Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Menachem Begin's Palestinian "Genie;" It All Started With "Autonomy"

Way back when, almost thirty-eight years ago, when Israel's great electoral "Mahapach," electoral upheaval of 1977 happened and Menachem Begin's Likud was elected to power the very first time after twenty-nine years of Labor rule, absolutely nobody expected davka him to make revolutionary policy decisions that would facilitate the establishment of a Palestinian State in the very heart of the Historic Biblical Jewish Land of Israel.  Sorry for that very long opening sentence...

Yes, the supposedly Right, pro-Jewish rights in the Land of Israel Menachem Begin's revolutionary "give the Arabs autonomy" policy opened the door to the security and diplomatic Hell that the State of Israel now suffers.
Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat (L) helps Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as he signs international conventions during a meeting with Palestinian leadership in the West Bank City of Ramallah April 1, 2014. CREDIT: REUTERS/MOHAMAD TOROKMAN
Until Begin began his policy of withdrawing from Land liberated in the 1967 Six Days War, today's scenario was totally unthinkable.

While Menachem Begin had been in the Opposition, the Leftist Labor leadership never dared proposing withdrawing from any of the Land and certainly not destroying Jewish communities. But just over a decade after Israel's totally miraculous victory in the 1967 Six Days War, Begin not only handed Egypt's Sadat the Sinai on a silver platter, he turned thousands of Israelis into refugees, giving away their homes, communities, businesses and farms.

I'll never forget the bombastic statements he made afterwards claiming that this decision will preserve Israeli rights to the rest of the Land of Israel and his promises that the new communities established in places like Gush Katif were guaranteed as permanent and Israeli.  But we all know what happened since then. Begin's successors in the Likud, Arik Sharon and Ehud Olmert came up with Disengagement and destroyed those very "replacement" communities in Gush Katif.

Even worse, the pressure on Israel to withdraw from Judea, Samaria and neighborhoods in Jerusalem have only gotten stronger.

Evil Genie
Another part of Begin's revolutionary policy, giving the Arabs "autonomy" has already turned them into a de facto and in many cases now a de jure country called Palestine.
(Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed more than a dozen international conventions on Tuesday, citing anger at Israel's delay of a prisoner release in a decision that jeopardized U.S. efforts to salvage fragile peace talks.
That Palestine "genie" has grown and can't be controlled. It will take a very brave and strong Israel to destroy it. Unfortunately, I don't see any Israeli politicians with the guts to do it.


in the vanguard said...

The Lubavitcher Rebbe always said that even TALKING about "autonomy" will lead to loss of Jewish life and only provide the enemy with impetus to keep demanding for more!

Batya said...

Yes and the same even worse dangers from negotiating the establishment of an Arab terror state.

in the vanguard said...

Batya, your words perhaps suggest, you might agree to an "Arab non-terror state" - which implies that part of Israel would have to be relinquished to another people, after Hashem gave it to us!

The very fact that Arabs yearn for an "Arab terror state", as you say, IS THE MIRACLE! Don't you see!? Otherwise, enough "moderates" would be willing to give up Jewish land - and the result would be no different than that what we now have festering in Gaza!

Batya said...

van, my point is that it won't happen. Once you give them the right to a state they will paint it to reflect their culture and values. That is part of Bibi's very crucial misreading of human beings and Obama's too.
You can't project your own value system on others.
To say that there can be a Palestinian "Arab non-terror state" is an oxymoron.

Tzivia in AliyahLand said...

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