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May 13, 2016 6:59 am

The Left Marks Israeli Independence by Trying to Make Israel More Dependent

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The ad that ran in the New York Times on Thursday.

The ad that ran in the New York Times on Thursday. – Just when you think they’ve run out of ideas, the American Jewish left has found a novel way to commemorate Israel’s Independence Day — by trying to make Israel more dependent.

In a full-page ad in the New York Times on Thursday, the S. Daniel Abraham Center demanded that Israel withdraw to the pre-1967 boundaries and accept creation of a Palestinian state.

The Abraham Center’s solution is a recipe for total Israeli dependence — on the goodwill of the Palestinians and the assurances of the international community. Which is probably not what Israel’s founders had in mind in 1948 when they established what was intended to be a free, proud, and genuinely sovereign state.

The New York Times ad began with the usual misleading claims. For example, it alleged that “the Jewish democratic character of Israel is at risk” because “Arabs are today 50% of the population between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. Jews are 49% of that population.”

Well, if that’s the case — if the Arabs are already a majority — then how is it that Israel still exists as a Jewish state?

The answer, of course, is that the “50% Arabs” figure is a disingenuous combination of Arabs who are Israeli citizens and the 2.5 to 3 million Palestinian Arabs in Judea and Samaria who are not. The latter are citizens of the Palestinian Authority. They do not vote in Israeli elections, they do not live under Israeli rule, and therefore they are no threat to Israel’s Jewish or democratic character.

The next misleading (and I am being charitable) claim in the ad was that Israel “must fully separate from Palestinian territories.”

Previous Abraham Center ads used the phrase “fully separate from the Palestinians;” but after that lie was exposed — since Israel separated from them when it withdrew in 1995 from the cities where 98 percent of them reside — the Abraham Center has started using the term “Palestinian territories” instead.

But what exactly makes those areas “Palestinian territories?” They were part of two sovereign Jewish kingdoms more than a thousand years before Islam even came into existence. Both the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Bible call the territories “Judea” and “Samaria,” not “Palestine.”  There is no basis in history, religion, or international law for declaring them “Palestinian territories.”

All of which brings us to the final and most misleading part of the ad — the part that concerns Israeli independence.

The Abraham Center demands the creation of “a demilitarized Palestinian state.” That’s an oxymoron if there ever was one.

No Palestinian Authority (PA) official has ever accepted the notion of a demilitarized Palestinian state. The very concept was dreamed up by Peace Now activists and State Department officials as a way to get the Israeli public to swallow the Palestinian statehood idea.

But let’s say, for the sake of argument, that the PA did sign an agreement promising that their state would be “demilitarized.” Who, exactly, could Israel rely upon to enforce it? The United Nations? The Arab League?

Remember, Israel withdrew from the Sinai after the 1956 war because of president Dwight D. Eisenhower’s promise that Egypt would not be allowed to close the Straits of Tiran. When Nasser closed the straits in 1967, who enforced Eisenhower’s promise? Nobody.

Israel pulled back its forces from the Suez Canal in 1970 because of president Richard Nixon’s promise that Egypt would not move its missiles up to the canal. When Egypt moved the missiles up a few weeks later, who enforced Nixon’s promise? Nobody.

Israel withdrew from southern Lebanon in 1978 because of president Jimmy Carter’s promise that United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon (UNIFIL) troops would stop the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) from infiltrating the region. When the PLO returned and UNIFIL did nothing, who enforced Carter’s promise? Nobody.

What will the United Nations do if Israel complains about Palestinian weapons? Nothing. How many “boots on the ground” would a US president send in to enforce demilitarization? None. How many times has the international community seriously protested the constant Palestinian violations of the Oslo Accords? Never. So why expect them to start protesting now?

Israel would be trapped with a rapidly remilitarizing Palestinian state next door. The Israelis would be completely dependent on the mercy of the United Nations and the US State Department. That is exactly the opposite of independence. It is not what the founders of modern Zionism, or the founding fathers of the State of Israel, had in mind when they set out to put an end to 2,000 years of Jewish statelessness, weakness and dependence on others.

A demilitarized state next door to Israel? Hogwash.

Stephen M. Flatow, an attorney in New Jersey, is the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered in a Palestinian terrorist attack in 1995.

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  • At failed two-state solution was already attempted with 1947 UN Partition Plan. Arabs desire a one-state solution with Jewish Israel eliminated. The PLO terrorist entity would never agree to be demilitarized. A PLO terrorist state would further destabilize the Middle East, and would not accept Israel as a Jewish nation.

  • Nancy B

    Excellent article! Is it willful blindness that the left suffers from or are they all delusional?

    • Robert

      Neither. They are simply liars.

  • Jonas

    Lets give the so called peace-makers/forcers a new light to think about.
    What about this Ottoman-leftovers (so called Palestinians)
    offer Israel the recognition of THE Jewish state ISRAEL
    and ask the refugees donor-lands (EU USA UN) to help them to settle in Palestine = Jordan ( before Trans Jordan before Palestine)

  • G. Kaiden

    The American Jewish left suffers from incurable MMS, a combination of myopia, masochism and stupidity. They offer encouragement and provide cover and justification to those who vilify the Jewish people and strive to destroy the Jewish State. Vladimir Lenin’s idiom, “useful idiots” does not adequately describe the sick, leftist Jewish collaborators of Israel’s hateful enemies.

