Rabbi Riskin explains the significance of Israel: “The importance of the land of Israel is not merely in providing material sustenance and protection for the nation of Israel; the importance of the land of Israel is to provide a model society for the world based upon ethical monotheism, universal values of freedom, peace and equality for all. The battle for Israel is first and foremost a battle for the sake of heaven.”
The historic Jewish Messianic vision was expressed by Isaiah in his prophecy in terms of Zion and Jerusalem, namely that “out of Zion shall go forth the Torah and the word of G-d from Jerusalem.” To eliminate such aspirations would be tantamount to emasculating the religious faith of Israel.
The passage from the Book of Psalms sums up the religious and historic attitude toward Jerusalem, the historical capital of Eretz Yisrael, and all it symbolized: “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I remember thee not; If I set not Jerusalem above my chiefest joy.” (Psalms 137:5-6)
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