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"The Enemy Within, Revisited"

Prof. Paul Eidelberg

On March 31, 1995, ten years before Israel's withdrawal from Gaza withdrawal, Yitzhak Rabin was Prime Minister and Shimon Peres was Defense Minster. On that day, Ariel Sharon published an article in the Jerusalem Post entitled "The Enemy Within." He emphatically said: 

"When I told the Knesset this week that 'This government is against everything that is Jewish,' several leftists were riled. But for me, the Jewish cause transcends everything. Israel is the Jewish state; Jerusalem is Jewish, and exclusively Jewish; Hebron is forever Jewish…
Those on whose head lays the blood of the 134 Israeli citizens murdered since the Oslo Agreement [of September 1993] are anti-Jewish…"
Anyone planning to hand over Beit El and Shiloh is against Jews and Judaism. Those who gave official status to non-Jews on the Temple Mount are anti-Jewish.

1. With these words Sharon tacitly denounced Rabin and Peres as anti-Jewish. But what Sharon denounced as anti-Jewish applied ten-fold to himself, i.e., to his Gaza Disengagement Plan (hence to any Israeli that advocates a Palestinian state such as Benjamin Netanyahu)!

2. In the same Jerusalem Post article of March 31, 1995, Sharon warned that the Rabin Government's plan to evacuate Gaza and parts of Judea and Samaria would result in Jewish bloodshed: "Evacuating the IDF from Palestinian-populated areas," he warned, "will primarily affect the Jewish population in Jerusalem and the center of the country." These areas, he explained, "aren't geared to defend themselves against terrorism." He further warned, "Those who leave Jenin will find they have intensified terror … and those who dare to evacuate the IDF from Ramallah and Bethlehem shouldn't expect a day of tranquility in Jerusalem." Sharon thus foretold exactly what was to happen in Jerusalem and in the center of the country under his own Government (which tolerated the murder of more than 1,000 Jews)!

3. Nothing has happened since 1995 to change Sharon's ominous security assessment. Recall the 2003 elections, when Sharon and his Likud Party campaigned against Labor's disengagement from Gaza. Throughout the next two years, IDF Chief of General Staff. Lt. Gen. Moshe Ya'alon, IDF Chief of Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Aharon Ze'evi-Farkash, and Shin Bet Director, Avi Dichter, testified before the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that withdrawal from Gaza and northern Samaria would increase terrorist attacks against Israel.[1]

4. The evidence of these and other experts clearly indicates that Sharon's Disengagement Plan was not based on any rational, strategic considerations. In fact, former Deputy IDF Intelligence Chief, Maj. Gen. Yaakov Amidror declared that "The Israeli government has not succeeded in producing a single serious argument that can refute objections [to the abandonment of Gaza] and justify the grave step that it is taking."[2]

5. Given the warnings of these officials concerning Gaza, imagine what they would say about the abandonment of Judea and Samaria to make room for Benjamin Netanyahu's proposed Palestinian state? Would Defense Minister Ya'alon screw up his courage and resign, as he should have in the opinion of stalwart Israelis?

6. Moreover, if Sharon could say that "Anyone planning to hand over Beit El and Shiloh is against Jews and Judaism," what is one to say about Netanyahu, who has endorsed the creation of a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria, the heartland of the Jewish state, indeed, of Jewish civilization?

7. Given the strategic and ideological position of Sharon's article, "The Enemy Within," it logically follows that Israel's most insidious anti-Jewish enemy today is her saccharine Prime Minister. This Prime Minister has not only advocated a Palestinian state in the Holy Land, but such is his fear of world opinion that he also lacks the guts to defend a Jewish soldier who shot a subdued Arab terrorist that stabbed a Jew in Hebron, an act that can be justified by Jewish law, as I have hitherto elaborated, since the terrorist himself created the uncertain and precarious situation in which the soldier acted. 

8. Finally, ponder the impact of Netanyahu's flabbywretched "what-will-the-goyim- think" behavior in the Hebron incident on the morale of Jewish soldiers who risk their lives fighting Arab terrorists. Is Netanyahu another example of what Ariel Sharon called "the enemy within" referring to Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres ten years ago? If so, doesn't this signify that the State of Israel is in dire need of a radical transformation of its educational institutions, which, after all, shape the mentality of Israel's ruling elite? ◙

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