Esor Ben-Sorek

Trump’s death blow to peace

No. It is not “fake news”. It is news out of the American capitol. President Donald Trump has given approval to Israel to annex parts of the West Bank and to establish Israeli sovereignty over them.

The president then goes on to urge Israel to confer with the Palestinians regarding his approval to Israel.

Is Trump consumed with alcohol or with drugs? Does he very foolishly believe that the Palestinians would confer with Israel after a dastardly betrayal of the Trump peace plan? In it Israel is the victor.

This act marks the complete proposal to end the creation of a Palestinian State. It gives Abdullah II, King of Jordan, a reason to break his peace treaty with Israel causing more unrest on both sides of the Jordan river.

Assassinations are not improbable. Security services will have a difficult time to quell riots and protest marches. Guns will be fired. Bullets and tear gas will fly. There will be deaths on both sides.

The situation, made all the more dangerous by a foolish American president who may soon be voted out of office, is difficult to understand. Does pandering to Bibi Netanyahu give him the hope of getting more Jewish votes in November? Bibi may be very surprised if he has to deal with Joe Biden, the Democrat candidate for the White House.

Americans, among them many, many American Jews, are violently opposed to Israeli annexation.

Israel’s cupboard may be close to empty if those American Jews refrain from contributions to an Israeli government which they largely dislike. Israelis may not be aware that their glamour is rapidly failing in the USA as well as most of the European nations which will not recognize Israel’s West Bank annexation.

What did Donald Trump succeed in doing by giving Netanyahu his approval? Most of the Muslim nations will condemn such an act and Israel’s few friends in the Arab world and in the Gulf States will quickly disappear.

What, then, has Israel achieved by spiting the democratic nations of the world? What will we gain, other than many dunams of land which were intended to be part of a future Palestinian State?

Netanyahu can no longer say “we have no partner for peace talks”. Who in the world would want to talk with a thief who is stealing land intended for them?

Netanyahu and Trump have conspired to commit an act in violation of treaties and international law.

It is not an impossibility that Israel may be called by the Hague International Criminal Court and condemned, even sanctioned, for violation of international agreements and rules of law.

We have lived happily and quite well without certain West Bank cities and communities. We can go on living without the hilltop Jewish terrorist youth gangs whose racist and inhuman acts against civilian Arab men, women, children and babies, bring the shame of the world upon them and a disgrace to all of us Israeli Zionist Jews.

I believe that most members of the American Congress will oppose Trump’s approval. It would be the right and just thing to do.

I have always been a follower of Jabotinsky and Begin. I was a member of Betar. I sang the anthem Shtai Gadot LaYarden… a Jewish State on both sides of the Jordan. That was in the days of my youth completely involved with my Zionist activities. Years have passed and times have changed. We have established peace treaties with two neighboring Arab countries who would never permit us to make Jabotinsky’s vision into a reality.

Wars would result and we would be bringing too many young lives to an unnecessary and unwanted death. It would be a tragedy from which we would never recover.

My hope is that sane persons and nations would defy Netanyahu’s annexation proposals. If nations were to sever diplomatic relations with us and close their airspace to our planes we would be in a confinement longer and more bitter than the confinement from coronavirus.

As for us, citizens of the State of Israel, we must not remain silent in the face of an injustice.

Write, speak, march in protest. All in the name of freedom and democracy.

We are Jews, lovers of peace, not breakers of agreements and treaties..

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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