The visits by US secretary of state, the German chancellor and the UN secretary general are accompanied by grating tones – the first dissonance is emanating from the Jewish house recently added to Hebron.
Ostensibly, a defense minister concerned by illegal outposts should have appreciated efforts to act within the law: Not expulsion, but rather, legal purchase in exchange for almost one million US dollars. So why is he still looking for a way to expel the buyers?
And why did the media initially announce that that the Jews “overtook” a house in Hebron? This phenomenon is reminiscent of anti-Semitic countries where legal purchase by Jews is also deemed “a takeover,” because actual Jewish presence is viewed negatively. This is a repetition of self Jewish hate, and this time it is serving Arab discrimination that dictates a Palestine void of Jews.
Palestinian “cleansing” in northern Samaria risks Jewish efforts to return to Homesh. Unlike Gaza, there is no separation fence; the area is desolate and abandoned. The “C” area is patrolled by the IDF, which has even asked to return to adjacent Sanur so it could use it as a base to fight the terror that has resumed since the disengagement – but the political echelons have refused this request.
Therefore, these high-ranking visitors would benefit from seeing with their own eyes that there are still quite significant numbers of Jews here who are not prepared to “cleanse” the nation of themselves.
Condoleezza Rice is well aware that had the US Administration tried to expel Texans from their settlements and hand over the land to Mexico, a civil war would have erupted. Yet in Israel, the expulsion was carried out in complete harmony: The Jewish army itself evacuated the Jews and destroyed the settlements, and the evacuees, as instructed by their leaders and rabbis, displayed a pathetic show of protest, prayer and tears.
That’s how it was seared on international consciousness that Jewish settlement in the Land of Israel is a reversible act – and quiet easily. And this is besides the fact that had Israel not cooperated willingly with its own destruction – even a superpower would not have been able to force such a thing upon us. Because even satellite states should be protected and should not be forced to abide by developments it cannot withstand.
The marchers on Homesh are seeking to refute the misleading message that the regime in Israel can seemingly withstand the expulsion of 300,000 people, as it succeeded in evicting 8,000.
How do we roll back the disastrous slide towards turning the State of Israel into Palestine? We treat it like a failed student who is sent back to grade one to study pioneering Zionism, attributed with the building of it all. We return to Jeremiah’s prophecy, which states we shall plant vines in Samaria. Condoleezza will learn that this people still has youth for whom these motifs are significant. Returning to Homesh will convey the message that the images of summer 2005 will not be repeated, and hundreds of thousands of Jews will not surrender to expulsion or to becoming refugees like “lambs to the slaughter.”
As the establishment of a racist Palestinian state is subject to this expulsion, namely in the destruction of the Zionist settlement, the conclusion is simple – Palestine will not rise – and thus the State of the Galilee and the Negev will also be saved from certain extinction that is lying in wait on the slope of the Palestinian road.