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‘Territories’ Jews Must Start Preparing for Deportations Now

Learning from past mistakes.


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Jewish Home officials Naftali Bennett and Nissan Slomiansky. The party has been threatening to leave government should Tzipi, Bibi, et. al. pursue a deal to dismantle settlements. I say: please don't do us any favors, stay inside, where you can at least do some good with your power. The rest of us must start thinking for ourselves and outside the box.

Jewish Home officials Naftali Bennett and Nissan Slomiansky. The party has been threatening to leave government should Tzipi, Bibi, et. al. pursue a deal to dismantle settlements. I say: please don't do us any favors, stay inside, where you can at least do some good with your power. The rest of us must start thinking for ourselves and outside the box.
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Jewish Home Chairman and Minsiter of the Economy Naftali Bennett and other National Religious politicians have been threatening that, should the coalition government approve a new deal with the Palestinians requiring settlement dismantling, they would walk.

With that, they are playing directly into the hands of the enemy—Bibi and Tzipi and Yair and Buzhi.

Don’t do anybody any favors, Jewish Home, stay in the government, hold on to your seats of power. You will be much more useful to us inside the tent than screaming like insulted children outside.

But make sure not to join with the forces trying to delude us. It could get tricky, it would require being adults, thinking before we act, that kind of thing. I’ll explain.

The optimists among us, Zionist, observant Jews, assume that there’s no chance for any agreement to come out of the current negotiations between the Netanyahu government and the Palestinians. But even if it turns out that the optimists were right, a sane and responsible public must prepare for every contingency, including the possibility that an Israeli government will, indeed, endorse and turn into law a plan to retreat from Judea and Samaria and to uproot Jewish settlements.

The worst mistake committed by the Jews of Gush Katif in 2005 was their psychological investment in a denial of the inevitable until the very last moment. Sadly, after 60 years of living as an independent Jewish community in a Jewish State, our brothers and sisters of Gush Katif continued to believe that “It will never happen here.”

My late father told me that in the first week of September, 1939, as the German army was invading Poland, his father’s neighbors gathered in our family’s living room, to listen to our radio. At some point, the Polish announcer reported that England and France, Poland’s allies, declared war on Germany.

There was a great sigh of relief in the room. People knew it was now just a matter of time before this crazy Hitler would be put in his place.

And when he wasn’t, and the Nazis invaded, the Jews of the Lodz area, where my family lived, were certain the new rulers would never actually carry out their antisemitic policies. And when they were rounded up and marched with their few belongings from their small town to the Lodz ghetto, they were certain this was just part of the war effort—they were all quickly put to work in the city’s textile industry. Still, they were certain this terrible situation would soon be over. After all, what were the Germans going to do, kill all of us?

God, our heavenly teacher, taught us a crucial lesson in those years, about the promises made by our enemies to “solve” the “Jewish problem,” and the fact that they fully intend to fulfill them.

And so I promise you, with not a shred of doubt, that Tzipi and Bibi and Yair and Buzhi have decided to solve their “problem.” No, they are not Nazis, God forbid, but we  stand between them and the forced “peace deal,” and they will do their best to get us out of the way.

It wasn’t Ariel Sharon, or Dan Halutz, or Ehud Olmert, or Moshe Katzav, or the nasty soldiers, or the brutal policemen who defeated the sweet men and women of Gush Katif. It was their delusional belief that the promised hitnatkut-disengagement, the scrubbed up term for deportation, would never come. It was this loony tune thinking that prevented them from preparing for the worst, standing up for their rights, acting like men and women to defend and protect themselves.

We must assume that the Israeli government will, indeed, pursue the dismantling of settlements at some point this year or next. We must embrace, like adults, the Jewish approach that “One should not rely on a miracle.”

Ariel Sharon uprooted thousands of Jews from the settlements he himself helped establish only because he could. Therefore, any plan to prevent another expulsion must make any such attempt impossible to carry out.

To be perfectly clear and remove any doubt: this is not a call for violence. Far from it. In fact, I’m quite certain that violence is absolutely the surest way to lose this battle. The folks at Eish Kodesh just proved it this week. The other side’s happiest murder fantasy starts with us resorting to violence.

Here, I’ll spell it out again: this is a warning against using violence in resisting the deportation of Jews from Judea and Samaria. Don’t use violence. Violence is bad, it would give the other side the excuse they need to land on us like a ton of bricks, using all the means in the hands of a modern state to squash rebellion.

So, no violence, got it? Pheew…

In 2005, we discovered that democratic protests and political schemes have no effect on the Israeli establishment. Articles in the press and appeals to the courts met with a solid wall of hostility and alienation. And the “Unity and Love” thing, frankly, made me gag. When did we become Christians? A Jew doesn’t tell the thug that beats his skull with a nightstick how much he loves him. We don’t love them, we loath them, they are the agents of evil, for heaven’s sake. We can’t hit them back, because we’ll lose if we do, but, people, enough with the loving…

It’s time for all of us, in Judea and Samaria and in Israel west of the “green line,” to learn from the errors of the past and start thinking outside the box. It’s time to start talking to each other, share our fears—fear is good—and think what we can do to make this deportation plan impossible to carry out.

Not our elected representatives, not our rabbis, not our press—they can’t help us.

We need to start thinking how we, as individuals and communities, can help ourselves. And, trust me, when we do, God will help us, too.

Yori Yanover

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.

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