ISRAELI SETTLERS: YOU WILL BE PROSECUTED!
By Ariel Natan Pasko
Since the beginning of 2003, I've written several articles about the injustice of transferring Jews out of their homes in the Land of Israel. I've spoken about how real peace with the Arabs should allow Jews to stay put as equal Palestinian citizens if they chose to be (in a democratic Palestine), just as Israeli Arabs participate in Israeli politics as full citizens, and how ethnically cleansing Jews from parts of their historic homeland opens the can of worms to ethnically cleansing Arabs as well. For some time, few other writers braved the intellectual chasm to call a spade a spade, and describe the despicable racist (anti-Semitic) idea of expelling Jews from parts of Yesha (Judea, Samaria - the West Bank - and Gaza) as just that, racist, despicable, immoral, and illegal. Thank G-D, since the Gaza expulsion plan has finally gotten everyone's attention - Sharon's agreement to the Roadmap should have already -many other writers for some time now have been castigating the Is raeli government for its "illegal," "immoral," "disengagement" plan.
But now is the time to move past rhetoric to plans of action...
No, I don't mean planning the first battle in "the coming civil war," (the title of a recent article in the Israeli left-leaning newspaper Ha'aretz), but the strategy of the post-Sharon pro-Jewish government that's come to power, whether through ballot or bullet.
Much talk has been made recently of civil war in Israel, mainly by the Left - including Sharon and his clique - as a way of scaring people and shutting them up from partaking in any real debate over the pros and cons of unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip under fire. Yes that's right, the Israeli Army is preparing for the likelihood of withdrawal under fire. Neither has there been any serious discussion about the advantages or disadvantages of expelling Jews from Gaza. No, threaten that your opponent threatens civil war, to later justify the first shots, that seems to be the name of the game. Yet, anyone with half a cabbage upstairs, knows - as Sharon himself knows - most, probably 95% plus of the Jewish "settlers" are unlikely to use violence against their own army, and their own police (except in self-defense maybe), its against their ideology.
So, what to do?
Start broadcasting the message loud and clear at every opportunity, that in the future, after the Sharon government collapses, and is replaced by a pro-Jewish government in Israel, all war criminals, both those who participated in the "disengagement process," and the "original ones" who brought the Jewish People, the Oslo War - you know Peres, Beilin, and their ilk - WILL BE PROSECUTED!
A pro-Jewish government, with real Jewish pride might just institute the death penalty in Israel (perish the thought - or is that Peres the thought?).
Right now there are many messages coming out of the settler movement, "disengagement is tearing the nation apart," "you have no mandate," "don't throw people out of their homes." Well I'm sorry friends, but these emotion-laden appeals to justice, and fairness, aren't going to move "bulldozers" (Sharon and Co.). And slogans with implied fears of civil war, like "disengagement is tearing the nation apart," only play into the hands of Sharon's grand strategy to blame the settlers for any outbreak of violence, so as to justify the use of force against them.
No, one unified message must be repeated and repeated and repeated ad nauseum, YOU WILL BE PROSECUTED!
Appeals to their conscience won't work. If they had any conscience, after more than 1,000 dead Jews, would we not have seen an end to the Oslo War already? Through serious military action up to and including the killing of Arafat; dismantlement of the Palestinian Authority, killing or exiling of all Arabs who resist, and finally the annexing of part of our homeland. Simply put, an end to the big lie called the "peace process". But the promise to bring legal justice against them will work. Why, because in all the other scenarios, only the little people are threatened, Sharon, Peres, Netanyahu, Barak, the Supreme Court, etc. are left off the hook. But in promising, YOU WILL BE PROSECUTED, their own lives have been put at risk. They are being told, they will be held legally accountable for their policies; "tread carefully".
The message is simple; all sectors of the resistance - settlers and their supporters - can easily adopt it, and it's lawful. If things keep going the way they are, people like me, might just eventually have to try and stop the mobs, from stringing the war criminals up on light posts...
In the near future, a pro-Jewish government will arise in the Land of Israel, maybe after Sharon's fall, maybe in ten or twenty years, but the message is clear: YOU WILL BE PROSECUTED!
Ariel Natan Pasko is an independent analyst & consultant. He has a Master's Degree in International Relations & Policy Analysis. His articles appear regularly on numerous news/views and think-tank websites, in newspapers, and can be read at: www.geocities.com/ariel_natan_pasko
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