Powered by WebAds

Friday, July 30, 2010

Haaretz's Ari Shavit goes off the deep end

Would you believe that there are still people out there who believe that the Gaza 'disengagement' is an act worthy of repeating? UNILATERALLY!?! Here's Haaretz's Ari Shavit.
The disengagement plan did have a strength, though: It was a bold attempt, the first of its kind, to deal with the lethal virus. The basic logic behind it was valid and remains so.

According to the logic behind the disengagement, Israel has a crucial and moral obligation to end the occupation. Israel has no Palestinian partner with which it can end the occupation. Israel must therefore take limited, calculated steps to gradually move it toward the end of the occupation. No, there's no chance of a complete peace in the foreseeable future. But neither is there any hope, or point, in the existing situation. So Israel must take its fate in its hands and act wisely to create a border between itself and Palestine. Only thus can it ensure its identity and legitimacy as a Jewish and democratic state. Only thus can it turn the Israeli-Palestinian conflict into a tolerable dispute that will ultimately fade into peace.

Five years after leaving Gaza, the picture is clear. The 2005 disengagement was problematic, but strategically, it was and remains crucial. The lesson from the first disengagement is that the second disengagement must be done differently. We must not retreat to the 1967 lines, we must not retreat without international backing, we must not retreat without quiet understandings with moderate Palestinians. We must not retreat without being assured of a real answer to the missile threat.

But ultimately, there will be no other choice. The disengagement is dangerous, but it is less dangerous than any other alternative.
Of course, to Shavit the 'lethal virus' is the (false) demographic bogeyman who will soon leave us without a Jewish majority in Israel, making us choose between being Jewish and democratic. But Shavit assumes the existence of that 'virus' and its lethal character without trying to prove them.

And Shavit buys into the narrative that Israel has a 'moral obligation' to end the 'occupation.' In Shavit's world, history starts with the 1949 armistice lines. The Torah (bible) and 3,000 years of near continuous Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria are dismissed with the stroke of a pen. Judaism is subverted to the 'higher moral authority' of Liberalism.

But most outrageous of all, Shavit is so eager to denude Israel of its historic legacy and strategic assets that he can't wait for a 'Palestinian partner' to emerge. Instead, Shavit would have us depend on 'international backing' and 'quiet understandings' with 'moderate Palestinians' (an oxymoron if I ever heard one) to surrender territory unilaterally, as if the previous unilateral surrender did not have 'international backing' (the Bush letter that has now been abandoned and the European monitors at the Rafah crossing point who fled as soon as Hamas took power) or 'quiet understandings' with 'moderate Palestinians.'

The takeaway from Shavit's article is that five years after the surrender of Gaza and the expulsion of its Jews, there are still members of Israel's branja who see no reason not to repeat the exercise. They must be fought at every turn.


At 12:02 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

Get muslims out of occupied Gaza and Judea and Samaria, NOW!!

At 2:46 PM, Blogger YMedad said...

so, I'm a "virus"?

imagine a right-winger using a term like that. but it was used.


At 5:20 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Yes, Israel Medad is a "virus" to Israel's Left. Which are filled with fascists and racists who have in mind to do deep harm to Jews in which they take sadistic pleasures. Its not them - the branja who would stand to lose their homes, busimesses and livelihoods.

These people are evil.

At 6:39 PM, Blogger Moriah said...

"we must not retreat without quiet understandings (Dead Jews)

We must not retreat without being assured of a real answer to the missile threat.

(More dead Jews))


Post a Comment

<< Home