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Life Lessons with Judy Simon
I am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren, since 1981, having come on Aliyah in 1970. I have served in a volunteer capacity as a Yesha Council spokesperson, twice a member of Amana's secretariat, Benjamin Regional Council plenum member and mayor of Shiloh. I was a parliamentary aide for Geula Cohen and two other MKs, an advisor to a Minister, vice-chairman and executive director of Israel's Media Watch and currently, am Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, interviewed for an upcoming Canadian TV broadcast, on the occasion of Canad'a state visit of PM Harper, was quoted as saying the following to the interviewer, CTV’s Lisa LaFlamme:
“...Now in the Palestinian state, the way its being contemplated, no Jew can live there, it has to be Jew free, ethnic cleansing...they can’t contemplate Jews living there.”
“I think the issue of settlements will be resolved, the question of the territories, in general, will be resolved in the negotiations...“It’s not about settlements, it’s not about territory, and it’s not even about a Palestinian state, which we agreed right from the start to recognize. It’s about a Jewish state...they’re not willing to recognize the Jewish state, the nation state of the Jewish people. There’s something wrong there.”
Of course Netanyahu is correct but it is worse than that.
It is not only the negating of the Jewish national ethos. It is not what I term Palestinianism, which is the "Disinventivity Model of Nationalism". What it is is a theological-rooted denial of the Jew as a Jew.
As explained, since we didn't "get the job done', we are no longer the 'Chosen People'. That is just an echo of the Christian view - and we know where that led.
Despite attempts otherwise, the Quranic verses are quite negative about the Jews, in a religious, personal and national view. Sura 47, in particular, are quite clear on the subject. And as even Benny Morris concluded, after decades of research, the Arav opposition to Zionism was couched in Islamist Jihadi conceptualization:
If until now the War of Independence was characterized as a "territorial struggle between two national groups or a political battle with a military façade," in his new book, Morris claims that the facts necessitate a different assessment: "The War of Independence was a jihad—an Islamic holy war" as well as a territorial and political war.
Lamm: You mean a religious war from square one?
Morris: What I discovered in the documentation relating to the war, at least from the Arab side, was that the war had a religious character, that the central element in the war was an imperative to launch jihad. There were other imperatives of course, political and others—but the most important from the enemy's perspective was the element of the infidels who had the nerve to take control over sacred Muslim lands and the need to uproot them from there. The decisive majority in the Arab world saw the war first and foremost as a holy war, but until today historians have not examined the documentation that proves this. In my view, they have also ignored Arab rhetoric of the day, which universally included religious hatred against the Jews, because they thought the Arabs adopted this as normal speech that did not emanate from deep mental resources. They thought this was something superficial, that everyone talked like this. But I am positive the Arab spokesmen in 1948 did go beyond this and clearly and explicitly talked about jihad...
It is difficult to verbalize that to audiences who presume we're saying such things either to cover up our own "price tag' actions or we're just crazy. But a way must be found to sharpen the message, to clarify to our friends and those who still prefer to be more comfortable with anti-Semitism that the Arab hostility is not based on what we do in "their Palestine" but on who we are in relation to their religion.