Jewish people can only exist in the Jewish land. The life of perpetual refugees or aliens is not conducive to nationhood. When American Jews are socially forced to join in the celebration of Jesus’ birthday, or Ukrainian Jews have to put out their murderers’ flags on national holidays, that’s not a Jewish national existence.

Thanks to rabbis, Jews survived in the Exile, but they ceased to be Jewish in the Torah sense. The Torah envisages Jews as a normal, land-bound people with sovereign jurisdiction. The commandment bans anyone from working on Shabbat “in your town.” How’s that supposed to be practiced in Brooklyn? Most of the commandments can only be observed in the Land of Israel.

Remember that Zionist nonsense, “to live as free people in a free land”? Jews are not free. Free people practice homosexuality, eat pork, and do whatever they wish on the Sabbath. The land is not free, but a stage for doing God’s will, and that includes building the Jewish nation. We must establish Jewish sovereignty, and that means no Arabs in the Knesset. We must make God’s country secure by carpet-bombing our enemies back into a camel-based economy. We must make the Jewish land decent, and so expand our borders instead of submitting to a bunch of Palestinian Arabs who demand statehood; gosh, half a century ago they didn’t even know that word.

The properly Jewish life is indivisible from the land. Many commandments are land-centered. Such is the case with charity: each Jew must give to the Jewish poor a tenth of not his income, but his produce. It is a commandment, therefore, for Jews to work the land God gave us. He didn’t give us Manhattan or the concrete jungles of Tel Aviv, but the land of milk and honey, of barley and rain.

It is great, a matter of immense nationalist importance, that we’ve got our first generation of farmers. Only farmers can love their land. A Jew who lives in an apartment would gladly stroll through Israeli forests, but his is not a peasant’s attachment. Plant a tree, milk a goat, work the land with your own hands—why is it that every Jew has to be a software engineer? Love of land comes through daily interaction with it, not from an office job.

The early kibbutz pioneers made an ideological error. By insisting on communal ownership, they deprived their children of property, of farms. The attachment to land doesn’t come through the theoretical idea that “our kibbutz owns this patch.” No, it must be “my” patch, “my” goats, “my” tractor. Every tree, every vine anchors Jewish presence here not because we take another hilltop, but because yet another family of Jewish farmers says proudly, “This is my land.”

Farming is strategically important, even indispensable to Israel because of the nuclear threat. No one knows the whereabouts of North Korea’s nuclear bombs, and Pakistani nuclear weapons are a hair’s breadth from the hands of the Islamists. An Islamic state won’t risk nuking Israel and suffering (perhaps) retaliation, but terrorists would have no qualms about doing away with Tel Aviv. It is not feasible to waste a nuclear bomb for a network of villages. Israel has plenty of space to disperse her population, and it is a crime to risk the entire Jewish nation by crowding it into major cities.

Farming is important for yet another reason. We have to expel the Arabs, there is no choice about it. They are the fifth column, hated by the right and the left alike; in fact, it is leftist governments who have repressed the Arabs most. We should expect international sanctions. Perhaps not from America, because of the Jewish lobby. Not from Russia, because it doesn’t care a bit. But it is unlikely that we would escape with no sanctions. And so the economically efficient Israelis have become the loudest voice against transferring the Arabs. Our country needs an economy relatively independent from foreign sanctions and economic crises. Our military requirements are moderate, about $200 per Jew per month; they can be further curtailed by abrogating the female draft and relying on nuclear weapons for strategic encounters. At any rate, common Israelis hardly enjoy the fruits of a high-tech economy: twenty families own about 60 percent of the country’s wealth. The average wage of just over $2,000 can easily be earned in agriculture and cottage industries.

Join us in the villages.