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Wednesday, February 04, 2004

GAZA BLUES: "The farce has taken a serious turn for the worse."


Letter from Jerusalem
Needless to say, all the dogs and other beasts of prey were ready waiting just as soon as Fat Cat Sharon let the pigeon out of the bag. The Israeli media, led by Haaretz and followed energetically by the world media, immediately turned it into a major breakthrough. The arch impure-bird Peres, who simultaneously happens to have gained an extension of his leadership of the Labor Party for yet another year, immediately opened up the prospect of rejoining a "unity" government. Sharon is going to meet Qureia… Then from one dog to another, Sharon will be off to Washington to show George Bush his great quarry... the Gaza First plan.

The butcher of Yamit seems determined to end his career in a blaze of infamy, slaughtering the Jewish yishuv of Gaza as the first step to uprooting all the other settlements of YeshA so as to bring Israel back to the pre-67 Auschwitz borders. After which the Arabs will still not make peace. The chopping up of Israel alive is in fact taking place this very minute under all of our noses in the guise of building the "Security Wall", which is going up despite the display of international opposition, and which will, of course, provide no security at all. This week we were shown one live businessman of dubious credentials and three coffins as Israel's prize for releasing hundreds and hundreds of Arab terrorist murderers to Hizbullah. This prize was paraded as an "achievement" by Ariel Sharon, whom the people of Israel were duped three years ago into choosing as their savior.

Can you blame me for wanting to crack jokes -- or should we sit in sackcloth and ashes?

For years it has been a political crime to talk about the transfer of Arabs, yet the Prime Minister of Israel unashamedly announces his intention to carry out an "evacuation -- sorry, a relocation" (sic) of Jewish settlements. Why is it permitted to plan and execute the transfer of Jews in order to create a judenrein Palestine, while even to whisper the idea of transferring Arabs is considered incitement?

The Prime Minster states that he is "working on the assumption that in the future there will be no Jews in Gaza". Because of this false assumption, he is prepared to throw the full resources of Medinat Yisrael, including armed riot police and troops, tanks and bulldozers, etc. in order to drive 7,500 Jews from the homes and lands they have sweated and lost blood in order to build. We are now faced with another protracted period of internecine war between Jew and Jew as the protest movement against the evacuation gathers strength and the acrimony increases. And who will be smiling, watching the Jews fighting with each other? Who will enjoy watching media footage of Jews packing up their bags, loading them onto carts and going into exile -- while the Arabs fire rockets on Ashdod, Ashkelon and Beit Shemesh…

The Prime Minister justifies making Gaza judenrein and handing over thousands of square kilometers of hothouses, factories and other installations as a free gift to the Arab terrorists, because "these are places we will not hold onto anyway in a final settlement".

It is the narrowness of Sharon's vision of the "final settlement" that is so disturbing, because it is symptomatic of his total disconnection from Torat Yisrael -- and this is the very root of the problem. Sharon's "assumption that in the future there will be no Jews in Gaza" is in direct contradiction to biblical prophecy, which states that in the true final settlement, all these territories will be the portion of Judah -- i.e. the Jews:
"Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites, the word of the Lord is against you O Canaan, the land of the Philistines. I will even destroy you, that there shall be no inhabitant. [Rashi and Targum Yonatan explain that these are the Philistines -- or Palestinians in your and my language -- and they are called Kerethites from the word Kareth meaning to cut off, since they are guilty and will be cut off.]

"And the sea-coast shall be pastures, even the meadows for shepherds and folds for flocks. And it shall be A PORTION FOR THE REMNANT OF THE HOUSE OF JUDAH, whereupon they shall feed... For the Lord their GOD WILL REMEMBER THEN AND TURN THEIR CAPTIVITY" (Zephania 2:5-6).
If the people who elected Sharon as their Prime Minister would heed the words of the prophets, they would throw him out and avoid the whole tragedy of the Gaza settlements that Sharon and those who give him his marching orders are cooking up.

Those who still believe in Greater Israel despite everything have no option but to fight Sharon's ugly plan. And we will surely see it fall in ignominy -- if for no other reason than that the Arabs themselves will probably succeed in sabotaging it.

Those who are in favor of having Jews stay in Gaza should also heed the words of the prophet in the same passage
"…before the day of the Lord's anger come upon you. SEEK THE LORD, ALL YOU HUMBLE OF THE EARTH THAT HAVE EXECUTED HIS ORDINANCE. SEEK RIGHTEOUSNESS, SEEK HUMILITY, IT MAY BE YOU SHALL BE HID ON THE DAY OF THE LORD'S ANGER... (Zephaniah ibid. vv. 1-2).
The answer to Israel's security problems is the same as it always was. It lies not in ignominious retreat and high walls, but in guarding the holy Shabbat.

Shalom UVrachah
Yehuda ben David
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