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Surrender Corrupts the Soul of Israel

A Palestinian celebrates on top of the burned car of the two Israeli soldiers who were taken from it and lynched next to Ramallah, October 12, 2000.

A Palestinian celebrates on top of the burned car of the two Israeli soldiers who were taken from it and lynched next to Ramallah, October 12, 2000.
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This morning, a friend sent me an article by Leonard Fein called “Occupation Corrupts Soul of Israel.”

Fein writes,

Hakibush mashchit — The occupation corrupts.

And so, plainly, it does. But so what? However inadvertent the origins, the poison fruit is today fully ripe. To understand that, it is not sufficient to call attention to the horrific attack in Zion Square the other night, the attack by a mob that threatened the life of Jamal Julani, or even to add to it the firebombing hours earlier of a taxi near Gush Etzion in which six Palestinians, two of them children, were wounded.

He goes on to talk about “settler violence,” the complicity of the authorities (if you ask the ‘settlers’, they will tell you that the authorities in fact protect the Arabs), price tag vandalism, etc.

Is this the “poison fruit” of ‘occupation’?

Or is it simply that some Jews have — after decades of murder, vandalism, no-go zones in Israel’s capital and other places, stonings, lynchings, etc. — learned to act like Arabs?

Did the poison come from Jews living in their historic homeland, or from the Arabs who hate them?

The Left’s solution is to end the ‘occupation’, to withdraw from Judea, Samaria, the Golan, and eastern Jerusalem. In short, give them what they want and everything will be fine. Of course “what they want” is not limited to the territories, and surrendering them will just send the message that we are too weak to resist, and they will redouble their efforts to obtain the rest.

I responded to my friend that if ‘occupation’ corrupts the soul, then withdrawal, with its concomitant rocket attacks and terrorism might well corrupt the body in a very physical way.

But in addition to the security issues, there is something still more important, which is well-understood by the Arabs, if not by the Leonard Feins. Here is a 2009 remark by PLO official Abbas Zaki, which explains it well:

With the two-state solution, in my opinion, Israel will collapse, because if they get out of Jerusalem, what will become of all the talk about the Promised Land and the Chosen People? What will become of all the sacrifices they made – just to be told to leave? They consider Jerusalem to have a spiritual status. The Jews consider Judea and Samaria to be their historic dream. If the Jews leave those places, the Zionist idea will begin to collapse. It will regress of its own accord. Then we will move forward.

Fein is wrong. The corruption of the Jewish soul did not begin in 1967. It began with the adoption of the idea that surrender is pro-Israel, with — as Fein mentions — the birth of Peace Now and the national self-flagellation that followed the Sabra and Shatilla massacres (in which Arabs behaved like Arabs), and culminated in the suicidal decision to allow Arafat and the PLO to return from exile in 1993. Today, it’s fed by a huge influx of money from the European antisemites who support the anti-state NGOs in Israel that are all that’s left of the Left.

It isn’t ‘occupation’ that corrupts — it’s surrender.

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About the Author: Vic Rosenthal created FresnoZionism.org to provide a forum for publishing and discussing issues about Israel and the Mideast conflict, especially where there is a local connection. Rosenthal believes that America’s interests are best served by supporting the democratic state of Israel, the front line in the struggle between Western civilization and radical Islam. The viewpoint is not intended to be liberal or conservative — just pro-Israel.

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3 Responses to “Surrender Corrupts the Soul of Israel”

  1. Dawn Yonah says:

    The truth is the EXACT OPPOSITE! Our souls have been corrupted because we have not declared SOVEREIGNTY over territories G-d allowed us to liberate, lands that had been taken illegally from us! We don't have to make the Arabs leave, but why are we afraid to claim what is ours?

  2. Norm Grey says:

    Thank you, Dawn! We may be in the minority but I know you're right. You make the US Air Force and Israel very proud.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Do not bargain with the tyrants or surrender to them, they want everything.
    They have stated this over & over. I agree 100%.
    George Soros & company's NGO's. From Occupy to Palestine what a match made in hell. (sigh) A real life unrepentant Nazi billionaire. You cannot make that stuff up!
    Sending MANY Prayers for Israel from your friends in America. Even though we have a Islamo-fascist criminal occupying the WH right now please understand those of us that stand with you in solidarity will not budge & there are many of us. — (That is of course, not until Israel asks us to if that's what you want one day, but I do not agree with dividing the land).
    These guys have been offered everything so many times & were too fascist to compromise with anyone. They will not be satisfied with the 2 state solution because it's their goal for the whole world to be Muslim & live under Sharia. Read their 'holy' books & you will have no doubt.
    The most powerful weapon I feel we have for their hearts is prayer. You know they have been brainwashed all their lives to be full of hate. The ones that have made a dramatic transformation have all done so by the grace of a higher power & authority & no human could do such a thing!
    So we will continue to pray for the peace of Israel & a change to the hearts of her enemies.
    Thanks for the article & the link to your site. We will be along shortly! 😉
    God Bless Israel!

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