The last time Ariel Sharon came to the Rebbe... was for Sunday [distribution of charity] dollars, Erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan 5749, 1989.
The Rebbe greeted him warmly, and Sharon asked for a blessing for the security and integrity of Eretz Yisroel.
The Rebbe replied with the words of the verse, “And I will give peace in your land, and you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid.” The Rebbe pointed out that the Torah doesn’t say “in the land” but “in your land,” meaning that it must be obvious that the land is Jewish.
The Rebbe also quoted the saying of our Sages, “Whoever refutes idolatry is termed a Jew,” and explained that idolatry refers to anything that is contrary to the spirit of Judaism.
In order for people to feel that the Holy Land is indeed Jewish, the observance of the Commandments must be encouraged and strengthened.