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Posted: Sunday, October 02, 2005 - כ"ח באלול, תשס"ה
 
 
I Would Have Rather Been Wrong

Rabbi Shea Hecht
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A while ago a ‘great idea' was implemented in the Middle East. I could have told you what the result would be before the whole fiasco started, and of course many others could have told you the same (and did). In all honesty, this is one of those times that I would have rather been wrong. 

According to world opinion, the Palestinians are sad, forgotten, downtrodden people. They have bought into the Palestinian Arab claim that the Israelis have deprived them of a homeland and stopped them from advancing on the road to success. ‘Of course', it has nothing to do with their Arab brethren who live in the surrounding countries with miles of empty land at their disposal and their great wealth from oil.
 
Sharon's great solution was to give the Palestinian Arabs a piece of Israel - the Gaza - so they can redeem themselves. He thought it would be in the best interest of the country he leads to give up land that the Jews have made blossom for more than 35 years. This was supposed to be a big step in the way of peace and allow the Palestinians to prosper.
 
The idea was a joke from the start. The Palestinians get more money per capita from the USA than any other people in the world. Why would they now want to work to earn money, when their ‘nomad' status allows them to get handouts?
 
However, the Palestinians claimed that without land and business they were never given a fair chance. So a group of investors - amongst them Jewish investors - bought the businesses from the people in Gush Katif so that the Palestinians could have them and for once be allowed to grow their own produce and be successful. The Israeli's left the Gaza with most of their equipment there - the tools to a multi-million-dollar business.
 
It was a golden opportunity for the Palestinians to dig into the gold mine that the Israeli's produced. In fact there was  fear among the farmers in Israel that the Palestinians would continue to grow the vegetables without the same high standards as the Israelis and they would bring the prices down.
 
The Israeli's  had nothing to fear. The Palestinian's went into the newly acquired land and trashed all the structures and equipment left behind. 

A popular joke that has recently been floating around says:

 
JUST RELEASED!
Subject: Palestinian aid to New Orleans
[Gaza City] After relief groups have successfully ended negotiations
with the U.S. about assistance for the victims of Hurricane Katrina,
Palestinian spokesperson for the Red Crescent Society, Farouk El-
Farouk has confirmed his people's participation in the relief effort.
It was confirmed that at 9:15a.m. this-morning, four plane-loads of
volunteers from Gaza and the West Bank left Amman International
Airport, bound for New Orleans to assist with the looting.
 
Unfortunately this joke is based on the grim truth. Now that the Palestinians tore apart and ripped to shreds anything of value that was in the Gaza strip, what does ‘world opinion' have to say? That the Palestinians need another chance?
 
The land-for-peace-angle was dead-before-arrival. As history has shown us in the past, appeasement is not the answer. Land-for-peace doesn't work.
 
The Palestinian terrorists believe the Israelis were convinced to move out of the Gaza because of all the violence and more violence will be the solution for a future Palestinian state. Last week Hamas sent 40 rockets from the Gaza into Israel - and the barrage continues.
 
The world was wrong about the Middle Eastern situation and is now notably silent. Sharon is considered a hero at the United Nations, despite the fact that the Palestinians have shown that they are not interested in land or commerce. What the Palestinian Arabs want is the total destruction of Israel. A mere five years ago Ariel Sharon would have said the same, but the result of his decision is that the Gaza strip is now "Judenrein."
 
It's painful that so many of us foresaw this and predicted it. In the end, we gained nothing from giving up the Gaza - not businesses for the Palestinians - nor peace for Israel. It's one of those times that I would have rather been wrong.

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