Ariel Sharon: “The Fate of Netzarim is the fate of Tel Aviv”1 (Election Theme Statements to NY Times April 24, 2002 1 - Click to see article)
by Rabbi Ben-Tzion Krasniansky - Chabad of Upper East Side
Argument #1: We don’t belong there. Why should 8,500 Jews insist on living amongst more than a million Arabs?
This is the question that prompted the forced evacuation of all Jews from the Gaza Strip.
Of all arguments for the “disengagement,” this one by far is the most objectionable.
It proves the power of propaganda—how people will parrot nonsense without realizing the foolishness of the argument. There are 20,000 Jews living in Berlin amongst 3.6 million Germans. No one would dare suggest that we should expel the Jews from Berlin because they may be a provocation to 3.6 million Germans. So let’s get this straight. A Jew is allowed to live in Berlin, a Jew is allowed in Moscow, in Melbourne and in Shanghai. The only place in the world a Jew is not allowed to live, is in Israel! Why? Because Arabs living in Gaza hate Jews too much to tolerate the sight of a single Jew before their eyes.
Israel Accomodating The Hatred Of Jews?
It defies belief that the government of Israel is doing all this to accommodate the hatred of Jews Israel is planning to evacuate the dead as well as the living, because Arab savages torched the grave of the biblical Joseph in Shechem (Nablus) which was handed over to Palestinian control under the Oslo accords. So Israel doesn’t trust that they will not desecrate the dead buried in Gaza. It defies belief that the government of Israel is doing all this to accommodate Arab hatred of Jews.
The Rebbe’s Idea: Peace through Strength
Instead of exiling themselves from Gaza, it’s high time that the Jewish people removed the exile from within. Peace through strength holds out the only hope for that troubled region. By standing firm, Israel could deliver the coup de grace to terrorism around the world.