miss Arik. Not Sharon, but Arik Einstein
and the “Good Old Eretz Yisrael (Land of Israel)” songs that an entire country
grew up with, the Arik that put out an album in 1971 with Miki Gavrielov, “On
Avigdor’s Lawn”. Those were the days, my
Avigdor’s lawn, this time Avigdor Lieberman’s, the Eretz Yisrael tunes have
changed. No more good old Eretz Yisrael,
but an Eretz Yisrael that still has not internalized the fact that orange (the
color adopted by the settlers) is not blue-white (the colors chosen by an
same dream team that brought us “two banks to the Jordan river” had no idea
that its ideology would be kidnapped by religious leaders that fear no
God. The former did not understand the
link between demography, democracy and the continued existence of the Jewish
State. The kidnappers simply never
enable us to keep all of the Eretz (at least the parts currently in our hands)
and also preserve a country that is both Jewish and democratic, the ideological
descendants of the dreamers came up with the infamous “transfer” idea. But what to do when the world is no longer
the same place that it was in earlier centuries? Someone forgot to tell the dreamy descendents
that what the Europeans did in their colonies and the Americans to the Indians
is no longer an integral part of Western civilization – and it is highly
recommended that those who want continued supply of F16i’s for our defense
register this little detail in their minds.
The religious kidnappers of the dream, of course, see other defense
alternatives in the sky to F16i’s.
Lieberman understood the problem and came up with a solution. Another brilliant idea from our oversized
guild of politicians incapable of seeing beyond their noses. As he wrote in Maariv on August 5th,
“we propose that the border be moved so that the residents of Um El-Fahm will
live on its eastern side” in exchange for Gush Etzion, Ariel, etc.
brilliant idea indeed – but with one minor drawback. The basic rights of every Israeli citizen
include freedom of movement anywhere in the country, including the freedom to
choose where to live. What kind of a
nutcase would prefer remaining in a house that will come under the sovereignty
of a corrupt and dangerous Third World country?
Did Lieberman take into account the likelihood that hundreds of
thousands of Israeli Arabs will simply prefer to move to Haifa, Tel-Aviv and
Jerusalem rather than to Abu Mazen?
Could the exorbitant civilian compensation costs resulting from the Gaza
disengagement provide a legal basis for similar compensation for “Arab
triangle” evacuees? How would the
demographic problem – as seen by Lieberman – be solved then if we remain with
the same Arab population, with thin land spikes to Ariel and Maale Adumim, but
without free passage to the Galilee through Wadi Ara?
what Lieberman really has in mind is to revoke the citizenship of Israeli
citizens by birth? But before doing so,
it would be a good idea for Israel to become entirely self-sufficient in the
production of all its weapons, food, clothing and medicine since on that day
the door to the Western world will close before us. If you will it Avigdor, it is not a
dream. Ever hear of Rhodesia and South
is another alternative, a natural policy that can attain the goals of all the
political parties, regardless of their position on Israel’s Left-Right
political spectrum. Simply start
investing as much as necessary in the educational, physical and health
infrastructures of Israel’s Arab population.
Stop the discrimination against them and let as many as possible attain
the highest education and reach the kinds of positions that their natural and acquired
abilities permit. Really provide them
with all of the rights that the Jews in Israel receive – and which no other
Arab population in the Middle East can even dream of today – while at the same
time also putting on their shoulders all of the same responsibilities and
obligations, including that of service to their country, since even they have
something to be proud of, and they also have much to lose if something happens
to the State of Israel.
Not only will their birth rates decline
(satisfying the Right) as a result of full integration within Israeli society,
but the complete equalization of rights and obligations is also the decent and
right thing to do (satisfying the remainder of the nation). That is how the good new Eretz Yisrael should
look in the future. Otherwise, we won’t
have a future as a Jewish, democratic and moral country.