Monday, 31 July 2017

The Rebbe on a Referendum

“I suspect those who wish to solve the dispute by a retreat, by calling a referendum. 

The Shomron
Inherent danger lies in the very wording which will be offered. If they will come and ask the nation: “Are you prepared to give up land in return for peace?” this would constitute a deliberate misleading of the voters, because by posing the question in this deceitful form, they are already slipping in half the response which they wish to elicit; as if to suggest that giving away land will bring peace.

If they are going for such a referendum, this should be only on condition that they will set out the wording in a form such as follows:

“Is it worthwhile to place a life-threatening danger into every single home in Eretz Israel, to bring on the threat of war, with Israel left remaining without oil, without borders, without defense, with the enemy close to our major population centers, in return for the signature [of Sadat] (who was the Egyptian president when this was said – translator), at a time when Egypt to this day has already betrayed their signature four times; and it is clear that Sadat will not live much longer and will not rule over Egypt for ever; and it is clear that he has no control over the Arabs in Judea and Samaria, with the Arabs there announcing publicly their intention to annihilate and kill all people who dwell in Zion. And it is clear that even were one group to agree to peace, other groups will not be in agreement. 

So the question is, given this situation, is it worthwhile to return lands in return for a piece of paper which obligates nobody?”  

                                                                                Private interview with Mr. Shmuel Katz

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