The Day After

If Sharon's plan to expel Jews from Gaza fails, no Israeli government thereafter will pursue this iniquitous policy. The defeat of Sharon means the end of "territory for peace" - the folly and moral cowardice that have drenched Israel in Jewish blood.

Prof. Paul Eidelberg,

Paul Eidelberg
Paul Eidelberg
PR
Despite his plan to block the roads to Gush Katif two weeks before 2,000 of his storm-troopers forcefully expel Gaza's Jewish residents, there are good reasons to believe that Israel's dictator, Ariel Sharon, will fail ignominiously. The question is: what will follow?

If Sharon's plan to expel Jews from Gaza fails, no Israeli government thereafter will pursue this iniquitous policy. The defeat of Sharon means the end of "territory for peace" - the folly and moral cowardice that have drenched Israel in Jewish blood. The defeat of Sharon means the defeat of the Left, the end of post-Zionism and its betrayal of the Jewish heritage. The defeat of Sharon heralds the restoration of Jewish national pride. A political revolution would then be at hand. So, what must be done now to prepare for that revolution?

The defeat of Sharon will throw the country (as well as the West) into disarray. Hence a shadow government must now be organized and be ready to assume leadership once the Sharon government falls. Otherwise, the same decadent politicians will remain in power, thanks to the existing system of government: a democratically elected dictatorship.

This shadow government must have ten or more committees that parallel government ministries. Each committee must be headed by a professional of impeccable character either well known to a significant part of the public, or readily acceptable to the public when endorsed by such personalities. The shadow government must therefore be capable - one way or another - of reaching the public.

The shadow government must have in place what is most lacking in Israel, namely, a constitution - one based on solid Jewish and democratic foundations, in that order of priority.

The defeat of Sharon will obviously result in new elections. The shadow government will surface as a Constitutional Party that will advocate:

(1) A presidential form of government to replace the present inept, divisive and corrupt system of multi-party cabinet government;

(2) A parliament designed to ensure the political primacy of Israel's Jewish population, a parliament whose members will be individually elected by and accountable to the voters in constituency elections;

(3) A Supreme Court whose members will be nominated by the president with the advice and consent of the parliament.

For the first time, Israel will have a system of institutional checks and balances, a precondition of the rule of law.

The Jewish identity the state - its raison d'etre - will be paramount. Its laws will secure the civil and religious rights of all citizens.

The Palestinian Authority and its entire terrorist network will be uprooted. A seven-year plan will be initiated to dramatically increase the Jewish population of Judea, Samaria and Gaza, on the one hand, and to significantly diminish, by various inducements, the Arab population on the other.

The defeat of Sharon will not only relegate the Left to the political wilderness. The religious parties will be cleansed. No longer will they play the shoddy game of sectarian politics in the formation of a government, for now the president's cabinet will no longer consist of members of parliament, of rival party leaders. Only a presidential system of government can possess the political unity essential to national unity. Only such a government can pursue a coherent and resolute national strategy and thus be capable of withstanding international pressure.

Such a government will have a Jewish president capable of winning the respect and support of the vast majority of the Jewish people. Such a president will also win the respect and support of countless Christians who know, better than many Jews, that we are engaged in a clash of civilizations whose ultimate outcome depends on maintaining the territorial, as well as spiritual, integrity of the Jewish state. Indeed, it can readily be shown that a truncated and demoralized Israel - the inevitable result of the Sharon plan - would undermine the United States in its war against militant Islam.

The Sharon plan can be defeated. But we must not wait for its defeat to prepare the ground for a new system of government. Sharon's treachery can be a blessing in disguise, for its defeat opens the possibility of a New Israel.


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