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Palestinian, Give Up Your Life!

Odeh Bisharat
Odeh Bisharat
Israeli troops stand guard during a Palestinian protest against Israeli settlements, near Salfit, West Bank, May 29, 2020
Israeli troops stand guard during a Palestinian protest against Israeli settlements, near Salfit, West Bank, May 29, 2020Credit: MOHAMAD TOROKMAN/ Reuters
Odeh Bisharat
Odeh Bisharat

“It’s not we who have to give in, it’s the Palestinians,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an interview to the daily Yisrael Hayom, regarding the annexation plan in the Jordan Valley scheduled to be implemented in July. I look around myself and ask, what will the Palestinians give up that they maliciously haven’t given up yet for the benefit of their cousins?

In the skit “Cracker vs. Cracker” by Hagashash Hahiver, a classic Israeli comedy troupe, the only thing left to the husband Mr. Cracker after the division of his property was the extension cord, after his wife Bracha had taken everything. But “Helicopter” of Felix Movers, like the fair-minded American mediator, came to him with complaints: “You could have given in to her a little more.”

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Well, my dear cousins, aside from giving up their lives, as the Jews’ forefathers did in Masada, there is nothing left for the Palestinians to give up. They could commit suicide and go on to eternal life, to the place where, as the priest says at the time of parting, “there is no pain, sadness and sighing” – in other words, to a place where there is no Benjamin Netanyahu, and no Ayelet Shaked and Bezalel Smotrich. We hope that in heaven our cousins won’t ask our heavenly father to give them the Palestinians’ share.

Let’s take inventory to examine what remains for the Palestinians, after the benevolence of Zionism fell on them 100 years ago. The Palestinians constituted 90 percent of the population, with ownership of most of the territory. In 1948 the world, with exceptional fairness, gave them only 44 percent of the territory of historic Palestine, despite the fact that they were two thirds of the population. Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion wasn’t satisfied with the territory designated for the Jewish state, and Israel spread out over 78 percent of the area. In 1967, Israel also took control of the 22 percent that remained to the Palestinians.

Israel occupied the entire West Bank, including the area called Gush Etzion, whose occupation was prevented by Moshe Sharett and his friends in 1948, with Ben-Gurion declaring this a “fatal mistake.” Every generation has its own “fatal mistake.” Now they’re crying that a failure to annex is just such a mistake, and after annexation of the Jordan Valley another incarnation of the “fatal mistake” will crop up. And I’m beginning to fear for the fate of the beloved Jordanian capital of Amman as a future “fatal mistake.”

Meanwhile, a bitter debate is taking place inside the corridors of the Knesset regarding annexation. But if we examine the issue in depth we will discover that aside from the Joint List and Meretz, the other 102 MKs are in favor of annexation, and their dispute is tactical: Whether to annex now or at a more suitable time. Some want to annex the land as their patrimony, the others favor annexation for security needs – the security of the lords and masters, of course. The security of the Palestinians, the vast majority of whom were expelled from their land and are living abroad, while the rest are living behind checkpoints and barbed wire, is not even worth discussing.

The Jews are quarreling among themselves, divided into supporters of annexation vs. those who reject it. And the Palestinian people –the interested party – is not being counted. The moderates in Israel are concerned about cancellation of the peace treaty with Jordan, or about an Arab or an international reaction.

This is reminiscent of the way things were in 1948. British officers encouraged the leaders of the Arab countries to declare war on Israel, as Meir Zamir writes in Haaretz. So it is now: The strong play their games and the weak Palestinian people pay the price.

Meanwhile, and in the absence of Palestinian willingness to give up their lives for their cousins, diligent policemen are helping the Palestinians in this holy work: Eyad Hallaq of Jerusalem was a young man who lived with autism, and an autistic person lives far from the distortions of the present and its ugly games. He lived in a world that was fated for him, he was an angel compared to the evil that lurked all around him. All that did not spare him. Here they even shoot angels, especially if they’re Palestinians.

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