by Dror Eydar
The Arabs would never agree to a small Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria, as the kibbutzim across the border would keep burning their eyes.
A giant mirror was placed in front of the Israeli Left on Monday, and justly so, given the Left's self-righteousness in the diplomatic and socioeconomic realms. Joint Arab List MK Dr. Jamal Zahalka revealed what Israeli Arabs truly feel about the Left. Indeed, if, as the Left usually puts it, we are "thieves" in the heart our land, Judea and Samaria, the cradle of our people, then, God forbid, Zahalka is right and we are also "thieves" throughout the entire land. There is no such thing as being half-right.
After centuries in exile, we returned to Zion, and Zion is Jerusalem and its surroundings, the mountains of Judea and Samaria -- the land of the Bible and the prophets. During biblical times, the coastal plain was controlled by the Philistines for some centuries. On Monday, Israelis who now live on the coastal plain and call the pioneers in the mountains "thieves" were put on notice by Zahalka. "You are bandits who occupied our homeland," he told them.
In reality, however, it was Muslims who occupied the land of Israel in the seventh century and in a historical process pushed Jews living here to either convert to Islam or go into exile. The system of building kibbutzim on the ruins of Arab villages, which Zahalka accused the Left of, was learned by the Jews from the Muslims who built the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque on the ruins of the most holy site of the Jewish people and now claim that no Jewish temple ever existed there.
The Arabs in our region have turned their false discourse about rights into an art and the Left has bought it. Based on a "security discourse," the Left claims that if only we said "yes" to a "diplomatic agreement," then peace would be upon us. But the Arabs have always said "no." This is because if their view of things is correct, then their terrorism is "justified," their terrorists are "freedom fighters" and ex-IDF soldiers who call Israel's presence in the heart of its land an "occupation" are speaking the truth.
For many years, the Left has used Israeli Arabs and Palestinian Arabs as a means of demonstrating moral superiority over the Right. Leftists travel around the world and receive prizes, claiming that "they" -- the Right, the religious and the settlers -- do not want peace, while "we" -- the "humanists" -- recognize the righteousness of the Arab cause. On behalf of these values, the Left is even willing to give up Jerusalem's Old City. Pioneers who live across the Green Line are slandered by the Left as "grave kissers" and "land worshipers," even though the Green Line is an imaginary Israeli concept, as the Arabs have never accepted it. The only line the Arabs recognize is the "Turquoise Line" of the Mediterranean Sea coast.
The irony is that the opposition of Arab MKs to the gas framework does not stem from an adherence to the disastrous economic views of Zionist Union MKs Shelly Yachimovich or Stav Shaffir and their friends in the media. Rather, in the eyes of the Arab MKs, the gas fields do not belong to Israel, but rather to the "glorious" Arab nation that has existed here since the world was created, and Yachimovich and Shaffir a part of the Labor Party which "expelled" Arabs and "murdered tens of thousands of Palestinians." As Zahalka put it, Laborites were "the engineers of racism, discrimination, exile and expropriation. ... Now they are preaching morality." I can already see leftist radio host Razi Barkai and his ilk dedicating hours of broadcast time to self-examination.
If we do not learn the facts of history and if we do not instill the eternal values of our people and their deep connection with our land, more and more of us could, God forbid, adopt the views of Zahalka. This is a fateful debate. It is not about the Green Line or 1967. Rather, it is about 1948 and the founding of the State of Israel on the ruins of the Arab aspirations to exterminate the Jews in the land of Israel and establish another Arab state here, which would have been one of many such states.
That is why the Arabs would never agree to a small Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria, as the kibbutzim across the border would keep burning their eyes. My friends in the Left, what more do you need to wake up?
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