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In this episode, I will analyze Rashi's viewpoint on the Jewish claim to Israel, which I see as important. Right now, we see arguments in the secular world about whether the land belongs to the Jews or the Arabs. With that, Palestinianism has managed to dupe the world into supporting their struggle to wipe Israel off the map. And with that, supporters of Israel [at least the more right-wing ones like myself] counter with historical facts; about the fact that Palestinians were never a people and that Israel merely defended its existence from Arab agression. Also included is the historical claims Jews have to Israel. However, here is what Rashi, one of the greatest commentators has to say about the Jewishness of Israel:
"Because of [the verse] 'The strength of His works He related to His people, to give them the inheritance of the nations' (Ps. 111:6). For if the nations of the world should say to Israel, 'You are robbers, for you conquered by force the lands of the seven nations [of Canaan],' they will reply, 'The entire earth belongs to the Holy One, blessed be He; He created it (this we learn from the story of the Creation) and gave it to whomever He deemed proper When He wished, He gave it to them, and when He wished, He took it away from them and gave it to us.'"
So there you go. For ultimately, Israel does not belong to the Jewish people in the same sense that America does not belong to the American people. The world and the universe belong to God. Israel belongs to the Jews because God says so. It's God's desicion about which land belongs to which people. God gave Israel to the Jews as part of the covenant between God and Israel. Peoples have the nations they have because God permitted it or decreed it. So tune in and listen.
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