Esor Ben-Sorek
Esor Ben-Sorek

Pogroms on the way?

Netanyahu and most members of our government have never personally experienced a pogrom. They have read about the tragedies in Kishinev and in Hebron. But reading is not feeling.

Israelis should make no bones about it but should prepare to stock up their homes with food and water and other necessities and make sure that each maamad (safety room) is clean and ready to receive its occupants.

Neither the end of our peace treaties with neighboring Egypt and Jordan will result in the end of all commercial and security activities,
but on the other hand we will experience many deaths and too much blood-shed. The Muslim world will rise up against us. Palestinians well-armed will sneak across our borders and blow up homes killing our citizens. They will fire bomb us, stab us, shoot us and while we retaliate too much of our blood will flow.

A pogrom more deadly than the August 24, 1929 Hebron pogrom in which Arab neighbors slaughtered sixty-seven of their long-time Jewish neighbors, is guaranteed if the Netanyahu reckless intention of a July annexation of settlements in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley takes place.

Our prime minister must be controlled if not by our electorate but more important by the nations of the more democratic principles. Diplomatic relations with countries which oppose the planned annexation will be greatly detrimental to us. More than 100 countries will denounce us.

Not only withdrawal of diplomats from respective countries, not only termination of economic aid and military supplies but annexation will imprison us all. It will be an international lockdown on Israel and Israelis.

Picture this. Air space and airports in London, Paris, Moscow, Berlin, New York, Prague, Budapest and most other countries where Israelis like to travel for business or for pleasure will be closed to all flights to and from Ben-Gurion airport in Tel-Aviv. Bearers of Israeli passports who travel on non-Israeli flights will be denied entry.

We will be forced to remain in our homes in Israel to face the dangers of isolation and destruction.

Think carefully of it. Just think and think some more.

Pogrom is a Russian word which has been in our vocabulary for many hundreds of years. More than one million Jews (not including the Nazi holocaust) have been killed in the riotous pogroms mainly in Russia, Poland and Germany. Thousands of Jews were slaughtered by Palestinians between 1862-1948.

Bibi Netanyahu, egged on by members of his family in an effort to enhance his legacy and his “good” name, thinks only of the virtues in re-claiming biblical lands but forsaking the fear of pogroms.

We have lived for long years without an annexation of territory. We can live many more years without it.

First of all, it would be a violation of international law and we would be hauled before the International Criminal Court in the Hague, Netherlands, on charges of destroying occupied territory and displacing the Arab population living there.

If Netanyahu faces imprisonment for his indicted crimes in Israel, he should think twice and then twice more about a life in a prison somewhere in Holland. He will dine on good food, especially the Dutch cheeses. But like the holes in the cheeses there are too many holes in his plans for a July annexation.

The question of annexation should be put to a national referendum. We, citizens of Israel, have the right to express our feelings, pro or con. And then, to accept the consequences which will be many.

A Palestinian pogrom, more deadly than an intifada, is on its way. It can be felt in the air we breathe.

Our prayers alone will not prevent it. Only rational thinking and doing can save us from destruction.

The one major problem to that is our prime minister Netanyahu is definitely not rational.

His big ego does not let him change his mind. In July we should begin reciting the words of a prayer from Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The U’netanah tokef”.

Mi yichyeh u’mi yamut? Who will live and who will die?

Don’t let Netanyahu decide that for us !

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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