Light unto the Neighbor
The conflict will be resolved only when Israel remembers its mission to be a light unto nations. And, just as charity starts at home, it has to bring light unto its closest neighbor – the Palestinians. Only the genuine liberation of Palestinians from the tyrannical regime of PA and the pagan ideology of jihad will yield Israel genuine security.
The United States today bring liberation to the people of the Middle East and deserve all the praise for it. But Israel was the first to be entrusted with the mission of being a light unto nations – not just the light of the Torah, but practical liberation from tyranny and pagan worship. Yet modern Israeli leaders betrayed this mission. Israel’s atheist liberal elites in fact resurrected the abject shtetl mentality of paying off the evil, of surviving behind the ghetto walls – all in order to be left in false peace.
The main sin of Oslo was not the betrayal of Jewish lives – that was the consequence. The main sin was the betrayal of Arab freedom. The wise men of Oslo decided: rather than waste our time on these savages for another hundred years – enlightening them and absorbing them in the civilization of Israel, Yashar El - of the direct path to God, we shall strike a deal with Death. We shall install the reign of a bandit and a tyrant over our neighbors. We’ll give him money, weapons, and international recognition, and in exchange he will deliver us security.
The modern Israeli society remained immune to the idea Israel’s Prophets: we are responsible for the entire Land of Israel and all the nations that abide in it. If God let the Arabs live here, then cultivating their souls is a field that we should work with the sweat of our brow.
If we enlighten the Palestinian Arabs, they will be the seed of change for the entire Moslem world. Jews were Chosen to perform that hardest task ever for the good of the mankind. The righteous power of the US can help create the right form of government – democracy. But only Israel can change the soul of Ishmael, for he knows Ishmael as a brother.
Arabs won’t accept “liberation” from us? True, they’ll never ask for it. But if we do it, they will not merely accept it – they will help us.
Recently I had an in-depth conversation with a very influential Palestinian Arab. Since he no longer resides in the territories, he can afford a luxury to think and speak freely; yet since he is still linked to the PA in various ways, he should not be named.
I am quoting him without commentary. Each of these quotes should be hanging on the wall in our politicians’ offices.
“Israel won the first intifada. The Palestinians were exhausted. Arafat was at his lowest point in Tunisia. At that time Israel could have imposed any solution, and the Palestinians would have accepted it. Instead, you went to Oslo – without consulting with either Arabs in the territories or Jordan… And the Arabs concluded that Arafat had won.
‘Palestinians were prepared to accept the status quo – a de facto peace – but Israel imposed on them the Arafat Gang with the old Arab mentality – rejection of any peace with Israel. The first thing that PLO did upon return was to close down the opposition papers and fire every independent journalist.
‘After Oslo, we thought we would have lightly armed police to keep public order. But when we saw these guys with submachine guns, we exclaimed: This is not police – this is “fedayeen”. They said right away: we came back to continue the struggle. It is more convenient to fight Israel from here than from Tunisia.
‘They installed a dozen of armed structures, all of whom were in the business of robbery, rape, and extortion. A relative of mine had a store next door to a headquarters. These “officers” would come in every day, take whatever they wanted, and tell him to put it on the organization’s account. When the amount reached 15,000 shekels, they arrested him and accused him of being an Israeli spy. They kept him in the basement for three days and let him go only when he agreed to forget the debt. When he came home, he prayed to Allah to erase these “headquarters”. A few months later, Israelis bombed the building. He called me: “Allah heard my prayers!” Any Palestinian can tell you a dozen stories like that.
‘Your Operation Defensive Shield made Palestinians more free by putting the PA security services out of business, which brought down the number of rapes, extortion, and torture.
‘Israel keeps misleading us by sending wrong signals. You say Arafat is no longer a partner, but Sharon is about to meet with Abu Ala, and Omri Sharon meets with Rajoub. But here everybody knows them as Arafat’s people. And so the Palestinians think that in fact Israel is plotting to make Arafat strong… You should either acknowledge you’re working with him or get rid of his gang once and forever. Be straight and consistent. Tell the truth.
‘Jerusalem Arabs want to keep their permanent resident status; they see what is going on in the West Bank and what Arafat has done to them… They panic; they say, Labor wants to hand us over to Arafat, Labor wants to bring Hamas to Jerusalem… Israel could turn them into an example for other Arabs: if you are loyal permanent residents in Israel, you will live as well as they do.
‘Palestinians want to go back to pre-1987 situation, when one could travel from Ramallah to Ramat Gan, to earn money and go back home, without Arafat or check points.
‘You must force Lebanon and Syria to remove limitations on Palestinian refugees – let them settle where they want and let them work. Don’t say they need to disband the camps. Force them to remove the limitations, and Palestinians will leave the camps of their own will.
‘You must disarm all Arafat’s armed forces and leave a civilian administration only. If you don’t do it now, Arafat will be followed by thousands of arafats.
‘Enter the territories, disarm all the ‘security services’, and stay there. If you let the people know you are here to stay, that you will not allow the jihadists to come back and grow here, people will believe in you and help you.
‘Palestinians will not fight for Arafat. Intifada is not a popular revolt; it’s a war conducted by several armed groups.
‘The only other alternative you have is to go back and hide behind the 1967 borders, and then prepare for the worst: Hamas in the Old City and French Hill, and the total war for destruction. Then both Jews and Arabs will die.
‘No one will say any of this in the open. First you must enter the territories and prove you’re serious. And then I’ll give you 500 influential Arabs who will support you.”
Is there anything to add?
Shame on Israel who deliberately surrendered the Arabs of Southern Lebanon and the Land of Israel to Evil. We committed a terrible sin: we betrayed the Jewish spirit of standing up for the truth; we betrayed Jewish morality and the Jewish mission of being a light unto nations. We paid a terrible price for it. Now we either repent, or we will pay an even higher price.
There is a clear plan of action silently supported by Arabs. Disarm all the PA armed forces: destroy the Arafat regime and the whole terror structure. Then let daily activities of Palestinian Arabs be managed by an International Coordinating Body (ICB) for Palestinian Transition to Democracy, comprised of representatives of US, Israel and Jordan.
Let this Body appoint Palestinian Arabs who were not directly or indirectly involved in terrorist or incitement activities to run the civil institutions of PA and lightly armed police. (Israel will have the right to veto any candidate.) This transitional period should not be limited by a preset time frame; it will operate as long as it takes to “de-program” the young generation of Palestinians who grew up under the regime of PA and were indoctrinated by the culture of jihad, suicide bombing, hate of Israel and the West. (Dr. Daniel Pipes suggested that “this generation of Palestinians is lost and it may take up to 30 years to accept Israel”.)
What will be the eventual formal status of these Arabs – whether they will be permanent residents of Israel and citizens of Jordan (Palestinian Hashemite Kingdom), or the State of Israel and the Arab enclaves will form some kind of superstructure called the Union of the Holy Land – is not clear. Yet one thing should be made clear to Arabs: the security of the whole Land of Israel and all the people who reside here will be forever provided for by the Israel Defense Force. Never shall there be any other armed force between the sea and the river.
We shall not leave again, and we shall not throw them again in the clutches of the Tunisian or any other gang. We will help them build a decent life and we will make them proud of being the vanguard force of the whole Moslem world in the great spiritual jihad.
This is the only solution that is right and righteous. Let us be strong and courageous. Let those blinded by illusions and hate scream and curse at us. Eventually both the Jews and the Arabs will bless this step.
We must enter the dark with a candle - and the sword, if needed.
And the God of Israel shall walk infront of us.
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