" Thou comest to me with a sword and a spear and a shield, but I come to thee in the name of the L-rd of Hosts, the G-d of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast humiliated..." (I Samuel, 17:45-47)

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Reflections on Yamit, by Rabbi Meir Kahane

In the aftermath of the Left's barbaric expulsion of Jews from the Hebron Peace House, I would like to present Rabbi Kahane's reflections on the expulsion of the Jews from the town of Yamit, many years ago. The article is presented verbatim courtesy of the archives at Kahane.org. Listen closely to the Rav's timeless words.

Reflections on Yamit, by Rabbi Meir Kahane

The following are some excerpts from a dispatch sent by Rabbi Meir Kahane from Yamit, in March, 1982. Yamit was a well-developed city dismantled by the IDF as part of the peace agreement between Egypt (led by Sadat) and Israel (led by Menachem Begin and his Minister of Defence, Ariel Sharon). This writing has never been published before, and we feel, with the dismantlement of the Gilad Farm by the IDF, the issues raised here have once again become extremely relevant:

The countdown is well underway here and the constant thought of all those gathered in this beautiful town on the shores of the Mediterranean is: When are they coming? The thought is a grotesque one. “They” are the ones that the children have come to fear. “They” are the ones that hundreds of Jews have come to look upon as the threat. “They” are the Jewish soldiers of the army of Israel. It is the Kafkaesque tragedy.

… The truth is that I am appalled at the lack of organization and policy here. The settlers simply do not what to do. There is no definite line. When the soldiers come, what should the reaction be? Should people simply leave? Should they sit down and be dragged out? Should they fight? There are no directions from the leaders because they themselves are not sure.

The bomb shelters, which, if stored with food, water, light and other supplies would be ideal fortresses that would take the army days to break into and pull out the settlers, are all locked. [ed: Rabbi Kahane and his followers eventually took over one of these bomb shelters, calling it “Bunker Kiddush Hashem”. This stronghold turned out to be the only serious resistance against the dismantlement of Yamit) The settlers spend their time going to meeting after meeting, all of which end with ringing declarations that mean little, and a decision to meet again.

Sholom Oren meets me. He is the reporter for Israel Radio. What do I think of the situation? I tell him. What do I intend to do about it? I am forming a second command post which will advocate using counter force against any effort to drag Jews away by force. I make it clear that I am opposed to any force if the army does not use it but that the halacha is clear: “If the King comes to violate a law of the Torah, we do not listen to him.” That night, the interview is broadcast on state radio. A debate develops in Yamit.. I explain the halacha and add: “I respect anyone who refuses to lift a hand against the army. But let that person know that he will not stop the retreat. The army uses force and a Jew does not depend on miracles. Faith yes, but along with it, the self-sacrifice needed..

A number of rabbis, notably those from Merkaz HaRav, as well as Hanan Porat, are alarmed. They sense that many of the settlers are frustrated and want concrete answers. Some of the rabbis, including Rabbis Nerya and Aviner forbid any violence. Rabbi Nerya, head of yeshivot Bnei Akiva, is quoted in the papers as having told two of his students, now soldiers, that if the army orders them to drag away settlers, they must obey. I am appalled. The halacha is clearly the opposite.

..Unfortunately, the leaders of the Stop the Retreat Movement (ed: a conglomerate of Gush Emunim and nationalist Techiya party ) had no coherent plan to seriously deal with the naked fact of Israeli army force. The elementary question of how to deal with the arrival of the army was simply ignored. Does one resist or simply give in to the soldiers with guns, the gas, and the strength? If one resists, the questions remains how?.. If there are no plans to physically fight the soldiers, then the retreat is assured because Begin and Sharon will have no fears or hesitations about moving against people they know are not “dangerous”..

When I arrived and told the news media that the answer was either determined resistance or guaranteed retreat, many Jews were angered, but many others frustrated and hapless agreed. Above all, for the first time, a red light flashed in the government’s mind.

For months, Begin..has lived in fear of a serious clash in Yamit between Jews.. He has no fear of Tchiya, a Geula Cohen or Hanan Porat. They are “moderates” who will be forcibly moved out with relatively little trouble. It was the sudden arrival of Kach with its image of “extremism” that caused the pulse rate of the PM’s office to quicken. The point is so clear and logical, that one almost wants to weep in frustration: The way - the only way to stop the Begin-Sharon steamroller is to have them believe that they are dealing with “fanatics” and “extremists” who may do anything…


  1. The New Canaanite NationDecember 8, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    It's been thousands of years since the israelite barbarians invaded our land, took our land from us, slaughtered our people, and smeared our name for all history, until now.

    Ah, but seeing this, seeing the nation known as Israel, the country built on the bodies of our murdered ancestors, tearing itself apart, and knowing that we are contributing to it tearing itself apart; it is a good thing.



  2. I don't know what to make of this comment, but I would like to cover my bases. To the mental midget who thinks he is a Canaanite (I don't know how he could prove this), go back into the ground. We killed you off. The pagan dogs that made up the Canaanites were a nation of perverts and murderers. Wasted seed that should have been spilled on the ground. Ha Ha, your legacy and people are gone. As far as our problems in Israel today, it is indeed sad. But rest assured that I and others that think like me are doing everything to rectify it. And when the day comes that we finally get our house in order , we can go at it again and annihilate the rest of you maggots.

    Here's to the day when my Jewish boot crushes your skull in.


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