What Occupation is on Your Mind?

In a sense, I'm also against "occupation."

Batya Medad,

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Honestly, the thing occupying my mind at this time is the birth of a grandson, but this article is about something else.

This past Friday I was in Jerusalem visiting with my parents. They're staying at the Kings
In May 1967, Israel was threatened with destruction by Egypt and Syria.
Hotel, which is located at Kikar Tzarfat, which is known as Paris Square in English. It is near the Prime Minister's Residence. That little square is the location of a weekly demonstration by the Women in Black, who had little signs saying, "End the Occupation." It's a very professional group and the media love them.

What they refer to as "occupation" is the present "non-status" of Judea and Samaria. When the Six Day War ended, Israel found itself with riches in land beyond its dreams. Yes, your average Israeli never dreamt of expanding the country. Your average Israeli didn't dream of Rachel's Tomb in nearby Beit Lechem (Bethlehem), the Machpeila Cave in Hevron, Josef's Tomb in Shechem, nor the site of the Tabernacle in Shiloh. Some of those who had been forced out of Gush Etzion dreamed of going back, but most were busy with their daily struggles and repressing the nightmares. The Kotel (Western Wall) was more of a magnet, as brave Jews gathered where they could take maybe a little peak and imagine that they had seen something.

The kibbutz farmers knew that Syria was using the Golan to attack them, but they just wanted to work their fields in peace. Jerusalem was the country's capital, but it was poor and dangerous, being on the border. Snipers weren't a rarity.

As small as the country actually was - private cars were so rare they were drafted into military service - the country seemed enormous to the struggling population. Until the late 1970s, people waited as long as seven years, in the major cities, to get phone lines. Today, Israel is one of the most technologically advanced countries. It's probably hard for many of you to imagine what pre-Six-Days-War Israel was like.

In May 1967, Israel was threatened with destruction by Egypt and Syria. The United Nations quickly withdrew its peace-keeping forces, which were supposed to protect Israel. The country had no battle plan besides a dream of surviving the war. It never expected to end up with Jerusalem's Old City, the "other half" of Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, Sinai, Gaza, the Jordan Valley and our historic Biblical homeland, Judea and Samaria.
Basically, the government didn't know what to do and the "great thinkers" had an idea that the Arabs would be happy to trade with us. They thought that the Arabs would offer us peace for the lands we liberated in our war for survival.

So, instead of annexing the land and making it part of the State of Israel - as any other country would have and as many have done - we decided to "occupy" it until the Arabs would be willing to offer peace in exchange. Well, they haven't offered peace and, of course, you all know what we've gotten for our little "initiatives" and "samples" - terrorism and war.

In a sense, I'm also against "occupation." I don't think we should be "occupying" our land.
They thought that the Arabs would offer us peace for the lands we liberated.
I think it should all be officially incorporated into the State of Israel. Arabs who are willing the live here in peace and obey the laws can stay. Others can find new lives in one of the twenty-plus Arab states already in existence, or they can get visas to live in the US, Canada, New Zealand, or any place they want.

IMRA publicized a recent poll in which the Arabs of the Palestinian Authority were asked a number of questions, including one about the "main issue that makes you feel concerned." The results were:

34.7% - The economic hardship of my household.
19.8% - The absence of security for me and my family.
22.2% - The internal power struggle.
07.8% - The Israeli occupation.
04.9% - Family problems.
08.5% - I have no concerns.
02.2% - Missing.

To put it very simply, the Left is rather disengaged from the truth. Nothing new at all.