  • Shimon Tesler

    Just another example that not all Jews are clever and knowledgable.

  • Paul

    Mr. Flatow, you are so totally wrong. If the truth were to walk up to you and hit you in the forehead, you would not recognize it.
    What you write is total doubletalk and illogic. Emotional thinking that does not stand up to ANY scrutiny.
    For example: somone points out that between the Jordan and the Sea there is already TODAY a majority of Muslims. The logical reaction would then be, to seperate the Muslims in order to maintain a Jewish State with a Jewish Majority. Strangely, you attack that concept – and join the Hamas, who also wants a single state between the Jordan and the Sea, because they understand that this would be the end of the Jewish state.
    If you were being honest, you would admit why Israel has not annexed the West Bank and Gaza into the Jewish State – the answer is because the Arabs would be the majority and that would put an immediate end to the Jewish Democratic State: we would either become a muslim-led democracy, or a State abandoning democracy by denying the arabs the vote – also termed apartheid. What you are actually advocating is that after 50 years, we should continue sitting on the fence and NOT deciding either for uniting the territories or separating. But time is running our on us – we have to decide, finally, what we want.
    We are talking about a DEMILITARIZED Palestinian state. And who would ensure that ? ISRAELI MILITARY FORCES would ensure that, just as they are doing TODAY. No regular army exists in the territories, since these can be easily destroyed by the IDF. Only underground terrorist organizations can, and do, and probabl;y will, exist there – as they do everywhere. The ones who HAVE to move out are the civilian settlers, who are trying to impose an innacceptable modern day colonialism, and are thereby undercutting the totally moral claims Israel DOES have in its behaviour, by behaving in a fashion that no country in the entire world accepts as moral. No Israeli would accept this as moral if done by another country.
    You ask derisively how come Israel still exists as a Jewish State ? Because we have a strongly controlled border with Gaza enforcing separation, and because of our military presence on the West Bank that prevents Tanks, aircraft etc. from being introduced.
    Ben Gurion and others stated that trying to rule another people would destroy us from within – and this is starting to happen in Israeli society today.
    WAKE UP ! You are barking up the wrong tree !!!

  • Martin Sterenbuch

    You’ve got it exactly right and expressed it cogently.


  • Leslie Benjamini

    I would like to add to my above statement that the recent spate of stabbings, car rammings, murders of innocent Israeli’s & Americans in the streets of Israel at random & in their homes in front of their children has not helped in changing the average Israeli mind towards being at all hopeful for peace in their lifetime. Not to mention those non-leftist Jews of us here in America.

  • Leslie Benjamini

    Steven J. Flatow,
    I did not know about this S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace until just now when I looked it up before replying to your very articulate & absolutly correct article. The mission statement, for lack of a better term, of this so called Center for Peace has more than several false statements in it, one of the most egregious & the only one I am going to address here is that the majority of Israeli’s support a comprehensive peace agreement with the Palestinians. They state that they have polls from 2003 on. I will admit that I did not take the time to research their data because data can be schewed to whatever you desire it to say. I think it is well known by anyone who is at all plugged into Israeli news & society that since Gaza was turned over to the Palestinians with the hopes that it would be the beginning of a peaceful state for the Palestinians & it has instead turned into a terrorist state run by Hamas that the majority of Israeli’s have been forced to the realization that there is NO peace partner. That the Palestinians do not want peace, that what they want is to wipe the Jewish State off the face of the earth. In fact the Palestinians have been so bold to SAY SO. IN PLAIN ENGLISH. Therefore The S. Daniel Abraham Center for Peace is either deaf, dumb & stupid or it just refuses to see reality like the rest of the liberal leftists in America & around the world who seem so determined to destroy Israel. How is it that so many of them are Jews is beyond me.

  • diane perreault

    There is an obvious observation to be made in this never-ending drama: the Arabs are intrinsically and existentially UNABLE to accept any kind of responsability whatsoever in the deplorable state of affairs they have greatly contributed in making.

    They refused the state offered to them by the United Nations, they refused to negotiate peace after having lost territories, they refused to recognize Israel, they refused to make compromises during peace processes, they refused to be constructive with the billions received from the international community, etc., etc., etc.

    They are unable to recognize that in order to finally get a palestinian state, they have first to prove that they are real statesmen and trustworthy partners in peace; they have to stop all form of violence and attack, to stop encouraging and celebrating “the martyrs”, to stop preaching hate to schoolchildren.

    How can we still talk of “refugee camps” 50 years, 70 years after the facts!!! It’s an aberration! The poor palestinians are nothing but pawns for the arab world.

    Till a draconian change in the Arab mentality happens, Israel has no other choice but defending itself with all its might.

  • stevenl

    Zika is much more prevalent in the liberal community than I thought!
    One must wonder who funds this group!
    The underlying foundation: anti-Semitism.