Op-Ed: Women in Green: Netanyahu, Meet the Challenge!
Nadia Matar and Yehudit KatsoverNadia Matar and Yehudit Katsover are co-Chairwomen of Women in Green (Women...
Honored Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,
Today you are your starting out on your complex mission to the United States and may you have Heaven’s support and the support of the Land of Israel.
He Who turns the wheels of history has presented you with the challenge of your life at an optimum point in time.
A quick glance at what is happening around us reveals how international attention has passed from Israel to the Ukraine - everyone is watching to see if the weakness of the American president’s policies will lead to an even greater collapse of the United States’ international standing as the Ukraine crisis develops.
The experience of the recent past in Syria teaches us that President Obama has not kept his promises about the red lines that he himself set. In Egypt, as well as in Libya, Obama supported the wrong side and his failed policies have brought the entire Middle East to a state of instability and shock. Who knows better than you that on the Iranian question as well, Obama has made declarations, promises and pledges about his commitment to the security of Israel, while, in effect, giving Iran a green light to continue its nuclear program.
Mister Prime Minister, every child understands today that we must not depend on the Obama administration and we must not submit to its decrees. The eyes of the People of Israel accompany you in your travels. Up until now you have maneuvered wisely, and indeed, we hope that you will have the wisdom to take advantage of the momentum that has been presented to you to raise Israel’s esteem in the world and repair the long-range damage to international consciousness that resulted from the declarations in your Bar Ilan speech. The damage that was done by that declaration must and can be repaired now.
At this juncture, when the entire world is alert and everyone realizes the importance of maintaining the sovereignty of Ukraine, it is the time to clarify boldly to the entire world that we intend to guard our sovereignty in the Land of Israel as we guard our most cherished possession. We must impose Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria and the Jordan Valley. From your long years of acquaintance with the Arab “partner” and the blood-soaked history that our people has experienced, you know very well, Mr. Prime Minister, that the Arabs have never recognized and will never recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish People, regardless of any borders.
We are at a decisive time in which it is possible to strengthen our position.
As you leave Jerusalem, the Women in Green movement and the Forum for Sovereignty are with you and will accompany you with a very large poster that will be placed at the exit from Jerusalem for the coming weeks. It reads: “YES to Sovereignty over Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley”.
In a discussion on the expulsion from Gush Katif and northern Samaria that was held in Ariel a few days ago, public relations expert Eyal Arad claimed that the Right failed because it did not present an alternative. This is not true. There is an alternative! A realistic, Zionist plan does exist – application of Israeli sovereignty. This plan is indeed accompanied by difficulties, but the difficulties associated with sovereignty are preferable to the physical and spiritual destruction entailed in the establishment of a terrorist Palestinian state in the heart of our Land, a stone-throw away from Ben Gurion Airport.
And we must think not only in terms of survival, we must aspire to realize our hold on the Land and our sovereignty in the Land of Israel. This will bring calm to our Arab neighbors, economic growth and an improvement in the security situation.
From the city of our forefathers, Hevron, we send you the greetings of the biblical hero, Caleb ben Yefuneh: "Let us ascend, for we can succeed" (Numbers, 13:30).
Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar
Women for Israel’s Tomorrow –Women in Green