The Right to Disagree

Recently, Daniel Pipes, a brilliant writer, scholar, journalist and author of 16 published books has been unfairly accused of being anti-Israel because in his latest article he disagrees with Israel’s planned annexation of territories in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria).

I am privileged to know Dr. Daniel Pipes, a man of sincerity and a man of goodwill. To condemn him as being anti-Israel is ludicrous. He is a Jew, a Zionist, and a life-long proud supporter of Israel.

He has all the right in the world to express his opinions. Have we, in Netanyahu’s Israel, passed laws which declare that disagreeable opinions and published statements should be considered a criminal act?

I am a proud citizen of Israel. My home is in Rishon Lezion. And I strongly oppose any annexation of land that was, by treaty, intended for a future Palestinian state.

Will we absorb one million Palestinian Arabs into our nation, granting them Israeli citizenship? There is not one among them who wishes to live in Israel.

Enemies of Israel they were, they are, and forever will be. Annexation will only increase their anger and hatred of us.

And where will it lead? The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan will probably break their treaty with us and for very good and understandable reasons.

Jordan was originally populated by Beduin Arabs who were completely loyal to the king. After our 1948 independence, tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees fled to Jordan and live to this day in refugee camps.

An influx of one million Palestinians from the West Bank into the kingdom of Jordan will turn the kingdom into a Palestinian majority. The result will be the overthrow of the Jordanian monarchy and Jordan will revert to being the Palestinian state as was envisioned by the British mandatory authorities when they divided Palestine (pre-Israel) giving the Arabs 77% of the land and only 23% to the Jews.

Additionally, with the exception of Trump’s America, there is no other nation prepared to recognize Israel’s annexation. We will be condemned by the UN, the EU, the Gulf States, the entire billions in the Muslim world, and even possibly accused of war crimes by the International Court in the Hague.

We will be called a pariah state, an apartheid state, and most European governments who oppose annexation may consider withdrawing their ambassadors from their embassies in Tel-Aviv.

So what will we have achieved by Netanyahu’s misguided dream of annexation? To succeed in his plan would fulfill his desire and tremendous ego to have his legacy written into the books of the history of Israel.

Bibi’s dream of annexation is a nightmare. One which will cost us many lives when our IDF soldiers go into battle with Palestinian forces which definitely will rise up in their war against us.

My Israeli people, fathers and mothers, should think carefully. Is the blood of your children, whose lives will be lost, worth it for the sake of more land and a legacy. They should be damned !

Daniel Pipes, a proud Jew, has the right to express his opinions and to disagree with the ideas of annexation.

Because he is not an Israeli citizen he cannot vote in our elections. But I, as a proud Israeli citizen have the right to vote and so I have done in many past elections.

In earlier years I had voted for Binyamin Netanyahu. But due to the indictment against him for criminal acts, in the recent election of 2 March I cast my ballot for Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid of the Blue and White party.

Since I have the right to my opinion, I was very disturbed that Benny Gantz had left the party he founded to join in an “emergency” (so called) coalition with a prime minister whom he had promised to the people of Israel that he would never serve in a Netanyahu led government. Broken promises. More lies.

How can we a trust a politician who promises us one thing and immediately following a national election he breaks the promise he made to millions of Israelis like me?

Our government is corrupt and led by corrupt individuals. Our once strong democracy has faded and diminished. Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu places himself and his own personal desires before the needs and the welfare of all the citizens of our beloved country.

I agree with the article written by Daniel Pipes. A copy of it should be sent to the Nobel committee in Norway. If he can be elected, I would be honored to write my article under the title “The Prize for Pipes”.

Our government must understand that loyal citizens of Israel have the freedom and the right under our Basic Laws to express their opinions for or against any government proposal. That is true democracy.

Under a democratic regime those who disagree with government decisions should not be condemned.

More power to Daniel Pipes. I hope to read more of his brilliant writings.

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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