A Brief Refute To Our Editor-In-Chief

Our dedicated and highly intelligent Editor-in-Chief, David Horovitz, has written an Op-Ed piece to the elected leader of the Palestinian Authority. In “President Abbas, Tell Your People to Stop Stabbing Us”, he points out the dangers of continued terrorist activities and the benefits of peace between us.

He yearns for a peace that may be beneficial to both Jews and Palestinian Arabs and decries a statement recently made by our Prime Minister that we “shall have to continue living by the sword forever”.

If the Arabs truly wanted peace with the Jews, they could have had it in 1947 without having to declare a war against us in 1948, 1956, 1967, 1973 and ever since with two intifadas and continual acts of terrorism, including the numerous stabbings of innocent people today.

I don’t agree with Mr. Horovitz’s disagreement. I too believe that we must live by the sword forever.

The alternative will be our deaths and elimination of our remains in our ancient and historic holy homeland.

He writes that “the disputed land must be shared”. The Arabs don’t want that and I suspect that neither do most Israeli Jews. He writes that “most of us want to partner your people to statehood” and again, I disagree.

Who are the “most”? When was a national plebiscite taken to ask all Israeli Jews to express their opinion on sharing the land and on partnering Palestinians to statehood?

None of my neighbors nor the people I know have ever expressed a willingness to divide the land and most of them doubt that a Palestinian state on our borders would result in tranquility, harmony and peace.

Mr. Horovitz writes as a gifted Anglo-Saxon with all the goodwill and positive outlook that is a fundamental basis in Anglo-Saxon education. Love your neighbor. Respect your neighbor. Be polite to your neighbor. All very beautiful expressions from peace-loving nations and persons. But they are not the way of the Middle East where an entirely different mentality prevails.

In war, the statement “to the victors belong the spoils” has always been true. Nations who warred against other nations and captured territory kept the captured territory until a peace treaty had been signed. That was what we did when we returned all of Sinai to Egypt after peace between us was declared and signed on the dotted line.

If the day ever comes, which I very much doubt, that a Palestinian leader will arise and come forward, saying to his people “it is enough of war and killing; we need to make peace and learn to be peaceful neighbors”, and will sign a treaty with us as did Egypt and Jordan, it will be our obligation to discuss a return of some of the captured territory. Some. But not all.

Mr. Horovitz, writes to President Abbas that “we feel a resonant historical link to biblical Judea and Samaria but most of us would much rather have a smaller Israel which boasts a Jewish majority and full equality than a larger Israel, encompassing the West Bank, that loses its Jewish character, its democracy, or both”.

Again, “most of us”. Who is the “most”? I, for one, as an Israeli Jew, would never agree to surrender the important Biblical sites where my history was made and where my nation was born. David was crowned our king in Hebron and ruled there for seven years before removing himself to Jerusalem.

I will never agree to surrender the Tomb of Rachel in Bethlehem to Muslim authority. Neither will I agree to give full authority to Muslims at the Cave of the Patriarchs where my fathers and mothers are buried. Yesh gvul. There is a limit to what territories can be given back or surrendered.

I believe that there will be no shidduch (marriage) in Mr. Horovitz’s or my lifetime between Israelis and Palestinians. I have immense respect for his brilliant career as a journalist. But I disagree with his “proposal” to President Abbas.

“Peace in our time”. Thank you, Mr. Chamberlain. We well remember those optimistic but failed words. Peace now? Ask Elijah the Prophet. Only he has the answer. But be very cautious. That prophet is not known for his sobriety. Particularly not on Passover’s zman cherutenu… the time of our freedom.

Will we ever truly be am chofshi b’artzenu…. A free people in our own land? Our land. Not others.

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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