Abram Epstein

To truly win in Gaza, we must defeat Bibi’s agenda in the West Bank

My constant harangue against the theocratic government racists’ policy now fomenting Israel’s settler rampages against peaceful West Bank Palestinians, should not cause anybody to doubt my complete support of the IDF battle to utterly annihilate Hamas in Gaza. 

I wish every IDF soldier’s bullet finds its Hamas mark, and every Hamas terrorist pays for the atrocities they have committed as the hostages go free. 

What the Netanyahu government’s messianic cohort is attempting to accomplish in the West Bank, via settler acts of predatory violence, is the uprooting of terrified Palestinians. Their anticipated flight in search of refuge in neighboring Arab countries is the real-time “transfer agenda,” intended to precede a fully annexed West Bank. That, I proffer, is Netanyahu’s aim.

Therefore, one must recognize the mayhem he is encouraging, arming pogromist settlers to invade Palestinian villages like Huwara and others, is actually a Netanyahu strategy of annexation.

In fact, despite his lies to the contrary, the prime minister must maintain a confrontational status between Israel and the Gazans too — even after Hamas is eradicated — in order for the two-state solution to become utterly impossible, and his goal of a greater Israel to prevail.

If, by destroying the terrorist militia, Israel succeeded in reducing unrest on the West Bank, enabling its Fatah Palestinian Authority to become leading administrators of the liberated strip, Netanyahu would be faced with the prospect of huge American pressure to renew the Saudi interest in exchanging normalized relations for recognition of an independent West Bank Palestine — perhaps unified with Gaza.

To expedite his agenda of annexation, he must thwart any amelioration of the disquiet on the West Bank and insinuate Israeli military control in Gaza to inhibit any true step toward stability between Israel and the Gaza inhabitants, altogether obliterating hopes for genuine reconciliation with moderate Palestinians. Just listen to what he told Dana Bash on CNN’s State of the Union interview (11/12) (somewhat paraphrased) “I can’t let the Gaza war lead to a government under the Palestinian Authority of  the West Bank. They pay the families of terrorists who we kill. And they teach their children to hate us. And they let Hamas take over Gaza.”

Fact check: In 2007, Hamas fought and disemboweled the competing military faction of Fatah in Gaza (today’s Palestinian Authority) and it is common knowledge they and Hamas are sworn enemies. Furthermore, it is the Biden policy, explicitly stated, that after the Gaza campaign ends, the Palestinian authority, following a transition should become Gaza’s governing administration (source: Jake Sullivan, national security adviser of the US). Israel’s security forces know the difference between the moderate West Bank Palestinians and the terrorists in their midst. Only recently, we have witnessed significant, serious IDF raids by Israeli special forces in the town of Jenin. They were a genuine terrorist nest. Furthermore, to show the Gilbert and Sullivan characterization of the West Bank moderates — making them out as “impossible to consider for the leadership in Gaza” — Israel provides Fatah weapons and military vehicles to patrol and control the militant groups, like Hamas clones, living among them!

Netanyahu has seized on the coincidence of warfare in Gaza and the confrontational events occurring in the West Bank to orchestrate an emotional blur of resentment across the Muslim world. This has become his tortuous tactic to prevent post war consideration of the two-state solution.  Bb (Bibi) as Israelis label this mutant version of a leader, will prolong the occupation of Gaza, do what he can to increasingly roil the West Bank, and without shame boisterously proclaim both populations are equally an enemy, with none suitable to administer Gaza.

He has undoubtedly read the American headlines. Muslims in Ohio and Pennsylvania are sufficient as a voting block to seriously jeopardize Biden’s chance of re-election. If they blame Joe for supporting Israel’s supposed indifference to the collateral massacre of civilians…or for their suffering and deprivation of humanitarian necessities…or, for acquiescing in the endless oppressive 56-year Occupation — A Republican would be just the cornerstone Bb needs to make the West Bank greater Israel — and even contemplate a Third Temple. The angrier he makes them at Biden, the better his chances for a “greater Israel.” After he dies, he probably believes they will find his tomb is empty.

About the Author
Abram Epstein, a New Yorker, has served as Director of Education for several synagogues and actively participated in the Manhattan Educators’ Council. His graduate studies at New York University’s Hagop Kevorkian Center focused on ancient Near Eastern religion and Biblical Judaism. He is a recipient of the university’s prestigious Founders’ Award for Academic Accomplishment and has a screen credit as Historical Consultant for "The Seventh Sign" starring Demi Moore. His other books include, "The Historical Haggadah," "The Matthias Scroll," "A Documented Biography of Jesus Before Christianity," and most recently, "The Matthias Scroll–Select Second Edition." Abram invites communication on his FB page: "Abram Epstein" or "Abram's Historical Writing."