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April 7, 2017 6:53 am

Israel Dismantles Another Settlement, Gets No Credit

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A Jewish man waits at a bus stop by the Israeli settlement of Shiloh. The Israeli army recently evacuated Malachei Hashalom, an unauthorized encampment near Shiloh. Photo: Miriam Alster/Flash90. – You didn’t read about it in the New York Times, or hear about it on “CBS Evening News.” The European Union didn’t praise it, and the United Nations didn’t acknowledge it. But last week, Israel dismantled yet another Jewish settlement.

Of course, when Israel announces a plan to build a handful of homes in a Judea and Samaria community, that’s headline news. And when the Israeli government recently authorized the construction of a new Jewish town — the first one in 25 years — the critics were all aghast.

But when Israel tears down a settlement, the Jewish state gets zero credit in the eyes of the world.

Last week, the Israeli army evacuated Malachei Hashalom, an unauthorized encampment near the community of Shiloh in Samaria. During its existence, Malachei Hashalom didn’t displace any Arabs. Its residents didn’t hurt anyone. They weren’t occupying private Arab land, but were merely situated on the grounds of an abandoned army base. Surely, Jews have a historic and religious right to reside in a region that has been a central part of the Jewish national homeland since time immemorial.

Still, Israel is a nation of laws, and the Malachei Hashalom outpost was unauthorized — and so that was that. And it was not the first such outpost to be dismantled.

Contrary to the demonized depiction of colonialist Israel — as spread by the J Street crowd — the Israelis have actually torn down a number of illegal outposts in recent years, not to mention the dismantling of the Yamit communities in northern Sinai (1982), the destruction of four Jewish towns in northern Samaria (2005) and the mass expulsion of more than 8,000 Jews from Gaza (also in 2005).

These episodes are a painful reminder that Israeli concessions are almost never appreciated, reciprocated or even acknowledged. No matter how much Israel surrenders, the Palestinians and their supporters always demand more.

If Israel freezes construction outside of settlement blocs, the Palestinians then demand a freeze within the blocs. And if Israel were to freeze all construction, its enemies would next demand that every existing Jewish community be torn down, and its residents expelled.

And it wouldn’t stop there. Israel surrendered the Sinai — which comprised 80 percent of the territory that Israel won in 1967 — but that wasn’t enough. Then Israel withdrew from all of Gaza. That wasn’t enough. Then Israel gave the Palestinian Authority control of nearly 40 percent of Judea and Samaria. Still not enough. And you can bet that if Israel ever gave up the rest of Judea and Samaria, that wouldn’t be enough either.

Instead, the demands would intensify. Instead of the “1967 lines,” the Palestinians and their allies would start shouting about the “1947 lines.” And so it would go, with Israel shrinking and shrinking, until it disappears — which is, of course, exactly what the Palestinians are really after.

Stephen M. Flatow, a vice president of the Religious Zionists of America, is an attorney in New Jersey. He is the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered in an Iranian-sponsored Palestinian terrorist attack in 1995.

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  • No Jew or Jewish government has the right to evict Jews from their historical land in Greater Israel. “Israel, including Judea and Samaria, and the land east of the Jordan River has been the land of the Jewish people since time immemorial, over 30 centuries. Judea means Land of the Jews. Never in the history of the world has there been an autonomous state in the area that was not Jewish.” There has never been a Nation known as Arab Palestine. The Arabs received over five million sq. mi. – 12 million sq. km. of territory with a wealth of oil reserves, but that was not enough. Violating international law and treaty the British allocated over three quarters of Jewish allocated land to the Arabs as the new Arab state of Jordan. Now the Arabs want more; they will not stop until they have all of Israel without the Jews. The Arab countries expelled over a million Jewish families and confiscated all their assets including businesses, homes and over 46,332 sq. mi. (about 120,000 sq. km. which is 6 times the size of Israel) of Jewish owned land for over 25 centuries. The Faisal Weizmann Agreement of January 1919 stipulated that all of Palestine is Jewish territory. No Jews are allowed to live in Jordan or in the West Bank area controlled by the Arab Palestinian Authority – Now you see it is the Arabs who are committing ethnic cleansing, just like they cleansed over a million Jewish families from Arab countries and now they are cleansing the millions of Christians and others.
    The Oslo Accord is null and void as Abbas stated in the summer of 2015 at the U.N.
    You; the Arabs have murdered the Jews and others and now you want to inherit them?
    In view of past history of persecution; Israel and the Jews have an obsolete obligation to defend themselves at all costs. NEVER AGAIN. It must be in action not just words. No capitulation to the bias world.
    YJ Draiman

    • LaPoint

      Do I understand properly America is not any land of Jewish people? Then, they should be treated like intruders.

      • David Matar

        What is your ethnicity, Mssr. LaPoint? Are you an intruder?

  • dee cee

    Great article. And you didn’t even mention how the “Palestinians” have rejected offers of almost everything they wanted, all under the pretense of right of return(after they fled per the instructions of the arab armies).

  • DrRoblee

    But if a Gazan gets so much as a hemorrhoid the “international community” blames Israel and goes berserk.