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bpeople into a holy nation. That “uniqueness” can be guaranteed bonly by the non-Jew’s having no sovereignty, ownership, or citi- bzenship in the state that could allow him to shape its destiny and bcharacter. And so, concerning any non-Jew, Maimonides says: b“‘Thou shalt not place over thyself a stranger who is not of your bbrethren’ (Deuteronomy 17:15). Not only a king, but the pro- bhibition is for any authority in Israel. Not an officer in the armed bforces . . . not even a public official in charge of the distribution bof water to the fields. And there is no need to mention that a bjudge or chieftain shall only be from the people of Israel. . . . bAny authority that you appoint shall only be from the midst of bthy people” (Hilchot Mlachim 1:4).

bThe purpose is clear. The non-Jew has no share in the Land bof Israel. He has no ownership, citizenship, or destiny in it. The bnon-Jew who wishes to live in Israel must accept basic human bobligations. Then he may live in Israel as a resident stranger, but bnever as a citizen with any proprietary interest or with any polit- bical say, never as one who can hold any public office that will bgive him dominion over a Jew or a share in the authority of the bcountry. Accepting these conditions, he admits that the land is bnot his, and therefore he may live in Israel quietly, separately bobserving his own private life, with all religious, economic, so- bcial, and cultural rights. Refusing this, he cannot remain.

bThis is Torah. This is Jewishness. Not the dishonest pseudo- b“Judaism” chanted by the liberal secularists who pick and bchoose what “Judaism” finds favor in their eyes and who reject bwhat their own gentilized concepts find unacceptable. They bweigh “Judaism” on the scales of their own intellectual ar- brogance—an arrogance, incidentally, of intense ignorance.

bAnd if this is not only the right of Jews but their obligation, bwhat do we fear? Why do the Jews tremble and quake before the bthreat of the nations? Is there no longer a G-d in Israel? Have we bso lost our bearings that we do not understand the ordained bhistorical role of the State of Israel, a role that ensures that it can bnever be destroyed and that no further exile from it is possible? bWhy is it that we do not comprehend that it is precisely our refusal bto deal with the Arabs according to halakic obligation that will bring down bon our heads terrible sufferings, whereas our courage in removing them bwill be one of the major factors in the hurrying of the final redemption?

bMore than 2,500 years ago, a giant of a Philistine named b 

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