Natural Treasures of the Land of Israel
Brit-Am Notes on Amnon Goldberg: Amnon Goldberg lives in the city of Tsefat in Northern Israel. Over the years he has written numerous short articles, and "Letters to the Editor," etc. of great value.
He has also expressed an ongoing interest in Brit-Am. Many of his writings are available on the Brit-Am web-site, e.g.
Amnon Goldberg: Shakespeare & Torah.
Amnon Goldberg: The Jewish Heroes of Bomber Command.
Amnon Goldberg: Letter to leading Ultra-Orthodox Newspaper Concerning Brit-Am Teachings
Amnon Goldberg Concerning America's independence from Great Britain: "Alternative-History" buffs still salivate...
Amnon Goldberg: Ancients knew of Earth's Sphericity
Amnon Goldberg: Divine Providence and D-Day
Amnon Goldberg: Trump & the Messiah
And many more.
Below is a recent article of Amnon Goldberg concerning the still unrevealed muineral wealth potential of the Land of Israel.
The Torah states: "For the LORD your God is bringing you to a good land, a land with brooks of water, fountains and depths that emerge in valleys and mountains, a land of wheat and barley, vines and figs and pomegranates, a land of oil producing olives and honey, a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity; you will lack nothing in it - ... a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose mountains you will hew copper. And you will eat and be sated, and you shall bless the L-rd, your G-d, for the good land He has given you" (Devarim [Deuteronomy]- 8).
On visiting the Holy Land in 1867, Mark Twain wrote: "Of all the lands there are for dismal scenery, this land must be the prince....a hopeless, dreary, heart-broken land....can the curse of the Deity beautify a land? The land sits in sackcloth and ashes. Over it broods the spell of a curse that has withered its fields and fettered its energies..... we traversed miles of desolate country given wholly to weeds - a silent, mournful expanse....a desolation is here that not even imagination can grace with the pomp of life an action....we reached Tabor safely....we never saw a human being on the whole route... more rocky and bare, repulsive and dreary the landscape became....there was hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive and the cactus those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country. No landscape exists that is more tiresome to the eye ...mournful, dreary and lifeless....deadly silence.....a total eternal dread spell.....it is dream-land". This in fulfilment of the tochocho "So devastated will I leave the land that your enemies who dwell there will be desolate on it" (Vayikra 26).
Today Eretz Yisrael, which will only give of its strength to the Am Yisrael, is a leader in GMO and hydroponic technology, setting world record yields (tons per acre) in the production of almond, apple, apricot, artichoke, asparagus, avocado, banana, barley, bean, berry, broccoli, cabbage, cactus, carambola, cauliflower, cherry, chickpea, corn, cucumber, date, fig, grapefruit, guava, kiwi, kumquat, lemon, lychee, mango, melon, mushroom, onion, pea, peach, pear, pepper, persimmon, pineapple, plum, potato, pumpkin, quince, radish, squash, tomatoes, watermelon, wheat and wine, plus record amounts of eggs, poultry, milk etc. Twain would today think that he was in some kind of Garden of Eden!
Thanks to its desalination and drip-irrigation technology, Israel today is so awash with water that it is actually able to send 50 million cubic meters annually to Jordan almost for free! The discovery of Israel's huge Mediterranean natural gas fields that are capable of supplying all of Europe for 100 years. and the exceptional volume of the oil field under the 700 square mile volcanic plateau of the Golan Heights, are unappreciated and unexpected Divine gifts.
Biblical Eretz Yisrael extends from Turkey, to Kuwait to the Nile. But even within today's truncated borders, I believe that awaiting discovery are ores aplenty of pitchblende (uranium), bauxite (aluminium), sphalerite (zinc), galena (lead), pyrolusite (manganese), gold, coal, all the gems (including diamond), and all the invaluable rare earth elements essential for digital devices: cobalt, tantalum, indium, lanthanum, lithium, niobium, yttrium, ytterbium, promethium, zirconium etc, that are currently only found in a few countries: "The progress in secular Chochma [Wisdom] and the discovery of the Sod [Secret] of Nature that flows to each generation are proportional to the zechusim [merits] of that generation and the progress in the discovery of Chochmas HaTorah [Wisdom of the Torah] and its Sod [Secret]" (Rabbi Chaim Zimmerman).
"Despite political and economic idiocy in Israel reaching extraterrestrial proportions, it has a standard of living comparable to most of Europe" (Professor Paul Eidelberg) - thanks to Hashem's savlanut [Patience - Tolerance] Possible future Finance Minister Betzalel Smotrich says he intends to inject Torah attitudes in to the management of the economy: "They've tried many different economic systems, right? They partiy tried capitalism, neo-socialism, Keynesianism, Thatcherism etc. But there's one thing they didn't try - the Torah economic system: 'If you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today, to love the L-rd your G-d and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil.' (Devarim 11). If we follow the Torah we'll be rewarded with financial abundance and a great blessing. That will be my economic approach!" "A clear sign of the Geulah is when all exchange rates become equal - ..." (Sanhedrin 98).
The Assyrians, Arameans, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Crusaders, Mongols, Byzantines, Ottomans and Arabs invaded Eretz Yisrael for religious, political or territorial reasons, but not for its material riches and resources, which were perceived to be few. But today, whether by war, deliberate design or incompetence, the world is facing a possible financial critical dislocation or even a terminal juncture, with shortages in oil, food and fertilisers (the Dead Sea Works is the world's 4th largest supplier of potash), from which Israel may be largely immune. Israel could suddenly become a tempting plum to desperate nations. About Gog and Magog it gives a new motivation to invade: "You will conceive a wicked plan...to seize spoil and to plunder booty - lishlol shalal v'lavoz baz.....Sheba, Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all its officers will say to you: Have you come to seize booty? Is it to take spoils that you have assembled your hordes to carry off silver and gold to take livestock and property, to seize great booty?" (Yechezkel 38).