אופיר דיין
Ofir Dayan
Naftali Bennett in his first speech at UNGA

The advantage of a paralyzed government

Opinion: While MKs struggle to reach a common ground regarding Israeli settlements in the West Bank, now is the time to act and bring thousands more Jews to unoccupied state territories

Ofir Dayan |
Published: 10.09.21, 13:53
Beyond the understandable criticism Prime Minister Naftali Bennett received when he slammed Israel's health officials in his UN speech, not many wondered why our leader didn't mention our inseparable other half - the Palestinians.
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  • However, the Jewish people existed before the Palestinians, and Israel was formed before the term "Palestinians" even referred to the group of people who call themselves that today.
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    נפתלי בנט בנאום ראשון באו"ם
    נפתלי בנט בנאום ראשון באו"ם
    Naftali Bennett in his first speech at UNGA
    (Photo: AFP)
    The current political situation mainly indicates that the present government lacks any ability to agree on common ground when it comes to Israeli settlements in the West Bank, let alone on implementation on any kind of plans.
    On the Right, there are people like Knesset Member Zvi Hauser, the initiator of the Nation State Law, and Justice Minister Gideon Sa'ar, a former chairman of an organization that supports the idea of Greater Israel.
    On the Left, there are people like Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg, who visited the grave of the mass murderer Yasser Arafat, and Ra'am Chairman Mansour Abbas, who has in the past promised that he will not rest until a Palestinian state is formed.
    Among them, sits helplessly Bennett, who in the past set out a detailed plan to annex the West Bank. Now, however, he is the head of a coalition that no one would have believed he could lead. But the desire to form a government driven the parties into ignoring the issue that once defined them.
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    A demonstration by settlers against Palestinians in the West Bank
    (Photo: Yoav Dudkevitch)
    For us, the settlers, this government is frightening, even terrifying. The thought that these MKs are willing, quite literally, to demolish our homes shocks us to our very core. But the past proved that deeds are far more powerful than words, and the faith of the settlers in the righteousness of the way and their determination is stronger than both.
    The settlers are concerned, and they should be, but they must not sink in these thoughts. They must take advantage of the fact that the current government is unable to act, and that its right-wing members are interested in proving themselves to the public.
    Half a million Jews live in those territories that were liberated during the Six Day War, and it can't be argued now as has been in the past, that there are just a handful of us living there. We are a mirror image of Israeli society - we are ultra-Orthodox, religious and secular, we are women and men, believers and non-believers, doctors, lawyers and teachers.
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    Evyatar outpost
    (Photo: Yoav Dudkevitch)
    It is time to bring thousands more Jews to the West Bank, this is not only a Zionist act, but also a move with considerable economic benefits - in times of rising housing prices, unoccupied state territories are an excellent solution.
    While the government is paralyzed - the people need to act. Because not only thought creates reality, deeds create it also.




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