President Rivlin: ‘All of the Land of Israel belongs to us’
ed note–2 things to keep in mind–
1. ‘all of the land of Israel’ means everything between the Nile and Euphrates rivers as outlined within various passages of the Torah (Old Testament), to wit–
‘On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abraham, saying “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river Euphrates”…–Genesis, 15:18
‘And God spoke unto us saying, ‘Go to the hill-country and all the places nigh thereunto… in the Arabah, the hill-country and in the Lowland… in the South and by the sea-shore, the land of the Canaanites, and Lebanon, as far as the great river, the river Euphrates…Go in therefore and possess the land which the Lord swore unto your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, unto them and to their seed after them…’ Deuteronomy 1:6–8
‘Every place whereon the sole of your foot shall tread shall be yours, from the wilderness, and Lebanon, from the river Euphrates, even unto the hinder sea shall be your border…’ Deuteronomy 11:24
‘…From the wilderness, and this Lebanon, even unto the great river, the Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your border…’Joshua 1:4
2. Remember that Rivlin is one of those ‘good’ Zionists on ‘the left,’ who takes special care in making sure he does not bare too much fang when he smiles, but in the end, as we point out here often, the ‘difference’ between rabid Zionists on ‘the right’ such as Sharon, Netanyahu, Bennett, etc, vs those on ‘the left’ is minimal and merely superficial in appearance, because at the end of the day, Judaism is Judaism, even when it is gussied up with a new makeover.
Israeli National News
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Monday morning spoke at the fifteenth Jerusalem Conference, and gave an interview to Channel 2.
Answering Channel 2’s question of why much of the public believes he is a leftist, Rivlin said, “All my life, I have been on the side that is correct- or as you’d say in English, the right side. I always stood up for my values, even when they weren’t agreed upon by the right. I believe that as president, after I have been chosen, I must make it clear that there is no contradiction between Israel being a Jewish country, and its being a democratic country.”
“I continue to say it again and again….we are turning into people who only believe in our individual beliefs, and have no idea what the other side believes.
“It could be that people think I was elected only in order to provide them with what they want. But I was elected by the Knesset, which has Jews and Arabs, left and right, and I must make sure that we speak to each other, that there is dialogue. We need to know that there are people who don’t think the way I do. It was always clear to me that not everyone who doesn’t think as I do is against me.”
When asked about his support for the left, Rivlin said, “When the Haaretz newspaper writes good things about me, I am very concerned and I start examining my actions.” However, Rivlin also said that he will not change his mind, and blamed “others” for changing theirs.
Regarding the tension between himself and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Rivlin said, “He is the prime minister, and I am the president. He does his job, and I do my job. Obviously, he’s not my friend.”
“Regardless, whenever I travel anywhere in the world, whether to Russia or any other country, I will always ask his advice.”
Rivlin expressed support for annexing Judea and Samaria to Israel.
“All my life, I have believed that all of Israel belongs to us. In my opinion, the only solution is to be as an iron wall, and I believe that the right must be more democratic than it is anything else.”
“Everyone should know that if we apply sovereignty to all of Israel, all the Arabs who live in those areas will have to receive full citizenship and rights, like every other citizen of Israel.”