“Do not think in your heart, when Hashem, your G-d, crushes them before you, saying: ‘Because of my righteousness Hashem brought me to inherit this land, and because of the wickedness of these nations Hashem is expelling them before you. Not because of your righteousness and the uprightness of your heart are you coming to inherit their land. Rather, because of the wickedness of these nations is Hashem, your G-d, expelling them before you, and in order to fulfill the promise that Hashem swore to your forefathers: Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov.” 9:4, 5
- Do Not Think In Your Heart – When you see how unusually successful you are in the wars against them and recognize Hashem’s involvement in the matter, do not delude yourself into thinking that it’s all in your own merit… – Sforno
Even before we ever entered the land for the first time, the Torah already cautioned us against thinking that our entitlement to the Land of Israel is an inalienable right. It isn’t, and never was. We’re there owing to a combination of factors, some out of our control, but others very much within our jurisdiction. The biggest mistake a Jew can make is to think that regardless of how we act, the Land is ours simply because we were born to a Jewish mother.