With the announcement of yet another round of negotiations that will be based on
the flawed two-state paradigm, I immediately expressed my opposition. After
hearing my opposition, many of my colleagues looked at me with puzzled
expressions and asked: “Do you not have any hope for a better tomorrow?” I am a
realist, and as such, I think our foreign policy should not be guided by “hope,”
but by reality. However, characterizing those who oppose the creation of an
enemy Palestinian state in the historical homeland of the Jewish people as not
having “any hope for a better tomorrow” is misleading and superficial.
Hope for a secure Israel
this column, I will speak about my various hopes for a better tomorrow – hopes
that strengthen my opposition to the two-state solution. I will move away from
my usual realist approach, and take an ideological approach, in order to show
that deep values lie behind my realism, which justify my opposition to the
creation of a Palestinian state.
Every time we
have entered a peace process with the Palestinians, the result has been
increased violence. Oslo brought bus bombings, Camp David brought the second
intifada. Even the unilateral disengagement from Gaza brought Kassam rockets to
all of southern Israel. Why are we to believe that this round of negotiations
will be any different? My hope is that Jewish mothers will stop burying their
sons simply because enough pressure was put on the prime minister to make
concessions that endanger Israeli lives. My hope is that it be known that if the
State of Israel is attacked, there will be significant repercussions against all
those who threaten its security.
My hope is that this new level of
deterrence will enable us to finally get some quiet here in Israel – an absence
of war, or, in other words, the peace for which we have been
Hope the Jewish people embrace their sovereignty
however, is not limited to the issue of peace. I hope that Israel will one day
regain the courage to assert its sovereignty.
I hope that it will not be
afraid to build in all of its historical homeland.
The return of the
Jewish people to the land of Israel is one of the most inspiring stories ever
told. After 2,000 years of yearning and exile, the Jewish people returned to
their biblical homeland and the very cities of their forefathers: Hebron,
Shechem, Beit El and of course, Jerusalem.
These cities are now
threatened by the creation of a Palestinian state and are referred to by
proponents of this solution as “occupied,” or, at best, as “disputed.”
hope is that the dispute ends, and that after 2,000 years of exile we finally
gain the courage to act as a sovereign nation in our homeland. I yearn for the
day our nation will be proud enough and courageous enough to defend the right of
Jewish people to pray on the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism.
yearn for the day a when a Jew legally purchasing a home in Hebron will not need
the army’s approval.
It is a 2,000-year-old dream, and it is a much
greater dream than the less than 100-year-old dream of the flawed twostate
solution.Hope for the Land of Israel and the People of Israel to finally
realize their love
One of the most powerful metaphors in the Bible views the
people of Israel and the land of Israel as a couple in love. This is one of the
popular interpretations of Shir Hashirim, the Song of Songs.
metaphor goes, the Land of Israel and the People of Israel fell in love, got
married and realized their love when the Jewish people became a sovereign nation
in the Land of Israel. However, this loving couple was violently separated by a
third party, who tried to establish his sovereignty by stealing and raping the
The separation of this loving couple seemed eternal. For 2,000
years, every single day, they dreamed of reuniting.
For 2,000 years, they
prayed three times a day that they should meet again. For 2,000 years, every
year, on the Ninth of Av, they mourned their separation.
2,000 years, they got back together. They met once again, resumed their love
once again, and were incredibly happy.
This is the story of the Jewish
people’s love for the land.
Today, some suggest that we cut off part of
this land, which we love so dearly, to appease those who want to kill
They make these demands without any guarantee that such concessions
will solve any conflict.
Would a husband ever agree to amputate his
wife’s limbs to appease those who keep harassing them? Or worse – would he agree
to “share” his wife? Of course not! He would stand up and fight to defend
My hope is not for the establishment of a Palestinian state. My hope
lies with the age-old dream of the Jewish people being eternally reunited with
their land.Hope – our national anthem
Interestingly, the founders of
Israel chose “Hatikva,” “The Hope,” as the national anthem of Israel. While most
people know the sections of Hatikva that are today part of the anthem, most
people do not know the full version of the poem.
In the full version, the
poet refers to the Temple Mount, to the tombs of our forefathers in Hebron, and
to other historical and religious symbols that exist in Judea and
Many academics claim that Zionism was inspired by the rise of
nationalism in Europe. There is no doubt that they are right. However, without
the hope of return to Jerusalem, Hebron and Bethlehem, which fueled the Zionist
movement, it would have never gathered major support within the Jewish
This hope is what caused most Zionists to oppose the Uganda
This is the hope that caused millions to move to Israel. This
age-old hope is what encourages Israeli soldiers, to this day, to risk their
lives in order to defend Jewish sovereignty in Israel.Differences in
The claim that those who oppose negotiations, which are based on a
flawed and already-tried program, have no hope for a better tomorrow is simply
baseless. We, like the proponents of the two-state solution, have utopias – we
just have different utopias.
In the utopia of supporters of the twostate
solution, Judea and Samaria are left empty of Jews so that the Palestinians can
establish their state. Then, according to their utopia, peace will
In my utopia, the Jewish nation will not run from Judea and Samaria
but rather will once again embrace it. Jews will appreciate every day they get
to live in their historical homeland and, because of their deep love for this
land, will refuse to part with any of it. Peace with the Palestinians will also
However, it will come from local cooperation and not from the
establishment of an enemy state.
You can decide for yourself which vision
is more hopeful.
The writer is an attorney, and graduated McGill University
Law School and Hebrew University’s honors graduate program in public policy.