The third intifada will take place in the Negev and Haifa, former MK Talab al-Sana half-warned, half-incited, in the heat of last Saturday night’s riots against the Prawer plan to resettle the Negev Bedouin. But there will likely be no need for it. The threats by the Bedouin in the Negev and the Arabs in the Galilee and Haifa will deter the authorities. The government will not dare implement the Prawer plan, or the plan to increase Jewish settlement in the central Galilee, which has practically turned into an autonomous Arab territory, with a long line of Israel governments unwilling to put a halt to this phenomenon.
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Ariel Sharon, a man of the land, well understood where this deliberate and systematic takeover of lands by the Bedouin and Arabs would lead. But he, too, succumbed to political correctness and did not even enforce court rulings calling for the evacuation of stolen lands. There’s no reason to expect that the government of Benjamin Netanyahu will have the guts to do so.
Last week Zafrir Rinat reported on proposals by the World Zionist Organization’s Settlement Division to increase Jewish settlement in the Galilee. Immediately there were pained protests against the “racist” plan to “Judaize” the Galilee. But the Galilee Arabs have nothing to worry about. Many programs have been outlined in the past to encourage Jews to settle in the Galilee, and they were thwarted even during the era when the Labor Party considered “Judaizing the Galilee” and preventing land grabs in the Negev pure Zionist policy.
Some say the government’s inability to implement its policies in the Galilee and the Negev stems from an inherent weakness in the prime minister’s ability to govern. But what’s actually at issue is something much deeper − it’s surrendering to Arab nationalism, which stems, inter alia, from a weak will in the face of Arab nationalist arguments. This Likud-Habayit Hayehudi government also shows a weakness of spirit and inability to confront the post- and anti-Zionist efforts by Jews to retract Israel’s definition as the national home of the Jewish people, while supporting a Palestinian state devoid of Jews.
If these trends are not stopped, we will have endless problems. Large parts of the Galilee and Negev will become Arab-Bedouin autonomous entities. Even today, the Palestinian flag flies proudly in Arab areas, while the Israeli flag is nowhere to be found. Many study programs in Arab schools are being dictated by the Education Committee of the Supreme Follow-Up Committee for Arab Affairs, which is instilling anti-Israel content from Palestinian Authority curricula into the schools − all on the Education Ministry’s tab. Zoning laws are ignored in Arab locales, especially in the Negev, as are tax regulations. The Tax Authority estimates that billions of shekels are circulating in an underground “parallel economy.” Millionaires driving Mercedes are listed as unemployed and collect National Insurance benefits.
Governance is not only derived from administrative determination and the ability to perform. The essence of governance stems from the belief that what the governor is doing is right and just. And when the sense of Jewish-Zionist justice crumbles and the ultimate goal is peace, the results are liable to be devastating: A Palestinian state in all of Judea and Samaria alongside a state-like autonomy, as a step toward full independence, in the Arab concentrations in Israel. The Jewish state will converge along the coast, where it will end up with no land reserves for construction, industry and agriculture. Its children will be forced to emigrate, and immigrants will have no place to come to. Thus the vision of the Prophets (and the Zionists) will be fulfilled: The Negev to the Bedouin, the Galilee to the Arabs, and peace unto Israel.