The War over Migron and over Judea and Samaria

[Be-Ahavah U-Be-Emunah – Pinchas 5772 – translated by R. Blumberg]

Rabbenu Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah Kook proclaimed before the Jewish People, and before the entire world: “Over Judea and Samaria there will be war”, and “[We will halt its relinquishment] ‘with our bodies’” (Le-Hilchot Tzibbur, p. 214, p. 226).  When he was asked whether he meant civil war, he refused to answer. Afterwards he clarified to the Tzahal Commander-in-Chief that he did not mean civil war, or a war of the settlers against the army.

Here is what he wrote:

“Our devoted Sages instructed the Jewish People in how to wage war against the nations. Let us hope that matters will never come to the Jewish People waging war against their own failed government.”

Thus, what he was referring to was a situation in which the entire Jewish People are at war with their government. He wrote to the Defense Minister, “Over Judea and Samaria there will be an internal war, and when the entire Jewish People rises up against this government, we will obviously side with the entire Jewish People as G-d’s word achieves ascendancy over   G-d’s people and inheritance. We will not take the side of the failed government. The government must serve the people, and not vice versa.”

He further explained to his students that he was not advancing a practical directive but a proclamation of educational value. “I said and I wrote that over Judea and Samaria, Jericho and the Golan, there would be a war. No concessions are imaginable. Such threats, such utterances, such educational messages, must be repeated with regularity, thousands of times, to uproot this corruption, this disease, this weakness, at its source. These lands do not belong to the nations. We did not steal them from the nations. Rather, thank G-d, we have grown, matured, and returned to them. Over Judea and Samaria and the Golan and Jericho there will be a war. We must repeat these threats, these utterances, tomorrow and the day after, relentlessly, in order to express our position with strength and fortitude. We must remind the government and the Jewish People that we must not entertain the least possibility of conceding any part of our Land. We are not the owners of His Land. It belongs to the entire Jewish People. We are the Jews living on it. We are the representatives of the entire Jewish People. We must not betray our Land. We must increase our strength and fortitude to sanctify G-d’s name” (from a tape recording).

Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah’s style of speech was thus meant to emphasize in the sharpest terms that there is a terrible and tragic issue at stake.

Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah never gave practical instructions to anyone to go and wage war over Judea and Samaria.


As for Migron, there is good news. We purchased a large part of the area. Hence there is no reason to destroy it and to move its residents to any alternative location. Of course it was always ours to begin with, yet now there is not even any legal pretext for anyone to protest against us. Thus, certainly there is no reason for the government to do anything so terrible as moving the residents.

Let us be strong and resolute for the sake of our Land and the towns of our G-d.