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And Now for Some Right Wing Lunacy

26 November 2003

By Yisrael Ne’eman

Yossi Beilin’s left wing “Geneva Understandings” are most flawed not only by the refusal to deny Palestinian refugee return, but by the complete lack of clarity as to what numbers are involved, but at least the Left presented a plan.  Over the years the Right has presented nothing except for some discussions of limited autonomy for the Palestinians.  Now they are announcing their own plan for peace.

The West Bank (Judea and Samaria) and Gaza activists, collectively known as “Yesha” have obviously rejected “Geneva” and are against Sharon’s two state solution calling for a truncated neutralized Palestinian State.  Prime Minister Menachem Begin signed the Camp David Accords in 1979 as part of the peace with Egypt and 24 years later the ideological Right is following in his footsteps in attempting to deal with the Palestinian issue.

First the Right explained there will be ten cantons in the Greater Land of Israel with the West Bank as one and Gaza the other (combined Arab pop. 3.5 million).  Every Palestinian can receive Israeli citizenship guaranteeing an Arab majority (together with Israeli Arabs) in 6-7 years.  Should there be federal elections as exist today with one equal vote per person, the Palestinians will control the Knesset and elect the prime minister.  And all this with no refugee return.  But the cantons will each have the same amount of representatives and the other eight will always outnumber those two.  In Israel’s northern Galilean region the Arabs are already a majority.  But this is still 7 to 3. 

The Yesha activists claim this is like the USA, apparently the reference being to the Senate.  They conveniently forgot the House of Representatives.  The idea is to ensure a Jewish majority in the Knesset no matter how large the Arab population becomes.  In essence the Arabs will be denied their rights as equal citizens and not be able to express themselves in any national framework. Yesterday there was the explanation of this arrangement being like the US Electoral College, which it is not, since larger states have many more representatives, this based on the House. 

As for quality of life, transportation and communication links are to be gerrymandered allowing for territorial continuity in both the Jewish and Arab areas of the West Bank and Gaza.  The Palestinian Authority is to be dismantled, all security will be in Israel’s hands and the Palestinian state will be Jordan.  

The plan’s roots are based on the holiness of the Land of Israel as the most cherished value to the Jewish people, not democracy, nor a Jewish majority in a secular Israel state entity.  The Land is more important than its inhabitants.

Today there was already a denial concerning giving the Arabs Israeli citizenship, rather they would vote in the Jordanian elections but still live in Israel.  Gaza residents can live in northern Sinai, should they choose.  It is well known Egypt does not want Palestinian residents and refused Begin’s offer to take back Gaza in 1978 while the Beduin ruled Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan cut its ties to the West Bank in 1988 and  has a Palestinian majority and advocates evacuating its refugee camps when there will be a peace agreement between the Palestinian Authority and Israel. 

The bottom line is Israel annexes everything and at best the Palestinians will have unequal rights in Israel or maybe no real rights at all (beyond that of a foreign resident).  Demographically Jews will be a minority in their own state, even if they are the majority of its registered citizens.  This is back to Begin’s unrealized, un-thought out “autonomy plan”. 

Many Yesha activists are firm believers in the coming of the Messiah and if this half baked plan was to ever come to fruition one can only urge Him to make haste because as a semi-apartheid state Israel and the Jewish People will be lost nationally, internationally and morally.  On a completely material level the State of Israel will be fully responsible for the social welfare of all West Bank and Gaza Arabs.  Bankruptcy will certainly arrive quicker than the hoped for Savior.

But don’t worry, the extreme hard line Right has already condemned the plan saying no one has the right to divide the Land of Israel into cantons or anything else.  Supposedly a full, clear explanation will be given concerning this new “peace initiative” in another two weeks.

This is one of the more interesting long-term initiatives for the destruction of the State of Israel and if the Palestinians could see past their own rhetoric they should accept it with open arms, right wing bluster, gibberish and balderdash not withstanding.