Esor Ben-Sorek

Abandoned by Annexation

My faithful readers have abandoned me! After reading 1,069 of my articles they probably have grown tired of me. At least, that is my assumption for the lack of written comments in the past 12 articles.

I attribute it possibly to my abundant anti-Netanyahu articles. Though they represent my personal opinion, I understand that some readers may have been offended. I guess that freedom of speech and of press is not as welcome anymore since the demise of our democratic system of government.

Recently I have sent a detailed message to the attention of President Donald J. Trump at the White House. In it I began by telling him that I am an Israeli Jewish citizen and a Zionist all my life. But I continued relaying to the American president my feelings regarding annexation protocols as may appear in his Peace Plan.

I shared with the president a brief but concise history of the Jewish bond with Eretz Yisrael for centuries before the birth of prophet Mohammed and the rise of Islam.

My first order of business was to inform him that the father of our Jewish religion, Abraham of Ur Chaldea, was chosen by God and instructed to live in the land of His promise to us. And Abraham settled in the place called Hebron.

There he lies buried together with his wife Sarah, his son Isaac, Isaac’s wife Rebecca, their son Jacob and his wife Leah. Jacob’s other wife Rachel died on the way to the land of Israel and she was buried in a tomb in Bethlehem.

The history of our ancient patriarchs and matriarchs precedes the rise of Islam for more than one thousand years. The Jewish claim to the disputed land is universally recognized by readers of the Hebrew and Christian versions of the holy Bible.

Understandably, prime minister Netanyahu is demanding the annexation of the biblical land of Judea and Samaria, former Jewish kingdoms, now known as the West Bank of the Jordan River.

But in his greed he demands the inclusion of all that territory. Not only the 30% but the 100% in a clear violation of agreements with the United States and with international law codes.

I brought to president Trump’s attention that the International Criminal Court could have grounds to accuse Israel of violating those agreements.

I further informed him that our tenuous peace with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan could come to a sudden end. There is little doubt that His Majesty King Abdullah II, in deference to the will of his people, will end the treaty of peace between Jordan and Israel.

Further I hinted at a possibility that Egypt, in support of Jordan, may either end their peace treaty which Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin labored so hard to achieve, or at least, reduce some of their relations with us.

Regarding Jordan’s nor Egypt’s anger with us, I firmly believe that the peace treaties will continue to be kept. Both Israel and Jordan and Egypt need to maintain them for the security of all.

I shared with the American president my observation that if Netanyahu advances his plan of annexation in July, hostilities will break out. No other nation on the face of the earth will recognize annexation. Only the United States due to the strange “friendship” between Trump & Netanyahu, two egoistic autocrats. (But I omitted the last words!!!)

If the hostilities result in the deaths of Israeli soldiers and citizens, God forbid, I suggested to president Trump that the bloodshed will be on his hands for not restraining Netanyahu and for permitting annexation of land beyond what is contained in the Trump Peace Plan, a Plan totally rejected a priori by the Palestinians and every Muslim nation.

Netanyahu’s rash intention, I wrote, will bring the condemnation of the world down upon our Jewish heads.

Rampant anti-semitism can only increase and grow in more hostility and deaths.

I did not mention in my message to the White House that I feel abandoned by my readers of The Times of Israel due to my “un-welcomed” opinions. But opinions are exactly what TOI stands for.

On this festival of Shavuot, zman matan Toratainu, the time of the giving of our law on Mount Sinai three thousand years ago, we were commanded to strive for peace with our neighbors. But if our neighbors go to war against us it is God’s will that we meet them in battle and destroy them.

If the Palestinians raise up arms to harm us, as I mentioned in my letter to president Trump, he would never succeed in washing the blood off his hands. And his re-election would obviously not be one.

To all my readers, I forgive you. Abandonment is lonely. Chag Samayach. A healthy and joyous holiday.

And don’t forget to eat blintzes and cheese cakes. Forget the calories. Nobody is counting!

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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