A 'Dear Rabbi' Comment

Yisrael Medad,

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Yisrael Medad
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 was Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center. I am now Deputy Editor of the critical edition in anthology of Jabotinsky's writing in English.

The Rabbi is John L. Rosove who assumed his clerical duties as Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel of Hollywood in November 1988 and my comment was left at his LA Jewish Journal blog.

He argued there for a two-state solution.

Here is my comment:

The Rabbi writes: "President Rivlin's plan is for an inherently unequal confederation. The problems in the plan include how to keep Jewish national zealots from building more settlements in the new state of Palestine".

Let's turn this around a bit.

Palestine, when it exists: can Jews live there? Can they build homes? Or, put in another way, can they be at least like the Arabs within Israel? For if not, and the Rabbi knows that will and cannot be, he is a liberal, perhaps even a progressive, who wants to establish yet another dictatorial entity of religious fundamentalism and rampant violence and for what? To assuage his political outlook?

Try referring to Arab residency locations in Israel as "settlements" to understand how hollow the Rabbi's argumentation is.

The two state solution was proposed in 1922 when Transjordan was removed from the Mandate for the reconstitution of the historic Jewish national home. Again in 1937 as the first real Partition proposal and again as a UN partition plan in 1947. Autonomy of Menachem Begin was refused. Ehud Olmert's (and Ehud Barak's plan before him) to withdraw to over 97% was rejected. A moratorium on construction in the Jewish communities was not addressed by the Arabs.

Why won't the Rabbi realize he and his friends are wrong, that Arab intentions are not territorial to any extent but very existential, that is, Israel's existence anywhere is the problem and that creating a second Arab state in Palestine will become a Hamastan like Gaza and a huge security threat? All he does is undermine Israel's standing and position.

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