I am not a member of the Jewish Home political party, led by Naftali Bennett, but in light of the continued wave of terror attacks by Palestinians in Hebron and nearby villages, more than 80 to date, including the recent tragic murder of a 13-year-old girl in Kiryat Arba and the highway shooting death of Rabbi Miki Mark which injured his wife and two of his children, I highly support the proposed suggested plan which he made.
It is in keeping with all of my previous articles concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and especially the intifada-like massacres of innocent civilians, soldiers, police and even non-Jewish tourists.
Our government has treated the Palestinian criminals with kid gloves after apprehending them. Prisons with three meals daily and television for the criminals!! No official action has been taken to halt the wave of Jewish bloodshed by Arab bandits and terrorists bent on eliminating the Jews from their Homeland.
We are at war!!! Let it be understood plainly, clearly, “dugri”. We are not experiencing random attacks. We are experiencing wholesale massacres. This is not a battle. It is a full-scale war and it must be treated as such.
Bennett has proposed imprisonment or expulsion of terrorists’ families. So have I. I have long recommended demolishing homes of terrorists and/or their families and deporting them to Gaza or to Jordan.
Bennett proposed arresting all Hamas operatives in the West Bank. Fine. But it is not only Hamas which advocates these acts of wanton murder. It is in general the entire Arab population in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria).
He favors the closure of the villages of the murderers, and interestingly, proposed disconnecting the Internet in the entire region of Hebron. He called Facebook “the central tool of incitement in the viral terror wave”.
Though I do not agree with all of the policies of the Jewish Home nor with all of Naftali Bennett’s statements, I do agree with his recent proposed plan. It is time for us to stop talking and to do something severe. “Lo midrash ha-ikkar ela ha maaseh”… it is not so important what one says; it is only important what one does.
It is time for our Prime Minister and his supporters to open their ears, not only to LISTEN to Bennett’s proposal but to HEAR it. And to respond favorably to it.
Have we forgotten August 24, 1929? It was the infamous Hebron pogrom which lasted for three days. Sixty-nine Jews were massacred by Hebron’s Arabs in a rampage of death to the Jews.
Pregnant women were slaughtered and their bellies slit open with Arab knives. Rabbis in prayer in their synagogues were axed to death by Arab mobs who destroyed all the centuries-old synagogues and most of the Jewish homes in Hebron.
To the credit of nineteen decent Arab families, dozens of their Jewish neighbors were saved and given shelter and protection in Arab homes. Jews had lived in peace for centuries with their Arab neighbors in Hebron.
On August 24, 1929 when the frenzied riots began, there was only one British policeman in the entire city. The British Mandatory authorities responded to the pogrom only after the 69 Jews were dead.
In 1948 at the height of our War of Independence, Hebron was captured by King Abdullah’s Arab Legion and was then annexed to the Kingdom of Jordan.
If Jordan could annex Hebron without any international cry, why can’t we Israelis annex the West Bank which is our biblical birthplace in Judea and Samaria?
This is a war. And in a war, like all wars, the victors capture territory from the vanquished. But we in Israel, fearful of world-wide condemnation, are too frightened to contemplate and to make annexation a reality.
Unless we take the serious step of recognizing this war as a war, we are dooming ourselves to more of the same. More bloodshed. More murders. More massacres. More victims. More orphans.
Is this to be the life we dreamed of when we built our State? “Anu banu artza livnot u’l’hibanot ba”.
We came to our homeland to build it and to be, in turn, re-built by it. Over the decades since 1948 we have built. Yes. But we have not yet been re-built.
We are at war with Palestinian terrorism. Let us destroy it forever..once and for all. Chazak v’ematz ! Be strong and courageous! These are the words which Moses spoke to Joshua.
Naftali Bennett is speaking the very same words.