RAEL JEAN ISAAC: EDITOR
EDITORIAL BOARD: RUTH KING, RITA KRAMER
CONTRIBUTORS: WILLIAM MEHLMAN FROM ISRAEL
JEROLD S. AUERBACH
GERALD A. HONIGMAN
When all the wild, desperate, improbable solutions to a problem have been exhausted, there is nothing left to turn to but the obvious.
In respect to the Arab-Israel conflict, the “obvious” has been staring us in face for over 40 years. Encapsulated in the mantra “Two States for Two Peoples on Two Banks of the Jordan River,“ it has the distinction of being the most ignored testament to rationality and common sense in the history of international diplomacy.
An “invented ”nation the so-called Palestinians surely are, but given the world’s acceptance of their claim to sovereignty, it is on the shoulders of the world, not on Israel’s, that the realization of that aspiration rests.
Indeed, if it’s solely a National Home for which the so-called Palestinians yearn, rather than the liquidation of the Jewish National Home, such an abode – fully furnished –already exists east of the Jordan River. “Jordan” it may be called, but encompassing 77 percent of Biblical Israel expropriated by the British and handed over to a Hashemite desert potentate, it is a “Palestinian State” in the purest post-Biblical sense of the term.
That this de facto “Palestinian State” with its 70 percent Palestinian Arab majority should be allowed to stand on the sidelines, like some kibbitzer at an interminable diplomatic poker game, exempt from any material obligation toward its compatriots, boggles the mind.
Under terms of the Oslo Accords, Judea and Samaria are divided into three areas: area A fully controlled by the PA, which Israelis cannot even enter; Area B, under Israeli security control, but otherwise controlled by the PA; and Area C, consisting mostly of the Jewish “settlement blocs,”–90% of Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria are in Area C while the Arab population is barely 6%. The EU has decided to change that by creating “facts on the ground”–by funding building projects for PA Arabs.
Israeli law requires all building in Area C to have permits but while authorities are vigilant in enforcing the law against Jew, they are lax when it comes to Arabs. On Arutz Sheva, David Lev says that Jewish residents of Samaria believe the EU initiative–which flouts the Oslo accords and Israeli law– is too much for even Israel to ignore, and that if Israel does not declare sovereignty on Area C –and settle tens of thousands more Jews there–the EU will turn Area C de facto into an extension of Area A, fully controlled by the PA. Thus far Israeli governments have been notable for their spinelessness when it comes to confronting the EU. We shall see how they respond to this latest challenge to Israeli sovereignty.
A reader of Outpost sent this to us, noting that while he has long known Israel’s President Shimon Peres was a madman, he still finds it startling each time he reads his latest “ludicrous ruminations.” This is from an interview Peres gave to Asharq Al-Awsat, the pan-Arab daily published in London. Asked about his claim the Moslem Brotherhood would not succeed when they had won the highest number of votes, Shimon declared: “Even if they win the elections, the people want their problems to be solved….I have confidence in globalization and in the economy. Globalization has destroyed racism and struck a critical blow to national intolerance…Whoever acts in a racist way, will become bankrupt. This is a new world, and the Arab youth are a part of it. ”
The interviewer gives him another chance to enter the real world, asking what about those who warn that Arab youth harbor deep animosity toward Israel. Peres replies: “I do not think there is a sincere basis for this hatred. They should hate terrorism and extremism…terrorism is what prevents peace. We have withdrawn from the Gaza Strip, but it does not want to leave us. It pursues us with rocket attacks.”
Asked about Abbas, Peres rejoins: “Abbas is a civilized leader who truly loves peace and who we can reach peace with. I respect him a lot. I always sense his dedication to the cause of peace.”
Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau offers an alternative–rational–view of Abbas: he is a “snake” and a “terrorist who is dressed in a European suit.”
(Editor’s note: AFSI will be running a series on the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. Those who live in them are Israel’s most courageous and patriotic citizens, not “occupiers” but people with the faith and determination to recreate Jewish communities in the land of their forefathers who “settled” there millennia ago. We are giving them the voice denied them in an overwhelming hostile media (shockingly, in Israel as well) which depicts them as zealots, fanatics and chief barriers to peace
Kiryat Arba is connected to the ancient holy city of Hebron by the umbilical cord of Torah and a miraculous moment in modern Israeli history.
