If only the above arguments were mere abstractions to be
bartered about in a political science class or philosophical discussions to be politely
shared over the dinner table! Unfortunately, however, they are facts of life, truths have
been largely ignored by Israeli governments over the past 30 years. As a result, a
recurring pattern has been established. Concession after concession has been made to the
Arabs without anything substantial being received in return. Time and again, victories won
with blood and Divine miracles on the battlefield have backfired into defeats at the
negotiating table. Thousands of Jewish - and for that matter Arab - lives have been lost.
The term "peace process" has become virtually synonymous with demands for
Throughout this period, against this background of concessions, a different voice was
heard. For decades, until 1994, the Lubavitcher Rebbe served as a rockbed of strength and
confidence, radiating guidance and vision for the future of our land and its people.
This is not mere history. At present as well, the Rebbe's insights remain current and
foresighted. His insights and advice shed light on how to deal with the problems we face
In the pages to follow, we will present a brief historical overview of several phases
in the Arab-Israeli controversy and the directives and perception the Rebbe shared at the
time. The intent is not merely to recount the past, but rather to point towards the
future. If mistakes and adverse factors are highlighted, it is not to thrive on
negativity, but to spell out problematic approaches that continue to undermine Israeli
policy until the present day. Reviewing the past may prevent us from living it.
And, through rethinking the past, we can chart a path of action for the future, one
that will lead to security, growth, and hopefully peace within the Land of Israel.