Defence Minister Gantz ‘s latest dire predictions: 4 Questions

As an l octogenarian Jew living in the Diaspora, I hate, as I always did, reading pessimistic or bad news or negative predictions about the future of the country  made by a member of the incumbent government.

The most recent such prediction is that of Defence Minister Benny Gantz who is reported “ to have responded to questions about the threat of an Arab takeover of Israel, by  stating that “the danger is real unless Jews settle in massive numbers in the Negev and in the Galilee…the future of the country is at stake. If we don’t invest in the Galilee and Negev, we will in essence end up with an agreement to divide the country.”

As the report’s headline put it: Israel may not continue to exist beyond the center of the country .”…Gantz acknowledged the essential truth.” Batya Jerenberg, WIN May 16  inst reporting the Israel Hayom’s news of May 15 inst.

The foregoing assertions of Gantz lead to the following four questions:

First: If Gantz’s is right, then why did the preceding successive Israeli governments established Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria and the current one enables  the increase  of the populations of the existing settlements in the same area when the population is desperately need to settle in the Negev?

Second, why does Gantz’s  government not only refrains from removing the illegal settlements of the P.A  Arabs in Area “C’ which under the terms of the Oslo Accord   is to be exclusively under Israeli control with respect to all matters pertinent to it, while also affording the same people the opportunity to build some 1000 housing  units?

Third, with respect to the population problem Gantz identified for the Negev, why has his government been leaning backwards to accommodate the demands of Ra’am to protect promote  and increase the land  rights of the Bedouins in the Negev?

Finally, in the light of Gantz’s dire predictions, what has his government done and planning to do to insure the distribution of the Jewish population across the whole of Israel’s current territories in a manner that meets the security requirements of the country?

I fear the current government will be hard put to answer these questions to the satisfaction of the anxious listeners both in Israel and in the Diaspora.

About the Author
Doğan Akman immigrated to Canada with his family. In Canada, he taught university in sociology-criminology and social welfare policy and published articles in criminology journals After a stint as a Judge of the Provincial Court (criminal and family divisions) of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, he joined the Federal Department of Justice as a Crown prosecutor, and then moved over to the to civil litigation branch . Since his retirement he has published articles in Sephardic Horizons and e-Sefarad and in an anthology edited by Rifat Bali titled "This is My New Homeland" published in Istanbul.
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