"Painful" Concessions

In recent years, one of the mantras heard so often in Israel is the insistence that Israel must make painful concessions for peace. Naturally, in all cases, those demanding the painful concessions have been incapable of delivering any peace.

Prof. Steven Plaut,

In recent years, one of the mantras heard so often in Israel is the insistence that Israel must make painful concessions for peace. Naturally, in all cases, those demanding the painful concessions have been incapable of delivering any peace.

The "Land for Peace" concept was always a fantasy of Israeli politicians. It was never the Arab position. Israeli politicians deluded themselves into believing that Israel could buy peace by giving up lands. The Arab position was that Israel should give up land in order to be dismembered and easier to finish off and annihilate.

But it is not the fallacy of purchasing peace with "painful concessions" that I wish to contest here.

It has been asserted so often and in such Pavlovian repetition that those proposing the swap of land for peace regard the loss of the land as "painful" that virtually no one today challenges the idea. In fact, those demanding painful concessions for peace do not regard those concessions as painful at all.

Let me clarify. Whatever the positions of the Likud leadership, and I personally am not sure they believe in anything at all, the rank and file of people who vote for the Likud would indeed find it "painful", excruciatingly so, for Israel to lose control over Judea and Samaria, and they would find it completely unbearable for the Old City of Jerusalem to be turned over to the PLO barbarians. I do not doubt the authenticity of their pain.

I do completely doubt the authenticity of the "pain" postured by the Israeli Left, including the Labor Party and Meretz. I do not believe they would regard Israeli loss of Jerusalem and of the West Bank as painful. I believe they would regard those losses with ecstasy.

Their ecstasy at the idea of Israel losing the West Bank and Jerusalem is not because they actually think such losses will buy peace. The past decade of Oslo is more than sufficient to prove to the most deluded leftist that it will not do so. The Left no longer sincerely thinks it will buy peace with these Israeli concessions. It wants those concessions in spite of the fact that they will not buy peace.

The Left wants Israel to give up the West Bank and Jerusalem because the Left thinks it is the proper thing to do. It is irrelevant whether the concessions buy peace. That is why the Left continues to demand Israeli abandonment of the West Bank and Jerusalem even as Palestinian atrocities accelerate. The Left wants Israel to give up these territories because the Left finds their loss a source of ecstasy.

The reason why the Left seeks to force Israel to lose Jerusalem and the West Bank is that these areas stand in the way of the Left's dream of divorcing Israeliness from its Jewish roots. The Left seeks to create a new being - an Israeli, but a "Canaanized" Israeli, a post-Jewish Israeli. He could be an Israeli who might light Hannuka candles and pay lip service to Jewish traditions, just as long as he never takes his Jewishness too seriously. The Israeli that the Left wishes to engineer has no real connection with Jewishness. Arabs and Druse can become these Canaanized Israelis as easily as Jews, which is how the Left thinks the war will be resolved.

But Jerusalem stands in their way. Jerusalem is the center of the Jewish universe, but not the universe for the Canaanized Israeli. The post-Jewish Israeli does not need Jerusalem. Indeed, it is a nuisance, a barrier to driving the herd to its post-modernist cosmopolitan demise. The West Bank is also an impediment, what with its Cave of the Patriarchs, Joseph's Tomb, Beth-El and Shiloh. It oozes Jewishness, and that is what offends those seeking to engineer the Canaanized Israeli.

Abandoning these territories causes excruciating pain to Israelis who feel Jewish, and that is a large part of why the Left wishes Israel to lose them. The Left does not want to torment Hamas terrorists nor Tanzim stormtroopers, but dreams of tormenting Jewish Jews.

That being the case, the Left needs Israel to lose those territories to promote the Left's social engineering agenda. The Palestinians have nothing to do with it. The Left could not care less whether the Palestinians will indeed reduce their terror and savagery if they are awarded Jerusalem. The Left's slogan and bumper sticker has long been: Get out of the Territories for Israel?s sake. For Israel's sake? For the sake of the post-Jewish Israeli the Left seeks to engineer and clone.

And that is why removing Israel and Jews from the West Bank and from the Western Wall and the Old City of Jerusalem are hardly matters of pain for the Left. They are matters of the ultimate joy.



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