God, Israel, and Shiloh: Return­ing to the Land

David Rubin
  • Review
By – December 12, 2011

Rubin, a for­mer­ly sec­u­lar Amer­i­can, lives in Shiloh, Samaria in the Bib­li­cal heart­land of Israel.” Now obser­vant, he express­es the con­cerns of many West Bank set­tlers. Shiloh, the site of ancient Israel’s cap­i­tal, is a sym­bol of reli­gion and nation­al­ism for him. He asso­ciates the area with the Taber­na­cle, Joshua, Eli, Han­nah, and Samuel. Bible study and per­son­al expe­ri­ence of ter­ror­ism have con­vinced him that Jews must not return the land promised by God and that the restora­tion of Shiloh is a fac­tor in the redemp­tive process. 

Rubin faults mod­ern Israel for mate­ri­al­ism, hedo­nism, and polit­i­cal cor­rup­tion. He attacks the state for yield­ing to U.S. pres­sure and show­ing weak­ness to Arab oppo­nents by one-sided with­drawals and dis­en­gage­ments. Rubin rejects fears of a rapid­ly increas­ing Arab pop­u­la­tion; he points out that in the West Bank, the Jew­ish birth rate is high­er than that of the Arabs. A com­mu­ni­ty activist, the author has estab­lished a fund to sup­port edu­ca­tion­al, recre­ation­al, and ther­a­peu­tic projects in the Shiloh area.

Rubin argues clear­ly and elo­quent­ly. How­ev­er, some of his rhetoric is abhor­rent. He writes of the vio­lent destruc­tive false­hood that is Islam.” He also charges, with­out offer­ing proof, that Prime Min­is­ter Ariel Sharon was bribed to change his posi­tion on the settlements. 

Lib­by K. White is direc­tor of the Joseph Mey­er­hoff Library of Bal­ti­more Hebrew Uni­ver­si­ty in Bal­ti­more, MD and gen­er­al edi­tor of the Asso­ci­a­tion of Jew­ish Libraries Newsletter.

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