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Jewish Biblical claims seem to prevent peace with Arabs!


Rabbi Ari Shvat

Cheshvan 8, 5781
It seems that the Biblical claim that the entire Land of Israel belongs to Israel, is what’s preventing peace with the Arabs in the Middle East. We can’t change the Bible, so what should we do?! Is there no solution to achieve peace?
The original and best plan, for both Arabs and Jews, was that of Baron Rothschild and the Jewish National Fund (JNF), to buy the land, "acre after acre", and that way we fulfill the covenant of God with Abraham, Isaac & Jacob, to inherit the Land of Israel in a peaceful way, where both sides benefit. What ruined the plan was when the Arabs in the 1920's issued a "death penalty" on any one selling land to Jews. This racist and immoral vigilante "penalty" stands to this very day, so that even though most Arabs would be more than happy to be millionaires (the price is exorbitant because the Israelis really want to buy it at any price) and solve the Middle East problems, they can't allow themselves to do so, because of those Islamic fanatics, who would kill their own brothers. There are thousands of acres left empty because they are too close to Jewish lands and pose a security risk for that aforementioned terror towards Jews, but the unfortunate Arabs can't sell us the land, for fear of their own brothers' fanaticism. I think that anyone objective, who believes in freedom and democracy and opposes terrorism and racism, realizes who is the problematic party in the Middle East and is the obstacle to peace, as opposed to who is the victim, and what is the mutually beneficial solution.
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