Why no indignation over challenges to our sovereignty?
Mark B. KaplanMark is the director of the Office for Israeli Constitutional Law (OFICL),...
At a time when there is supposed to be a peace treaty in effect between Israel and Jordan, we need to be clear that there are red lines. Jordan speaks freely about how they want to see the political map in the region look, but Israel refuses to rock the boat by standing its ground.
According to an Arutz Sheva story: Jordan Returns Rivlin's New Year's Greeting...Why? Because it mentioned the capital of Jerusalem.
“The Jordanian Foreign Ministry called in Israeli ambassador Daniel Nevo to protest the content of the greeting. “
Excuse me, but, enough is enough, Jerusalem belongs as an eternal inheritance for the Jewish People, it is not up for negotiation. Neither the Torah, Israeli Law, nor international law allows it to be given away.
We should be protesting to Jordan over its official’s behavior which is much more than just an insult. We need to be firm and unyielding that they cannot act in such a manor or we will take diplomatic action.
We need to stand our ground. When we don’t, we are not only considered weak, but we are weak.
We risk becoming the Israeli version of what Martin Niemöller described of the intellectuals during the Holocaust:
First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak out because I was Protestant.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.
(oops, I just used Holocaust symbolism again. I know I will receive some nasty e-mails now)
The bottom line, folks—we must stand up for our rights and fight for their protection.
There is a process:
1) Self-identification We must first be aware of what our rights are and understand that no one can violate out rights. Government is given its authority in order to protect our rights, not violate those rights.
2) Interior education We must make sure that Israelis, Jews and supporters of Israel worldwide are educated about the inalienable Jewish right to all the Jewish National Home and that these rights and our lands are not negotiable nor are they up for grabs
3) Pressure on Israel’s Government As long as Netanyahu knows his premiership is safe, he will not change his policy. If he sees a genuine threat to his rule whether it be from Moshe Feiglin, Avigdor Leiberman, Tzipi Livni, or any other party (from whichever side of the political spectrum the threat comes) Bibi won’t change. We need to raise a political movement that can force Netanyahu to send Ehud Barak home, or we will send Netanyahu home.
4) Enforce limiting High Court powers to matters based on existing Law Awareness and pressure to keep political questions away from the High court, and only allow them to rule on strict interpretation of law. How is it that there is a different rule of law in YESHA then in the rest of Israel, when Israeli law (1948 Area of Jurisdiction and Powers Ordinance) requires all Eretz Yisrael/Palestine territory under Israeli control be treated equally?
5) Educate international Population The world needs to know we have rights and we won’t back down or allow our rights to be violated.
6) Back the demand with political and lawfare action Create a united political front to pass legislation to reinforce the rights of the Jewish People to Eretz Yisrael and fight the existing policy that violates the existing laws and use the legal system to fight the violations of Israeli law.