Shir Ha-Ma'alot #29

"Hashem will bless His People with peace"
Peace will come from strength. In Elul 5690, the British and Arabs pressed us to give away the Kotel. The Arabs threatened more pogroms after those of the previous year. The leaders of the Jewish settlement were inclined to concede. Maran Ha-Rav Kook, stood firmly against them with all force. Our Rabbi, Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah, related the following: The leaders of the Nation trembled and claimed that we should agree for the sake of the entire settlement in the Land and in order to protect the lives of a myriad of Jews (Le-Netivot Yisrael vol. 1 #64), as if our Master, Rav Kook, did not know the value of Jewish souls, as if he did not place all of his standing on the line in order to save one soul of Israel in the case of Chaim Arlozorov (This leading Labor Zionist was mysteriously murdered in June of 1933. When Avraham Stavsky stood to receive capital punishment for the crime, Rav Kook exerted all of his energies to defend him). Maran Ha-Rav Kook clarified, like a supreme commander, his responsible, decisive opinion that we will not ensure peace by yielding our right to our holy place. Our enemies will not back down by through this act. It is not in our hands to surrender and to relinquish our Divine ownership of this our place (Le-Netivot Yisrael, ibid., 5706 [1946], in which immense pressure was exerted on the Jewish community in Israel to concede the Land). Peace will arrive out of inner strength. And from where will we take this inner strength? From the Torah. There is no strength except Torah (Midrash Tehillim 25).