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Friday, August 05, 2005

The day after

The following ad from Israeli peace group Gush Shalom is published in today's Haaretz:

The day after the "disengagement", we must concentrate on "mending the rift within our people" and "solving the social problem" - this is the theme of a brain-washing campaign that has already started.

But, of course, this is nonsense.

After the Gaza withdrawal, we must concentrate, at once, on the main national task: achieving peace with the Palestinian people and the entire Arab world.

Because, when there is no peace, there will be war: a third intifada that will kill even more people on both sides than the second one.

Such a war will make the "social problem" even more dangerous and will widen the "rift within our people" even more.

- It will devour the resources that are needed for "solving the social problem".

- It will prevent a "mending of the rift", because peace will necessitate the evacuation of the West Bank settlements - the very same settlements that the Sharon government, with the participation of the Labor Party, are enlarging now at a frantic pace.

The struggle for peace will be hard.

It will be a confrontation between the State of Israel and the State of the Settlers.

It will be a confrontation between the democratic Israel and a nationalist-messianic Israel.

It will be a struggle for our future.

UPDATE: Avraham Burg is an Israeli and a former politician from a religious background. His latest article is explosive:

"And the Jewish religion - it is enduring so much abuse. So much superciliousness and racism underpin the words, ‘A Jew does not expel a Jew.’ The belief in the superiority of the genes, the lordship of the nation of lords in the name of God. But a Jew who murders a Jewish prime minister - yes? Because a Jew is only a human being, with weaknesses and with powers. Nothing is innate, nothing is automatic, and even God's choice of the Jewish people is not guaranteed without a moral commitment and without constant labor toward self-improvement and more humane behaviour. All of this has been shunted aside in favour of the unholy trinity of recent years: racist Judaism resting on violent settlement and protected by a distorted security conception."


Blogger Gerry said...

Does anyone really believe that Withdrawal from Gaza will appease the Palestinians? Does Israel really think they can keep their settlements and the IDF in the West Bank without losing what little is left of their badly tarnished
international reputation? Do they actually care or are too arrogant to do so? You must understand them much better than I, Antony, what's your take on this?

Friday, August 05, 2005 5:24:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Gaza "withdrawal" is the mother of all smokescreens. Gaza will essentially be one large prison, surrounded on sea, land and air and Israel reserves the right to enter at any time to root out "terrorists."
Israel dearly hopes that the all too apparent trauma at pulling out roughly 9000 settlers from Gaza will show the world that they couldn't possibly pull out of the West Bank.
Of course, settlement expansion in the WB and East Jerusalem is nearly walled in, so the chances for peace are zero.
Israel also hopes that world opinion will stay on its side, but sadly, it is wrong. The civilised world should never have accepted an elongated and brutal occupation and nor will be they in the future.
They are arrogant because they have the US, financially and politically. BUT, there is a small, but growing, movement in the US that is making more people aware of the huge cost of supporting Israel so blindly. Give it time...

Friday, August 05, 2005 5:40:00 pm  
Blogger Iqbal Khaldun said...

It takes a moment of clarity to tear down decades of insanity. I think you're right. The present artifical development of the state of Israel is simply unsustainable. This is also worth a read:

Friday, August 05, 2005 11:57:00 pm  

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