previous announcements of settlement building, the latest announcement of 558
new settlement homes will be met with silence. The Americans have learned, it
will take more than that to derail a peace process.
these stuttering talks continue, the Palestinians have come out with compromise
measure after compromise measure. They have been met by a deeply uncomfortable
Israeli leadership. As the talks that were once widely ridiculed bring Israeli
security needs and a Palestinian state closer the coalition government becomes
divisions that were ignored when it was thought that these talks would fade
away have become more pronounced now there is a chance for success. The Prime
Minister once said:
“If the Arabs put down their weapons today,
there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down
their weapons today, there would be no more
made that statement few doubted him, but what about now? What about now that
Abbas has realised that Palestinian strength lies in not in terror but in
testing our claims to want peace more than anything else?
Israeli public went with Barack when he pushed for peace, they went with Sharon
when he pushed for peace and with Olmert when he pushed for peace. When the
Palestinians pushed these opportunities away the Israeli public went to the
Likud. A party whose founder would be turning in his grave if he thought that
the current premier was even negotiating over the land promised to the Jews by
God. The Likud is a party that was created with the intention of settling that
land and making it Jewish, permanently.
must weigh on Bibi while he sits in negotiations. Now is the critical moment
when he is forced to confront a changing strategic reality. One that has
rendered a great deal of the security argument vis a vis the Palestinians moot.
head of the Palestinian Authority is consenting to an “indefinite presence” of
a US led, NATO force on its own territory and for IDF forces to conduct a
phased withdrawal over a 3 year period. We in Israel are now confronted with
the dilemma of having to admit that the reason Israel is so hell bent on
hanging on to the West Bank isn’t merely security.
the land God promised to our people, the land our forefathers lived in and are
buried in, the land Jewish Kings and warriors fought over and shed blood
conquering, defending, losing and ultimately conquering once more. This is the
land that causes us to question our very essence as a people, as a nation.
possible to liberate dust, rocks and graves then the IDF did precisely that in
1967. But no more. The people born and raised among the dust and rocks have
their own way of seeing things. They have a right to. They had no right to rise
up and murder us. The horror they inflicted upon was indiscriminate slaughter,
waves of terror that served only to strengthen our resolve. From bus bombings
to airplane hijackings. We beat that terror, we won the wars and the
battles . . . and yet the Palestinians remain.
what do we do now? What do we do now that our enemy is prepared to both abandon
terror and to pursue sovereignty just as doggedly as we did some 6 decades ago?
are certainly campaigning diplomatically for us to be forced out of the West
Bank and they are meeting with success in every theater.
this is what we have been screaming for them to do for decades, now that they
are doing it the Israeli government looks like a deer stuck in the headlights.
choice by Abbas to put down the gun but to raise the megaphone has our
politicians running for cover when they should be jumping for joy. The terse
statement by Defense Minister Moshe “Boogie” Ya’alon that Israel “will manage
without a peace deal” lay the Likud bare. Looking to a past with longing, a
promise made by God who has yet to fulfill that promise. They should be looking
forward to a future where we achieve things our forefathers never could have
dreamed of. That future is waiting for us.
that the truth is we can’t have it all. We took the land but we weren’t fated
to make it ours. We have enough, give the Palestinians theirs, let the
Americans patrol it and look to the future of Israel rather than the past.