Where's Lapid's Map?

The Yesh Atid leader should take a marker and draw his own map, showing exactly where the border between Israel and the West Bank will pass.

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Dani Dayan.
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“Just as it is important that no part of the Land of Israel be clear of Jews, it is unimportant that every part of it be clear of Arabs... The Arab Palestinian to whom the land is reopened to him and is ensured damages is no longer a refugee; rather he is freed of the obsessions, the insult, the disinheritance and the expulsion from the Lost Garden of Eden.”

The detestable leftist who is prepared to pay compensation to refugees, the one bringing trouble to Israel by seeking to permit Palestinians to acquire land on Israel’s territory, is Elyakim Haetzni, one of the first settlers in Kiryat Arba, who published these words in The Kirya News in 1976.

Some 38 years later, along comes Dani Dayan, former chairman of the Council of Judea and Samaria and its informal foreign minister (indeed there is such a state,) who give us the news in his “new” diplomatic plan: “We can’t continue to live under a psychological siege while imposing sweeping restrictions on the Palestinians.”

Generations and light years separate the radical approach Haetzni proposed and that of Dayan. Dayan is no longer suggesting recognition of the Palestinian Nakba, he won’t pay compensation and he certainly won’t let them acquire land in Israel. His plan to develop the Palestinian economy is nothing more than offering jobs to tens of thousands of Palestinians. Who said settlers don’t think about the Palestinians?

Haetzni’s proposal was born in circumstances in which it could have, had it been adopted, changed the face of reality. Dayan’s proposal, in contrast, was born only after the settlers and their settlements verified the death of the peace process. If in 1976 the settlers still recognized, at least the wise ones among them, the need to address the demands and discomforts of the Palestinians, now they celebrate the vision of the dry bones.

These are the bones they are prepared to throw to the Palestinians. Dayan, it turns out, never awoke from the delusion of the enlightened occupation, the open bridges between Israel and the territories, the exchange of foreign workers for Palestinians. And he is right, for who will disturb his serenity? The government is his. The budget embraces him warmly. The army is subject to its masters over the Green Line. And his main worry is what to do with all those thousands of building permits he has been showered with.

Even Yair Lapid’s shouts don't impress him, other than the noise, for when Lapid demands that the prime minister present a map of the future Palestine, Dayan has already drawn it. Lapid has spent well over a year in an embrace with his brothers and sisters from the right, observing from the side the broken relations with the United States, as if the matter doesn’t touch him. Like Dayan, only after the dust has settled on the ruins of the peace process, when the window of opportunity to influence it has closed, does Lapid shout, “Present a map.”

Who the hell needs to bring him a map? Netanyahu? Lieberman? Perhaps Bennett? Why shouldn’t Lapid take a plain marker and a laminated map and draw his own map? Not a multi-staged description of principles of a future map, but rather an exact and detailed drawing that shows where exactly the border between Israel and the West Bank will pass, where the border will pass through Jerusalem and whether Maale Hashomron, Dani Dayan’s settlement, is inside or outside Israel’s future borders.

Lapid should be so kind as to draw us a map of his settlement blocs, a map of “broad national consensus,” as he says in his new geographical jargon. It is as if Lapid forgot who is deciding and who is presenting what the national consensus is and its broadness. For it is the so-called national consensus that authorized Dani Dayan to set the eternal borders.

Are these borders far from what Lapid means? How will we know without Lapid showing a map? Now he is threatening to topple the government if... if what? If it will try to annex “even one settlement?" If it doesn’t take the diplomatic initiative? If Netanyahu doesn’t present a map? So much noise.

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