In Kiryat Arba, ³which is Hebron² (Gen. 23:2), Sarah died and was buried in
Ma¹arat HaMachpelah, the cave in the land that Abraham purchased from Ephron
the Hittite for four hundred silver shekels. Meaning ³the city of four,²
Kiryat Arba was variously identified with four confederated tribes who
resided there and with Arba, said to be the father of the fearsome giants
encountered by the spies sent by Moses to scout the land.
According to the Babylonian Talmud, Arba was ²the city of four couples² who
were entombed in Machpelah: Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and
Rebekah, and Jacob and Leah. But during the centuries of Muslim rule,
between 1267-1967, Jews were not permitted inside the Machpelah enclosure.
Kiryat Arba virtually disappeared from Jewish history.
Editor’s Note: This is an updated version of a chapter from Mr. Honigman’s book
The Quest For Justice In The Middle East: The Arab-Israeli Conflict in Greater Perspective
With the Middle East and its environs imploding and exploding these days, a few key issues need to be placed into their proper perspectives…
Now tell me, what would you do in the age of nationalism–which came relatively late to the Middle East–if your national group already had almost two dozen states on over six million square miles of territory (conquered mostly from other national groups), wanted to create at least one more, but another people’s sole, tiny, resurrected nation state stood in the way?
Well, please take a look–like many of us have over the decades–at the answer through the oft-quoted words of a spokesman for that above national group itself, PLO executive committee member Zuheir Mohsen, on March 31, 1977, in the Dutch newspaper Trouw.
The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese… Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian people’ to oppose Zionism…
Before having to deal with the politics and sensitivities of at least some folks in the West, Arabs simply gave no thought to Mohsen’s tactics.
As I deliberately like to reemphasize time and again (for those who like to place Israel under the high power lens of moral scrutiny while playing deaf, dumb, and blind to what surrounds it), millions of native peoples were simply conquered and forcibly Arabized in the name of the Arab Nation and the spread of its Dar ul-Islam–imperialism and colonialism, pure and simple–and millions of native Egyptian Copts, black Africans, Kurds, Imazighen (Berbers), Jews, and others are still suffering the consequences of this murderous subjugation to this very day.
We live in times when Holocaust denial or diminution is openly pervasive , not only in the Muslim world, but also in the halls of the UN, and classrooms and auditoriums of some of America’s most prestigious academic institutions. In New York, the president of Columbia University and subsequently, Columbia students have repeatedly invited Ahmadinejad to address their groups.
We cringe as the frequent comparisons of Israel to Nazi Germany and South Africa receive thoughtful consideration instead of ridicule and rebuke. Campuses across the U.S. and Canada have been flooded with events such as the BDS Conference (Boycott, Divest, Sanction Israel) which is scheduled at the University of Pennsylvania in early February. This, along with Israel Apartheid Week and Palestine Awareness Week is the politically correct default position of academia , supported by students and faculty alike. Too many Jews and even Israelis aid and abet in this travesty of history, railing at the sins of their own people and proscribing what further land Israel needs to cede, and what further concessions it must make to Palestinians while remaining silent about the murderous rampages committed by Muslims across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. While there are no student organized marches urging western intervention to save the Christian and non-Islamic populations of these countries, vocal threats and placards are commonly seen at anti-Israel and Occupy Wall Street events urging another Holocaust to finally eliminate the Jews. At the London School of Economics last week, students played a Nazi drinking game and broke the nose of the Jewish student who refused to participate in saluting Hitler with Sieg Heil!
Who is Mordechai Ben Menachem? Good question. For starters, he is a former researcher/lecturer at Ben-Gurion University, a scholar and an author of 30 books and more than 300 papers ranging from engineering to poetry and myriad articles on Iran, ancient Persia, the wages of nuclear war in the Middle East, Islam and Jihad. He is also an ordained rabbi. Most important, he is a Zionist and Israeli patriot in the mold of Zeev Jabotinsky.
Most recently, Ben Menachem has written a two volume book “History is Now”- Volume one is “Sacred Land”- Volume two is “Muslim Winter.” Both are available as internet books and highly recommended. Links are included below.
The author discusses what he correctly terms the Israel-Arab/Jewish-Moslem nature of the conflict. In a first person account which includes his personal involvement in Israel’s history, Ben Menachem discusses the issues of Islam and the Arab masses and collective mind and spurious Arab claims to Palestine.