Disengagement: For The Survival Of Israel?

As an American who fully supports the right of Israeli self-determination, I usually try to leave the detailed debate on Israeli politics to those who

1. Are more well-versed in the day-to-day workings of the Israeli government, and

2. Are directly impacted by the outcome of any decisions made by the Israeli government.

A telling example of this is Sharon’s Disengagement Plan, a decidedly sticky wicket for Israel and the Jews who currently live in areas such as the Gaza Strip.

On the one hand, as Abba Gav points out, the disengagement of Israel from the areas in question should be seen as a restructuring of Israeli resources, both military and civilian, for future struggles that we all know are coming. After all, history tells us that no matter what concessions Israel makes, the “Palestinians” will never be satisfied until they have removed the Jews from the entire area. Abba Gav very succinctly sums up his support for the Israeli government’s decision thusly:

I will trust that in a democracy, all of the risks are identified, and the leadership makes decisions. If our nation of armchair generals can’t trust even this government to run the country — that is, raise its objections without accusations of treason and govenmental anti-semitism — then Israel is essentially ungovernable; there isn’t going to be a “better” government. At that point, the alternative is anarchy, each of us feeling entitled to rule based on the correctness of our opinion, rather than the ability to gather a majority.

On the other hand, I feel an extreme pang of regret for the uprooting of whole towns and villages, not to mention the people in them, something that is an undeniably traumatic proposition for Israelis no matter what one’s take on the settlement issue may be.

My trepidation for commenting on Israeli politics stems not from fear of criticism for my point of view, but rather from a healthy respect for the people of Israel and their ability to survive incredible hardship, including internal strife, for the last 57 years. I strongly feel that Israel’s fate is, and should be, in the hands of those who are faced with the daily threat of terrorism and attack and not those of us safe and secure thousands of miles away. Having survived numerous wars, intifadahs and the afore-mentioned onslaught of suicide bombers and terrorist incursions, I have the utmost confidence in Israel’s ability to survive the mounting internal storm that implementation of the Disengagement Plan will no doubt intensify.
One thing, however, is sure: No matter what the decision of the Israeli government should be on disengagement, Zionist that I am I will stand by Israel and her people in the years ahead – not as a silent witness, but rather as an equal and outspoken member of G-d’s Chosen People.

5 thoughts on “Disengagement: For The Survival Of Israel?

  1. I know some people say that if you don’t live here you should keep out of it.

    But the strange thing is, moving here didn’t suddenly make me any wiser or sure that I was privvy to the world’s inner workings. I appreciate that people who don’t live here have perspectives, and in the style of “open source” movements can add a lot to the discussion, especially when they clearly have empathy for how the decision will affect people here.

    Of course, only voters choose the leaders, and the leaders in their turn guide policy. I hope they guide well. [I’m starting to think the disengagement, in practice, may not happen. Conditions in the field are looking less and less ripe. If disengagement is cancelled or put on permanent hiatus, I won’t cry about it.]

  2. Mark

    I understand what you are saying. At the same time there is a part of me that wants to say if they don’t want American opinions then they should not take American foreign aid.

  3. BTW – Loved the link to Chosen People! Learned a thing or two. The 7 Laws of Noah for us Gentiles are a piece of cake…we got it made in the shade! LOL

  4. Slant: I didn’t say that Israelis don’t want American opinions. I only said That I personally hesitate to give mine because I am not directly impacted by it. ;o)> Major difference. Since we Jews love a good debate, I am sure Israeli Jews would love to hear your opinion!

  5. I don’t really know enough about it all, but as you say uprooting whole towns sounds drastic. Israel will survive as it always does, but I struggle with appeasement. You can’t negotiate with terrorists…it’s a difficult one.

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