It Cannot Continue
By Rabbi Meir Kahane
May 11, 1979
On Jews And Judaism

Inflation has a numbing psychological effect. After a while, as the numbers grow and multiply, people who until recently were aghast and angry at relatively small rises begin to fatalistically accept horrendous increases. They learn to live with the inflation of costs - and they pave the way for learning to perish because of it.

That is what is happening in Israel today, but it is not of that kind of inflation that I write. There is a second kind of inflation that grows today in Israel and it, too, has begun its terrible effect. It is the inflation of terror.

Not a day seems to go by nowadays without an act of terror or attempted terror. Terrorists cut through the fence in Lebanon and Jordan; by the grace of G-d, they are caught and stopped before they can commit mass murder. Terrorists are stopped as they attempt to attack an El Al plane in Brussels; twelve passengers in the general terminal area are wounded. A terrorist ship is caught off the coast of Israel on its way to murder as many men, women and children as possible. A katyusha rocket aimed at downtown Jerusalem is found and dismantled seconds before it is to go off. All these are things we know about - how many other incidents are kept from us? All these are things that failed and the Almighty grants us more time and more time to do the things that we should do, to return to Him in faith and sacrifice and courage. But how much longer will He wait and aid?

And then there are the bombs that did not fail to go off. A bomb goes off in the marketplace in Lydda; a Jew is killed and many wounded. A bomb goes off in the market place in Tel Aviv; a Jew is killed and more than a score wounded. How many buses are targets for Arab bombs? The number 12 line in Jerusalem's Bayit V'Gan area runs into East Jerusalem. More than five bombings have resulted in the deaths of innocent young Jews. The reaction of the authorities is to urge greater scrutiny; to take out the back seat on many buses; to add a No. 39 line in Bayit V'Gan... They are measures that are not calculated to have any effect on the terrorists. They guarantee more Nahariyas.

And the public grows numb. It has come to accept as natural, life with terrorist bombs. That which, years ago, led Jews to angrily attack Arabs and demand action, now leaves them apathetic and fatalistic in their acceptance. It is the inflation of terror. The more attacks, the greater the acceptance of them as a way of life. The more the dead, the less we seem to be able to look upon them as individuals who lived and left behind families. Their very repetition makes the bombings lose their "newness" and the radio and television reports no longer are "exciting" or "fresh."

But it cannot continue. We cannot allow the situation to continue. Every victim is a beloved one who leaves behind loved ones and sorrow and tragedy. Every victim is a fellow Jew. Every death and outrage is a Hillul Hashem, a desecration of the name of the L-rd, G-d of Israel. Our apathy, our acceptance of the situation, only guarantees further and worse inflation of terror. It guarantees further deaths, cripples, and agony and anguish. It cannot continue, and it must as long as Arabs are allowed to live and wander freely in the Land. The solution is ultimately only one: The removal of the hostile and dangerous Arab minority from the Land of Israel, and until then, an immediate program that includes:

1. The death penalty for all terrorists for whatever the crime, and a policy of not taking prisoners.

2. The expulsion from the land of a fixed number of Arabs after every terror incident; the number to be greater in the event of physical injury.

Terror against terror. Retaliatory terror in Arab areas on the part of a special anti-terror group. The government need never acknowledge its existence or it can deal with it on the same basis as the relationship between the PLO and the Arab host governments.

There will surely be those who will speak of this as "immoral." To these products of gentilized culture, one can only recommend the words of the rabbis:
"He who is merciful at a time when he should be cruel, is destined to be cruel at a time when he should be merciful" (Kohelet Raba, 7:16).

"When one comes to slay you slay him first" (Sanhedrin 72a). This is Judaism; this is the religion that destroys the merciless before they ravage the innocent.


A message from Rabbi Meir Kahane and the Kach Movement (JDL of Israel) to: The Arabs of Eretz Yisrael

The Almighty, G-d of Israel, who created Heaven and Earth and all that is in them; who guides history and in whose hands are the souls and destiny of all men; who chose the People of Israel to be His unique and special people; who created all lands and chose as His most desired one, the Land of Israel - gave the land, Eretz Yisrael, unto His people, in order to build there a Chosen state and society that would be a light unto the nations.

Arabs of Eretz Yisrael! We live today in a time of destiny. Through the mercy of the Almighty, the Jewish people have returned home and we live today in the beginning of the Final Redemption, may it come swiftly. And at the same time, there has begun a struggle. It is a struggle between the people of Israel on the one hand, and the Arab people, Ishmael, on the other. Both claim the Land.

We wish to speak to you about this struggle, because we know that so many others speak to you nonsense. We want you to know for yourselves what Jews of real faith and real Judaism believe, intend to do and why. Above all, we want the Jewish-Arab struggle placed within its true perspective.
Let the world understand the religious nature of this struggle.

The pity is that most Jews do not understand you or your true feelings. People really believe that you can be bought with economic or social "progress." What contempt for you lies in a person who expects you to give up your national and religious demands in return for electricity and television!
Not by bread alone does the Arab live. You are a proud people that truly believes that we have stolen the land from you. The fact that this is not true and that the land is Jewish does not change the fact that you truly believe otherwise. You will never give up that claim in return for being bought with materialism.

