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Friday, January 11, 2008

The Last Fanatic

What you're about to see is the trailer for The Last Fanatic, which has become one of the most popular videos at YouTube. It was put out by National Union/National Religious Party MK Benny Elon. Here's a brief summary of what it's about:
Headed by Knesset Member Benny Elon, the Israeli Initiative - the Right Road to Peace plan – calls for the Palestinian Authority to cease to exist and be replaced by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

"The Last Fanatic depicts a would-be suicide bomber who unexpectedly calls off his attack plans – which leads the viewer to question what led him and his supporters to deviate from their path," a statement released by the Initiative said.

Dozens of Palestinian extras from east Jerusalem participated in the heavily-invested production, including Tarak Kofti, who acted in the successful Israeli film "The Band's Visit".

The video clip concludes with the words "coming soon to the Middle East" and directs people to the Israeli Initiative website. According to the statement, hundreds of hits from all over the world have been registered on the Initiative's website, including from Arab states and Arab citizens in the US and Europe.
Watch the video and then go check out the Israeli Initiative.


At 3:52 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

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At 3:54 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Its a humane solution. It combines Israeli sovereignty over all Eretz (along with close settlement by Jews of the cradle of their nation) Israel with Jordanian citizenship for the Arabs. The Arabs in Judea and Samaria already have it and it makes sense to extend it to the Gaza Arabs as well. The problem of Arab homelessness is solved and the Arabs can exercise their rights through the viable Palestinian that already exists - Jordan while Israel has secure borders and is able to exercise a stabilizing influence over Jordan.

The Israel Initiative is the peace plan of the future.

At 5:38 AM, Blogger Lydia McGrew said...

I'm having a little difficulty understanding the practical intention of this plan. Is the idea that Israel would retain full legal jurisdiction and control over all the land in Judea and Samaria, its policing, and so forth? Those regions would become unambiguously and permanently part of Israel?

Suppose Jordan agreed to accept all those people as its own citizens. (Is this likely?) Then when Israel continued to have to have checkpoints, arrest and detain people, even have curfews and so forth for security reasons, because the new Jordanian citizens kept on planning suicide bombings and trying to shoot Israelis on the highways and such, would Jordan be likely to consider this a cause of war? Would the previous "Palestinians" be able to bring their grievances against the IDF to Jordanian courts? Or would only Israeli courts have jurisdiction regarding events that happened in Judea and Samaria? Is it at all likely that the present Palestinians would stop their evil activities once they were given Jordanian citizenship, a citizenship which they might not want? What about the separation fence? Does that stay up? Would the new Jordanian citizens be carefully controlled as far as their entry into other parts of Israel? But wouldn't that distinction be more difficult to maintain once all the land was considered simply Israel? Might this actually make it harder to prevent suicide bombers from entering, say, Jerusalem or Tel Aviv?

I realize that's a huge barrage of questions, but the plan seems to have a number of difficulties practically, all of which of course arise from the implacable enmity to Israel of the people in question--the Arabs presently known as "Palestinians."

At 10:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elon's plan is wishful thinking. This is about us or them. Chose your side.

And we won't begin to win until we understand who we are and why we're here.

We need a big yeshua.

At 12:49 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Shy Guy,

I'm inclined to agree with you and I suspect Benny Elon is too and that this plan is for public consumption only.

At 3:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carl, you may be right. If Elon were candid, he would up and join Manhigut Yehudit.

At 8:18 PM, Blogger Lydia McGrew said...

Phew! I went to their web page and read it and was beginning to worry that Carl was losing his absolutely clear-eyed pessimism. But not to fear. The absolutely clear-eyed pessimism is still there. Exactly: This looks like a plan that its advocate realizes is not practical in principle but that he is putting forward for public consumption so it can't be said he never proposed any plan for the "Palestinians."

Mind you, if Jordan and Egypt had encouraged the people in Gaza and the "West Bank" to move over into their countries many-a year ago, it might have helped. And I sort of understand Elon's desire to point out symbolically to the world that it is arbitrary to treat the "Palestinians" as uniquely and particularly Israel's problem. If the world at large is going to put pressure on a sovereign nation to "do something about the poor Palestinians," it would be more rational to pressure Jordan and possibly Egypt to help find a solution than to pressure Israel, and it makes no sense to pressure Israel alone.

But I actually rather understand why Jordan finally said "enough" in '88 and stopped granting them citizenship. So many of the people of the "Palestinian" areas are terrorists and trouble-makers. Jordan eventually felt "who needs them." That leaves the world with a rather intractable problem, but I'm not sure I can entirely blame them. Any "Palestinians" who didn't just want to sit around nursing their artificial grievances, having no citizenship, and raising their kids to be monsters should have gone to Jordan before '88. If there were some way to tell which few are still just ordinary people looking to make a life for themselves, it would be great if Jordan would give them citizenship. But how many of those can there be, and how is Jordan to tell?


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