The Yesha Council: In the Service of Ariel Sharon?

Throughout the eleven years of Oslo opposition, the Judea, Samaria and Gaza (Yesha) Council has conformed to the Rabin/Federman strategy, to the letter.

David Bedein,

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There is only one thing that Ariel Sharon is afraid of: direct pressure on the Knesset, which on October 25th will approve or disapprove a symbolic vote of confidence in the Sharon Plan. That plan mandates Israeli withdrawal from Gush Katif and the northern Shomron, while providing renewed military training to the PLO armed forces.

Prime Minister Sharon counts on the people of Israel not to read his plan, which has nothing to do with "disengagement", and everything to do with empowering the PLO and Egypt.

To promote his plan, Prime Minister Sharon has adapted the precise strategy of his mentor, Yitzhak Rabin. (It should be recalled that Sharon had left the Likud in 1975 to become Rabin's security advisor.) Rabin's 1993 strategy was to portray his opposition as a tiny minority of people who are locked in to their ideology and their real estate. That "settler isolation" strategy was best articulated by PR expert Yekutiel Federman, former owner of the Dan Hotel Chain and former host and sponsor of Abie Nathan's Voice of Peace. Federman elucidated this approach on the pages of the now-defunct Al HaMishmar, the former paper of the Mapam party, back in October 1993, and advised Rabin that he should "isolate the 3%" of the population who live in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, and attack them personally.

Who will forget how Rabin suddenly referred to the 'settlers' as "propellers", which he promised to ignore?

Who will forget that Rabin hired Avishai Raviv to portray himself as a 'settler' and make every possible threat?

Yet, throughout the eleven years of Oslo opposition, the Judea, Samaria and Gaza (Yesha) Council has conformed to the Rabin/Federman strategy, to the letter.

On October 14th, in demonstrations organized throughout Israel, the Yesha Council once again provided a service to the Prime Minister of Israel by not encouraging pressure on the Knesset and by not stressing the all-important Clause Five of the Sharon Plan, which mandates renewed military training for the PLO. Instead, the Yesha Council strategy is based on one banal idea: that sentiments for the people in Katif will win the day.

Meanwhile, the Yesha Council demonstrations made no mention of the threat of the Sharon Plan to S'derot and the western Negev, and the threat of the Sharon Plan to the coastal region. In other words, the Yesha Council "forgot" to stress that the Sharon Plan represents a threat to all of Am Yisrael, and not only to Katif or the Shomron.

Moreover, to further neutralize any possible effective follow-up that could have come from these demonstrations, the Yesha Council did not stress to the thousands of people who came out to demonstrate that decisions in Israel are made in the Knesset, and that is where the pressure must be placed.

Thousands of people flooding the Knesset with the demand that Israel not renew the military training of the PLO would affect members of the Knesset, especially if the loved ones of those who have been murdered or maimed by the PLO made that demand. Thousands of people flooding the Knesset with the demand for the immediate arrest and/or execution of Muhammad Dahlan would affect members of the Knesset, especially if Dahlan's victims made that demand. Thousands of people flooding the Knesset with the demand for that Israel cease military cooperation with the Egyptian army would have an effect, especially if military experts made that demand. Thousands of people flooding the Knesset with the demand that the government of Israel defeat the PLO instead of appease the PLO would also have an effect.

Yet, some people in the Yesha Council may actually believe that if rabbis ask their students and followers in the IDF to not participate in the removal of residents from their Gush Katif and Shomron homes, this will help stop the process. Do people in the Yesha Council not know that rabbis of Israel do not control the minds and hearts of all of the people of Israel? Indeed, would it not be logical for the IDF to form a special "volunteer unit" of IDF troops who emanate from Bedouin, Druze and non-Jewish Ukranian background, who would be given the responsibility of forcible removal of Jews?

The time has come for people to understand that the Yesha Council has adopted a strategy that is in effect the greatest asset for Ariel Sharon. Every time the Yesha Council uses the word "disengagement", they serve the purpose of Prime Minister Sharon, who wants Am Yisrael to think that this is a "disengagement" from Gaza; whereas, ten clauses of his plan serve simply to empower the PLO, whose purpose continues to be the annihilation of the state and people of Israel, albeit in stages. Good morning, Sudetenland.

In the days remaining until the crucial Knesset vote on October 25th, the issues that should be brought to the attention of the members of the Knesset concern every clause of the Sharon Plan, which threatens the lives of all of the people of Israel. These are matters that should be communicated to every MK of the Likud, Shas, National Religious Party and United Torah Judaism, not only to Shabbat dinner guests.

If the discussions about the Sharon Plan are left to dwell on sentiments for the people and sand of Gush Katif, the matter is doomed.

Notes:

To view the Sharon Plan and side comments, click here.

To view an analysis of the Sharon Plan, click here.

To understand how Sharon plans to arm the enemy, click here.

To read about who stands to profit from the Sharon Plan, click here.

And to read about how the Sharon Plan represents a violation of human rights, click here.




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