Thank You Ariel Sharon




2005/5765 Ariel Natan Pasko

Thank you Ariel Sharon, due to your threatened expulsion of the Gazan Jewish community, 100,000's of Israelis visited Gush Katif in the last year, it even became a tourist destination for Diaspora Jews and non-Jewish supporters of Israel's right to settle it's homeland. It brought the largest Jewish presence to Gaza in modern times. More Israelis were interested in Gaza, and connected to the communities there, than ever before.

Thank you ministers Ehud Olmert, Tzipi Livne, Silvan Shalom and others from the Likud; thank you ministers, Shimon Peres, Dalia Itzik, Matan Vilnai, etc. from the Labor Party. 

And so as not to "discriminate" against the opposition politicians in Israel; thank you Shinui Party members, Yosef Lapid and Avraham Poraz. Lets not forget MKs Zahava Gal-On, Yossi Sarid and those from Yahad-Meretz, who just as graciously gave Sharon a "safety net" and helped expel the Gazan Jewish community.

I'd also like to thank all those in the Israeli electronic and print media who jumped on the "disengagement bandwagon" to promote an ethnic cleansing campaign in Israel. In particular, I'd like to thank the trinity of Larry Derfner from the Jerusalem Post and Haaretz's Akiva Eldar and Amira Hass, for their constant prattle against "settlers," and their support for Prime Minister Sharon's expulsion plan.

Finally, I'd like to thank Chief Justice Aharon Barak and the Israeli Supreme Court, who upheld the legality of the Sharon government's Gaza Expulsion Plan to expropriate the property - with or without compensation - of Israeli citizens and expel them from their homes. Ten out of eleven Justices ruled that the Disengagement Plan violates the human rights of "property, freedom of occupation and proper respect for the evacuees," but is acceptable in order to achieve political and security aims, therefore setting an important legal precedent for the future.

All these supporters of Sharon's Disengagement Plan believe it is for the best interests of the State of Israel and it's national security.

Why, might you ask, do I thank all these people? 

Plain and simple, because it's dawned on me, that as good democratically minded citizens of the State of Israel who supported the "ethnic cleansing" of Jews from Gaza and Northern Samaria today; tomorrow their support can be counted on, if a future Israeli government comes to power that wants to remove Israeli Arabs and the so-called Palestinians, from the historic Land of Israel, for the best interests of the State of Israel and it's national security.

Since I assume that none of these fair-minded people mentioned above, would contemplate treating Jews in a different and inferior way, to the way they would treat Arabs; I assume that none of these fine Israeli citizens who supported the expulsion of their fellow citizens from Gaza and Northern Samaria, would discriminate against people just because they are Jews. 

Thoughts of calling them racist, Nazi, Judeo-path, or anti-Semite, might cross one's mind, if that were true - that they only would support the expulsion of "settlers" i.e. Jews - from parts of Israel, but since I'm convinced that's not the case, one needn't worry.

No, these fine citizens, from Sharon and Olmert of Likud, Peres and his Labor colleagues, to the current members of the Supreme Court on down, have opened the Pandora's Box of "ethnic cleansing," never to be shut again.

In the future - I believe not so distant - a Jewish leader can rest assured of the political support of these people, to carry out a "transfer" policy against "enemies" that threaten the lives and welfare of Israel's Jewish population. Based on legal precedent, such policy will demand the support of those who earlier worked to expel Jews from Gaza. If they won't want to be accused of being racists, Nazis, Judeo-paths, or anti-Semites, they will have to support such a policy.

Then again, they can admit the truth...and be prosecuted, by that future Israeli government.

Thank you Ariel Sharon.

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