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FP: Your thoughts on the Mideast peace process and its assumptions?
Gottlieb: The peace process has been stumbling along for nearly 20 years now and has accomplished nothing except to make the prospect of peace as remote as ever. Beginning with the 1991 Madrid Conference, the fatal flaw of the Mideast peace process has been that it’s based on an erroneous premise, namely that the region can find a lasting peace if only Israel gives up land. It is based on the assumption that the dispute is about land and about borders. It’s not. It’s about any Jewish presence in the land. The Arabs themselves make that very clear. As far as they’re concerned, it’s either us or them. We must face the truth – the emperor has no clothes and we should stop with the charade. The Two State Solution is unworkable.
We need to go back to the drawing board and start from scratch. Rescind Oslo. Dissolve the PA. Apply Israeli law to all of Judea and Samaria and destroy the terrorist infrastructure there. Then, from the various existing alternative peace plans we must select one which gives Israel sovereignty throughout Judea and Samaria while providing the local Arab population with certain basic rights including limited voting rights. This would give Israel the defensible borders it needs while providing the local Arab population a higher standard of living.
FP: Israel survived for its first 19 years (1948-1967) without the Shomron. Why can’t she relinquish it now and continue on without it?
Gottlieb: The fact that Israel survived its first 19 years with “Auschwitz Borders”, to quote Abba Eban, doesn’t mean she should go back to them. During those years Israel endured regular fedayeen terror attacks from Jordan which forced her to retaliate. It’s also appropriate to mention here that the Green Line is not, nor ever was, a border, but merely the non-binding 1949 cease-fire line. An international border corresponding to the Green Line is indefensible and a recipe for a future war.
FP: A careful reading of your blog shows deliberate use of terminology. Why is your choice of words so calculated?
Gottlieb: Words and semantics are the weapons of choice in the Left’s War of Ideas. This is how they get their ideas into our heads, through the back door. Their carefully chosen terms are calculated and designed to discredit and delegitimize any Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria. It’s important to understand that their vocabulary is their propaganda. Terms such as “settler”, “Palestinian”, “occupation” are all loaded with meaning, all in the service of furthering their agenda. Their use of “West Bank” or “territories” to define Judea and Samaria, the lands east of the Green Line is a perfect example. These bland, nondescript terms effectively “cleanse” away any historical meaning that this ancestral homeland has for the Jewish People. It erases 3800 years of Jewish history. Through terminology, they try to dispossess the Jews of their natural and legal rights to the land. Unfortunately, it’s working.
Similarly, my blog is written with the same deliberate use of terminology to convey the message that the Jewish People have exclusive rights to their homeland.
FP: What do you hope to accomplish through your blog?
Gottlieb: The Left’s ongoing smear campaign against the Land of Israel and her loyal supporters begs a response. The Israeli public has for too long been media-brainwashed and needs to hear the other side. Shomron Central attempts to level the playing field by presenting the many compelling arguments for Samaria in an engaging and user-friendly way.
Short term, I would like visitors to my blog to gain an appreciation of the Shomron and to understand why it must always be an integral part of the State of Israel. Longer term, I’d like to help shape public opinion, via the blog, away from a two state solution to the Middle East conflict and towards a workable alternative which protects Israel and assures real peace.
I invite your readers to visit my blog at shomroncentral.blogspot.com.
FP: Michael Gottlieb, thank you for joining Frontpage Interview.
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