Op-Ed: No Bibi, European Utopia Doesn’t Suit the Middle East
Giulio MeottiThe writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly...
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu likes the idea of modelling Jewish-Arab co-existence in Judea and Samaria on Baarle-Nassau and Baarle-Hertog, two municipalities that divide the town of Baarle on the border between Netherlands and Belgium.
That is a typical European utopia. The border is marked with little crosses on the pavement and metal studs in the road, while many homes are cut by the border. Tourists who pass through restaurants, hotels and shops are not even aware of the different nationalities.
In Baarle, women are able to choose the nationality of their child depending on the location of the room in which they give birth.
It is a perfect world. The message is simple: people and cultures can easily cohexist, borders don’t make the difference. Religion or nationalism have no place in that area. And the crosses in the streets are just reminder of an old, dead past.
But this European Utopia doesn’t fit to the Middle East, where the Arabs hate the Jews. They want to destroy them. They want everything. Up to now, only walls, fences, roadblocks, cameras and sensors make co-existence possible.
Do you recall what happened to the Israeli director and actor Juliano Mer-Khamis? He was killed by Arabs in Jenin, the city chosen by that self-hating Jew to build his own utopia of tolerance. Mer wasn't spared because he was giving blankets to poor Palestinian Arabs.
In 2003 a suicide bomber blew himself up on a bus near the University of Haifa, killing 17 people. That university has a high proportion from the Muslim and Christian communities among its students and on its faculty. The bombing was intended to destroy the very idea of co-existence.
In 2002 Arab terrorists entered Kibbutz Metzer, killing five Jews. A mother and her two young children were murdered in cold blood despite it being a known fact that their kibbutz had long promoted “peace” with the surrounding Palestinian Arab villages.
Jenin’s area once knew the presence of two Jewish “settlements”, the beautiful towns of Kadim and Ganim. But boulders had to block the entry to Jenin from these Jewish towns. Because otherwise, any Israeli citizen would have been killed in a minute. Ariel Sharon destroyed these towns to ultimately prove that utopia doesn’t fit the Middle East. Since then, Jenin is Judenrein, free of Jews.
No Bibi, the Jews didn’t survive Auschwitz to live in an “enclave”.