Peace Now died last month, when Israel’s leftist anti-"settlement" group won the battle to expel children and families from their homes in Migron.
The High Court’s decision to evacuate the Jewish town was based on a Peace Now petition, arguing that the community had been built on “private Palestinian land” (despite the fact that up until this point every Arab who tried to prove ownership in court was thrown out in disgrace).
Peace Now represents a negligible minority in the marginal leftist fringe of the Israeli society.
But it’s winning the battle to dismantle Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.
Cyclically, Peace Now has been pronounced dead.
Its ideological gospel over the years had been simple: the Arabs are totally committed to reconciliation with the Jews, all that prevents this wonderful agreement is Israel’s refusal to withdraw from the territories, including east Jerusalem, and to demolish the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.
The group invented Israel’s most successful political slogan: “Peace Now”.
Under its pressure, Israel signed the disastrous Oslo Accords.
Under the continuing pressure of the same people and slogan, Ehud Barak went to Camp David (ordinary Israelis know what has followed since then and understand clearly how dangerous the entire concept of “Peace Now” has been since the late 1970s).
Peace Now then tried to create a Brit Yonit, a “Dovish Covenant” which would include the entire Left, both parliamentary and extra-parliamentary. They failed.
Then after two decades of advocating “a negotiated settlement with the 'Palestinians'”, the group changed strategy and began demanding a unilateral withdrawal from Judea and Samaria, which means the eviction of over 400.000 Jews and the destruction of entire cities and towns.
The ocean of Jewish blood and tears of the Second Intifada buried Peace Now’s illusion along with those of other extreme leftist groups such as Meretz, Gush Shalom, haKibbutz haArtzi, Netivot Shalom, Forum of Bereaved Parents, Democratic Choice and Students Draw a Border.
But after the collapse of the Oslo process, Peace Now had to find itself a new holy vessel - or cease to exist: that is when it invented “the land owners’ myth”.
It is part of their primitive view of history, a world divided between the good guys - the Arabs - and the bad guys – the "settlers". The “real thing” for them is not implementing “the rule of law”, neither is it the issue of Arab land rights.
Rather, they just want to see Israeli soldiers and policemen bashing Israeli mothers and children with batons, a repeat of what happened in Amona. Young children and babies thrown out of their beds at 2 a.m., in the freezing cold while expelling families from their homes. Brave mothers treated criminally.
A legal pogrom of Jews against Jews.
It will be a disgrace if thousands of brave Jewish families pay for Peace Now’s peace of shame.