Once upon a time there was an ancient folktale, straight from Europe's black forests, named "The Two-State Fairytale" (its full name, "For Two States," is no longer mentioned), but last week this fairytale breathed its last under a barrage of missiles,
stones and the conquests of the new Islamic caliphate.
The fairytale is interrupted by missiles. When the majority of Israel is being targeted by missiles fired by a terror organization which took over a territory, how can anyone consider giving the Palestinians more independent land? Isn't it clear that no matter who rules this land, the terror will start launching missiles from there on Israel's cities, and this time from the center of the Land of Israel?
The IDF's presence is the only thing preventing this threat today, and we have already seen Ben-Gurion Airport threatened with Hamas missiles from Gaza, so imagine missiles being launched from just several kilometers away.
The fairytale that dividing the territory will lead to peace is being proved as extremely dangerous. It will only lead to war and further misery for all sides. Hamas has taught the naïve dreamers a Middle Eastern lesson.
The fairytale is also interrupted by stones. Finance Minister Yair Lapid
keeps talking about "a peaceful divorce" from the Palestinians, "them and us" and "disengagement." But last week it turned out that there is a problem with some of Israel's Arabs too, not just with the Palestinians.
So should we divorce Israel's Arabs as well? Should we disengage from northern Israel, according to this perception? Of course not, and that's why this is an unfeasible folktale. Even if we do disengage, there will be those who will say that the little we have left is a bi-national state. Some of Israel's Arabs have also taught the naïve dreamers a Middle Eastern lesson.
The fairytale is also interrupted by the Arab Spring, which is manifested both in Judea and Samaria and in Gaza. In Judea and Samaria we saw this month how Mahmoud Abbas
can't even control his own territory, surrounded by organizations which are hostile towards him and towards Israel.
In Gaza it's exactly the same situation: The political Hamas is challenged by the military Hamas, which is challenged by the Islamic Jihad, the Resistance Committees, the Popular Front, the Democratic Front – all of which are challenged by ISIS and the growing Salafis. Even they are incapable of making any decision, certainly not accepting agreements with their bitter enemy Israel.
Each of them is firing rockets at Israel and engaging in a debate with the other organizations, at the expense of Israel's citizens. The Arab chaos teaches the naïve dreamers a Middle Eastern lesson.
The folktale is now also threatened by the new Islamic caliphate which Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi established recently in Iraq and Syria. His ambition is to continue spreading, and the war over Baghdad, Saudi Arabia and Jordan is only a matter of time. So we're supposed to hand over more territories for the caliphate's conquests above our heads?
Last week, an Israeli daily held a strange type of "peace conference" with itself. Isn't it ironic that during that "peace conference" missiles were fired at central Israel and Tel Aviv?
Yes, no one in the State of Israel is immune anymore, but the peace conferences, the hotels, the refreshments and the great amount of funds from Europe continue as if nothing has happened.
As we've already said, it's a folktale.