Recognizing Israel as a Jewish State is Important
By Dror Eydar
March 8, 2019
still hear serious people talking out loud about the two-state solution as a
reasonable – even inevitable – possibility to the conflict between us and
the Arabs of the region: dividing the good land and establishing an Arab state
on the hills of Judea and Samaria, which could wind up connecting to the Hamas
state in the Gaza Strip to the west and the state of Jordan to the east.
100 years have passed since the division of the land was first suggested in the
1919 Faisal–Weizmann Agreement, after World War I. Eighteen years later, in
1937, the Peel Commission (convened to investigate the bloody events of 1936)
proposed dividing the land, and a decade later, on Nov. 29, 1947, the U.N. voted
in favor of the partition plan. The Arabs refused, and their response was war.
Palestine Liberation Organization was founded before the "occupation"
of the 1967 Six-Day War. Its goal was to "liberate all the land from the
Zionists." Our country was then quite small in size, and still the
organization's terrorists wanted it. The goal hasn't changed; it has sometimes
been disguised to delude naďve, liberal, self-righteous Jews in the West.
Oslo Accords came into being after the PLO was on the mat after backing Iraqi
ruler Saddam Hussein during the First Persian Gulf War. The Palestinians
supported any murderous dictator who served their purposes. In Oslo, the
government under then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin put the dying organization on
artificial life support and brought tens of thousands of terrorists whom we had
armed into western Israel to force the division of the country and fulfill their
dream of peace. If the Jews don't acknowledge their right to their own land and
revive their sworn enemies from the ashes, we can expect nothing more from
Europe or the U.S. That is how the organization of terrorists became the
official, respectable representative of the supposed forthcoming Palestinian
didn't happen. The Palestinian Arabs never asked for an independent state
alongside ours; mainly, they wanted the Jews not to have a state. The Jews, for
their part, insist on speaking on behalf of their enemies and attaching all
sorts of nice ideas to them which they never held. Article 20 of the PLO charter
decrees that the Jews are only a religion, not a nation, and therefore have no
rights to a country of their own, and must return to the nations from which they
arrived and live as Russian, Polish, Iraqi, or Iranian citizens. That article
has never been changed. This is a fundamental Arab position; even Arab MKs do
not recognize the Jewish people's right to national determination in their own
the past decade, the basic condition laid down for negotiations with the
Palestinians – recognition of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people
– is not designed to win their recognition of us. We don't need it. It
functions as a litmus test for how honest their intentions are. If there is no
recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, then even after the land is divided,
the Arabs will continue to talk about Israel in terms of colonialism and an
apartheid state because they would be able to point to the Law of Return, for
example, as a "racist law" that gives Jews preference in obtaining
citizenship when they make aliyah.
as for racism, according to the sanctimonious chorus (which includes Arab MKs),
only the Jews – of all the nations of the world – do not have the right to
national self-determination in their own country. What is that, if not racism?
Given that, we can toss aside the irresponsible remarks voiced by the Zionist
Left against the nation-state law.
should go over the basics. As "Nathan the Wise" (as poet Nathan
Alterman was known) once said to Shimon Peres after we returned to the stretches
of our land following the Six-Day War: "If indeed there is a dispute here
between two peoples – between the Palestinian people, who were supposedly
uprooted from their land, and the Jewish people, who supposedly uprooted [the
Palestinian people] from their land – we've been wrong all along."
the poet Haim Gouri, Alterman said, "If we recognize that Judea and Samaria
are not ours, we will need to rewrite the entire Bible." Indeed, the demand
to establish a Palestinian state starts with a denial of our very historic,
legal, and religious right to the land – even on part of it. As I've already
observed, no Arab leader is willing to declare that the Jews have any basic
right – historic, legal, or religious – to so much as a square foot of this
leave principles aside and discuss how the brilliant plan to divide the land
would be implemented. We mentioned World War I. Immediately after it was over,
the world powers met and divided up the Middle East, which had fallen into their
hands when the Ottoman Empire collapsed. To our north, they grouped together
different and hostile ethnic groups – Sunnis, Shiites, Christians, Alawites,
Druze, Assyrians, and more – and decided that from then on, they would be one
nation: Syria. The same thing happened in Iraq when Sunnis, Shiites, and Kurds
were bundled together; and in Libya, Yemen, and other places. And it wasn't only
different ethnic groups; they mixed the basic, stable units of the region, which
existed here for thousands of years – the tribes and clans (extended families)
that exist alone and for the most part do not even intermarry.
major powers, with typical European patronization, forced the Arab peoples into
European-style nationalism and thereby sentenced the Arab nation-states to live
in a constantly bubbling pressure cooker. It took less than 100 years for the
artificial creation to break out of its straitjacket. At the start of the last
decade, the Arab Spring still hadn't arrived, but the artificial national
structures that Europe had forced on the region were collapsing the crumbling.
In their place was revealed the permanent reality that had always been here: one
of tribes, clans and ethno-religious groups.
the Arab states around us are shaky or collapsing, and still people here are
pushing with "messianic zeal" to found an Arab state on the hills of
Judea and Samaria, a Qassam rocket away from our major population centers, in
the hope it will remain in place and not fall down around our ears. That is what
they wanted us to think in the short period of euphoria that surrounded us with
the outbreak of the Oslo Accords in the 1990s, thanks to a homogeneous media.
the various sectors of Palestinian society represented clans and tribes that
have in common almost nothing other than their hatred of the Yahud (Jew) and a
desire to restore some imaginary lost honor by destroying the state of the Jews.
If we were no longer in the area, heaven forbid, it would take a very short time
for Hamas to violently seize control of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud
Abbas' ineffectual mechanism of government, and for the sleeper cells of the
Islamist revolution to awaken and devour each other. In the temporary lulls that
would come with chance reconciliations, they would join forces to make our lives
a misery. With a wonderful sightline to the state of Israel, it wouldn't be
the righteous who talk about the "occupation," we say: the Jewish
people are in all parts of the western land of Israel because it is our land.
Since we were forced into exile (and not only by Rome and Byzantine – the
Muslim conquest of the seventh century C.E. also ousted Jews and forced many of
those who remained to convert to Islam), no other independent national entity
has arisen here. This land waited silently for its legal descendants and when we
began to return here in the last few centuries did it begin to flower. It kept
the faith with us. But we are also in all parts of the land to protect ourselves
from another terrorist state right among us and, as WikiLeaks documents show, to
protect the Palestinians themselves from the possibility of an Islamist
what is the solution? I've written many articles about it. In the meantime, it's
important to learn the lessons of history: Don't rush and don't force artificial
solutions on a complex reality. Patience.