Esor Ben-Sorek

A Very, Very Bad Idea

The polls for the Likud primaries have closed fifteen minutes ago. We will not have positive results until tomorrow. Hopefully, Netanyahu’s verbal attacks on Gidon Sa’ar will cost him a heavy price. It is unheard of that a Prime Minister should attack a member of his own political party.

It is a national disgrace. It shows the true colors of Binyamin Netanyahu. And his son, Yair, the party–going sex enthusiast, is no better. His verbal attack on our President, Reuven Rivlin, his total lack of respect, is an indication of a sick-minded young man. The apple did not fall far from the tree. How will he dare to show his face in public if, and when, both of his criminal parents are found guilty and jailed?

Putting all that aside for the moment, there is another idea floating in the ranks of the Likud… a very, very bad idea which, if implemented, will result in international condemnation of Israel.

It is the recommended idea of the annexation of the West Bank, of historic Judea and Samaria. To do so would be a violation of international law. It could result in the termination of peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan. It would bring Israeli leaders to the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

It would mean incorporating hundreds of thousands of Arabs into the State of Israel, a tragic mistake which could lead to our extermination as a Jewish sovereign state.

To annex Area C whose residents are mainly Jews who have built established settlements, could be a possibility even though it would create a world-wide uproar. But eventually it would be accepted.

But to contemplate the annexation of the entire West Bank would be a calamity. We have enough terrorists (too many) already among us. God forbid that we should incorporate thousands more !

There is a proposal to settle two million Israelis in the proposed annexed territory. That too would be condemned by the UN, the EU and even the USA among other friendly and not-so-friendly nations.

Why does the Likud look for more problems than we need? Instead of resolving the problems of south Tel-Aviv, they look up to the questionable “occupied” territories at the expense of Israel’s good name.

How could the nations of the world respond to an annexation? For one thing, they could deny Israel air space over their countries. Israeli planes would not be permitted to land in London, Paris, Moscow or elsewhere. Israeli citizens would be prohibited from visiting in Turkey. International boycotts against us would not be uncommon.

I do not believe that Arab countries would use military force against us. But the now blooming positive relations between us and the Gulf States, including Saudi Arabia, would wither and die.

Whoever in the Likud initiated the suggestion of West Bank annexation should consult with a psychiatrist.  He is mentally delusional.

There is enough barren land in our country to provide housing for Israelis without the need to grab more land inhabited by indigenous Arabs.

The idea of annexation is indeed a very, very bad idea. And the rejection of it is vital to our security and our good reputation as a democratic State.

For now, our choice is whether to rejoice or to grieve tomorrow when the election results are published.

For me, I wish Gidon Sa’ar and Benny Gantz much good luck for now and for the immediate future.

A change in our politics and political “leadership” (???) is long long  overdue .  Higiya zman !!!

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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