Arabs aside, Israel has another, Jewish, fifth column: the drug addicts. The government made the poor creatures into unwilling collaborators with Muslim terrorists.

Hezbollah controls the lion’s share of Israel’s marijuana, hashish, and heroin supplies. The terrorist group benefits from the drug trade on all fronts: it benefits militarily by enlisting Israeli drug dealers as spies, ideologically by destroying Israeli society, and financially from sales. Some marijuana passes through Sinai, enriching the Hamas-affiliated Bedouin clans in Egypt.

Israeli police fight the drug trade zealously, but their battle is lost. This is like the American occupation of Iraq: you can win every battle but lose the war, because some wars are decided in low-level encounters rather than battles. The United States spends $60 billion annually fighting its 7 million drug addicts and tens of millions of harmless marijuana consumers. Though Israeli financial statistics are kept secret through military allocations, we can expect a similarly staggering amount.

Hezbollah earns, Israel spends. Terrorists and their fellow Israeli criminals grow richer and therefore stronger, while the Israeli state expends precious resources. And worst of all, the fight is hopeless—as soon as police bust one drug ring or delivery channel, another opens. Instead of combating the drug trade, police only clear the spot for other clans. In effect, the police act as the mob’s hit men.

Israeli law enforcement services are especially wrong to crack down on the groups which import cocaine and methamphetamines from Latin America and Europe, as this is the most efficient way of pushing Hezbollah’s drugs from the Israeli market. But there is a better option: legalize the drugs and allow their use under medical supervision.

Frankly, I don’t care about those nuts who choose to destroy themselves with drug abuse. As long as alcoholics are permitted to kill themselves slowly, and the Peace Now is allowed to continue its murderous propaganda, there is no reason to single out drug addicts for special care or persecution. My concern is about the 99 percent of law-abiding Jews who are endangered by the government restriction on drug sales. Drug addicts steal from us, they are a disproportionate burden on our healthcare, and they enrich and strengthen our enemies. Let them kill themselves if they want so, but not to kill us.

Let’s go after the real problem, the one of enemies. Strip them of drug-trade profits by legalizing drugs. Make them cheaply available with medical prescriptions. Arguably, that may have the side effect of reducing drug addiction by taking the chic out of it. Drugs will no longer be forbidden fruit, a revolt against society, the lot of the elite. Rather, drugs will only be associated with a despicable medical condition.

True, drug consumption is implicitly prohibited in the Torah: since alcoholic intoxication is frowned upon, that is all the more reason that drugs are not suitable for humans. But the Israeli state, which disregards every commandment, is the last entity that should appeal to the Torah. Besides, here we have a case of conflicting commandments, and the one which affects the entire society takes precedence: abetting the enemy is a more important prohibition than drug consumption. While it sets myriad hair-raising punishments for various other crimes, the Torah is tellingly silent on alcoholism. Though drug addiction runs against the human purpose, it is not society’s business to prosecute it. Indeed, the drug trade was legal in Britain just eighty years ago.

Unrelated to terrorism but otherwise similar is prostitution. The Torah does not ban foreign prostitution; since patriarch Judah habitually engaged a roadside prostitute, we need not pretend to be more moral than him. By legalizing prostitution, we can take money from the coffers of criminals and put them as taxes into the state’s budget. The prohibition makes prostitutes’ lives miserable; they live under constant threat from criminals and police. In a society which teaches school pupils such abominations as coexistence with Muslims, prostitution is a morally harmless behavior. Just like the drug trade, profits from prostitution have made Israeli crime syndicates into venerable enterprises and allowed them to heavily corrupt the police.

Scores of countries allow prostitution, including the Netherlands, Germany, and some areas of the United States. Are we to consider them immoral (well, except for Germany)? Legalization of prostitution benefits those involved in it by improving their working conditions and increasing their wages. Customers enjoy lower prices by taking out criminal middlemen, and engage in harmless consensual activity without criminal overtones. The government receives taxes and cuts down on police spending. Criminal syndicates lose a huge chunk of their profits. So why not?