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Faisal Husseini said that “peace will dissolve Israel by itself.” Imagine that after Gaza, most of Judea and Samaria were to be handed over to the Palestinians in a settlement with Israel’s neighbors. Then heard in the UN General Assembly, at Arab League meetings, in the European media, at summit meetings of the superpowers and all round the world’s parliaments: “The legitimate rights of the Arabs of Israel must be met.” It’s the “return” of Western Galilee, of a large part of the Negev, Jaffa, Acre, Nahariya. Jerusalem then must become an international city run by the Vatican for the benefit of all religions. Then, the Zionist ghetto of Tel Aviv and the Sharon plain must also be “returned” to the new Arab nation called Coastal Palestinians.
A fascinating novel written by the Dutch best-selling author Leon de Winter, titled “The Right of Return,” perfectly tells the story of Israel’s imagined ghetto. The Hebrew publishing houses refused to publish the book because it is meant to awaken the public to the dangers surrounding Israel. De Winter’s novel describes a State of Israel in 2024 that is reduced to the City-Ghetto of Tel Aviv. Even adjoining Jaffa is cut off from the city.
De Winter describes an Israel that is basically the area of greater Tel Aviv, with the northern part of the Negev, including Dimona. The north is gone, the south is gone, Jerusalem is gone. No Jews are living in Judea and Samaria. What’s left is a heavily fortified and secured but small area. Cameras and drones keep vigil on the Jewish population, and the journey into the unprotected Palestinian-dominated territories requires passing through check-points that are far more heavily secured than contemporary ones.
The book has a desperate undertone.
De Winter doesn’t tell us what happened, whether Israel shrinks because of a “peace process” (the old PLO “phased plan” to utilize every inch of “liberated” Arab soil as a springboard to the rest) or because of the Islamic war of attrition. The main focus of the book is on Bram Mannheim, a Dutch Jew who makes aliyah when he is 18 and becomes, at a young age, a celebrated leftist professor. He teaches history of the Middle East at the ultra-leftist Tel Aviv University. But tragedy hits when, in 2008, he has moved to Princeton with his wife and young son to become a professor there. His 4-year-old son disappears. Bram turns into a psychotic transient wandering around in the States. His father finds him and brings him back to Tel Aviv. In 2024, Bram runs a bureau that helps parents of children who have disappeared as well in this Jewish ghetto-city called Israel.
The late Dr. Yisrael Eldad once said about the possibility that Israel is ghettoizing itself by giving away Judea and Samaria: “That’s why we’re going to give back the territories: Jews can’t tolerate air and space!” Since the Arab masses don’t want peace without “Ashdod, Beit She’an, Haifa, and Jerusalem,” as the Palestinians chant at their rallies, Israel today faces two alternatives: either a Jewish fortress protected by the Golan-Samaria-Judea mountain ranger, or Shimon Peres’ “Brave New Israel,” or as others like to call it, the “Hong Kong of the Middle East” or “a new Benelux.” It is a badge of honor for the “settlers” that they stand in the way. They represent the only obstacle to Israel as the last Jewish ghetto. To Israel’s final liquidation.
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