Saturday, November 16, 2019

Vayera: Mother Sarah Was The First Kahanist!

This past week’s Torah reading, Vayera, coincided with the 29th remembrance of the murder of Rabbi Meir Kahane. The former member of Knesset, leader of the later outlawed Kach party, and founder of the Jewish Defense League in America (JDL), Rabbi Kahane fought to protect Jews from anti-Semitism in America, increase Jewish identity and national pride, and to free Soviet Jewry.

But he was probably best known for advocating the transfer of Arabs out of Israel, to a new life somewhere else, to put an end to the Arab-Jewish conflict in Israel.

But was he the first to advocate expelling enemies attacking Jews?

In fact, in this past Torah reading, Vayera, we find Sarah, telling Abraham, “Get rid of that slave woman and her son [Ishmael – father of the Arabs], for that woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.” Sarah had seen Ishmael constantly picking on little Isaac, (Genesis 21:9-10).

The Torah continues, “The matter greatly distressed Abraham regarding his son [Ishmael]. But God said to him, ‘Do not be so distressed about the boy and your slave woman. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned. I will make the son of the slave into a nation also, because he is your offspring.’” But they can not live together in the same land. So Abraham listened to God and expelled him and his mother, (Genesis 21:11-14).

There you go, right from the start of the Jewish people, the solution to attacks on Jews, is to expel the perpetrators. Mother Sarah in her woman’s wisdom, sees the future, that the Arabs and the Jews can’t live together, and God backs up her demand on Abraham, to expel Ishmael.

Later, God codifies it in the Torah, “You shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you...You shall take possession of the land and settle in it, for I have given you the land to possess.” And then warns, “But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then those whom you let remain shall be as barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides; they shall trouble you in the land where you are settling,” (Numbers 33:52-53, 55).

Even the nations understood this, in the 20th century, several internationally sanctioned population transfers were implemented, to separate warring peoples.

Most notably, the Greco-Turkish agreed mutual expulsion in the 1920’s, of about 1.6 million people, and the Pakistani-Indian exchange, after British decolonization in 1947, where 10-12 million people were displaced.

Then there was the forced expulsion of about 12-14 million ethnic Germans (between 1944-50), from central and eastern Europe, to create more homogeneous states, after the war.

So, as Rabbi Kahane documented in his book, “They Must Go” (1981), population transfers and forced expulsions had been being used, long before his proposal to transfer the Arabs out of Israel. In fact, his plan was quite merciful, by international standards, since he proposed offering money to the Arabs to leave.

Even some Arab leaders had previously suggested transfer as a solution to the conflict.

For example, in 1939, Mojli Amin, a member of the Arab Defense Committee for Palestine put forward a proposal for the transfer of Arabs from Palestine. This proposal was published in Damascus and distributed among Arab leaders. Amin proposed that all of Palestine be given to the Jews.

“Furthermore, I hereby propose that all the Arabs of Palestine will leave and be divided up among the neighboring Arab countries. In exchange for this, all the Jews living in Arab countries will leave and come to Palestine,” Amin stated.

Amin proposed that this exchange of populations, should be carried out in the same way as the Greco-Turkish population exchange, and that special committees should be established to deal with the liquidation of Jewish and Arab property. He realized that at first there would be great difficulties, but he hoped they would be finally solved. (Joan Peters, From Time Immemorial, (New York, 1984), p.25, and Proposal, 21 May 1939, [CZA S25/5630]).

Later, in 1946, Britain awarded Transjordan (what had been 75% of the Palestine Mandate) independence, and Abdullah ibn Hussein became its King. His Prime Minister was an Arab jurist named Ibrahim Pasha Hashem.

In July 1946, Alexander Kirkbride, from the British Legation in Amman, reported on his meeting with King Abdullah and the Prime Minister. Various ideas for the future of the Palestine were discussed and Kirkbride wrote that Abdullah was, “for partition and he feels that the other Arab leaders may acquiesce in that solution although they may not approve of it openly.”

In Kirkbride’s meeting with Ibrahim Pasha, Pasha proposed a population transfer, to avoid future conflict in Palestine. Kirkbride reported that, “He [Pasha] went on to say that, in his opinion, the only just and permanent solution lay in absolute partition with an exchange of populations; to leave Jews in an Arab State or Arabs in a Jewish State would lead inevitably to further trouble between the two peoples. Ibrahim Pasha admitted that he would not be able to express this idea in public for fear of being called a traitor.”

About a month later, a telegram sent from Amman to the British Foreign Office stated, “King Abdullah and Prime Minister of Transjordan both consider that partition followed by an exchange of populations is the only practical solution to the Palestine problem. They do not feel able to express this view publicly because having regard to the possibility of the Arab area of Palestine being joined to Transjordan they would be regarded as prejudiced.”

We can see from this, that King Abdullah had now joined his Prime Minister in favoring population transfer. (Kirkbride to Wikeley, 29 July 1946, p.1-2,[PRO FO 816/85], and Telegram, Prodrome to Foreign Office, 23 August 1946, [PRO FO 816/85 C208213]).

