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Thursday, June 01, 2006

A 'Lo S'chanem' Dilemma

I often wonder what the settlers in Yehudah and Shomron would do if there were two candidates for Prime Minister.
Candidate #1: A Jew, like Ehud Olmert, who was planning to carry out a disengagement plan, which, in the view of many Halachic authorities, is a violation of the prohibition of handing over parts of Eretz Yisrael to non-Jewish control.
Candidate #2: A non-Jew who felt that handing over land to the Palestinians has been a dismal failure, is a fatally flawed concept, and who was essentially a hawk on security issues.
James Woolsey, former CIA chief, writes an interesting column wherein he calls the disengagement plan one of 'folly', and a 'reinforcement of failure'. But, of course, a vote for Mr. Woolsey means the man who calls the shots, assuming he had enough political clout, would be a non-Jew, which would also be a violation of handing over land to non-Jewish sovereignty. It's also a bit unsettling (no pun intended) to vote for a non-Jewish figure as the numero uno political figure in the Jewish State.
On the other hand, the Jews who live in Yehudah and Shomron get to stay.
Which would you choose?

4 Comments:

Blogger chardal said...

You are asking which issur we would prefer?

NEITHER!

2:18 PM  
Blogger Bari said...

So what would you do? Sit home? What if your vote were critical? Shev V'al Taaseh, I guess...

6:54 PM  
Anonymous yehuda said...

Since most settelers rely on the heter mechirah perhaps the hetterim they use for "lo sichonem"then would apply now.Although the hetter of temporary sales does not apply here IIRC some feel that "lo sichonem" doesn't apply to arabs due to thier being from zera avrohom.If so it would be prefeble for Olmert to give it to arabs then allow a christian to rule over the west bank.I ask chardel(or anyone else) to correct all my misconceptions about that who rely on the heter mechira and its relevance to giving up land.

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yehuda-I'm no expert on what those who rely on the hetter mechira do with "lo sichonam" but (1)they sell to arabs not because they are m'zera avrohom but rather because they aren't idolters(2)they are somech on ths shittos h'ran that fot the genarel good of the yidden living in EY there would be no lo sichonam which tecnicly Olmert could also claim(3)In a shaalo of pikuach nefesh we wouldn't worry about lo sichonem.

10:49 AM  

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