The <i>Yesha</I> Plan

Here is the place to remind you that the only political plan with which Moetset Yesha is charged is the excellent plan called "All of Eretz Israel belongs to the Jewish People of Israel, in accordance with the Torah of Israel and the Promise of the Lord of the Universe."

Nadia Matar,

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Nadia Matar
Arutz 7
[The following is a translation of Nadia?s Hebrew radio program of last week, broadcast on Arutz-7 Internet Radio.]

The members of Moetset Yesha (the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and Gaza) are our dear brethren, who labor day and night in the defense of the people of Israel, the Land of Israel, and the Torah of Israel. In the coming days, the Council will initiate two extremely important projects, in which we shall all participate and help to succeed: a campaign against the establishment of a Palestinian state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, and a campaign against the uprooting of settlements, that will include giving wide publicity to the statement by the Prime Minister against the uprooting of Netzarim. "Netzarim has the same standing as Negbah and Tel Aviv. The evacuation of Netzarim will only encourage terror and intensify the pressure against us." (Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, March 24, 2002)

Notwithstanding our esteem for the struggle waged by Moetset Yesha against Ariel Sharon's plans, scathing criticism should still be directed against the "political plan" that the Council, together with Rabbi Hanan Porat, is currently formulating, the general details of which appeared in the media this past week.

The plan was first presented to the Jewish people in the weekly Me'at Min Ha-Or sheet for the Torah portion of Lekh Lekha this year (November 8, 2003). Anyone who reads the plan without focusing on its details could erroneously think that this is a fine accomplishment. Its Basic Principles include what we all believe: "Eretz Israel belongs to the Jewish people throughout all time, and it will return to all its expanses, as was promised by God. Accordingly, the people of Israel shall strive for full sovereignty over all of Eretz Israel, and shall vigorously oppose the establishment in it of any foreign national entity." This sounds wonderful, but when we read further, we begin to understand that this is a document that is liable to turn into a disaster for all time, and we must hope that we have the ability to halt the composers of the plan, and to persuade them to shelve their program.

The following are the most problematic points in the program of Moetset Yesha:

(1) "Independent regional administrations of the Arab population will be established within six to ten districts throughout Judea, Samaria and Gaza."

"Independent administration" for the Arabs of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza ("autonomy" in plain English) is a mistake, and we must delete this idea from our national lexicon. We must understand that any autonomy given to a minority is the basis for a foreign national entity. As soon as you grant autonomy to a minority within the population, you are actually giving them the basis for their turning into a national entity and, worst of all, you are actually affording recognition to the national rights of that minority. For if this were not so, you would not give them autonomy.

For example: Moetset Yesha - or any other body in Israel, including any extreme Left organization - would not dream of granting autonomy to the hundreds of thousands of foreign workers who are in our country. If the foreign workers were to launch a violent intifada, with the demand to receive national rights from us, we would tell them that they have no right to our land, and that if they want to realize their national rights, they must return to their homeland. And we would continue to tell them this, even if, Heaven forbid, they would still be living here in another fifty years.

The same rules that apply to the foreign workers must also apply to the Arabs. Just as foreign workers do not have any national rights to Eretz Israel, so, too, the Arabs here have no national rights to our Land. We therefore cannot give them autonomy. As Rabbi Aviner wrote in a recent article, "No state in the world has autonomy for its minorities. In France, there are ten million Arabs - and they certainly will not receive autonomy. And similarly, in every county in the world, including the United States. If the minorities want a state - let them return to their land of origin."

(2) The plan of Moetset Yesha speaks of the "continuities"; that is, in addition to separation between Arabs and Jews by means of different administrative regions, transportation separation, as well, will come into being by implementing one transportation continuity for Arabs, and another transportation continuity for Jews. Such a system will enable free movement within each "continuity" from any one point to any other. That too would be a disaster.

We must understand that as soon as you acknowledge the need for a separate "Palestinian continuity," you are actually dividing the land, in terms of settlement. And so, you have de facto waived forever our right to settle in the Jewish areas that are currently under Arab occupation, such as Shechem (Nablus), Bethlehem, Jericho, Jenin and more. It is common knowledge that there are those in the national camp who have already abandoned the idea of Jewish settlement in these areas. These are small-minded people, lacking any vision and we cannot be drawn after them.

Twenty years ago, who would have believed that there would be Jewish settlement in Silwan? Now there is a blooming Jewish community there, and so it is with other places. We believe that, with God's help, Jews will yet return to live in Shechem, Jericho and Bethlehem, just as we returned to Beit El, Shiloh, and Hebron. The Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, cannot, and must not, formulate plans that, de facto, forgo our return to these locations.

(3) We are at war with the Arabs over this land. This is a national war, of one people against another. Our goal, therefore, must be to do everything so that the Arabs will feel that this is not their place, and that they would do better if they were to move their place of residence to the Arab countries.

Instead, Moetset Yesha comes with its plan and arranges everything for the Arabs, making life easier for them. And we ask: Why? Why help the Arabs to settle here, in our land? Things are happening throughout the world. We read that al-Qaida has reestablished itself, and promises to conduct mass terror attacks in the United States. Who knows what will happen in the coming months and years? Perhaps they will conduct a terror attack so horrifying that the American government will be forced to transfer the millions of Arabs in the United States back to the Arab lands? That would give us the possibility to finally do the same thing here. Why should we formulate plans that give the Arab enemy any national right to our land, and that make it more difficult for us to implement transfer in the future?

(4) Especially serious is the fact that it is Moetset Yesha - considered to be the standard-bearer of Eretz Israel Hashlema (the Land of Israel in its entirety) - that proposes a plan built on the ideology of the Israeli Left, and which fundamentally waives our rights to the entire Land.

We ask: Who entitled you to concoct such a plan? Let's be honest. In any event, no one will relate to the essential message of what you are saying, but will focus solely on your concessions. So then, why do this? And another question. Really, what is the difference between your plan and that of Yossi Beilin? Beilin abandoned the Temple Mount; and the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza intends to, de facto, abandon Shechem, Jericho and all the rest. Who appointed you to do this?

Here is the place to remind you that the only political plan with which Moetset Yesha is charged is the excellent plan called "All of Eretz Israel belongs to the Jewish People of Israel, in accordance with the Torah of Israel and the Promise of the Lord of the Universe."

We call upon you, our brethren in Moetset Yesha, to refrain from disastrous political plans. Let us work together, and struggle together, against the malicious plans of Ariel Sharon, and, with God's help, we shall prevail. Together we shall proclaim: "The vision of Eretz Israel Hashlema (All of Israel belongs to the Jews) is alive and well! Its bearers shall neither grow weary or fail. 'Hazak, hazak, ve-nithazek.' - 'Let us be strong and resolute for the sake of our people and the cities of our God!'" (II Samuel 10:12)