Zionists – get your act together, and fast!

Zalmi Unsdorfer,

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Zalmi Unsdorfer
A Religious Zionist who advocates for Israel as a writer, TV & panel commentator. Chair of Likud-UK, he supports Jewish resettlement in all of the Jewish homeland, Eretz Israel. He regularly tweets @zalmiu...

The question of this election is not who will answer the phone in Jerusalem at three in the morning - but which Prime Minister will answer a phone call from Washington …”.

These are the words of Tzipi Livni; wayward daughter of the only married couple of two of the bravest commanders in the Irgun of 1948. On their tombstone is depicted a map of Greater Israel with the words: “Both Sides of the Jordan”.

This latest Livni outburst reminded me of a dark time just over 40 years ago. It was dark because the lights went out, all over Britain. I can hardly believe the law which was enacted at that time – that people could only work 3-days a week.

It was a state of emergency caused by a prolonged strike by the hard-left union of mineworkers. Led by a militant communist, they enlisted brotherly support from transport and other workers’ unions, and literally brought the country to a standstill.  

The Tory prime minister of the day was Edward Heath, and when he could stand it no longer, he called a snap election on the simple question: “Who runs this country … Government or Unions?”.

He lost.

The beleaguered British public voted for the easy option: to elect the Labor party candidate, Harold Wilson who promised to make a deal with the union bosses and ‘put Britain back to work’.  We all know what deals are done under union blackmail. After printing enough banknotes, Britain went into a decline which was reversed only after Margaret Thatcher came to power and finally vanquished union tyranny.

In a very similar way, Livni’s statement sums up this year’s election question:

“Who governs Israel … the Zionists or the Americans?”

Like strikebound Britons, the Israeli public is equally weary after a rocket war which this time reached even the hallowed leftist enclaves of Tel Aviv. They are fed up with the UN censures, the EU boycotts and daily defamation in foreign media.  Livini’s leftist camp senses that people are ready to take the easy way out. To do a deal with Obama and the EU. Give up some land and sovereignty and live a normal life.

Livni may be a political opportunist whose parents would likely disown her. But she is not stupid. She knows perfectly well that giving up more of our Land of Israel to the Arabs is like throwing ever more meat to a lion in hopes it will become a vegetarian. But for her it is all about being prime minister and wanting to be adored and feted in Washington and the capitals of Europe.

The Zionist camp cannot risk losing the vote on this most fundamental question. Unlike the British election of 1974, the easy way out is not about printing banknotes, but about endangering Israel’s very existence. It’s about inviting more terror from narrower borders and empowering our enemies to demand ever more concessions until we are finally extinct as a nation.

In these troubled times, not a day goes by without news of one Muslim group attacking another in the Arab world. They are at each others' throats day and night.  How ironic it is, that the only place Arabs have been able to unite is in Israel, and this election process. Their three Knesset parties have formed a joint list which is currently polling at 11 seats in the new parliament.

Could it be that Arabs will hold the balance of power in a vote to oust tens of thousands of Jews from their homes in the Shomron?  Or to vote our IDF forces out of our mortally critical Jordan Valley? Perish that thought!

Zionists and the splintering parties of the Right need for once to take a leaf out of the Arab playbook and get their act together … and fast!



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