The second issue of "Sovereignty" was prepared for publication during John Kerry's frenetic and relentless trips in the area. The pressure on Israel is far from moderate and the goal of this pressure is clear - to arrive at an agreement of "two states for two peoples" or in simpler words - to split the Land of Israel once again. In the appendices to his Book of the Commandments, Ramban (Nahmanides) states that the commandment to settle the Land of Israel also includes the prohibition "not to abandon it to the nations of the world or to desolation."
Second issue of "Sovereignty" released during Kerry's Visit to Israel
The second issue of "Sovereignty" was prepared for publication during John Kerry's frenetic and relentless trips in the area. The pressure on Israel is far from moderate and the goal of this pressure is clear - to arrive at an agreement of "two states for two peoples" or in simpler words - to split the Land of Israel once again.
Should we restrain ourselves? More than this, isn't now the time when we must promote the application of Israeli sovereignty over all parts of the Land of Israel? Are we commanded only to settle the Land of Israel?
In the appendices to his Book of the Commandments, Ramban (Nahmanides) states that the commandment to settle the Land of Israel also includes the prohibition "not to abandon it to the nations of the world or to desolation." The first part of the sentence is simple - we must settle the Land. The next part of the sentence, that the Land of Israel should not be held by any nation other than the People of Israel, is more complicated. As of now, Judea and Samaria are only partially under Israeli control. Unfortunately for us, these areas were not annexed to the State of Israel. We must complete the work in these areas and apply Israeli sovereignty.
Rabbi Israel Yehoshua from Kutno also wrote in this same spirit: "The principle behind the commandment is nothing other than a person's inheriting and settling the land as his own, to conquer the Land of Israel so that it will be part of his inheritance" (Yeshuot Molcho, 10, 66).
Can we bury our heads in the sand (or in the process of building) and continue to claim that "the last furrow of the plowing is what determines the border"? Unfortunately for us, reality and history have proven that this is not enough, and to understand this it is sufficient to recall events of the recent and very painful past with the uprooting of communities from Sinai, Gush Katif and northern Samaria.
Some may argue that even sovereignty does not assure our full possession of the Land. As evidence of this they point to the dismal reality in the Negev and the Galilee. Their point is well taken and indeed sovereignty must also be implemented in practice, in the field. The meaning of the term "to be sovereign" is also to enforce the state's law, its jurisdiction and administration.
It is important to note and to emphasize that there is no intention here to disparage the importance of building and settling. From the pages of this journal we send an enthusiastic tribute of "well done" to all who engage in the holy work of expanding and consolidating the settlement enterprise, but nevertheless, this is not enough. The building and settling of communities has not and will not prevent retreat, and this is why sovereignty is necessary. Sovereignty will add yet another layer to the layer of communities that together fortify our hold on our Land.
There are many people who well understand the importance of sovereignty, but nevertheless worry about the complexities of world reaction, demographics and the State of Israel's possible loss of Jewish identity. To them we loudly say: enough of the paralyzing anxiety and fear. We must move on from establishing the settlement enterprise to establishing sovereignty, standing upright and fearless.
From the pages of this journal you will be able to become acquainted with the positions of people in the field who are politicians, thinkers and others who deal with these primal fears courageously and with open eyes as they offer solutions and inspire a goal of fortitude in the pursuit of a grand vision.
Several weeks ago we launched the first issue of "Sovereignty" and since then we have been inundated with encouraging responses and congratulations. It seems that very many people in Israel and abroad have been eagerly awaiting a platform that would openly declare our right to the Land of Israel as legitimate and even as our obligation as a people, and the journal "Sovereignty" fulfills this need.
Along with the responses of congratulations and encouragement, many readers have sent us their own articles. We were very pleased to read words attesting to the healthy and strong Jewish spirit that lives within many of us. Nevertheless, limitations of space in printed media prevent us from publishing all that we receive. Therefore we have chosen a small and representative sample such as appears in the section of Letters to the Editor. We welcome every letter we receive in the editor's emailbox but we add that only concise letters of up to 150 words will be published in the newspaper. We will consider including longer articles and letters as posts on the journal's Internet site, which we are working diligently on developing at present.
