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As we see from the reactions of many of the Israeli government ministers, Arik Sharon negotiated with himself and decided that his plan for disengagement was a reasonable plan. He then went to sell it to Mr. Bush and when Pres. Bush endorsed Sharon’s plan, Sharon returned to Israel to sell it to his party. So far he has been pretty successful and anyone who depended upon Livnat or Netanyahu to oppose the plan was sadly disappointed.
As Israel has learned in the past, unfortunately once the plan is implemented it will be practically impossible to undo the damage. Just like former PM Yitchak Rabin’s infamous
statement when he gave guns to Arafat’s police – “If they use the guns against us we will take them back!” There is no easy way to undo the damage of capitulating to the terrorists and it
would take a major upheaval to retake the land.
Last week we celebrated the Holocaust Remembrance Day (which in Hebrew is called – the Day commemorating the Holocaust and the Bravery). We experienced the Holocaust but
Israeli leaders are sadly lacking the bravery. The ceremony in Hashmonaim ended with the singing of the national anthem, “Hatikvah”. It brought tears to my eyes as I sang the words -
“Our 2,000 year old dream, To be a free nation in OUR land…” and to realize that we still was not truly free and that Sharon and other leaders were giving away parts of Israel and putting
the rest in jeopardy of increased terror. Sharon claims that we must take unilateral action and expel Jews from their homes because we have no partner to negotiate with. How foolish!
Some may ask, instead of expelling Jews from their homes, why doesn’t Sharon move even one Arab village that preaches genocide and harbors terrorist murderers? The Arabs are screaming for revenge and planning the murder of “a large number of Jews”. Why not unilaterally move all of the Arabs into one autonomous area. Why not displace the Arabs of the Negev, Jaffa and the Galil and allow the Jews to live free from local terror? Unthinkable? Why is it then thinkable to displace Jews from their homes?
As we celebrate Israel’s 56th Independence Day, Israel still must suffer with aging leaders who may have been brave when they were young, but who have lost their spirit along with their youth. It really is time to return to the age of spirited young leaders who are not too old to fight for justice and common sense. It is time to put the old leaders like Sharon, Peres, Netanyahu and Olmart, out to pasture. These old men fear everything – America, Europe, Arafat, trade, boycotts, etc. With so much fear it is no wonder that they are willing to capitulate to Arab terror.
What exactly is the goal of this capitulation by disengagement? Will terror move further away or will it move closer? Will any Arab leader develop a spirit of compromise and goodwill or will this disengagement not look to the Arabs as the successful outcome of terror? Will it not harden the hearts of the terror leaders as did the sight of Israeli soldiers fleeing from Lebanon? Will it make the work of the security forces and the gathering of intelligence information easier or will it make it doubly difficult? Will it bring quiet and peace to the world or will it embolden the violent forces? Just what benefit does Sharon see in this move? Who has accepted this “gesture” as a peace gesture?
The terrorist leaders have denounced disengagement as an act of war. Other Arab neighbors have all been strongly critical. What is the benefit? Europe has denounced the plan. The U.N. has criticized the unilateral action. The Arabs are preparing their attacks on the Israelis as they retreat from the Gaza Strip. The terrorist centers will move that many miles closer to Israeli towns and cities. Hamas is still there. Arafat is still there. Terror has not been reduced. Just the Jews are being torn from their homes.
Sharon is negotiating with himself and his plan is a flight into fantasy land. No Arab has even considered accepting a compromise solution. President Bush made what many believed was a pro-Israel declaration and his staff immediately struggled to back-peddle and mitigate. Israel has a long history of experience with American presidents who promised but were unable to keep their word.
Is the Likkud so tired of defending Israel that its members will just run away and pray that no one will run after them? We forget that when America targets Bin Laden and his officers no one complains. Yet when we target Hamas, everyone complains. Maybe it is time to ignore them all and do whatever needs to be done to destroy the terrorist infrastructure in the
As we celebrate Israel’s 56th Independence Day, I again offer any reader who does not have the prayer for the State of Israel and its soldiers in his Siddur to send a stamp addressed
envelope to me at The Jewish Press.
Prime Minister Sharon recently shocked his own supporters as well as Jews around the world when he declared that he would unilaterally force all Jews to leave their homes, if they live in any of the 17 Jewish communities located in the Gaza Strip. The Arabs are dancing with joy over the very positive results of their terror attacks that will continue because they now firmly believe that terror will eventually drive all Jews out of the Middle East.
There have been no negotiations, no give and take, no compromise, just a unilateral capitulation by a Prime Minister weakened by age, by the police investigations into charges of bribery and corruption against him and his sons and by pressure from the United States and Europe. He seems to be hoping that this dramatic (and dangerous) action will reduce the
pressure from the police and from the United States Government. He has forgotten all of his previous declarations about not rewarding terrorism. He has forgotten that he is the leader of a strong Jewish State. He is old, he is tired and he is afraid.
