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May 10, 2003

Where's the fight, the fierce attachment?

Emanual A. Winston compares the Arab attachment to the land that they coveted for fifty years and never were sovereign in, to the willingness of most Jews to give it all away notwithstanding a 3000 year attachment to the land. In an article in Arutz Sheva he asks
So, why is it that Jews like Israel’s Prime Minister Ariel (Arik) Sharon and all those before him, are willing to discuss giving up even an inch of land to proven and self-declared terrorists? Have they no pride, no national memory of their ancient and honorable forefathers, no real love of the Land? Sharon, in his time of glory, proved his love of the Land. But now? Did he grow old and forget the battles and the building of the communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza (Yesha)? His memory of what and why faded, to be replaced with politics. Tell him that G-d gave the Jewish people the Land of Israel and he will nod with a distant look in his eyes, as he considers how to please the Bush family and the Europeans. Why are so many Jews empty of pride in the Land, embarrassed by our Biblical lineage and so anxious to please a world who wants us out of the way?
and warns,
[...] I have heard from credible sources that the Bush Administration, along with the Arabist U.S. State Department, is about to launch a very expensive public relations campaign to force Israel into accepting the "Road (Rogue) Map" without any modifications. Every conceivable pressure will be brought to bear, including the continued delay of the loan guarantees (for loans Israel will pay back). This was the same tactic used by Bush, Sr. against then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and only when they had pushed Yitzhak Rabin into office, followed by Oslo, were those long-promised guarantees extended.
and concludes
[...] Israel still awaits a leader who will simply state to our friends, and friends of our enemies, "This is our land! We shall not move, nor shall we negotiate such a move. We will not discuss it further, period."
Now is the time to fight and claim all of the land.