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Sunday, October 03, 2010

Peace is important, but razing 'settlements' is more important

Haggai Segal argues that the party to whom ending construction in the 'settlements' matters most isn't even the 'Palestinians' - who benefit from it economically - but the Israeli Left who hate the revenants more than they love the country (Hat Tip: Matt Duss via Twitter).
Indeed, the Oslo Accords do not include even one clause where Israel pledges not to build in the settlements. Arafat yielded to Rabin on this front, maybe because he planned to exterminate us in stages anyway; Kiryat Arba and Beit-El were of less interest to him than Ashkelon and Petach Tikva.

The problem is that Kiryat Arba and Beit-El were of great interest to Israel’s leftist camp. Almost since the moment they were established, the Left deployed at the frontlines of the demand to freeze and eliminate them.

The energies invested by the Left in this challenge wee immense. Almost every Jewish home beyond the Green Line was thoroughly documented by Peace Now inspectors and its spy planes. Every two months, a comprehensive report was published about the number of cement bags at the outposts. Photographs of rusty nails were meticulously broadcast to all corners of the world.


The Palestinians, who happened to nail in these nails themselves, eventually were convinced to raise a hue and cry. Our leftist camp managed to incite them and prompt them to present the settlement issue as an existential affair. Indeed, the Left has the copyright on introducing the term “freeze” to the diplomatic theater.

Because of the Left, or mostly because of it, the world is now interested in dilapidated caravans near Mount Hebron more than it is interested in all the distress in Africa and all the scandals of South America.
The real question is who from the Israeli Left got to Obama and got him to make the freeze American policy. And how.

I'm not sure anyone did by the way - I blame Obama's anti-Israel views mostly on Rashid Khalidi, and to a lesser extent on his upbringing. I believe that's why Obama sought out people like Rahm Emanuel who would tell him how to pressure Israel. All of which makes Emanuel's departure from the White House on Friday good news for Israel.


At 8:22 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Israeli Left has long wanted to destroy its national Religious Zionist rival.

For them, destroying the revanants are a means to end. Its not even about peace or about the Palestinians.

The real motive is about power.


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