For an excellent review of the subject, check out, “A Historical Survey of Proposals to Transfer Arabs from Palestine 1895 – 1947,” by Rabbi Dr. Chaim Simons (2004 – it can be found at

An expression in the midrash and early Torah commentators, is “Ma’aseh Avot Siman l’Banim,” the deeds of the fathers are signs/guides to their children. Mother Sarah was teaching her children, us, the Jewish people, an important lesson.

When will we learn it?

Ariel Natan Pasko, an independent analyst and consultant, has a Master's Degree specializing in International Relations, Political Economy & Policy Analysis. His articles appear regularly on numerous news/views and think-tank websites and in newspapers. His latest articles can also be read on his archive: The Think Tank by Ariel Natan Pasko.
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Monday, November 11, 2019

Jordan Isn’t Palestine, Its Part of Eretz Yisrael

Some misguided Jews on the political right, have promoted for the last forty years, the idea that, “Jordan is Palestine.” Jordan isn’t Palestine, its part of the promised Land of Israel. And, peace with Arab states that occupy parts of the Jewish people’s inheritance, is a lie from the start.

The Arabs don’t want peace, because they are thieves and squatters, always worried the owners will come home, and demand their ouster. What better way to assuage their guilt than to claim its theirs.

And, “Jewish” leaders that offer peace, make peace, and give them the impression that the Jewish people can trade off some of its patrimony for a worthless piece of paper, do them a disservice.

Israeli politicians that behave that way are “enablers,” allowing the religion-drunk Muslims who conquered the Jewish people’s land in the 7th century, and later, the 19th century Arab squatters, to continue living in their delusion.

But the God of Israel, His promises to the patriarchs and matriarch of the Jews, continued on through the words of the prophets of old, and their recent fulfillment; seen by all today, in spectacular living Technicolor, by their decedents, Jews, Israelis, successfully rebuilding their national life in their ancient homeland, Israel, proves them all wrong.

It should be a wake-up call to all those still deluding themselves.

Co-dependent Israeli politicians, such as Prime Minister Netanyahu, who recently took part in a Knesset meeting, that marked the 25th anniversary of Israel’s “peace treaty” with the Kingdom of Jordan, need a 12-step program.

During the gathering, Netanyahu claimed that there’s a direct link between a resolution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, and the larger conflict between Israel and the Arab world. “If we are able to achieve normalization with the Arab world, then the conflict with the Palestinians will be solved,” peace could be achieved, Netanyahu said.

But who wants peace with thieves and squatters, dare I say, Arab settlers.

Netanyahu discussed the state of Israeli-Jordanian relations. He noted recent denunciations of Israel by Jordanian leaders, including King Abdullah, and the termination of Israel’s twenty-five year lease over border areas of the Arava and Naharayim.

Abdullah quickly flew there to participate in a Jordanian flag raising ceremony, to stake their claim.

Let’s remember that the illegitimate Hashemite dynasty, set up by the British, to help the Arabs steal 75% of the Palestine Mandate from the Jews, are living in Eastern Eretz Yisrael.

“We are helping the Jordanian king, both overtly and covertly,” Netanyahu said, referring to security cooperation against ISIS and the homegrown Muslim Brotherhood. Yet, “...they also claim that we’re undermining the foundations of the Al Aqsa Mosque [on the Temple Mount], and that can set off the Middle East,” he continued.

Notice the Jordanian’s perfidy...

Netanyahu isn’t in complete denial yet, “The agitation in Jordan, which isn’t really related to us, and the Islamization there and in Egypt are very powerful forces.” So, Netanyahu recognizes that under the surface of a false “peace,” between regimes, tensions are mounting and Islamists are percolating.

PS: The hatred never went away, just by signing some paper.

He then said that despite the peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, Israel “never really achieved reconciliation with Jordan or Egypt, because of the Palestinian issue.” That’s his take on it.

Its because Egypt, Jordan and the rest of the Arab/Islamic world, want the Jewish people to give a Kosher stamp of approval, to the Arab/Islamic theft and occupation of parts of the Land of Israel, and formally give it away to the so-called Palestinians.

About the failure to achieve a final status agreement with the Palestinian Authority, (and for the life of me I can’t understand why this should trouble Netanyahu); he said the Palestinian Arab population was internally divided, and hostile towards Israel.

“Why isn’t there peace with the Palestinians? I look at Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas] and ask: ‘What about you?’ They aren’t ready to accept us. Half of the [Palestinian] people back Hamas and want to annihilate us, and the other half don’t want to fight with the first half, while itself suffering from internal conflicts.”

Seems the only thing saving Israelis, from another prime minister giving away part of their ancient homeland to Arab settlers and the occupying authority, is its not safe… they hate us!

Israel needs real Jewish leaders who will stand up and tell the Arabs, the Muslim world and everyone else, the God of Israel brought us back to our homeland, He’s fulfilling his promises, and the thieves should leave and go home.

Jordan isn’t Palestine, or a Hashemite kingdom, it’s part of the Land of Israel.

Give it back to the Jewish people now!

Ariel Natan Pasko, an independent analyst and consultant, has a Master's Degree specializing in International Relations, Political Economy & Policy Analysis. His articles appear regularly on numerous news/views and think-tank websites and in newspapers. His latest articles can also be read on his archive: The Think Tank by Ariel Natan Pasko.
(c) 2019/5780 Pasko