26 Adar 1 5760
The Sanhedrin's Declaration Concerning the Disengagement
Since its meeting on 28th Shvat 5765, the Sanhedrin has deliberated the initiative of the Prime Minister of Israel, the decisions of the government, and legislation enacted by the Knesset regarding the plan known as "The Disengagement," henceforth referred to in this document as "the uprooting."
This plan involves the uprooting of Jewish communities in the
Following an intensive study which took place regarding the halachic (authentic Jewish law) questions that arise from the government's decision, the Sanhedrin hereby brings its conclusions and decisions to the public's attention.
1). The Prime Minister's program of uprooting stands in direct contradiction to the Torah of Israel.
2). The decision to implement the uprooting will cause large numbers of Jews to transgress many of the Torah's commandments. This applies to many varied commandments, including both those that are practiced between man and G-d, as well as those between man and his fellow man; those that apply to the nation as a whole, and those that apply to every individual.
3). The Government of Israel and the Knesset, in their present form and power structure, do not constitute institutions that have any authority according to halacha, and have no power to render decisions that contradict the Torah of Israel.
4). Government ministers who have deemed this plan of uprooting to be wrongful have been removed from their positions, and likewise senior officials of the security establishment who have expressed independent opinions about the matter have been ousted.
5). THEREFORE, the decision of this government – which has also violated its promises to its own electorate – is null and void.
6). THUS: No Jew is permitted to cooperate with the program of uprooting, in any way whatsoever.
7). Any Jew – including a soldier or policeman – who supports the uprooting, whether directly or indirectly, whether by voting in its favor, or by giving council, or by supplying vehicles or materials, and obviously, anyone who actively participates in the uprooting... by so doing, transgresses a large number of Torah commandments.
8). The uprooting of the residents of the Gaza Strip and Samaria is a crime, and an injustice to the residents, and places many other communities – in fact, all citizens of the State of Israel – in mortal danger.
9). Any Jew who participates in, or cooperates with this plan, whether actively, or even by merely remaining silent, transgresses the commandment "You shall not stand idly by your neighbor's blood (Lev. )," and in the future will be judged by G-d for this sin.
10). The leaders and their agents – including soldiers and policemen who support the uprooting and participate in it – may be brought to bear personal responsibility for all damages caused to those who are hurt, and to their property.
11). By this declaration, the Sanhedrin, as the link of continuity of the Torah received by Moses at Sinai, hereby expresses the stance of
12). The Sanhedrin, as the representative of the Jewish people throughout history, hereby affirms that the Jewish people – regardless of this or that government – does not relinquish, and is not entitled to relinquish, so much as the span of a solitary man's foot of the Land of Israel according to its Biblical boundaries… for it is G-d's land.
13). The commandment to "inherit and dwell" (Deut. ) in the
14). THEREFORE: Even if (Heaven forbid) the residents are forcibly removed from their homes – when the government changes, and a government in Israel arises that conducts itself according to the Torah, the armies of Israel will return and re-conquer this strip of land, to reinstate the people of Israel to their rightful place. This
applies not only to this area, but to all the expanses of the
15). We are permeated with faith in the G-d of the Legions of Israel, that the oath which He swore to our forefather Abraham at the "Covenant Between the Halves" will be fulfilled precisely as it is stated, and with G-d's help, speedily – as it is written (Gen. 15:18):
"On that day the L-rd made a covenant with Avram, saying, to your seed have I given this land, from the