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The Times of Israel published my new article: “Why Israel Must Fight on Two Fronts”
Residents of southern Israel are right to protest. They demand quiet, and I agree with their harsh criticism against Israel’s leadership. Their willingness to stay in their shelters in order to allow for a temporary attack that will bring their normal life back testifies to how fed up they are.
Israel must give a decisive blow to the infrastructure of terror in the Gaza Strip: demand that Hamas dismantle its weapons and stop its rule on the ground. To crush the terror completely, and prevent it from rearing its head. This way, at the very least, we will obtain relative quiet in the coming years, and allow the children in the south to go to sleep without fear.
Unfortunately, the current round of rockets has once again proven to us what we have learned throughout history: a jihadist terrorist organization understands only force. They are not interested in reaching an agreement or reconciliation with us. It doesn’t matter if we lift the siege, open the border, enable infrastructure, push for international aid or inject millions of dollars in cash. Thus, we have no choice but to respond with such force that will paralyze Hamas’ ability to harm us.
I do not call for war, and certainly not for harming the innocent Gazan population. But as long as we’re in the midst of an ongoing battle, we must respond with all severity and maintain the upper hand; as it is written, “he who comes to kill you, get up early to kill him first.”
The weakness of our leadership reveals the extent to which its view has been distorted by continuously trying to convince the world that Israel is moral and righteous. The world, however, is not impressed. On the contrary, the international media continues to paint a false picture of the reality in Israel. One only needs to glance at the European press, for example, to notice headlines that portray Israel as the aggressor, after a day with almost 500 rockets fired at Israeli civilians. Therefore, what the world thinks cannot be taken into consideration by our leaders.
There is no doubt that the next round will be more painful. We took a serious step backwards, against ourselves and against the safety of our children. Hamas, on the other hand, is celebrating their success in sparking a political earthquake in Israel, after the resignation of the defense minister. They — and the entire world — have concluded that Israel is weak.
However, I relate our weakness to a single factor: the lack of spiritual foundation in the people of Israel. Unlike any other people or nation in the world, we are required to fight on two fronts: the physical and the spiritual. We have to protect the safety of our residents and defend our borders with great fervor; and at the very same time, we must attack our division at all costs. This is the real war for Israel.
We all take part on the spiritual front, and right now we have been caught off guard. We must reach a cease-fire between us. This is the fire that invites our enemies to enter our house and do as they wish.
All of us without exception — leaders and soldiers, politicians and citizens, rightists and leftists, religious and secular — must be vigilant against the enemy within us, the snake that separates us from each other. Only when we join forces against our own division will we reawaken the spiritual foundation of our people.
According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, the spiritual connection between us is our only salvation. It will build a wall against enemies. And the whole world is subconsciously waiting for the power that lies in Israel’s unity. Even Hamas.
Answer: Nothing will change in the world and in the ecology; even let everyone own a car, and more than one. Let there be 7 or 14 billion private cars in the world. Cars are not what causes ecological disasters. Our corrupt relations are what cause ecological disasters.
We need to understand what is visible in nature and in its research; environmental disasters are caused not by technology, the inanimate, vegetative, and animate levels, but by the human level. Only we, at the level of our relations, cause distress at all other levels of nature.
All these disasters in the fields of ecology and health, depression and drug addiction, divorces and all other problems arise from nature only to push us to understand the cause, which is at a higher level. Always in nature, a problem from a higher level descends to lower levels and activates the system from there.
I hope that in the search for salvation from these evils, which we see as evils at our egoistic level, we will have to give up our egoism, we will have to understand that we can only be in balance with nature on the inanimate, vegetative, and animate levels due to our human level, if we treat each other with love and understanding.
Then, we will bring unity to nature as a whole and reach a balance with the general nature.
The Round Table of Independent Opinions, Berlin 9/9/06
New Life #98 – Pregnancy and Birth from the Woman’s Perspective
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz
The only way a mother can ensure her embryo experiences peace is by providing a peaceful environment. The embryo feels the mother after 40 days. She therefore has to think about the embryo and treat him as an entity that understands and feels. Since all her thoughts are passed onto the embryo, the mother imagines the type of kindergarten she wants for him, his harmonious relationships with others, and the perfect world she wishes for him to inhabit. Instead of hoping her child becomes a millionaire, she desires that he will be born into a balanced world in which everyone has what they need both in corporeality as well as in spirituality. She will imagine a world based on mutual guarantee in which every child feels happy and secure throughout their lifetimes.
From KabTV’s “New Life #98 – Pregnancy And Birth From The Woman’s Perspective,” 11/4/12
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