Guest Oped by Anon
I sit at the end of a long day’s work installing lighting fixtures in the great city of Efrat in the Gush Etzion area, a half hour drive south of the city of Jerusalem. I sit at the main traffic junction before I head home, in my car facing the north-south 60 road which runs three hours from Jerusalem to Beer Sheva in the south of Israel.
There’s a long line of cars with green and white license plates passing down this narrow north-south highway. They fight for position; they are overly aggressive. They cut off other drivers with only the mildest sense that they want to avoid an accident. These green and white license plates adorn cars registered inside the Palestinian Authority. These are the cars which are being driven home by that most famous of manufactured victim groups — the Palestinian Muslim Arabs. These cars are driven by my neighbors, by my enemies, by my economic competition.
I’m what CNN calls “A Settler”. I am an observant Jew: I don’t work from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday, no pork, cheeseburgers, or cutting the hair at the corners of my head. I live in a Jewish village of about a thousand families inside of Judea, in an area which was occupied by Jordan from 1948-1967. These two facts make me a settler, which, if you believe the New York Times, is about as bad a thing as one can be.
For as long as I can remember, the words “Peace in the Middle East” has become a slang term not relating to the 1300 or so year old blood feud between Sunni and Shi’a Muslims which has a several million strong body count, nor does it relate to the struggle for women’s or gay rights throughout Muslim lands. This phrase does not refer to the persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt, Palestinians in Jordan, or Maronite Christians in Lebanon. No. The phrase “Peace in the Middle East” refers to how the one Jewish state deals with its ethnic minority in a country the size of New Jersey and roughly 4000 years of recorded Jewish presence and sovereignty in this land.
And if it wasn’t bad enough that for some reason, my people’s low-grade ethnic conflict seems to end up on the front page more often than the Kurds, the Bosnians, the Northern Irish, the Chechens, the Basque, the Persians, or one of any other thousand ethnic groups at war on the planet earth, it all seems to be my fault. That is to say, in the year 2000-2003, while Jews were regularly being blown up on buses, in Synagogue, in restaurants, the mainstream media was pointing out that none of this violence would be happening if it weren’t for the settlements. Even today, listen to the canned statements from Biden or Sanders or Warren on Israel. They want to help Israel make a deal with the Palestinians, but there needs to be an end to settlements.
You know what I call a settlement? Do you know what you would call a settlement if you lived here? You’d call it home. The town that I live in, which is considered a settlement by any and all accounts, is a town with a supermarket and a pool, a basketball court, a library, 5 synagogues and a mushroom farm. No Arab has ever lived here, no Arab was harmed in the making of this village.
So when I hear news and politicians explaining that the most pressing issue in the whole middle east is the fact that there are too many towns like mine, too many towns full of schools and small businesses, too much success and entrepreneurship, too much family and religion. Essentially, the problem is there are too many Jews in Israel for some people.
Thank you for an eye opening essay…The only problem with it, is the your essay is too much “Real Truth”, for the left leaning “elitists”, who think the “Palestinian Nation”, which, in another dose of “Real Truth”, doesn’t exist, is the only thing worth saving in Israel…They are wrong, you are right…I pray that you and your nation will prevail…
Do you think “Follow The Oil” would make any sense of this situation.?
The Communist Romanians gave the “Palestinians” their name circa 1960 + or -.
Could this be greatest and most enduring Soviet propaganda victory.?
The Democrats have become the “Coloured Party”.
They practice a racist anti-White Neo-Communism–or at least that’s the way it’s going to end up as–IMO.
Thus they are anti-Israel.
The UN is anti-Israel for the same reasons it’s anti-American?
But one thing is for sure:
Big Power interference has emboldened the Arabs in the Holy Land to hold out for a settlement imposed on Israel by the Big Powers.
It’s the best deal they will get.
I wrote out a comment and it disappeared??
If the political winds shift in an ugly direction [and they have for awhile]
I stand with the Jews
For the main stream media there are too many Jews in the world.
Thank you for the reminder.
More Israeli Jews, more power to them. They deserve everything they fight for and win.
Leftist Secular American Jews[LSAJ] are my political enemies and for that reason I have a right to criticize them.
So don’t accuse me of “tropes”.
LSAJ have a strong influence in American soft power.
Most don’t like Israel or USA.
As a group they are more of a pain-in-the-a$$ to Israel than any other Jewish nationality.
They are pro-BDS.
They are anti-Settlement.
They give cover for the MSM to be anti-Israel in all things.
Israel is an affront to all that they fervently believe in.