“On A Hill Near Shchem,” Jewish Press, October 13, 1978
Conversation between Rabbi Kahane and the soldiers of Israel
“Why do you have to give us such a hard time?” asked one soldier. “I am not the only one who gives you a hard time,” I replied, “you are the ones who are
breaking the law. The law says that a Jew must live in Eretz Yisroel and settle everywhere, and you prevent it.” “The only law that we have is the government, and you are violating it. Besides, we want peace and you are destroying the chances for peace.” “And you really believe that by giving up Sinai and giving the Arabs Judea and Samaria, you will have peace? Don’t you remember how they went to war when they had the Sinai and Judea-Samaria?” The soldiers had now gathered around me and one said: “But things are different today!” “How do you know?” I shot back, “Why do you risk the state by trusting an enemy that started four wars?” “We have to gamble! It is impossible to keep on fighting. I am willing to take the risk.” It was clear that this was the view of most of the soldiers, almost all of whom were irreligious.
“I’ll tell you,” I said. “If you really want to gamble, trust me – not the Arabs. I tell you that if you will all put on tefillin for a month, the Messiah will come. And if you gamble on tefillin and the Messiah does not come, what have you lost?”
. . . Tomorrow would be Friday, Begin was coming home. At the airport he would be greeted by thousands of cheering Israelis and he would cry out to them: “I have brought you peace!” Voices. Voices. Voices. From yet another airport; from yet another Prime Minister; to yet another cheering crowd. “I have brought you peace in our time . . .” It was Chamberlain coming home from Munich. The bus started up and the settlement had come to an end. This time there was no singing.