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The Debate in Israel Is Over. Annexation It Is

The occupation has defeated sanity, even that of Reuven Rivlin. The president is calling for the country's annihilation.

Rogel Alpher
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A protester holds a Palestinian flag as smoke rises from a burning tire during clashes with Israeli troops, West Bank, February 17, 2017.
A protester holds a Palestinian flag as smoke rises from a burning tire during clashes with Israeli troops, West Bank, February 17, 2017.Credit: MOHAMAD TOROKMAN/REUTERS
Rogel Alpher
Rogel Alpher

So now we also have President Reuven Rivlin, ostensibly the bastion of sanity in this country, calling for the annexation of the territories. Contrary to the apartheidists, he supports granting citizenship and full rights to all the Palestinians in the territories where Israeli sovereignty would be applied. That is, he supports a binational state.

Israelis are used to having to choose between a binational state, with or without apartheid, and a Palestinian terror state to be established alongside Israel. Those are the options. And with options like those, most people support annexation.

The occupation has defeated sanity; even Rivlin’s sanity. There is no political leader on the horizon among those who aspire to succeed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who can or wants to extricate Israel from the madness of the occupation and save it from oblivion.

Perhaps it would be more pleasant to plunge into civil war under Yesh Atid chairman MK Yair Lapid or former Likud MK and minister Gideon Saar. But the result would be the same. And this is at a time when most Israelis really don’t care about the settlements or Judea and Samaria. The settlement family, like the crime families, have taken advantage of the political and public flaccidity and won.

A binational state is not preferable to a terror state. On the contrary. A terror state is a problem that can be dealt with. It does not constitute an existential danger. Israel has solutions for a terror state. It does not have solutions for a binational state. A binational state is an existential danger.

President Reuven Rivlin.Credit: Sebastian Scheiner / AP

When President Rivlin calls for annexation, he is calling for the annihilation of Israel. No less. The country’s president is calling for the country’s annihilation.

Is Rivlin blind to the fact that the Jews of Israel will not grant full citizenship and voting rights to the millions of annexed Palestinians? This lapse of his is surprising, but it does not change reality. Annexation means deepening already existing apartheid. Annexation is a historic mistake and an act of political insanity. Pure self-destruction.

In the end, the bitter end, the Palestinians will have full rights. On the way there will be a bloody civil war. Israel will disappear as a Jewish and democratic state. It will be the end of the Zionist vision. And for what? In whose name? The evacuation of Amona, which once again illustrates that most of the Jewish public is indifferent to the settlements and the fate of the settlers.

Israel has resolved to commit suicide. It is shooting itself in the head with the occupation, because it is afraid of a terror state. An irrational, baseless fear. It’s like a person hiding from a mouse in a stream of boiling water. The mountain is afraid of the molehill.

The great fraud of the settlements is exposed time after time, but the public as well as its leaders refuse to see the truth. Yamit, Gush Katif, Amona – it has been repeatedly proven that Jewish security forces can evacuate Jews from their homes – and the earth does not shake. And yet an entire country is held captive by the settlement family. What a tragedy. What stupidity. A foolish march of truly inconceivable dimensions.

The settlers were few in number, but were determined, devious, aggressive and stubborn, and they managed to overcome the weak and indifferent multitudes.

Every Jewish person in Israel should now ask: Do I want to grant full citizenship to millions of Palestinians? If not, do I prefer apartheid rule rather than the possibility of a terror state?

The answer of the majority will be: apartheid rule. The majority has been persuaded that the retired generals who claim that there is no reason to fear a terror state don’t understand security. Nothing will change their minds.

The annexation revolution is purifying an entire generation of generals whose thinking is impure. Ideological purification. The debate is over: Annexation it is.

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