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Most Jews would love to have a country without Arabs, but have accepted the propaganda that such a transfer would be atrocious and not tolerated by the world. A quarter of the Arabs in what would become Israel fled between 1947 and the spring of 1948, before the war erupted. Another 300,000 Arabs emigrated from the West Bank between 1948-1967, and a similar number in the following decade. Arabs fled in great numbers during the Six-Day War, and the IDF, on Moshe Dayan's order, stopped them. Since then, Israel has prevented the emigration of the West Bank Arabs: peaceniks do so to create a demographic situation which precludes Israel from annexing the territories, and hawks do it to keep Palestinian society boiling. Should a strong Israeli leader take a threatening posture toward the Arabs, they would abandon Israel, especially if offered compensation.
Whatever its origin, by now the "Palestinians" have persuaded themselves and just everyone else of their nationhood, and the option of transferring them to Jordan, feasible forty years ago, is no longer viable. Palestinians would form refugee camps there just as in Lebanon, dream of returning, etc. Rather, Israel should disperse them, and prevent the formation of refugee camps. The dispersal need not even be violent, but evolutionary, so that the Arabs would move out individually and assimilate, rather than in masses and stay in refugee camps.
To push the Palestinians to emigrate, Israel needs to do a few commonsensical things: disband the subversive (not necessary militant) groups and expel their leaders; close the semi-government institutions ("ministries") and centers of incitement such as the universities (Jordan had a good sense to ban them while it ruled the West Bank); ban foreign aid; tightly control the foreign remittances Palestinian workers send from abroad; ban sales of gold, which is the major vehicle of investment for Arabs; close Israel to Palestinian migrant workers; impose punitive customs duties on imports from the West Bank; impose retaliatory curfews to disrupt local businesses; cut Palestinians off from Israeli welfare and infrastructure, including power grid and water pipelines; increase land taxes; keep demolishing illegally built houses and those flying Palestinian flags; and take weapons from Arabs to leave them vulnerable to local gangsters.
On top of that, expand Jewish settlements to show the Arabs that there is no hope.
Drastic measures will do. Israel needs to kill foreign leaders more than civilians. A few Tomahawk missiles launched at an Ahmadinejad rally would take care of the Iranian nuclear program better than a large scale attack on its nuclear facilities; if Ahmadinejad is a problem, remove that problem. Similarly, the problem in Gaza stems from Hamas' presence there; so blow up all the Hamas buildings, police stations, municipal offices, etc. Shoot the entire Palestinian parliament. Make a porn clip with Falasha Jewish males taking vengeance on the Hamas leadership.
Israeli policy is the exactly the opposite: Jews subsidize the Arabs, inducing them to stay in the West Bank with massive infrastructural projects, some welfare, and most of all, with access to Israel's labor market. In the absence of economic opportunities, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians emigrated between 1956 and 1967, and similar closure of economic cooperation with Israel would devastate the West Bank demographically in a matter of years. The best aid the US could give to Israel would be to issue American visas to Palestinian professionals, draining the West Bank's Arab society.
Palestinians revolted even though they enjoyed the highest non-oil income growth rate among Arabs. Like any developed society, Israel shrinks from direct involvement in violence, and prefers proxies. Israel tried to foster Palestinian collaborators: police, tax officials, municipalities, and even a political organization Fatah.
Such attempts fail invariably, as radicals easily frighten collaborators: during the Intifada, Palestinians policemen on the Israeli payroll left their well-paying jobs. Nevertheless, Israel aids the Fatah police, expecting them to fight the insurgents. The Israeli-Palestinian killing ratio is insufficiently lopsided: it looks so because commentators tend to count only Jewish casualties as Israeli losses; but they need to add a massive number of Israeli Palestinian collaborators killed by their own. Such calculation makes the Israeli-Palestinian casualty ratio about 1:2 only.
Israel ignores state supporters of terrorism: she allowed Kuwait, an American client, to officially fund the Fatah until the 1991 war with Iraq. She does not retaliate against Syria for openly supporting Hamas and Hezbollah, and tolerated massive rocket attacks from Gaza. When Mexican robber barons attacked the US, America annexed a third of Mexico in retaliation.
