Bringing in foreigners to violate the law
Summoning Jews who are foreign citizens to Israel for a limited period of time, to participate actively in events involving the violation of state laws and confrontation with the Israeli security forces, is testimony to the distorted concept of the radical right-wing leaders.
A few dozen Jewish families from the United States burst forth from the belly of a plane at Ben-Gurion Airport last week, announcing jubilantly that they had come to take part in prayers and rallies in Gush Katif against the disengagement.
A day later, it was learned that the Temple Mount loonies were planning to import thousands of Jews, who would flood the site with worshipers in July, thus confining the bulk of police forces to Jerusalem and preventing them from evacuating the settlers from the Gaza Strip.
This is a new demonstration of the affiliation between the Diaspora Jews and Israel - short-term immigration for the purpose of violating the law and disrupting public order.
In 1998, when there was a possibility of a tiny withdrawal (1 percent) from the territories as part of the Wye Agreement, a few of the settler leaders declared that nobody had the right to renounce a piece of Eretz Yisrael land, because to do so required the agreement of "all the generations of the nation of Israel."
Now the extreme right is enlisting all the Jewish diasporas to thwart the disengagement plan. It is not satisfied with the authorized resolutions of the cabinet and Kneset, and it does not accept the majority's decision, as reflected in all the opinion polls. It calls the Jews of the world to the flag, to rally to the operation of resistance to the pullout from Gaza and north Samaria.
On the face of it, importing the demonstrators is completely kosher. The affiliation between Israel and the Diaspora Jews is so flexible and multifaceted that one could include in it the direct involvement of the Jews in exile in the controversy over the disengagement plan. Israel expects Jewish lobbies overseas to intervene on its behalf with their governments. It systematically relies on the financial generosity of Jews abroad, defines itself as the state of the Jewish people, and sees itself as a shelter for every Jew wherever he is. Theoretically, one could argue that such a state should tolerate the decision of Jews who are not its citizens to take part actively in an operation resisting the disengagement.
Similarly, nobody has disputed the decision of Jews to come to Israel to take part in the Six-Day War and the Yom Kippur War. Why deny their right to participate in a struggle against the disengagement?
The answer is that there is a huge difference between active Jewish involvement, including physical participation, in Israel's internal affairs, and intervening in its international struggles. Israel is, first and foremost, the state of its citizens. And the right of these citizens to determine Israel's destiny - including its borders and national security arrangements - precedes the emotional affiliation to Israel of the Jews of the world.
In other words, the Arabs of Umm al-Fahm are, of course, part of the public that will determine the fate of the disengagement; the Jews of Brooklyn are not. This will also be the case if, when the time comes, the question of Jerusalem's status is on the agenda.
Moreover, as the Jews of the world object to Israeli interference in their struggles inside their states, even during outbreaks of anti-Semitic incidents, Israel will not tolerate having a foreign Jewish force flood its streets to take part in demonstrations against the disengagement plan. The displays of Jewish solidarity with Israel have so far focused on consensual situations - defense wars, economic plight, political siege. Now the extreme right wing is enlisting Jewish backup forces to help one camp, the minority, which is at odds with the majority.
Summoning Jews who are foreign citizens to Israel for a limited period of time, to participate actively in events involving the violation of state laws and confrontation with the Israeli security forces, is testimony to the distorted concept of the radical right-wing leaders. They ignore the fact that they are a minority and wish to impose their will on the majority by force - whether with the demand to count "all the generations of the Israeli nation" in the vote on the future of the territories, or by urging Diaspora Jews to come and take an active part in the resistance to the disengagement plan.