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Security for Israel Comes From
G-D Alone

Prophetic words of the Lubavitcher Rebbe to the (then) Israeli Transportation Minister, Moshe Katzav,
Yud Shevat, 5752; January 15,1992,

Moshe Katzav is now the President of Israel
Translated (from the original Hebrew) by Mordechai Sones and Yankel Koncepolski

When the Transportation Minister, Moshe Katzav, was introduced to the Rebbe, the Rebbe shook his hand (continuing to hold his hand for the entire duration of the conversation) and blessed him as follows: `Within the realm of your position, you should merit to solidify the bond between the Nation of Israel, the Torah of Israel, and G-D, so that these three should never be separated.'

The Rebbe then continued: `I recently heard a strange and frightening rumor regarding talks and impending decisions on the part of the Israeli government concerning surrendering parts of the Land of Israel. They are currently discussing a five year plan (Madrid talks) which they describe as `autonomy'; In truth, however, the semantics are meaningless and it makes no difference how they render the issue, because the plain truth is that these talks and affairs fall under the explicitly stated Torah prohibition of not granting favors to the nations, which includes the prohibition of ceding any part of Eretz Yisroel to the nations of the world. These talks will eventually lead to the actual surrender of parts of the Land of Israel. It then follows, that the very fact of holding such talks constitutes a rejection of G-D and His Torah, of Eretz Yisroel and the holiness of the Land of Israel.

Discussions of autonomy plans are just a prelude to surrendering parts of Eretz Yisroel - and not just small territories, but rather large expansive parts such as Judea, Samaria, Gaza, Hevron and Jerusalem etc. This involves life and death issues! As has been stated, it is irrelevant what the Jews think, say and how they interpret this; what matters is how the gentiles understand it. They interpret the plan as one eventually leading to surrender of parts of Eretz Yisroel and the establishment of a Palestinian state.

You understand Arabic, so go and ask the Arabs who live there what their intention is in discussing a five year autonomy plan. You will see that they will tell you that their intention is that they will actually be given parts of Eretz Yisroel for the purpose of establishing a Palestinian state. It automatically follows that it is totally irrelevant how the Jews wish to interpret it because what matters is how the gentiles view the issue.

The very act of discussing autonomy plans is a desecration of G-Dís Name and holiness. The fact that there are individual Jews in Eretz Yisroel who do not keep Torah and Mitzvos relates specifically to desecrating their personal lives, but here we are discussing a situation in which the government of Israel will publicly declare war against G-D and His Torah.

As to the explanation (of the Likud) that the only matter under discussion is the limited self-rule, whereby the Arabs will be in charge of their own education and agriculture etc. but not foreign affairs and security, and that this is only a trial period... these are all matters of diplomacy and I shall not argue with you on this, as it seems that you understand more on diplomacy than I. However, here we are not discussing diplomacy, but the surrender of parts of Eretz Yisroel. The very fact that a negotiation on this is taking place is a desecration of G-Dís Name and in opposition to G-D and His Torah. It then makes absolutely no difference what kind of diplomatic icing the Jews put on top of it.

The reason which is being given for these talks is that there is a mass immigration from Russia, and Israel therefore needs Americaís loan guarantees etc., and we must take into account what the American government will say -- this consideration is the first step to giving away land. The proof of this is, that the Likud themselves state that the reason why they are doing all this is because of the pressure from the goyim - so afterwards, when there will be more pressure, they will capitulate further ad infinitum. We have seen this in the past; buckling under pressure brings to more pressure.'

(Minister Katzav remarked that in the previous year President Bush had sent a letter opposing a Palestinian state, but a year later Bush just wrote that he was not in favor of a Palestinian state, so we see here a change of stance.)

The Rebbe responded: `And we see in which direction the change is headed.'

It is unfathomable that a Jew who believes in G-D and His Torah could be a party to such actions, or could add his signature to such an arrangement. Likewise, it is preferable that the (Shamir) government should fall and there should not be a Jewish government, since the only reason they are even discussing these plans is because of pressure from the nations (as they themselves admit.) This being the case, it would be preferable that they establish -- G-D forbid -- a non-Jewish government in Eretz Yisroel who will from the outset decide what to do with Eretz Yisroel - at least then there will not be Jews signing on such agreements!

You certainly know Mr. Menachem Begin who at the outset did not agree with the Camp David ideas and was strongly against them. Eventually, however, he began to make compromises, and from what we hear today, he has great remorse over having given up a part of the Land of Israel. `Had it been people who do not believe in G-D who were responsible for this, it would be possible to understand. But that the signature for abandoning parts of Eretz Yisroel should emanate from Jews who believe in G-D - this is a desecration of His Name.

Shamir believes in G-D and in the holiness of the Land of Israel - so it is completely mind-boggling that he should be the one to agree to negotiate on a plan whose eventual outcome is the surrendering of parts of Eretz Yisroel `Security of the Land of Israel comes from G-D alone, and if they would act accordingly and stand firmly as the hour dictates, there would not be any reason to worry about the safety of Eretz Yisroel.

Meanwhile, they only speak of a five year interim period because they are afraid to openly state that they want to give up parts of Eretz Yisroel, but their true intentions are clear. According to my estimation, Shamir himself knows this - and better than I.

Shamir has many merits in connection with the land of Israel which go back to the time of the Irgun, when the gentiles had control over Eretz Yisroel. Shamir fought against this; now it is he who speaks of giving away parts of Eretz Yisroel!

In my opinion, what practically must be done now is for Shamir to immediately halt the decision and negotiations on autonomy.

I always fought for a Shamir government, as I did everything within my power so that a government be established with Shamir as its head - however, if they will continue in this direction of negotiations then I, Menachem Mendel, will be the first to fight with all my forcefulness and might against Shamir so that his government will fall. `Up until today it has only been Mr. Shimon Peres against Shamirís government, but if Shamir continues in this direction negotiating about autonomy, then I too will be against the government of Shamir.

If Shamir is unable to stand the pressure of the goyim, let him publicly declare that he cannot withstand the pressure and is unable to continue as Prime Minister.

As I have said many times in the past, a shamir is Biblically known as a worm which cuts through hard stone - so let Shamir release a shamir into the decision to speak about these matters of giving up parts of the Land of Israel. Then the decision and all thought of such matters will be hewn and totally nullified, ceasing to exist.'

Minister Moshe Katzav: `The Rebbe shlita is the one who established the present government, and we would like the continued blessing of the Rebbe for this government which will add holiness to the government.'

The Rebbe: `When Shamir will add holiness to Eretz Yisroel, the he will gain the strength to stand against all the pressures.'

Minister Moshe Katzav: `Shamir will surely be strong.'

The Rebbe: `Until now he has been strong, and we must therefore see to it that they immediately cease all talk about autonomy.'

You will surely relate all this to Mr. Shamir and not be angry with me for placing such an unpleasant task upon you. Relay this with all the forcefulness with which I have said it to you. I apologize for speaking such harsh words, because in truth this is a matter that needs to be discussed at greater length, but now is not the time to go into it further (approximately 10,000 Jews and non-Jews were waiting in the cold for a precious moment with the Rebbe.)

May there be only good news to relate and may they only discuss the holiness of Eretz Yisroel and Am Yisroel. May there be good news.'

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