Few people can imagine how disheartening it must be for the Jews of Netzarim, Kfar Darom, Neve Dekalim, Gush Katif and the other communities. They can see their Arabs enemies eyeing their homes and just waiting for the Jews to be expelled. How tragic that it is a Jewish Prime Minister who will force Jews to flee from their homes. How traumatized will the Jews and their families be by this humiliation and degradation. The first Likud Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, expelled the Jews of Yamit in return for a promised peace with Egypt and now Arik Sharon is following in his footsteps and doing the same thing to the Jewish communities of Gaza, but he is getting absolutely nothing in return.
Achmed Tibi, an Arab Knesset member, is calling for Israel to just walk away from the infrastructure built in Gaza and let the Arab refugees move into the former Jewish homes. The Arabs, declared Tibi, will not compensate the Jews because the homes are located on conquered territory. We are happy to again be reminded where the loyalties of this Knesset member lie.
Sharon is reportedly also planning to evacuate several Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria. He is reported to be planning to move the security fence so that the communities such as Kedumim, Karnei Shomron and Emanuel will be outside of the security fence. Is this just a prelude to the abandonment of these Jewish communities as well?
Once the 7,000 Jews of the Gaza communities are forced to flee their homes, control of the region will revert to the Arab fanatics. Israel will no longer be able to carry out massive ground action nor will it be able to reach and neutralize the terrorist leaders. It is hard to understand why America is pressuring Sharon to follow this course of action. Even Yossie Beilin and his leftist cronies are against this unilateral capitulation and have been vocally condemning Sharon for it.
The commanding general of the IDF has asked his senior officers not to express their dismay at Sharon’s unilateral capitulation. Many officers are shocked by this action but have been silenced. They believe that the forced removal of Jewish communities will be viewed by the Arabs as another decisive victory of terrorism over Israel and the officers believe that this capitulation will be a serious mistake. The Jews were forced to flee Lebanon in the year 2000 and they will be forced to flee the Gaza Strip in 2004. The Arab has a lot of patience and we are proving to him that terrorism pays handsome dividends.
The Hamas and Islamic Jihad forces will happily occupy the entire Gaza Strip and will be in a much better position to threaten many Southern Israeli communities. This capitulation will simply encourage the Arab fanatics to further intensify their terror operations. Even if every formerly Jewish home will be razed to the ground, the territory will then be taken over by the terrorists and no good will result from it. What are Sharon’s real motives? What will you do to prevent this expulsion of Jews from their homes?
Each day we read and hear about new atrocities carried out by Arab terrorists and we find that our reactions have become numbed. Our own Israeli government is so filled with a spirit of self-delusion that we wonder why every leader who reaches the Prime Minister’s chair suddenly develops an unshakable faith in Arab promises.
What would happen, I wonder, if Southern white supremacists would blow up a busload of black children and adults? The government would go bananas to apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators. They would not negotiate a “Black free” zone and offer the white supremacists time to regroup and rearm and live quietly in their own enclaves. Above all, the Southern blacks would not agree to a policy of appeasement and concessions. Yet, President Bush and world politicians demand that Israel negotiate and leave the poor “freedom fighters” alone. Isn’t American policy a two-faced policy to demand that Israel negotiate with and grant concessions to those who deliberately murder Jewish children?
It is also strange that the normally super-critical news media allows the Arabs to turn fiction into truth and to blame the victims for their own murders. Isn’t it strange that the normally aggressive news media calls “murder” killing? They write, “Twenty three killed by suicide bomber” instead of “Twenty three murdered by a terrorist murderer!” They make it sound so parve.
Everyone is affected and everyone is hurting, but Arik Sharon, in his old age, turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to what is happening and he continues to offer concessions and to capitulate to American pressure. I recently attended a Bris in an ultra-religious community in Jerusalem. The Chareidi rabbis are very careful not to deviate from the accepted text, and I was very surprised when the Mohel expanded the traditional blessing for a quick healing of the newly circumcised child by adding a phrase asking Hashem to also heal the recently wounded victims of Arab terrorism.
I wonder what our government expects to happen and what exactly is the plan. Do Sharon or Peres actually believe that Abu Mazen will actively prevent Arab terror? Does anyone really believe that the Arabs will be satisfied with the small subsection of the entire Palestine that Israel is offering to give them? Will they be happy with any partial division? Do our leaders really believe that the Arabs will stop trying to wipe out every trace of history that shows that Jews ever lived in Israel, as they are doing on the Temple Mount?
Does anyone actually believe that the Arabs want to co-exist with Jews in a Jewish state? Has any Arab stood up and said, “Let’s share our homeland with the Jews”? Does any Israeli really believe that the world will think any better of us if we make “painful” concessions and if we continue to quietly bury those murdered by Arab terrorists and not react with the full power of our armed forces? Are our leaders really so religious that they have implicit faith that their prayers for “reasonable” Arab leaders to arise from among the terrorist murderers will be
It is that time of year when all of us should examine our motivations and plans. It is time that
Jewish and Israeli leaders begin to seriously examine their dreams and motivations. It is time for American and world leaders to be honest with themselves. It is time to stop the murders of innocent Jews. It is time to realize that the fiction that “there is no military solution” is a ridiculous fiction. It is time to realize that no matter what we Jews do, the world will criticize us, so let’s do what needs to be done to make terrorism against Jews too costly for the Arabs.
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