Saturday, January 28, 2006
Several people have written to me asking my opinion of the Palestinian elections. I hate to be the odd man out of the general hysteria, but I don’t think they make much difference whatsoever. I have always held to the same position regarding the possibilities of peace between us and the Palestinians. In my opinion, for what it’s worth, I believe peace is impossible between us at the moment. What is not impossible is a status quo in which two states live side by side in mutual hate and enmity with a minimum of violence on both sides of the divide. With the passing of a generation or two, this may or may not lead to a rapprochement of sorts. I frankly don’t know. I also don’t think it particularly matters. Israel has spent far too long hinging its future on the possibility of Arab acceptance. It is time for us to return to ourselves and to concentrate on the future of Israel and Zionism. Peace is not the fulfillment of Zionism. A living, prosperous, culturally creative and nationally proud Jewish state is the fulfillment of Zionism. Neither peace nor acceptance is a requirement for this. What is a requirement is our disengagement from the Palestinians and our setting of permanent borders. This can only be done, at the moment, if ever, by unilateral Israeli action. Who rules the Palestinians is, frankly, no concern of mine except to the extent that it threatens Israel and Israelis. From this point of view, the difference between Hamas and Fatah is minimal to non-existent. The only possible distinction I can see is that Hamas actually comes out and says what Fatah clouds in diplomatic doublespeak. We now have an enemy who looks us in the face and says what he means. So be it.