i wonder whether you have any idea of the reality on the ground a hundred years ago, when rav kook accepted the heter mechira as a temporary measure, to be renewed if necessary, every seven years? there was nothing to eat even in the non-shmitta years, malaria was rampant, there was no possibility of importing from abroad, there were no wealthy individuals to help support the farmers during this time, etc. i am sure that if rav kook were to see israeli society today, he would immediately rescind his judgment. being jewish entails responsibilities as well as privileges, so kol hakavod to those farmers who do undergo some difficulties this year, and may G-d bless them with an abundance in the years to come!
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from the article: Observing shmita sensibly