Thursday, September 13, 2012

Yossi Sarid Concedes Defeat

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I cannot understate the significance of what you are about to read.

Yossi Sarid, the former head of the most radical and strongest Jewish political party in Israel - the Meretz Party - which sought to erase the Jewish towns of Judea and Samaria, concedes defeat. The official numbers of Jews living in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) have registered loud and clear with Mr. Sarid. "It's too late," he says.

The office of Knesset Member Yaakov "Ketzaleh" Katz recently released the official stats of Jews in Judea and Samaria with a breakdown of population by each town. Click here for the report of stats from the Population Registry of Israel's Ministry of the Interior. According to the report, at the end of June, 2012, there were 350,143 Jews in Judea and Samaria, not inlcuding the more than 300,000 in the eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem.

Yossi Sarid is a highly intelligent, savvy analyst. Though he is an arch enemy of the movement to restore a Jewish presence in the ancient Hebrew towns of Judea and Samaria, he is a smart guy and an eloquent speaker. Reality has sunken in for Mr. Sarid. 

In a recent article entitled, "Tisha B'av: Maybe Next Time We'll Succeed" (Haaretz, July 27, 2012), Yossi Sarid basically throws in the towel. He writes:

"Writing this time is especially difficult for me. I am accompanied by a gloomy but deep feeling that I am advancing towards an admission that I erred. And it's no small error. How did I not see the ramifications? ...

[In reference to the settlement movement] "I always convinced myself that what was being done can and will be reversed, and that the long-awaited awakening would surely come. Now it's too late.

[In response to Benvinisti who wrote 25 years ago that the settlements are irreversible] "I wrote then, 'There's no such thing as irreversible. Only death is irreversible.... Why instill premature despair?' He was right. I was blinded and continued to operate on mistaken assumptions... I based my false hopes on common sense... on our ability to stop at any moment and change direction. I was wrong. It's my fault.
"This article will bring joy to the hearts of many. At long last we merit to hear Sarid admitting he was wrong. Blessed [is He] who has let us live to see this day. At long last he understands that the settlements are here for eternity, "from ancient times and forever." [Sarid answers the joy of his opponents with a prediction that the thriving settlement movement will lead Israel to apartheid and its eventual downfall. Thus the name of his article, Maybe Next Time We'll Succeed.]
It will take time for other world leaders and people of influence to wake up and smell the coffee. There will yet be struggles over houses in Judea and Samaria. Yes, the Supreme Court may yet again rule against 20 houses here and demolish 30 houses there. This is an atrocity.
But with the waning Arab birth rate and the waxing Jewish one, time is simply on our side. Every day, the Jewish population of Judea and Samaria increases by more than 42. That's more than a classroom a day.
So, the more that world leaders spend time talking, the deeper they dig the grave for their own diplomatic initiatives aimed at uprooting the Jewish People from their ancestral homeland.
Justice has prevailed. The Lion of Judah has awakened and reclaimed his Land. No force in the world can reverse this just, historic process.

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