“Thus says the Lord God: ‘On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will make an evil plan: You will say, “I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates” – ‘to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited, and against a people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land.’” Ezekiel 38:10-12.
Writing some 2500 years ago, the prophet Ezekiel reveals to us that after many days, in the latter years the leader of Russia, a man entitled Gog will have evil thoughts arise in his mind and he will devise an evil plan to plunder Israel. A place he calls, “…a land of unwalled villages…a peaceful people, who dwell safely.”
The land of unwalled villages may a reference to the kibbutzim, which fit the unwalled village description well enough. As of 2010 there were 270 kibbutzim with about 100,000 inhabitants. The kibbutzim, which means “gathering, clustering”, are collective communities that are not just farms as you might think, but some are also manufacturing centers, all of which make up nine percent of Israel’s industrial, and forty percent of their agricultural output. A kibbutz has no walls.