The journal's editorial staff is open to bringing a wide variety of opinions dealing with the issue of sovereignty and this is our goal -- to present, in an orderly way, the teachings and opinions of thinkers, members of Knesset and public opinion shapers, as well as your opinions, from the general public.
We wish you a pleasant reading experience.
Editorial staff of "Sovereignty"
Article courtesy of Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar
These days, final preparations are being made for the fourth Sovereignty Conference, which will be held on Sunday, the 16th of Tevet, February 12th, in conjunction with the periodical Basheva (and will be broadcast live on Arutz 7). In this conference as well, in which ministers, members of Knesset and public figures will take part, the various ideas of how to promote sovereignty will be presented. However, in contrast to previous conferences, in this conference, Matar and Katsover intend to outline a plan that will offer a first response to the challenges of sovereignty.
Palestinian leaders preach nonstop hatred of Jews and continually incite murderous violence against them. Palestinian schools teach children of every age that suicide martyrdom must be their highest goal. These attitudes are deeply ingrained in their culture, and getting their own state won’t change them. In fact, any Palestinian state would almost certainly be taken over by Hamas, whose charter explicitly calls for the death of all Jews everywhere.
The government of Israel has evacuated Amona – Does the Left or the world like us any better? Do they respect us more? Isn’t it better to apply the law in Judea and Samaria, to absorb exactly the same condemnations that we get in any case, but to do it to rescue the Land of Israel and Amona as part of it?
Latest KingsCalendar Editor Articles by R.P. BenDedek
I do apologize for the singing – mine – and by way of explanation, the reason that you hear me saying ‘hello’ (twice) is that a man told his son to say hello and when I decided to say ‘hello’ a lady walking passed me thought I had said it to her and so she also greeted me with ‘hello!’
Everyone is so concerned to be politically correct and so worried about being perceived racist, that they fail to see that in fact the true racists with the truly incorrect political agenda are the ones pointing the finger and doing the name calling. (In psychology it would be called reaction formation; the suppression of one impulse by the promotion of a counter impulse.)
Having met up with my pen friend we went ‘somewhere’ and there was this big open paved garden type area and there were platforms going nowhere which you ascended by climbing stairs. Through the middle of the paved courtyard-garden ran a little pond. I was fully aware of its existence but so focused was I on taking a good photo that I was walking while looking through the viewfinder of the camera. I fell straight into the pond.
Since 2004 he has been writing academic articles, social commentaries and photographic 'Stories from China' both here at KingsCalendar, and formerly as a contributing columnist at Magic City Morning Star News (Maine USA) where from 2009 to 2015 he was Stand-in Editor. He currently has a column at iPatriot.com and teaches English to Business English and Flight Attendant College Students in Suzhou City Jiangsu Province People's Republic of China.)
BenDedek originally created the site to publicize his research results into the Chronology of Ancient Israel. Those results were published under the title: 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran.' Whilst there have been many attempts to solve the chronological riddle of the Bible's synchronisms of reigns of the kings of Israel and Judah and their synchronism with other Ancient Near Eastern Nations, no other research is based on a simple mathematical formula which could, if it is incorrect, be disproved easily. To date, no one has been able to dismiss the mathematical results of this research.
Free to air Academic articles set forth Apologetics for and results of his discovery of an "artificial chronological scheme" running through the Bible, Josephus, the Damascus Documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Seder Olam Rabbah. Check the Chapter Precis Page to see details of each chapter and to gain access to the Four Free to Air Chapters
(The Download book does not contain a section on Seder Olam)
Definition: King's Calendar Chronological Research
The Premise: Between the 5th and 3rd centuries BCE (but continuing down to at least 104 BCE), Sectarian redactors transcribed the legitimate 'solar year' chronological records of Israel and Judah, into an artificial form, with listed years as each comprised of 12 months of 4 weeks of 7 days, or 336 days per year, thus creating a 13th artificial year where 12 solar years existed.
When the Synchronous Chronological Data provided in the Books of Kings and Chronicles for the Divided Kingdom Period are measured in years of 336 days, the synchronisms actually align. [Refer to Appendix 5. to see how it synchronises the Divided Kingdom Period]