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.
Take any Israeli map after the Six Days War and compare it to today's map. Israel is getting smaller.
The Israeli nation is growing demographically . It is robust, strong and healthy. But it is the world’s only country which is getting smaller.
Have the Israelis ever reflected on that?
The Jews abandoned the Sinai to the jihadists and a wonderful Jewish town, Yamit, was bulldozed to death.
The Jews abandoned the south of Lebanon’s security zone to Hezbollah and other Iranian proxies.
The Jews abandoned the Jewish Gush Katif to Hamas.
The Jews abandoned the Temple Mount to the Islamic Waqf. Let’s be honest: “The Temple Mount is - not - in our hands”. At least as of today..
Jerusalem holy sites, such as the ancient Mount of Olives cemetery, have been turned into sites of terror attacks on bereaved Jews.
The Jews already abandoned the Arab parts of the Wadi Ara Area. Have you heard of Jewish politicians or policemen entering Umm el Fahm?
The Jews abandoned 30 per cent of Judea and Samaria to the Arabs under the name of the “Palestinian Authority”.
It is true that Jewish population is growing in the Biblical heartland protecting the Mediterranean cities.
A full 70 per cent of the 30,000 Israelis in the Gaza belt have abandoned it for more secure villages and cities. Can Israel provide them with security so that they will return?
But area A has been totally transferred to the Arabs under the Oslo agreement and in the B area, Israel only maintains security control, not municipal authority. Area B is lost for the Jewish nation. No Jew can build a house or buy a house or do anything else there.
And in any “peace agreement”, Area C, now under Israeli control, is up for grabs. The Arabs would get 97 percent of the Biblical heartland. Everybody knows, “peace” means destroying dozens of “settlements” in Area C.
There are discussion of leaving only a military presence in the Jordan Valley, Israel’s gate to the terrorists’ eastland.
The Golan Heights is the only region liberated in 1967 which has not been seriously endangered by the Israeli leadership. For the moment, that is, since even Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once seemed willing to give it up to Damascus.
Am I wrong?
Now I read of the temporary withdrawal of most of the Israelis living in the Gazan belt. A full 70 per cent of the 30,000 Israelis in that area have abandoned it for more secure villages and cities. Can Israel provide them with security so that they will return?
It is like the fallen Bar Lev line, the Israeli Maginot built along the Suez Canal and overwhelmed by the Egyptians in 1973. Built after 1967, a symbol of heroism and steadfastness, that line had become the symbol of collapse.
The Israeli south has also collapsed.
Israel is getting smaller and smaller and smaller. Meanwhile, housing prices in Tel Aviv are increasing. In the Polish ghettos there was also a high demand for rooms.
I fear for Israel.