Monday, December 9, 2013

Bennett's "Partial Israeli Sovereignty" Much Too Dangerous

No doubt that Naftali Bennett, Bayit Yehudi aka NRP, Israel's Economy (I still haven't figured out what that portfolio is vs the standard Finance) Minister's proposal of "implementation of Israeli sovereignty over the zone where 400,000 [settlers] live and only 70,000 Arabs,” has been publicized in other places, but I read about it in the Jewish Press.
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Naftali Bennett, chairman of the Jewish Home party and a key government coalition partner, has publicly proposed that Israel annexing Maaleh Adumim, Gush Etzion and other areas in Judea and Samaria where there are large Jewish population centers. “I favor implementation of Israeli sovereignty over the zone where 400,000 [settlers] live and only 70,000 Arabs,” Bennett, who also is Minister of Economy, said on Israeli radio Sunday. His numbers are way off the mark, unless he was including approximately 250,000 Jews who live in areas of Jerusalem that have been under Israeli sovereignty since 1980. The United States and the United Nations still refer to them as “settlements.”
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I oppose it, because it's like taking just a bit of your antibiotics instead of finishing the prescription. Most medical experts warn that ceasing antibiotics when the symptoms ease can enable the bacteria to become return and become resistant to those medications.

Even if declaring partial sovereignty eases pressure on Israel immediately afterwards, the chances are that within a very short time the diplomatic and security situation will be immensely worse and untenable for Israel, Israelis and Jews all over the world.  And in all honesty and after decades of experience (close to half a century of observing and experiencing Israeli politics and security) I highly doubt that there will be much if any of a honeymoon if Bennett's suggestion is implemented.

Such a policy would not only remove documented Jewish cities like my own Shiloh, but it would be a de jure border drawing between Israel and an additional Arab state whose raison d'etre is the destruction of the State of Israel.

Shiloh and its main synagogue modeled on the Biblical Mishkan Tabernacle

Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh, the first Capital of the Jewish Nation and where the Holy Tabernacle rested for 369 years

The State of Israel has already given too much autonomy, which is sovereignty for almost all practical purposes, to the Arabs. There are many areas, cities and even neighborhoods in Jerusalem where Jews are told not to enter.  If it's "enter at your own risk" today, it will be much worse for Jewish Israelis, or any Jews who aren't escorted by Arab protectors, under Bennett's proposal.

2005 map of Israel's settlements in the West Bank

How in the world could Israelis be defended if the Jewish areas are isolated?  Pre-June 1967 Israel was impossible to defend.
Jewish Virtual Library

Let's just be practical and sensible.  Israel must annex all of the "westbank," Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley.  That's the only way we'll have peace and security!


Anonymous said...

It all started by giving 'autonomy' to begin with to the Arabs (PM Begin). It would not have gotten this far if they were just occupying the land without having any status other than residents; then emigration of these Arabs might have been easier to implement to their 22+ countries. The Lubavitcher Rebbe, ztl, always tried to get it through the heads of the leaders 'not to even speak of trades, transfers, etc., and by not heeding this simple and justifiable advice, well, we know the horrific outcome thus far. We know that only Hashem is in charge and the Jews living in all of Yesh will remain there and nothing will come of transferring large numbers of Jews from their rightful homes in their rightful Land. Exactly how it will work out is all in His Hands, so to speak. Just as the Erev Rav being in charge at keitz hayamim (now) was foretold by our prophets and sages, so, too, will our redemption and all its blessings be realized for us, the Jewish people.

Batya said...

Yes, it began with Begin...