Forty years ago, even leftists were to the right of the current right-wingers: Levi Eshkol, for example, corrected the Allon plan so that Israel would incorporate Gaza without Arabs. In another instance, the term "iron fist" as a policy against Palestinians was introduced not by Sharon or Begin, but Rabin. Perhaps the only difference between right and left is that the right's violence was purposeful, while the left's was hysterical and senseless, such as when Rabin repressed both Jewish settlers and the Palestinians who attacked them.
Editor's Addition: The majority of international organizations are still trying to square the circle -- how to get Palestinian Arabs and Jews to live together or next to each other as friendly neighbors.
This experiment has been ongoing for a hundred years and it doesn't work -- the Arabs want to kill off Israel, not live peacefully in it or next to it. And the romantics -- the Jews who thought the Arabs would be delighted because the Jews were reawakening a sluggish, poverty-stricken area, by introducing a viable economy -- well, they seem to have all died out. What you have now in Israel is a majority opinion that wants to separate from the Arabs and a minority Marxist opinion that wants to bolster the Palestinians even if it means destroying Israel. The Land of Israel belongs to Israel by international law. There is no reason Israel should not transfer the Arabs from its territory a few miles into the immense domain that is Arab land.
Of the readers comments, these represented the extreme position that are widely held. The first comment calls the writer a psychopath. More generally, touch an Arab and you are committing genocide. On the other hand -- and this growing attitude is reflected in the next two posters -- qtransferring Arabs a few miles to their own culture is generosity, not genocide.
4. sergi (china)
I am wondering if the writer is a mass murderer or psychopath, times are changing and so we need to change,to live in past will do no good to anybody. There is no wonder that this kind of writing ignite the hate of Jews between people in the World. Ah yeah the writer forget to mention Africans and Asians in his/hers extermination program.
5. martin kessler (orange, Florida)
Raise your hand if you were shocked at the breakdown of the so-called Middle East road map. If you are raising your hand, give yourself a nice, hard slap across the chops. Maybe that will wake you up from your reverie of self-delusion.
The road map was doomed from the start. The Arab enmity for Jews and the state of Israel allows for no peace process.
The time for half measures has passed. Bulldozing houses of homicide bombers is useless. Instituting ongoing curfews in Arab-populated cities is useless. Roadblocks, touch fences, midnight negotiations and cease-fires are useless.
Some have rightly suggested that Israel be allowed to decapitate the terrorist leadership of the Palestinian Authority. But this, too, is only a half measure. The ideology of the Palestinian population is indistinguishable from that of the terrorist leadership.
Half measures merely postpone our realization that the Arabs dream of Israel's destruction. Without drastic measures, the Arab dream will come true. In the short term, the establishment of a "Palestinian state" based in Judea, Samaria and Gaza cuts Israel to the bone. In some places, Israel would be an unthinkable 9 miles wide. In the long term, the growth of the hostile Israeli-Arab population within pre-1967 Israel bodes ill for the future of the Jewish state.
As University of Haifa professor Arnon Soffer says, "The trends and indicators all point to an economic and ecological catastrophe waiting to happen and of the death knell of the ideological dream of a Jewish state."
Here is the bottom line: If you believe that the Jewish state has a right to exist, then you must allow Israel to transfer the Palestinians and the Israeli-Arabs from Judea, Samaria, Gaza and Israel proper. It's an ugly solution, but it is the only solution. And it is far less ugly than the prospect of bloody conflict ad infinitum. When two populations are constantly enmeshed in conflict, it is insane to suggest that somehow deep-seated ideological change will miraculously occur, allowing the two sides to live together.
Unfortunately, this insanity is generally accepted as "the only way forward." President Bush accepts it because it is politically palatable. The Arabs accept it because, for them, it is a Trojan horse. The Israelis accept it because they are afraid that if they expel the Arabs, they will be called Nazis.
For anyone who lived through the Holocaust, or who has relatives who died in it, being called a Nazi is unspeakably terrible. That is the secret weapon of the Arabs. Any time the Jews get wise and threaten mass expulsion of Arabs, the Arabs pull out their big stick, equating Nazism with Zionism. Their cartoons merge swastikas with stars of David. Their newspapers call Ariel Sharon another Adolf Hitler. Their spokespeople cry "Genocide!" And the Jews cower in fear that they could be equated with their parents' murderers.
