The Oslo Syndrome
The more I think about the new political map here in Israel, and what the future holds assuming the polls are correct, I am forced to just shake my head in disbelief.
The latest piece of news relating to the future borders of the State of Israel came from Ami Ayalon, former Shin Bet Chief (courtesy of Ha'aretz):
If it was up to him, no settlements outside major blocs would remain on the Palestinian side of the West Bank separation fence by 2010.
"It is unethical to build houses, knowing that they will be destroyed, and it is immoral to send soldiers to kill and be killed over land that will not be controlled by Israel," Ayalon said at a meeting held with Ben-Gurion University students in Be'er Sheva.
The only thing that surprised me here is that he is willing to wait 4 years for this to happen. If anyone still believes that the main purpose of the "security fence" is to fight terror, I do not know what planet you live on. It has been clear for well over a year now that the "security fence" has always been about unilaterally setting Israel's future borders (along the Green Line) - if it also helps to stop a few terrorists, that a plus. What the Arabs couldn’t take from us on the battlefield we will hand to them on a silver platter - whether they want it or not.
So, here's where I am confused.
By no later than 2001, it was clear to everyone in Israel that Oslo was a sham, that the "Palestinians" were not interested in a state of their own, unless it would be one that totally replaced the Jewish State. The current war of destruction against the Jewish State was in full swing, and the Israeli voters brought Ariel Sharon into office to end the madness, to crush the "Palestinians", and to bring real security to Israel. The "Peace Process" of Labor / Meretz was shown to be a joke, and instead, Jews in Israel voted in the "Iron Wall" of Sharon and the Likud.
Yet, since then, the war against the Jewish State continues on at full-steam, Jews are still being murdered for the sole crime of living as Jews in the Jewish State, the Government of Israel & the IDF were the driving force behind the expulsion of 10,000 Jews from their homes in Aza and the Shomron - areas that were handed over to our enemies, and a "security fence" is being built along the 1967 border (more or less) that will be used to determine Israel's final borders - unilaterally. (The Jews stuck on the "wrong side" of the fence, in the eyes of the government, should never have been there in the first place, and represent an obstacle to peace and a liability to the army).
What in the world is going on?
What seems clear to me, is that Oslo was never about bringing "peace" to Israel but of a desire amongst many in Israel to have nothing to do with Judea, Samaria and Aza. It is clear today, that the desire amongst many in Israel to get rid of the very places that are so central to the very identity of the Jewish People, that if they can't give them away as part of a negotiated settlement then they will unilaterally give them away, under a barrage of Qassam rockets and suicide bombers - anything to just be free of the unbearable burden known to them as the Land of Israel and Jewish Destiny.
What troubles me most, is that the majority of those living in Israel seem prepared to go along with this - as if they have become lemmings, incapable of independent thought - unable or unwilling to recognize that we are at war with an enemy who seeks nothing short of our total destruction, and who is not interested in Aza and the Shomron, unless they are the 1st down payment towards Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Somehow, to too many in Israel, the very idea of the Government of the Jewish State using the army of the Jewish State to expel thousands of Jews - citizens of the Jewish State - from their homes, razing them to the ground, and handing them over to our enemies (who proceeded to destroy our Holy sites), is seemingly logical and acceptable.
When / where did we lose our moral clarity? When did it no longer seem clear as day of the right of the Jewish People to a Jewish State in the Land of Israel?
Does no one else see what I see? It's like a bad dream, watching everything unfold before your eyes, but feeling helpless to do anything about it.
Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!