We know that the issue is not Hebron, or Sh'chem, or Judea or Samaria. We know that it is JERUSALEM, east and west. We know that it is
Tel Aviv and Haifa. We know that it is, ultimately, the very existence of the Jewish state you see as a foreign body in the so-called Arab homeland. We know that only a fool or a knave expects you to agree to take half of what you believe to be your entire land. Above all, we know that the struggle for the land, Eretz Yisrael, is a struggle between the truth of Judaism or Islam.

It is not we who "incite" you. It is not "extremist" Jewish groups who cause you to hate Israel, as foolish politicians and writers say. We know that it was Herzl who incited you and Ben Gurion. And Golda, and Begin. And the Kibbutzim of Hashomer Hatzair.
And Zionism itself. It is the Israeli soldier and flag and very state that infuriates you and moves you to vengeance.

We know, despite all the self-delusion, that no Arab feels equal in a state whose national anthem speaks of the "soul of a Jew" yearning, and of
Hatikva, the Jewish hope of return that was, for you, a nightmare. We know that a state in which the Law of Return applies to Jews and not to you is, for you, an alien land. We know that Israel, which was quite rightly and properly formed as a Jewish state so that we might have what you have in 20 of your own - can never be home for you.

And we remember how you tried to strangle this state at birth. We remember your refusal to even accept the U.N. Partition Plan of 1947 that would have created a tiny, grotesque state with a population already one-third Arab. We remember the 6,000 Jews who fell in that war you began, and we remember the 600 Jews who died in your riots of 1936-38 when there was no Jewish state. And we remember the Mufti, of cursed memory, and al-Kaukji. And we remember the Hebron pogrom of 1929 and the massacres of Jews in Jerusalem, Jaffa, Safed and all the others in 1920 and 1921. And we remember Trumpeldor and Tel Hai.
And we have not the slightest doubt that you would do it again if we were ever so foolish to allow you. AND WE UNDERSTAND. AND WE UNDERSTAND YOU.

And because we are the few who are willing to see and understand, we know, above all,
that there can never be real peace. Unlike those who think they can deceive you and who succeed only in deluding themselves, we know that no concessions short of the elimination of Israel will suffice for you. For you, there cannot be peace as long as there is a Jewish state, for the main issue in your minds is NOT peace but what you consider to be your rights, your entire land, your national destiny, your religious victory.

All this we understand and we understand you and how you think and why, and because we do, we will not move to commit national suicide in the manner of so many others. We know that every concession and every failure to assert our Jewish rights and obligations is seen by you as weakness and this only emboldens you. We know that our failure all these years to transfer Arabs from Eretz Yisrael has left in our midst a proud and hating people that is a time bomb waiting to explode. We know that as long as you are here there will be many more bombs in our streets. We know that the Arab birthrate guarantees the creation of yet another Cyprus or Northern Ireland here, as well as threatening the Jewish majority of Eretz Yisrael. We know that education makes you more dangerous, not less, and that the PLO leaders of the future will come from the universities we allow you to attend. We know that our liberal weakness leads to bolder attacks on Jewish women and men, assaults on Jews in Jerusalem. We know that the insane "autonomy" plan must lead to a "Palestine" entity that will be a magnet for the Israeli Arab and his radicalization.

And so, understanding your national and religious pride; knowing that you believe us to be thieves and the land to be yours; certain that there can never be any real peace between us - we hereby proclaim to you our words of halacha and true Judaism.
Listen to the beliefs of Jews of true and deep faith:

1. Eretz Yisrael, in its entirety was given by G-d, the creator of all lands, unto His Chosen people, Israel.

2. There is no "Palestine" or "Palestinian people." We recognize you to be part of the Arab nation who settled illegally in our land when, against our will, we were forced into an Exile of 2,000 years, during which not a day went by without the Jew praying for the Great Return.

3. Jews have an OBLIGATION to reclaim all the Land of G-d and to declare Jewish sovereignty over any part that has been reclaimed. We have an obligation to settle everywhere in the Land, including the cities of the Bible. We have an obligation to reclaim Jewish property seized by the murderers of Jews in the days of Jewish weakness.

4. Failure to assert Jewish rights and obligations, especially through fear of the gentile, is a Hillul Hashem, desecration of the Name of the L-rd.

5. By Torah law, we offer you the status of Ger Toshav (resident stranger) in the Land, if you wish to remain. If you accept upon yourself the sovereignty of the Jewish people and G-d over the land of Israel in its entirety, you are welcome to remain with religious, cultural, social and economic rights but no political ones. If you are unwilling to accept this, we will do our utmost to complete the transfer of population begun in 1948 when hundreds of thousands of Jews fled Arab lands. We will move to transfer you to your own countries so that both peoples can live separately in peace.

6. We will seek to have Arab students unwilling to accept Jewish sovereignty removed from universities and ask that a fixed number of Arabs be expelled after every terrorist bomb outrage.

7. We call upon you to help end attacks on Jewish women and men in Jerusalem and elsewhere, for we will put an end to them. We will also act to end the relationships between Arab men and Jewish women that is now growing and that so desecrates the Name of G-d.

We will seek to remove all strangers from the Temple Mount until the time that the Holy Temple is rebuilt.

Again, we repeat our understanding of your views and beliefs. It is not in order to incite that we write these words. It is rather that we agree with you that a great religious struggle is being fought here and the proof of the L-rd, G-d of Israel, will be seen in total victory of the Jewish people in their entire land.


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