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|The War Against Israel: Exploiting Democracy to Disenfranchise the Jewish Nation
For decades, Israeli leadership was convinced that Israeli Arabs had undergone an Israelization process, characterized by intensified involvement with Israel and a diminishing Palestinian identity. Reality has upset their whole frame of reference. In the past decade, Israeli-Arab identification with Israel has undergone a steep decline, while their identification as Palestinians and the Palestinian Authority has soared. In tandem with this process, the demarcation between the realization of civil rights and the Palestinian national struggle has gradually blurred, manifesting in an agenda that imperils the continued existence of the State of Israel.
Another linchpin in Israeli-Arab policy is the concerted effort to abolish the Jewish-Zionist character of Israel and transform it into a "state of all its citizens" thus depriving Jews of their national rights, including the right for self-determination in a Jewish state. Concomitantly, they have conveyed their unequivocal demand to be recognized as a national minority with national rights, including autonomy. These demands create a zero sum game; capitulation would disenfranchise Jews and dismember Israel into a bi-national state.
The weapon of choice to achieve these goals is Democracy. The strategy adopted and implemented by Israeli-Arabs is to demonize Israel as anti-democratic while they are the true democrats. Within the framework of this credo, support for terrorist organizations bent on slaughtering Jews is democratic; the advocacy of the overthrow of the Israeli government is subsumed under the exercise of free speech; dismembering Israel and disenfranchising Jews is the realization of the Palestinian’s right for self-determination.
Standing at the forefront of the war against Israel's integrity are the Arab-Israeli Members of Knesset. Abusing both Israel's democratic ethos and Israeli laws, they have alienated the Israeli-Arab population from Israel and from its Jewish population, aligning them with the Palestinian Authority and its insidious stratagem to destroy the State of Israel.
Clearly, the Arab-Palestinian conflict transcends territorial and equalization issues, but rather relates to the core existence of the State of Israel as a Jewish, Zionist, Western and modern state in the heart of the Arab world.
CHAPTER 4 – Conclusions
To truly grasp the Israeli-Arab confrontation it must be perceived as a microcosm of a conflict that encapsulates issues that transcend Israel and have existential impact for the Western world. Analyzing the Israel-Arab conflict in isolation of its Islamic imperialistic underpinnings is to view the flow of events through tunnel vision. To ignore its ramifications for modern, democratic, Western and Eastern, societies is to be grossly negligent.
Defining the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a clash over borders is more than misleading; it is deceptive and dangerous as it leads to conclusions that not only do not resolve the conflict but also aggravate it and endanger the existence of the State of Israel. Trivializing the religious factors inherent in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an indication of ignorance and total absence of comprehension of what the real issues are surrounding the conflict. For Palestinians, the Israeli-Palestine conflict is only the territorial aspect of an unbridgeable dichotomous relationship between Islam and Judaism. It is an existential battle that can never be resolved by territorial concessions but only by the destruction of the State of Israel.
From this perspective, the conflict raises issues that strike to the heart of democracy and the very existence of the State of Israel. Do Israeli Arabs have the democratic right to support the goals and the strategies of the PLO? Does the inflammatory invective against Israel, its government, and Jewish citizens and against the IDF constitute sedition or merely the exercise of the right for free speech? Does support for terrorist organizations and for the murder of Jews constitute treason or is it a democratic right? As things stand, Israeli Arabs MKs assert that their support for the PLO terrorist regime and the devastating intifada unleashed upon Israel, is democratic, while squashing their espousal of the PLO's goals is undemocratic. This paper argues that such a stance turns democracy on his head; rather than protecting human rights, it condones mass murder.
Israeli-Arab leadership couches their condemnation of Israel's policy in terms of oppression and a struggle for equality. However, in essence, the crux of the oppression imputed to the State of Israel is that its Jewish-Zionist character is undemocratic and discriminatory towards the Arab minority. Thus, underlying the Israeli-Arab categorical demand for equality is the aim to disenfranchise the Jewish population of Israel. By demanding the eradication of the Jewish character of Israel, Israeli Arabs seek to abrogate the Jewish Nation's right to self-determination in their own independent state. The culmination of all these processes would be the reversal of the Zionist movement's gains; Jews will once more be stateless, dependent, defenseless and impotent, an easy target. Capitulation to these demands would create the conditions for the establishment of a Palestinian state from "sea to sea".
Here too, this paper argues that Israeli Arabs have turned democratic principles on their head; rather than assuring self-determination for all nations, it condones the abrogation of this right from the Jewish people.
