Rav Avigdor Miller on Concessions To Terrorists



What can we learn from the desecration of Kever Yosef?


We learn that the Arabs are here to destroy everything that they can. And therefore I’ll tell a little story. Once upon a time there was a rabbi who said that the Prime Minister in Eretz Yisrael is a rodef. Because he’s yielding to the Arabs he’s going to cause us to lose a great deal of life and therefore he’s a rodef. And so somebody shot that Prime Minister. The Prime Minister was shot in Medinas Yisrael. He was killed by somebody. A certain rabbi said he’s a rodef and somebody shot him.

The whole world was up in arms against that rabbi. Look what you did! You caused a man to shoot the Prime Minister! They don’t realize however that the rabbi was right. He was a rodef.

At that time that Prime Minister began to yield to the Arabs. He was willing to give them certain concessions in order they shouldn’t be committing violence against us; in order that they should make peace with us we’ll give them certain concessions. That was a mistake. A mistake. You don’t make concessions to gain peace. You make concessions if others make concessions. First you behave, you tell the Arabs. If you’ll behave then we’ll see. We won’t make any concessions until you behave.

We made concessions and they didn’t behave yet. And it went further and further and further and today they’re giving away everything almost. Barak is willing to give away even parts of Yerushalayim. And so therefore the Arabs today see it pays to make more trouble. The more they make terrorism, the more they’re going to gain more opportunity to bargain with us. And the goyim go along with that. The goyim like that idea of taking away from the Am Yisrael and giving it to the Arabs. As much as possible. And therefore that Prime Minister was a rodef. He was a rodef.

I don’t say you have to make a milchamah but you have a right to protect the security of the citizens. And therefore it’s wrong to yield. Don’t yield. Don’t give away any land. See that they themselves first of all behave. If they’ll behave then we’ll see what to do about it. But before you behave and while you’re still making acts of terrorism, there are no kinds of concessions at all.

TAPE # E-266 (February 15, 2001)