Giulio MeottiThe writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book "A New Shoah", that researched the personal stories of Israel's terror victims, published by Encounter and of "J'Accuse: the Vatican Against Israel" published by Mantua Books.. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage and Commentary.
Terrorists are very busy these days because they feel that Israel is on the verge of abandoning more land to them.
The macabre joy, in the political sphere and in the media, over the destruction of Gush Katif recalled the horrible joy following Oslo that ended in national weeping after the suicide bombers began to appear.
Now there is the same terrible atmosphere as there was then, an atmosphere which is preparing the ground for a new, massive Gush Katif evacuation in Judea and Samaria. Terrorists are very busy these days because they feel that Israel is on the verge of abandoning more land to them. The US “framework” calls for evacuations of some 80,000 Israeli Jews - so far.
“Two states for two people”, the essence of the Left’s doctrine, has been adopted by some of the rightist meainstream; “settlement” construction has been frozen for almost one year; thousands of “settlers” still live in a legal limbo and under the threat of the “price tag” blood libel; the purchase of Beit Hamachpela in Hevron was found to be legal, but its Jewish dwellers were evicted anyway; and there are the brutal evacuations of women and children in Migron and other strategic outposts, the destruction of the Ulpana neighborhood in Beit El.
In the most optimistic scenario, that formulated by Ehud Barak, this 25% will be abandoned to the mercy of the Arabs. Their days are numbered anyway.
The Israeli authorities already have a list of Jewish towns to be erased from the book of Jewish history and life. Givat Asaf? Amona? Now it seems just a question of price. And the US will pay for the evacuation of dozens of towns. The American economy is improving, after all!
Everything on Judea and Samaria has already been decided in a cold, distant building. There officials decided that a Jew can build only within the Czarist "pale of Jewish settlement”, that no further government land will be allocated to Jewish life and that Jewish human and democratic rights can be trampled in the day light (read it: Boaz Albert).
The question now is: Will “the settlers” fight for their homes and beliefs? If yes, there is still hope. If now, they will be finished by the government of Israel.