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Op-Ed: Will Jews Flee Like the Serbs did from Sarajevo?

Diplomats in ivory towers have made this mistake before.
Published: Sunday, February 02, 2014 1:50 AM



t is as if one planned to take Jews to Cairo or Teheran or Damascus to live under the Sharia rulers in those cities.


Israel’s former defense minister, Ehud Barak, was the first to suggest leaving behind 100,000 Jews who currently live outside the main blocs in Judea and Samaria. Now the vision of abandoning those Jews to a death trap and the mercy of the Muslims is sponsored by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

It is as if one planned to take Jews to Cairo or Teheran or Damascus to live under the Sharia rulers in those cities.

The “settlements” don’t have the capacity for self-defense in case of withdrawal. Water, electricity, roads, food supply, transportation to school, health clinics and ambulance services cannot be protected without the IDF and it is hard to imagine how Jews can live in enclaves besieged by violent Muslims, as was the case in the community of Netzarim in Gaza.  

Only a few hundred people, real pioneers, can live like this. This means the quick degeneration and disappearance of "settlements" left behind.

The Jews under Palestinian Muslim rule would then meet the same fate as Christian Serbs under Bosnian rule. What happened to 100.000 Serbs in Sarajevo after Muslims took the control of the city? They all left the area, part of an exodus that turned Sarajevo, once multi-ethnic, into an Islamic city.

That story is enlightening in order to understand the scenario looming over the Jews of Judea and Samaria.

In violation of the Dayton peace agreement, all Serbs living near Sarajevo abandoned their communities before the Muslim-dominated Bosnian Government assumed control. The United States, United Nations and NATO planners, the same diplomats currently at work to uproot the Jews from their land, hoped that Christians would have stayed so that Sarajevo could become a model of the peaceful coexistence of different religious groups.

Gojko Klickovic, head of the Bosnian Serb Resettlement Office, stated that “we must not allow a single Serb to remain in the territories which fall under Muslim control”.

The Palestinian Arabs’ Jüdenrein is animated by the same Nazi spirit.

Some Serb families even exhumed their dead for reburial in Serbian soil, like the Jews did when they left Gush Katif.

And Muslim city officials were put in charge of allocating the 70,000 apartments abandoned by the Serbs.

Since the beginning of the disintegration of Yugoslavia, the Jewish State was perceived as one of the very few friends abroad of which the Serbs could boast. It was the so called “World War II Argument”: the Croats and Muslims were on the side of the Nazis, and helped them exterminate the Jews, while the Serbs fought against the Nazis, and helped and protected the Jews.

That was the conclusion reached by Yosef Lapid, one of the most prominent media personalities.

In 1993 the Serbs made it possible for the Jews of Sarajevo to leave the besieged town in a number of airlifts and convoys. It was part of a deal involving Israel’s supply of arms to Serbia.

Sarajevo, which was ironically known as the “Jerusalem of the Balkans”, today is a purely Islamic city. Will the beautiful Jewish towns of Elon Moreh, Shiloh, Maaleh Levona and Beit El meet the same tragic fate?