Say it loud and say it clear: Moshe Ya’alon was right. Bravo to Israel’s Defense Minister for saying what was right, and needs to be said.
As Ya’alon said “the American security plan that was presented to us is not worth the paper it was written on. It contains neither security nor peace. Only our continued presence in Judea and Samaria and the Jordan River will guarantee that Ben Gurion Airport and (the northern city of) Netanya do not become targets for missiles from every direction. As Yediot Aharonot quoted him as saying, “In reality, there have been no negotiations between us and the Palestinians for all these months – but rather between us and the Americans.” “Secretary of State John Kerry – who came here very determined, and operates based upon an unfathomable obsession and a messianic feeling – cannot teach me anything about the Palestinians.”
What strong and necessary words – and the senior cabinet member, and close Netanyahu confidant stands by what he said. As renowned Israeli journalist Ben Caspit has said of Yaalon, the man “is serious, prudent, alarmingly thorough, stoic, honest and stubborn”, and widely recognized as “one of the most moderate voices in the cabinet.” Yaalon “was a member of the socialist HaNoar HaOved youth movement, which nurtured successive generations of Labor Party members.” A moderate, rationale, sane voice.
Ze’ev Jabotinsky, the ideological forefather of the Likud would be proud of Ya’alon, as Jabotinsky’s words written in 1911 hold true today in 2014: “We constantly and very loudly apologize… Instead of turning our backs to the accusers, as there is nothing to apologize for, and nobody to apologize to, we swear again and again that it is not our fault… Isn’t it long overdue to respond to all these and all future accusations, reproaches, suspicions, slanders and denunciations by simply folding our arms and loudly, clearly, coldly and calmly answer with the only argument that is understandable and accessible to this public: ‘Go to Hell!’? Who are we, to make excuses to them; who are they to interrogate us? What is the purpose of this mock trial over the entire people where the sentence is known in advance? Our habit of constantly and zealously answering to any rabble has already done us a lot of harm and will do much more. … The situation that has been created as a result, tragically confirms a well known saying: “Qui s’excuse s’accuse.”
“We think that our constant readiness to undergo a search without hesitation and to turn out our pockets, will eventually convince mankind of our nobility; look what gentlemen we are–we do not have anything to hide! This is a terrible mistake. The real gentlemen are the people that will not allow anyone for any reason to search their apartment, their pockets or their soul. Only a person under surveillance is ready for a search at every moment…. This is the only one inevitable conclusion from our maniac reaction to every reproach–to accept responsibility as a people for every action of a Jew, and to make excuses in front of everybody including hell knows who. I consider this system to be false to its very root.
“We are hated not because we are blamed for everything, but we are blamed for everything because we are not loved…We do not have to account to anybody, we are not to sit for anybody’s examination and nobody is old enough to call on us to answer. We came before them and will leave after them. We are what we are, we are good for ourselves, we will not change and we do not want to.”
There is nothing to blame Israel for. As Yaalon said, “The only thing that can ‘save’ us is that John Kerry will get a Nobel peace prize and leave us alone.” John Kerry – Leave Israel Alone and heed the words of Jabotinsky: “Peace with the Arabs is, of course, to be desired. There is no need for a discussion on this matter among the Jews. All of us, one hundred percent of us, want peace. And there could have been peace already (true peace, founded not on love, but on objective factors).”
Leave Israel alone.