can you prove it? i for one think that we are safer with a wall than without.

    but why can't we make philistine free walled cities like of yore. that would be just as safe, much cheaper and ecologically, historically and esthetically more sound. walled cities, bring them back.

     
  • At 1:24 PM , Blogger Malkah said...

    The reason that our security has improved recently is NOT because of the "security fence" (may it soon be turned into the walls of the bathrooms at the Beit HaMikdash!).

    It's because of the IDF's re-entry into terror hotbeds.

    You may have noticed recently in the news that there was a big "handing over" ceremony of Qalqilya and Jericho to the PA. Of course, this might have caused some head scratching - "I thought these cities were ALREADY under PA control".

    Not so. Well, not exactly.

    Israel maintains a military presence in many "autonomous" PA cities because of this pesky problem of large groups of people who organize to kill Jewish grandmothers and other sundry bus passengers/shop-goers, etc. Some time ago, in some kind of "peace gesture" (blah, blah, blah), Israel withdrew from many of those cities - and we started getting attacked. So Israel went back in. And remains in. Only recently has Israel begun its re-withdrawal from major PA terror cities - I won't be surprised if terror resurfaces (G-d forbid).

    If it doesn't, I'll chock it up to the pretty incredible terror management of the IDF, not of this awful monstrocity. By the way, not all of the fence is cement - some is regular mesh-like fencing. And I have seen, WITH MY OWN EYES, Arabs walk through cuts in that fence.

     
  • At 1:39 PM , Blogger Ezra said...

    Targeted killings and the dirty work of blackmail intelligence gathering that goes on between Civil Administration and Shabak operatives are what was increased during the construction of the wall. People point to the wall and the drop and see a correlation - but the wall is not near completion and there have been open holes in it for a long time. We have been bamboozled by the hasbara hijack into believing the wall contributes to security when all it does it prepare the ground for the Sderotization of Jerusalem and the rest of the country.

    Everyone knew it was an idiotic idea - then the Hague blasted it, so like a cheap Jedi mind trick we all lined up to defend out counter-terror barrier. Let's not be so gullible. Tzipi Livni, Uzi Arad, anyone of these architects of the wall who see it as a last chance to undemocratically push through Oslo to its final conclusion admit freely what the purposes of the Partition Wall are.

     
  • At 3:03 PM , Anonymous Dan in Jerusalem said...

    I like Ezra's image of the "Jedi mind tricks" to get us to back the wall. Some other Jedi mind tricks:

    Yuli Tamir puts the "Nakba" in the curriculum so we will back Bibi "Wye Agreement" Netanyahu when he condemns it.

    Avigdor Lieberman rattles his saber so he can sit in the gov't and vote for expelling Jews

     
  • At 3:29 PM , Blogger aaron fox said...

    all i'm saying is that trying to push a position that there is no correlation between the security fence and the drop in terror attacks is a very tough sell. you want to sell it? kol hakavod.

    but doing so is not without its ramifications. you tell the israeli public there is no correlation between the security fence and the drop in terror and all they are hearing is, "those crazy settlers think that their land is more important than my child taking a public bus without getting blown up."

    seems to me that an argument could be made that both the increased involvement of the israeli army in arab populations and the security fence have led to dramatic decreases in terror attacks. i guess the only real way to prove this argument false is to pull out of arab populations and leave the fence up or vice versa and see the results. otherwise we are left with a question mark and a heartache. and a horrible scar (i.e. the fence itself).

     
  • At 4:35 PM , Blogger Malkah said...

    Aaron,

    I thought your last post was very interesting - ultimately, it seems that you're saying that it really makes no difference whether the fence actually stops terror. What matters is that people THINK it stops terror, and if it doesn't, trying to convince them otherwise is only going to sully our settlery image.

    First, if you personally believe that the fence stops terror, I'd be interested to hear why - you haven't mentioned any reasons until now.

    Secondly, we hairy monkey settlers have been pretty dead on (pardon the pun) up until now, with little improvement in our "ratings". So I don't see any harm in continuing to be honest (and right!) - it's not like we're losing something we ever had.

    The post-Zionist media icons have never let silly ol' truth get in the way of their agenda. So why should we let their agenda get in the way of the truth?

     
  • At 9:09 AM , Blogger Gil Ronen said...

    I think the fence helps stop terror. It is an obstacle. So even if there are open parts, it is still that much harder for the cockroaches of death to crawl out of their breeding ground into the Israeli population centers and that much easier for the IDF surveillance guys to spot them when they do.

     
  • At 6:49 PM , Blogger aaron fox said...

    Malkah,

    I don't think I would be the guy to make a great case on why the security fence is effective or not. I'm not versed well enough on all the dynamics to make such an assessment with any confidence.

    That being said, I lived through the beginning of the second Intifada and there was all types of IDF involvement in Arab population centers (Jenin, Jenin). After every surgical strike the IDF made everyone knew that it was only a matter of days before we would get hit with a blown up bus in retaliation.

    It wasn't until the wall started going up did the terror go down. Then there was a piguah in Beer Sheva and all the news reports were commenting on the fact that the southern part of the security fence was not up yet.

    Then there's the fact that walls are hard to get through. You can dig under them. You can send rockets over them. You can look for breaches but they still make life tough for that wandering Arab with dynamite strapped to his body.

    I can get behind the argument that the wall is bad because we are preparing the rest of Israel to be the next Sderot. Or the wall is bad because it's establishing national borders that completely compromises our security. But the wall is not a deterrent to the suicide bombings? That seems wishy-washy to me.

    Again, I want the wall down more than anyone. What really put up that wall? Maybe it's the same wall that keeps us from coming to Jerusalem three times a year. Maybe it's the same wall that keeps us from doing a real shmitah year. Maybe it's same all that keeps us from forgiving all loans every seven years. Maybe it's the same wall that makes shabbat into a ritual-fest instead of a day of rest. We start tearing down these walls and I'm sure that "security fence" will be history.

    justice jew out!!!!!

     

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