The Jews don't realize that expelling a hostile population is a commonly used and generally effective way of preventing violent entanglements. There are no gas chambers here. It's not genocide; it's transfer.
After World War II, Poland was recreated by the Allied Powers. In doing so, the Allies sliced off a chunk of Germany and extended Poland west to the Oder-Neisse line. Anywhere from 3.5 million to 9 million people were forcibly relocated. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was pleased. In 1944, he had explained to the House of Commons that "expulsion is the method which, so far as we have been able to see, will be the most satisfactory and lasting. There will be no mixture of populations to cause endless trouble . . . a clean sweep will be made." Churchill was right. The Germans accepted the new border, and decades of conflict between Poles and Germans ended.
Arab-Jewish conflict is exponentially more volatile than the German-Polish conflict ever was. And the solution is far easier. If there was "room in Germany for the German populations of East Prussia and of the other territories," as Churchill stated, there is certainly room in the spacious Muslim states of the Middle East for 5 million Palestinians and Israeli Arabs. If Germans, who had a centuries-old connection to the newly created Polish territory, could be expelled, then surely Palestinians, whose claim to Judea, Samaria and Gaza is dubious at best, can be expelled.
It's time to stop being squeamish. Jews are not Nazis. Transfer is not genocide. And anything else isn't a solution.
Benjamin Shapiro, 19, is a senior at UCLA. He can be reached at Benscolumn@aol.com
Thank you for the article. Brilliant!
"Transfer is not genocide. And anything else isn't a solution."
And before we can do that, we should start saying that openly and officially. Spend 1/2 billion /year on pro-Israeli radio/TV, employ the best talent available in Jewish nation for presenting this message.
Within a year or at the most two, the world opinion will start changing. Then Israel will have the possibility to start implementing the transfer. It can be done in much more humane way than expulsion of Germans from Poland (at that time million Germans died in the process).
Thanks again. May all hear your words!
6 Ray Bright
Obadiah makes perfect sense. The "two state solution" is a hallucination of the leftist, for Arabs it is a tactical deceit, and for Israelis it is based on the fear of facing the truth that: "Arabs do not want the Jewish state, or any other modern non-Muslim state to exist in their midst. Out of this fear, Israelis and Jews are hallucinating together with leftist a peaceful co-existence with a Palestinian state, or worse, a peaceful multi-national state for Jews and Arabs!!
Obadiah's proposal can and must be realized, the first step however should be an investment of 1/2 Billion/year into a propaganda radio/TV station of BBC magnitude. The Jewish perspective must be heard by the world. We need to employ the goldmine of Jewish talent as entertainers, stand up comedians, show hosts, commentators and journalists, historians, game theorists. Change the way the Jewish people perceive their own situation, and change the way the world sees Israel. A huge change can be done in just one year. Oven 90% of Americans have no clue that Israel is only 0.3% of the total Jewish-Arab land. They think that Israel was established by British, that there was a country called "Palestine" and nation called "Palestinians" that got destroyed by Jews. Most importantly they think that Jews are just a religion and not a nation, therefore they cannot conceive why Jews need their own state any more than Presbyterians or Christian Scientists.
Just a little information will change this perspective.
Additionally great majority of Westerners imagine that Islam at its core is a peaceful religion, and Muhammad a man who teaches love. They project their image of Jesus on Muhammad. When they learn that Muhammad was a mass murderer, rapist and a child molester, their support for Muslims dries out.
Winning propaganda war, is simple when we go on attack, expose Muslims as child molesters, rapists, cruel, primitive.
After one year the road will be clear to start the transfer.
Transfer is not a genocide, on the contrary, transfer can prevent genocide, and in many cases has blood-shed and wars.
So Obadiah, let's focus on organizing a "Radio Free Judea". American Jews donate 5 billion/year. only 7% goes to Israel and other Jewish causes. This can change. The most important thing is that we stand on a vision of Israel for all Jews, religious and secular. (Even if it were to be a variation of "religious Judea" & "secular Israel". There must be place for all Jews in the vision for Israel, then we can finally be a successful nation.
This article appeared September 3, 2009 on the Samson Blinded website
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