I am a real estate broker, and it was stressed in class that location, location, location is an important rule of thumb when buying or selling property. The second most important rule is that all real estate transactions must be in writing and recorded. There must be the names of the buyer and the seller and the amount of the transaction.

How ironic is it that we recently read the portion of Chaye Sarah in the book of Genesis. The purchase of the Cave of Machpelah in Hebron by Abraham the Hebrew from Ephron the Hittite for 400 talents of silver is the first recorded real estate transaction in world history. This sale is recorded in the Hebrew Bible and was included in the Christian Bible 2,000 years later.

Hebron was established by King David as the first capital of Israel. King David reigned there for the first seven years of his leadership while Jerusalem was built. Why then do we still have to justify our continuous and legitimate presence in our God-given land, whether it is Hebron, Jerusalem, Shomron, Yehuda, et al.

Gaza was made Judenrein by the State of Israel for the hope of peace with the Arabs. Look where it got us.

We the Jewish people have longed for and prayed for peace throughout our tumultuous history. All of our prayers call for peace.

Our enemies, and there are many, call for our destruction. We should heed their warnings and not be misled by naïve and gullible leaders who have led us down the path of self-destruction.