In sum, Israeli Arab leadership, using and abusing democratic principles, is unrelentingly striving to achieve goals that jeopardize the very existence of the State of Israel.
CHAPTER 6 - Recommendations
Many of the problems examined in this policy paper are not only well known to the authorities, but they have the laws and the legal tools to deal effectively with phenomena that threaten the integrity of the State of Israel. The prevalence of infractions of the law in the Arab sector, and the proliferation of blatantly anti-Israel activities are the direct result of the authorities' failure to enforce the law.
1. Israel as a Jewish-Zionist State
Israel's essence as a Jewish and Zionist state must be anchored in law. Any person, organization or political party advocating the eradication of the Jewish and/or Zionist character of the State of Israel is to be declared illegal. Advocating the abolishment of Israel as a Jewish-Zionist state is to be deemed illegal and such groups or organizations shall be declared illegal.
Israel has the right to retain its identity, like any other state in the world. Jews have the democratic right for self-determination in their own state.
It is recommended that the all laws relating to incitement be enforced. It should be made clear that anti-Semitism is racism. Demonization of Jews, Judaism and Israel is against the law and the perpetrator will suffer the full weight of the law.
All laws relating to meetings with people and/or organizations that seek to destroy the State of Israel and/or endanger the existence of both the state and any of its citizens must be enforced. Leaders and members of all the various anti-Israel groups in the Palestinian Authority should not be allowed to enter Israel, let alone participate in anti-Israeli rallies.
Solidarity rallies with the enemies of Israel, who murder Israeli citizens and soldiers with impunity, must be outlawed and their organizers arrested. Support for the murder of Israelis and/or the destruction of Israel must be considered a crime and the perpetrator arrested and placed on trial.
Statements in support of organizations that call for the murder of Israeli citizens and soldiers and/or call for the destruction of the State of Israel must be considered to be treasonous and the perpetrator arrested and put on trial, even if an elected official.
3. Governmental Monitoring and Control Over Political Movements and Groups that Threaten the Integrity of the State of Israel
A democratic government cannot tolerate the establishment of a "state within a state" over which it has no supervision or control. A democracy cannot abide groups that plot, or even aspire to, its destruction. It is the right and the obligation of a democracy to protect itself and its citizens. Arising from this, the authorities must monitor the activities of the Islamic movement, and any other political movement that endangers the State of Israel. The purpose of this is to ensure that they do not lead to aspirations of separation from the State of Israel and to frustrate any attempts to create an affinity with groups or organizations that threaten the integrity of Israel. Anti-Israel and anti-Jewish incitement is to be outlawed and the perpetrator placed on trial. Groups or organizations disseminating anti-Jewish or anti-Israel propaganda are to be deemed illegal.
The history of the Jewish people is a history of plans and reports. The plan was God's command to Abraham to go to "the land that I will show you". The first report was the frightening and intimidating one presented to the Israelites in the desert.
However, Jews lived and prospered in the Land of Israel for nearly a thousand years. In 30 BCE, they lost their autonomy and became a protectorate of Rome.
Since then, they have been the ultimate refugee.
Modern Jewish history in the Land of Israel begins with the Mandate given to Britain, in 1922, by the League of Nations, to establish a homeland for the Jews. The British reneged on their commitments, and pursued the establishment of an Arab state.
In the interim, until the establishment of the State of Israel, commissions and reports characterized the relationship between Jews and the international community. Although the reports were inevitably detrimental to the Jews, the Jewish leadership bowed their heads and accepted everything.
The leadership did not follow in the footsteps of the illustrious leaders of the Jews, such as Moses, King David, and the leadership of the Sanhedrin. Instead, they emulated the Diaspora Jewish leadership, constantly fearful, inexorably subservient.
Little changed after the establishment of a sovereign Jewish state.
The rhetoric and the discourse surrounding the latest plans, from Oslo through Camp David, and, only recently, the Roadmap, were no different. Although these plans subordinate Jewish-Israeli interests to international interests, Israeli leadership capitulated, and accepted them. The Jew of the Diaspora was cloned in Israel.
In the March of Plans, an invariable right-left pattern of behavior was established: the Left proposes, the Right protests. Whenever the Right points out the flaws of the plan, the Left pulls out its trump card - so, do you have an alternative solution - and the Right retreats silently...
Recently a new plan hovers over Israel: The Beilin Geneva Understandings. However, there is also a new scenario. The Alon Plan out, which points at Jordan as the Palestinian State, out-trumps Beilin's plan. The Right can declare, with confidence and courage - we do have an alternative for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; an alternative that does not endanger the lives of millions of Israelis, nor threaten the existence of the State of Israel.
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