By Victor Sharpe
“Let me tell you about land for peace.”
I remember once seeing a cartoon of a Native American chief looking wistfully towards the distant horizon where once his ancestral homeland lay. He was speaking to a stranger about the peace treaties he made that were all dishonored by American officials. The caption read: “Let me tell you about land for peace.”
With this in mind, and with the painful knowledge of Israel’s past “land for peace” fiascos, I penned an article, published in American Thinker, called “First Two-State Solution is 87 Years Old”. I felt it necessary to remind the world how, in 1921/22, the British Colonial Office had arbitrarily abrogated the promises made by Britain under the 1917 Balfour Declaration – of assisting the creation in Mandatory Palestine of a Jewish National Home. The British government broke its promise by tearing away all of the Mandate territory east of the River Jordan and giving it to the Arab Hashemite tribe. No Jews were allowed thereafter to live within the new Arab territory, which is now known as the Kingdom of Jordan. It became, and remains, judenrein, Arab style.
Now the modern Jewish state – ever obliged through international pressure to take risks by agreeing to “land for peace”, but never, ever receiving peace – is faced with the relentless continuation of the plan to divide yet again what remains of Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel, by now tearing away its Biblical and ancestral homeland. This is the very Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria known throughout the world by its Jordanian Arab name, the West Bank. Land for peace and the two-state solution thus combine in a deathly embrace to force Israel into agreeing to permit within its borders the creation of an Arab terror state to be called Palestine: the 23rd Arab state.
In my work as a freelance writer and author, I am constantly forced to battle both Israel-bashers in the media as well as those Jews who are sadly willing to abandon their people’s spiritual and physical patrimony – the same foolish ones who support J Street and the so-called New Israel Fund (NIF). They do so in the deluded belief that by giving away the land, a full and lasting peace with the Muslim Arabs will descend upon embattled Israel like manna from heaven. But a reading of the Koran and the Hadith is all that is necessary to understand that Islam will never accept a non-Muslim state in land previously conquered in the name of Allah. Peace is nothing but a mirage in the desert.
It is necessary to retell the story of the redemption in June 1967, when Divine providence and Jewish patriotism combined to free Judea, Samaria, Gaza and the Golan Heights from alien occupation. But why must it be required to reiterate again and again that Israel did not capture land from another people? It always was the Jewish people’s very own land; and it returned to its native people.
How long must the patriots and lovers of Zion endure Israeli governments, which turn a blind eye to the creation of new Arab facts springing up on Judean and Samarian soil in the form of an Arab house here and a villa there? How long must they wait before a nationalist and patriotic Israeli government emerges that withstands foreign pressures; never again sending its police and troops, like thieves in the night, to destroy Jewish villages (I never use the pejorative English word, “settlements”) upon that same Judean and Samarian land?
Will Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu withstand such foreign pressure? Will he have learned the terrible lesson of the fraudulent Oslo Peace Accords, which predictably morphed into the Oslo War with its thousands of dead and maimed Jewish civilians. Will he have learned from his earlier abandonment of Hebron, the city of Judaism’s patriarchs and matriarchs, to the Muslim Arabs? Unless a miraculous change of heart occurs, I fear his self-imposed freeze on Jewish home building will remain in force, under vicious pressure from Barack Hussein Obama, while Arab housing continues feverishly concreting over the hills and valleys of the biblical heartland.
Nationalist and patriotic Israelis, along with Jewish and non-Jewish supporters in the Diaspora, may therefore see the new government, with its inclusion of Ehud “peace at any price” Barak as Defense Minister, continuing the lamentable policy of “land for peace”; whereby, Israel gives away its land but never receives peace; followed inevitably with the direst of all tragedies – a second “two-state solution.”
How long before the majority of politicians in the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) finally accept that Jews have returned permanently to their ancestral and Biblical land, a land which presently stretches from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River – a distance of less than 50 miles. How long before they realize that Israel must not be the only nation in the world perpetually forced to concede its homeland – the very special land given in eternal and divine Covenant by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, King of Israel, Creator of the Universe – invisible and indivisible. How long before the cry is taken up: Not one more inch!
The threats are mounting against the Jewish state to an extent not seen since 1947. My own published books, volumes one and two of Politicide: The attempted murder of the Jewish state, outline the relentless march of the enemies of Eretz Yisrael. Even today, a list of academics at American and overseas universities has been made available calling for a U.S. Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel and for a campaign called “End the Occupation.” http://www.endtheoccupation.org/groups.php.
Despite Israel no longer administering Gaza, and allowing for the fact that over 98% of the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians are now living under the control of the Palestinian Authority, the denizens of ‘lower learning’ throughout academia still falsely describe the Palestinian Arabs as living under Israeli occupation. Intellectual pursuits clearly do not confer intelligence.
The manner in which Israel may yet prevail is for it, therefore, to resist Arab and Islamist aggression from a position of relative territorial strength. Hebron has already been lost to those Arabs who call themselves Palestinians (save for a tiny and ever threatened Jewish enclave in the holy city). The Arabs have no interest in Israel’s survival; rather, the opposite. In return for a reduction in American support, if it has to come to that, Israel would be wise to keep Judea and Samaria. Keep the Golan. Even restore to itself parts of the Gaza Strip.
The physical and spiritual homeland is strength. Judaism, Zionism, Jerusalem – all are one and the same. Israeli ambassador (Ret.) Yoram Etinger, constantly issues demographic facts showing that the Jewish population is growing far faster in the territories than is the Arab population and that between the Mediterranean and the River Jordan the Arab population is vastly overstated by some two million inhabitants.
So will the Jewish state remain true to the Covenant? Will it no longer concede one inch of covenanted land? Will that resolve extend to an undivided Jerusalem? Will there be a firm and unyielding rejection of yet another two-state solution? Will the people finally say no to those elites who betrayed their trust by giving away the precious homeland in return for the bauble known as the Oslo Peace Prize? The questions remain, but if Israel continues to hark unto the siren calls of a fraudulent peace, it may yet usher in another Final Solution for the remnant of the Jewish people and for the reconstituted Jewish state.
Remember, it is always infinitely preferable to fight from a position of territorial strength, buoyed by spiritual certitude, than to be forced to battle for survival after yet more of the homeland has been given away in return for nothing.
Remember the words of that Native American.
Victor Sharpe is a freelance writer and author of several books including volumes one and two of Politicide – The attempted murder of the Jewish state.