The political outcome to which we should
aspire is the dismemberment of the Palestinian Authority because this
body personifies two terminal demands upon the very existence of the
Jewish state: The “right of return” for all the Arab refugees and the
demand for the establishment of a Palestinian state in Western Eretz
Israel. Negotiations are possible solely with local bodies and can only
refer to the search for a modus vivendi, neither “peace” nor a
Those who support the
establishment of a Palestinian state condition their agreement upon:
b. A prohibition on signing military treaties.
c. Supervision over the exploitation of the mountain aquifer.
d. Supervision over the border crossings.
e. Control over the air space above the Palestinian state.
No Palestinian government will ever honor
these restrictions, but without them life in Israel will become a
The Arabs are unable to conclude a
European peace, aside from “Hudaibiya”-style agreements, which
they are commanded to violate at the first opportunity. Therefore we
have to return to a life without agreement and without “solution”, life
in the midst of a conflict.
Paradoxically, the internalization of the
absence of peace may produce psychological alleviation, and realization
that the Jewish state was not created to spare the need to fight, but to
provide the capability to do so.
The sole possible model for a modus
vivendi is autonomy.
Autonomy will not arise under an
agreement. It will emerge de facto, not de jure, but
gradually and in a modular fashion. Those who would take part in its
implementation need not assume political responsibility.
It is the Israeli Knesset that will
legislate autonomy for the Arab residents, retaining security (aside
from internal policing), foreign affairs, basic infrastructure and
supervision over entry and departure at international boundaries.
The residents of the Autonomy will elect
for their home rule, not vote for the Knesset. Their national voting
will be in the country of their citizenship which is Trans-Jordan – the
Hashemite Kingdom or a Palestinian Republic.
The boundaries of the Autonomy will be
fixed to encompass the majority of the Arab population, not according to
the “Green Line” or the Oslo A-C areas. Arabs detached from the Autonomy
will have the option of receiving Israeli citizenship, according to the
east Jerusalem model.
To solve the problems of the Arab
refugees and the problem of the increasing population density, resources
in land and finance located outside the area of western Eretz
Israel are essential. The Gaza strip is overcrowded, whereas the areas
of northern Sinai are empty. The empty expanses of Jordan belong
organically to the political and economic context of the Palestinians.
And yet, a realistic response to the
question “What is your solution?” is the continuation of Zionist praxis
by unilateral action.
Zeev Jabotinsky, in his famous article
“The Iron Wall”, saw this 68 years ago:
One cannot dream of a voluntary agreement between us and
the Arabs over the Land of Israel... When every crack in the iron wall
will be sealed, then will influence pass to more moderate groups...the
only way to attain an agreement in the future is to totally abandon any
attempt to reach an agreement in the present.
This article was
published in English as the
Paper No. 135, 2002