With the Lebanon war behind us, and Israeli politicians trying to do anything to divert attention from the damning Winograd Commission findings, the lie that Israel must surrender its Arab-dominated biblical heartland in order to survive as both a Jewish state and a democracy is again a favorite topic of discussion.
Earlier this week, Defense Minister Amir Peretz blasted Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for failing to come up with a new diplomatic plan vis-a-vis the “Palestinians” after the Lebanon war forced him to shelve his proposed “realignment.”
Now a top Israeli political analyst says Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni is again formulating what she believes is a “realistic” vision for peace.
Livni has done this once before, parroting the popular “conventional wisdom” that Israel simply cannot hold on to Judea, Samaria and Gaza because doing so would upset the demographic balance in the Jewish state.
Ruy Diaz correctly notes over at Western Resistance that Israel needs to actually defeat its enemies before any peace plan has a chance of succeeding. You simply cannot make peace with an undefeated enemy still bent on your ultimate demise.
But even if we were at a point that peace deals could realistically be discussed, the argument that Israel can only survive as a Jewish-dominated democracy by surrendering its most strategically-valuable pieces of land is ridiculous.
First of all, Israel, displaying unbelievable foolishness, is relying on Palestinian Authority-provided statistics to determine the exact demographic balance west of the Jordan River.
Surveys guided by scientific methods rather than Islamic interests show that the PA numbers are way off, and that Jews are not in the minority west of the Jordan.
What’s more is that there are about 12 million Jews who do not yet live in Israel that any number of circumstances could cause to suddenly immigrate to the land of their forefathers. At any given time, Israel’s Jewish population could suddenly double, or even triple.
But what I really wish is that Israel’s leaders would put aside all the numbers and statistics, and display the kind of blind faith that those who participated in the rebirth of Israel had 60 years ago.
Jews were most decidedly a minority west of the Jordan River prior to Israel’s Declaration of Independence. The British and their “white papers” had made sure of that.
But that did not deter David Ben Gurion and those around him from pressing forward with the fulfillment of a 2,000-year-old dream. Back then, Israelis knew that somehow, despite being a minority in the land, they would prevail.
The same is undoubtedly true today. If Israel would only have the faith to lay claim to all of its biblical birthright, it would find the numbers miraculously working out in the Jews’ favor, just as they did 60 years ago.
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