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Op-Ed: The Vision of the Undivided Land

Zeev Jabotinsky liked to recall for his listeners and readers the lesson of the Judgment of Solomon: If one says, "It is all mine," and the other says, "Half of it is mine," the one who says "Half of it is mine" has lost from the outset. It would appear today that so very many have forgotten this basic principle.
Published: Sunday, May 04, 2003 10:08 AM


Zeev Jabotinsky liked to recall for his listeners and readers the lesson of the Judgment of Solomon: If one says, "It is all mine," and the other says, "Half of it is mine," the one who says "Half of it is mine" has lost from the outset. It would appear today that so very many have forgotten this basic principle.

A new and worrying phenomenon has recently emerged. Public figures, who are supposed to represent the national camp, and take a resolute stance regarding the right of the people of Israel to all the Land of Israel, are proposing in media interviews all manner of strange solutions to the Israeli-Arab conflict. All the solutions that they put forth include a willingness to make concessions, of whatever sort, to the Arabs in Judea, Samaria, and the Gaza District.

I am not speaking only about individuals such as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and other central Likud members, who, already for some time, have betrayed the platform that they are supposed to represent, and went over to the camp of the extreme left, which calls for the establishment of an Arab-Palestinian state to the west of the Jordan. The sickness of pragmatism, the weakness of their ideology, and the loss of faith in the justness of our cause have also overcome some people who are supposed to be more hawkish than the Likud, such as Minister of Social Welfare Zevulun Orlev (NRP) and certain members of Moetset Yesha (the Council of Jewish Settlements in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza).

Minister Orlev surprised his audience in an interview on IDF Radio when he expressed his willingness to waive Israeli sovereignty in areas "A" (areas in Judea, Samaria and Gaza currently occupied by the PA) and for the establishment of a Palestinian state in those areas. Certain members of Moetset Yesha also left us with our mouths gaping in surprise when, a few days ago, they proposed "an alternative political plan to the Road map" that includes the establishment of Israeli and Palestinian cantons, and self-rule for the Arabs of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza - a sort of "partition" plan that, de facto, resigns itself to the loss of the "A" areas. Although the Moetset Yesha plan calls for overall Israeli sovereignty and Israeli security responsibility, on the ground, their partition plan is already interpreted by the Left and the media in Israel as consent by the Council for a broad territorial compromise in the very heart of Eretz Israel, even if this was not their initial intent.

Those public figures who propose concessions in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza must know that with these statements, they lose their standing as the representatives of the national camp, and join the tired, weak, and defeatist camp of the Left. As it was stated by the mayor of Efrat, who was one of those who immediately understood the dangers inherent in the partition plan of the Council of Jewish Settlements in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza: "This entire plan is a mistake. The Council of Jewish Settlements in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza need not become involved with political plans that entail compromise. We must fill the role of those who are 'crazy' about Eretz Israel. If others want to offer compromise plans, let them do so. As for us - our task is to strengthen our possession of the entire Land of Israel."

The ideological national camp must raise its voice in protest against Moetset Yesha's partition plan, or any other talk about concessions that divide Eretz Israel. We must proclaim that the vision of "Erets Yisrael Hashlema" (the undivided Land of Israel) is alive and well, and if some of those supposed to represent this ideology have grown tired, others will come in their place and fill their role.

They shall inform the entire world:
* all of Eretz Israel belongs to the people of Israel, in accordance with the Torah of Israel;
* no Jew is entitled to give away even a single bit of Eretz Israel;
* the murderous PLO Authority, and the other terrorist organizations, must be eliminated, and all their supporters must be expelled;
* the State of Israel must impose Jewish sovereignty over all of Judea, Samaria, and the Gaza District, and return to ruling everywhere. "Autonomy" or "self-rule" for the Arabs is not acceptable, neither for ideological reasons, nor for ones of security (controlling the civil life of the Arabs prevents terror and brings security). At the same time, the State of Israel - instead of formulating plans to deport Jews from Eretz Israel - should prepare a program for the repatriation of the Arabs to the Arab countries;
* the State of Israel must continue to realize the Zionist vision of the establishment of Jewish settlements everywhere in the Land of Israel. The fact that we are dwelling today in Elon Moreh does not mean that we have given up on Jewish settlement in Shechem. And the same is true for the other cities that are currently under Arab occupation (Bethlehem, Hebron, Jericho, and the others).

We must remind ourselves and the leaders of the national camp of the words of the late Dr. Yisrael Eldad, z"l, a true leader who never compromised, and never gave up:

"How will the non-Jewish peoples of the world be convinced that Hebron and Shechem are not occupied by us, and that we are not foreign rulers there, if the Israeli ?intelligentsia?, government ministers in Israel, parties in Israel, and even leaders who are called ?hawks?, speak about ?occupied? territories, about the willingness to withdraw, and, in the best tradition of the foreign and cruel British rule, prevent the settlement of Jews in Hebron, in Shechem, and in central areas of Eretz Israel? How shall we explain to the non-Jewish peoples of the world, when we have not explained it to ourselves? [...]There is a need for a Zionist primer. Certain professors and government ministers, too, must be sent to kindergarten, to be taught the old songs of Zion, if they do not yet feel that our activity here is still the War of Independence of the Jewish people and the Jewish land. [...]Let us explain to ourselves, and from ourselves to the world. The explanatory effort of the Jewish people shall be that complete Zionism, and Israel as well, are instruments of its complete Redemption. Just so, speaking clearly, without stuttering or ?formulation?: the complete Redemption of Israel from which there is no withdrawal." (Yisrael Eldad, Dagesh Hazak [Strong Accent], pp. 148-49)
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Nadia Matar is co-Chairwoman of Women in Green (Women for Israel?s Tomorrow). She hosts a radio program on Arutz Sheva -Israel National Radio, which can be heard on-line at http://www.a7.org/metafiles/asx/shows/nadia.asx.