The writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book “A New Shoah”, that researched the personal stories of Israel’s terror victims, published by Encounter. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage and Commentary. He has just prblished a book about the Vatican and Israel titled “J’Accuse: the Vatican Against Israel” published by Mantua Books.
Everybody knows that it is either going to be “settlements” or a “Palestinian State”. Both cannot cohexist side by side. The fate of Jewish life in Judea and Samaria is the most important single defining issue for the future of the Jewish people.
After Yasser Arafat convinced the Israelis that “delivering” Arabs to the Jews is something his people couldn’t tolerate, Israel has convinced herself that she can deliver many Jews to the Arabs.
This is the real meaning of John Kerry’s “security promises”.
Declaring partial sovereignty over Judea and Samaria, the alternative suggested by those Israelis who made a religion out of security, will not ease the tremendous pressure on the State of Israel and the Jews.
Partial sovereignty will lead to the point where the security situation will be even worse, and Israel might fatally decide to abandon every inch of the Biblical heartland.
However – exactly as there is no solution to the Old City of Jerusalem, where separation is impossible unless Israel relinquishes the Jewish Quarter and the Western Wall, the State of Israel in Judea and Samaria has now only two alternatives: annexing all the land (at least Area C where all the Israelis live) in the name of Jewish rights, or facing a new catastrophe, a new cataclysm, a new diaspora, a new cycle of exile, or at worst, a new Holocaust, whether violent or not.
Everybody knows that it is either going to be “settlements” or a “Palestinian State”. Both cannot cohexist side by side.
And a “Palestinian State” means the deportation of at least 100,000 Jews – or up to many times that number – and the annihilation of an entire Jewish civilization in Judea and Samaria.
And it might mean something even worse: it might mean the end of Jewish history. Why is that?
Two exiles, in 586 B.C. and in 70 A.D., created the conditions for a dispersion and isolation. Only a miracle made it possible for the Jewish people to survive under forced conversions and gas chambers. What if the third Jewish commonwealth, which is based in Tel Aviv, Naharya and Hevron, meets the fate of the first two? No people could survive it, again. Not even the Jews.
Yes, Jewish leftist coteries will continue to exist in New York and hareidi ghettos might be seen in Antwerp. But destroying Jewish life in Judea and Samaria and exposing the Jewish life on the coast to an inexorable calamity, means delivering the Jewish people in its entirety to the fate of the Ten Tribes.
They were Jews who melted away into history. Disappeared. Forever.
Muslims prefer the sword rather than the UN resolutions to determine boundaries. The 1947 boundaries have already been washed away by the blood of 6,500 Israelis who gave birth to the State of Israel with their lives.
Do we want the post-1967 boundaries to be washed away by blood of millions of Jews?
Because we all know that the only real goal of all Palestinian Arabs, both “moderate” and “radical”, is the Blue Line. That of the Mediterranean.