By COLlive reporter
Following the Simchas Torah Massacre by the Hamas terrorist organization, a rabbinical group is calling on the Israeli government to formally forgo the decades-old mantra that concessions will lead to peace and safety.
In a public letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Rabbinical Congress for Peace – Rabbonei Pikuach Nefesh wrote that what has occurred just a month ago and the war that Israel has been waging ever since, was “a scenario” they have warned about for years.
Dated November 9, 2023, the letter reads:
“To the Prime Minister, Ministers of Israel and members of the National Security Cabinet,
“In these terrible days, when the bloodstains have not yet dried, the cries of Jewish infants still tear our hearts, and our heroic and precious IDF soldiers give their lives in the war against enemy, it is our duty to once more remind you, even now, ‘Was not the government warned about the October 7 disaster?’ Israeli rabbis have been cautioning about such and similar scenarios for over 30 years!”
“400 leading Israeli rabbis signed a halachic ruling, based on the Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim #329), that forbids withdrawal from Israeli territories, because the transference of territories, the Oslo Accords, the disengagement plan and the policy of concessions will lead only to this terrible tragedy!
“Halacha (Torah Law) clearly rules that any negotiation over Israeli territories is absolutely forbidden. Such negotiations will lead to the infiltration of terrorists into our borders, the conquest of Israeli settlements and unspeakable bloodshed. In the language of the halacha, “from there the land will be easy for them to conquer”!
“The clear halachic ruling has been presented to all Israeli Prime Ministers and Defense Ministers for 30 years. It has appeared prominently in countless media outlets and read over and again with great outcry and terrible concern, until today. “We said to you, Do not sin against the child, but you did not listen. Now, behold, his blood is demanded!” (Bereshit 42:22)
“With a broken and bleeding heart, the rabbis of Israel ask you only one thing: Declare now, firmly and decisively, before the entire world, ‘Never again!’ There will be no more negotiations over Israeli territories. No more talk about a two state solution. No more concessions and appeasements! No more withdrawals and settlement dismantling! No more passing control of Gaza, Judea and Samaria to the terrorists of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas – may their name and memory be blotted out.”
The asked the government to “declare that you regret the Oslo Accords and the disengagement, and that Israeli security forces alone will have full control over all the territories of the Land of Israel!”
“We believe without a doubt that when the Israeli government clearly and unequivocally states this to the world, we will see God’s blessing accompany our soldiers, to result in a quick and decisive victory, the eradication of all our enemies, and the safe return of our missing loved ones. Together, we will merit the promise of our holy Torah, “And I will give peace to the land. And you shall lie down, and no one shall make you afraid” (Vayikra 26:6).”
To see the original Halacha and the signatures of the rabbis throughout the decades, visit rcp.org.il