The Challenge of the New Year

Prevent the next withdrawal.

David Bedein

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This is the second stage of the withdrawal map that was approved by the government of Israel in February of 2005,
No Israeli government decision was ever taken to hand over confiscated assets of Jews to their murderers.
to follow the withdrawal from Gaza in the summer of that year. Natan Sharansky, Binyamin Netanyahu and the Shas party were all part of the government until the summer.

The task ahead in the new year is to prevent the implementation of that map.

The condition for any withdrawal, according to clause five of the Disengagement plan, was that the evacuated areas not be handed over for the use of terrorists, which is precisely what happened in Gaza. The government of Israel, in its June 6, 2004, decision to ratify the final version of the Disengagement Law, enacted a vital provision which forbids the government of Israel from handing over any confiscated Jewish assets to terrorists. That provision, in clause seven, declared that Israel will transfer "facilities, including industrial, commercial and agricultural ones, to a third, international party which will put them to use for the benefit of the Palestinian population that is not involved in terror...."

Despite that clear Israeli cabinet decision, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon defied the law of his own government and transferred confiscated Jewish assets to the World Bank, and then to the Palestinians in an arrangement that eliminated the words, "not involved in terror."

Indeed, in the June 2004 monograph signed by then-World Bank president James Wolfensohn and presented to Israel and the PLO, entitled "Disengagement, Palestinian Economy and the Settlements," all confiscated settlement assets were to be transferred to the Palestinian Authority, without any prerequisite that those who receive the assets have not been involved in terrorism. The words, "not involved in terror," simply do not appear.

On August 14, 2005, the day before Israel's hand over of land was about to commence, a headline in the Jerusalem Post indicated that the Palestinian Authority invited armed terror militias from Lebanon to take up position in the abandoned settlements that Israel was about to cede. Indeed, the Palestinian Authority used any newly acquired strategic assets to mount a new war of terror against all of Israel. But no Israeli government decision was ever taken to hand over confiscated assets of Jews to their murderers. Precisely the opposite was the case.
The Bush Administration has dictated to Ehud Olmert, Tzipi Livni and to Netanyahu.

The policy of the government of Israel to hand over vital assets to terrorists represented a gross violation of a policy decision taken by the democratically elected government of Israel.

Now, the Israeli government intends to repeat that violation and to sell it to the world as the implementation of a policy that was enacted by the democratically elected leadership of Israel.

The implementation of the above post-Disengagement map means that Israel will expel the Jews from Hevron, Tekoa, Nokdim, Ofra, Beit El, the entire Jordan Valley and more, while placing the entire state of Israel within rocket range of strategically placed missiles. That includes the airport, Jerusalem and, of course, Efrat and what would be left of Gush Etzion.

The Bush Administration has dictated to Ehud Olmert, Tzipi Livni and to Netanyahu to implement this second stage by January 1, 2009.

How this plan will be stopped remains the challenge of the new year.