Ben-Nun: Ahead of historic decision on peace deal
based on half-truths, let’s not lie to ourselves.
a complete lie it’s easier to defend oneself and present a truth. With
half-truths, however, it’s very hard to deal.
1. “Two states for two people”
Palestinians in Amman and the Palestinians in Nablus, Ramallah and Jenin are
one people. They have different political leaderships, and most Israelis prefer
justifiably, and out of years-long experience, the royal Hashemite leadership,
but in the historical Land of Israel there have been two states for a long
time, and there are no three people.
2. “Jewish state in Land of Israel, with
solid Jewish majority”
conflict focuses on controlling Area C, where some tens of thousands of
Palestinians and hundreds of thousands of Israelis (= “settlers”) reside.
Palestinian struggle against the Israeli construction in Jerusalem and the
settlements – which are all in Area C – shows that this is not a demographic
problem at all, neither is it a problem of Palestinian citizenship and the
threat on the Jewish majority. Even if Israel annexes all Area C, the Jewish
majority in the Jewish state will not be affected at all, and the Palestinian civil
status in Areas A and B will not change. The American demands concern a
Palestinian territorial continuity, rather than their civilian status which has
already been settled.
3. “Israeli occupation”
times I have asked decent and educated Palestinians, who have nothing to do
with terror, when the “Israeli occupation” began. All, without exception, said
in 1948. There are Palestinians and Israelis who I haven’t talked to, who start
the “occupation” from the Balfour Declaration, and even from the beginning of
Zionism. Therefore, even the 1967 borders will not put an end to the
occupation. They see the entire State of Israel as “occupation.” Only in the
minds of Israelis, and Europeans and Americans, “the occupation” is identified
with the settlements and the 1967 borders.
perception of peace and acceptance, in the sense of compromise, has become
fixated in the Jewish culture, and there is also the justice of compromise – “justice,
justice shall you pursue!” Why twice the word justice? “One for law, and one
for compromise” (Sanhedrin Talmud tractate, page 32). In the Arab culture, and
of course in the Palestinian culture, peace means justice, in other words “restoring
the justified rights.” Compromise cannot be considered as peace in their eyes –
at the most there is a partial restoration of rights, which means a “phase
5. Security vs. terror
Israeli world of concepts, we have justified rights in this land of our
forefathers, and the return to Zion is the vision of the Torah and prophets
which is materializing in front of our eyes. History has also proved that the
Jewish people have no other place in the world to implement their rights
besides this land. We anyway have a justified right to defend our existence as
a people in this land, and anyone fighting us is an enemy. The division of the
land, in the Israeli world of concepts, is a strong and deep bone of
contention, between a “necessary concession” and a “disaster” to faith, vision
and the future.
Palestinian world of concepts, terror against women and children is a justified
method of war by powerless people whose land has been occupied and robbed as
part of the Zionist “occupation crimes,” which is the essence of our existence
as a people and as a state in this land. Therefore, murderers and terrorists
who were tried by us are, in their eyes, nothing but captive fighters who were
released, or who are about to be released.
is no real meeting point between the two cultures, and there is no chance to
stop the Palestinian terror as long as there are Palestinian organizations
which see the “Israeli occupation” as a crime of disownment, expulsion and
theft. Hamas and the resistance organizations are declaring explicitly that
they will not accept any agreement signed by Abbas on behalf of the Palestinian
Authority, and we have already seen in Gaza what is expected to happen when
Hamas takes over the PA in Ramallah too. Whoever says we will then go back in –
is welcome to go into Gaza.
principle, I am against peace agreements based on half-truths which are worse
than lies, but I am not a member of the Knesset or of the government.
government ministers and Knesset members, upon making a historic and legal
decision on the outline of the American agreement, and on borders which will be
set “based on the 1967 lines with land swaps” – if most of you are convinced
that there is no other choice, that the State of Israel cannot be perceived in
Israel and in the world as the side which thwarted the agreement – at least
don't lie to yourselves, and set conditions which will expose the truth.
say in advance: Any Israeli agreement to permanent borders will be completely
canceled if it becomes clear that the Palestinian terror against the “occupation
of 1948” will continue after the agreement and if Palestinian missiles are
placed on the ruins of the settlers’ communities, and under the Palestinian