HaShem spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab, by the Jordan [River], at Jericho, saying, ‘Speak to the Children of Israel and say to them, “When you cross the Jordan [River] to the Land of Canaan, you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the Land from before you; and you shall destroy all their prostration stones; all their molten images shall you destroy; and all their high places shall you demolish. You shall possess the Land, and you shall settle in it; for, to you have I given the Land to possess it. ... But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the Land from before you, those of them whom you leave shall be pins in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they will harass you upon the Land in which you dwell. And it shall be that what I had meant to do to them, I shall do to you.”’”


(Numbers 33:50-56)




From: Mark Rosenblit


Sent: Monday, February 18, 2008 23:32 PM

Subject: The Only Viable Solution


Last week, columnist Larry Derfner opined that all tacks -- including negotiations, withdrawal, and military action -- have failed to stop Gazan rockets from falling on Sderot and environs.  Well, not exactly.  To date, military action has been employed only sparingly in order to avoid unrestrained World opprobrium or worse.  


However, it is often forgotten that the State of Israel exists today as a Jewish nation-state due, in large part, to the razing of some 400 hostile Arab villages and the dispersal (by a combination of flight and expulsion) of their inhabitants during Israel's 1948 War of Independence.  This draconian course of action was initiated by the embryonic Jewish armed forces only after it had become clear that neither appeasement nor sporadic military pressure would remove the existential threat posed to Israel by hundreds of thousands of irredentist Arabs (and their future progeny, presently numbering in the millions).  In short, Israel is a safer place for the Jewish people because Sheikh Munis is now Ramat Aviv -- which brings us back to the problem of Gaza.  


Due to the failure of every other tack, the mass expulsion of Arabs from Gaza to Egypt looms as the only viable solution to the existential threat which now menaces Sderot (and will soon encompass Ashkelon, Ashdod and a widening perimeter of Israel's civilian population centers).  With a population of more than 80 million, Egypt will hardly notice the addition of another million or so immigrants whose dialect and culture are already kindred to that nation.  And, recently, almost half of Gaza's population voluntarily poured into Egypt and embarked upon a two-week shopping spree. 


Undoubtedly, a mass expulsion will prompt Egypt (and many other nations which appear unperturbed by Gaza's relentless aggression against Israel) to sever diplomatic and economic relations with the Jewish State, but a government which refuses to place the safety of its citizens above diplomatic and economic considerations -- weighty though they may be --  forfeits its raison d'etre.





Mark Rosenblit


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