|Ariel Sharon (Source: IDF Blog)|
"Our Doctrine is that there is no mission we can't accomplish" - Ariel Sharon (1928-2014)
Ariel Sharon was one of the leading figures who helped to shape the State of Israel. He served his country impeccably.
This week, we are going to focus on one of his most controversial decisions: the unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.
Quick summary: on the 12th of September of 2005, the State of Israel concluded the operation of uprooting its own people from their homes, from their land, in order to basically give Gaza, plus parts of Samaria, to Fatah and Hamas.
Hussein Ibish wrote (in Foreign Policy) "Sharon was not the Israeli leader who would make a final peace agreement with the Palestinians. But he did take a major step, the implications of which Palestinians and Israelis alike cannot underestimate: he evacuated settlements in both Gaza and the northern West Bank. Sharon did not do this in the interests of peace. He did it as an Israeli national imperative (..)"
I agree with Ibish when he says Ariel Sharon did not implement the Disengagement Plan to make peace with the "Palestinians", but I am not certain I agree that he has done it as an Israeli national imperative. In my opinion, he did it to prove a point.
Israel has been under international pressure practically since its re-birth. Even its closest ally (the United States of America), to accommodate its own interests near the Arab World, has over the years felt it had the right to sometimes publicly depict Israel as the Bad Boy of the Middle East (ME).
Of course the US supports Israel; of course America cooperates with Israel; but it is undeniable that the United States have been having a fruitless policy of condemning the Israeli "settlements" (knowing well they are not illegal, just like President Reagan said) that has caused more harm than good in the region. America has been sending the wrong messages to the Arab World since the 60's and for that it should admit that if there is not Peace between Israel and the Arabs is because the US made sure that peace wouldn't take place. President Barack Obama, on behalf of the United States of America, should apologise to Israel for that.
But I digress....
The international community insists on putting Israel under pressure to give land to the Arabs - and divide its own capital in half (as if Jerusalem were Berlin) - because they are under the illusion that by doing so all the problems in the Middle East will end. Ariel Sharon proved them wrong.
Gaza was handed over to Fatah and Hamas. Did they make use of donation funds to build a state and prove that they were capable of complying with the Oslo Accords? No, they did not. Instead, they used aid funds (and still do) to finance their terror activities from the minute they received the title deeds of the land.
Soon after Israel disengaged from the Strip and parts of Samaria, "Palestinians" were already chanting in the streets that Gaza wasn't enough and that the resistance would continue until they'd get the whole of Jewish Land - America and Europe are well aware of this fact yet they choose to ignore it and proceed with their failed ME policies.
Since 2005, Israel's security has significantly deteriorated; and the world is trying to convince us that if Israel disengages from Judea & Samaria it will be better off? Doing so would guarantee the annihilation of the Jewish State.
Ariel Sharon, ע"ה, proved that giving land for peace is not viable; so Israel must not bow down to the international community, not any longer.
Time to make your case.