By Moshe Feiglin
This article is translated from the Makor Rishon newspaper.
Which super idealists in Judea and Samaria would be willing to trade places with the Jews living in one of Israel's mixed Jewish/Arab cities? I'm not just talking about Akko, Nazareth, Lod or Yafo. I'm also talking about up and coming Israeli cities like Arad and Carmiel. How many idealistic settlers who have to put up with Arab violence on the roads of Judea and Samaria would be willing to be their neighbors in the same apartment building in one of the mixed cities on Israel's periphery ?
Nobody talks about the creeping Arab conquest inside the Green Line. The people who determine our national agenda live in Israel's center. They do not feel the harassment of the Bedouins in the Negev or the Arabs in Israel's Triangle and Galilee. The news editors do not have to guard their sheep at night; the MKs do not have Arabs living across the hall and the judges' daughter have no problem going out at night. For all practical purposes, the people who determine what we are allowed or forbidden to talk about live on a different planet.
It is an open secret that the Arabs have been using the time-proven method of block-busting to take over Jewish neighborhoods. The first apartment in a Jewish neighborhood in Ramle or Nahariyah will be bought by an Arab at an astronomic price - and a Jewish seller will always be found. After that, the Jews flee, selling their apartments at any price. The only Jews left are the elderly and those Jews who cannot afford to move elsewhere. And then I receive their letters; the old woman in Yafo whose front yard has become the local garbage dump for the neighborhood Arabs; the Jew whose car was blocked by an Arab in the middle of Yafo - and when he complained to a policeman, almost got himself arrested. After all, we all know that the Arabs are the masters of the Land. This and more are daily occurrences in Yafo, just three minutes from Tel Aviv - the planet where the elites determine what we are allowed to talk about and what is forbidden.
A number of months ago, the Druze in Peki'in burned the homes of the Jews living in the village and violently chased them from their homes. Did you hear much about that in Israel's media? Was an official Commission of Inquiry convened? They took a policewoman hostage. Was anybody arrested? Of course not. In response to the pogrom in Peki'in, Israel's police force sent its soccer team to play a friendly game against the Peki'in soccer team.
We established a state so that we could stop being different and start being normal. If only Jews can be Israelis, then we will never be normal. That is why the Israeli needs the Arab. He needs him to help him forget that he is a Jew.
It took a bit of time, but the Arabs eventually realized that they have an insurance policy worth gold. They understood that they hold the key to the Israeli dream of normalcy. They realized that because of their internal psychosis, the Israelis need them. They understand that a pogrom of the 1929 variety is still unacceptable. But other than that - just about anything goes.
In Tel Aviv, they continue to dream the normalcy dream and to accuse anybody who dares to say that there is a problem of racism and incitement. No MK, not even from the Right, dares to broach the subject. And so, quietly and undisturbed, over 60% of Israel's sovereign territory has already been transferred to Arab hands - inside the Green Line! More than half the social security funds are transferred to pad the Arab population, whose hero was caught helping the Hizbollah target Israeli cities - and was of course released to Jordan. This population pays little taxes. Who wants to risk their lives to collect taxes? They build wherever they please, pollute wherever they please, burn whatever they please and of course, they vote for the Knesset and have access to top government positions. We are busy fighting for Yesha, and refuse to recognize the more dangerous front against the fifth column inside Israel.
The reaction of Akko's Jews to the pogrom may not look very good on television, but it prevented similar riots from breaking out throughout Israel. But no need to fret. Israel's media will hurry to remind the Arabs that the future of this land belongs to them. The people in the periphery will continue to pay the price, while the people on planet Tel Aviv will continue to condemn the racists and inciters.
The fundamental solution is leadership that is not looking for normalcy. The solution is leadership that emphasizes our Jewish identity. Paradoxically, it is only when the Arabs understand that the Israelis do not need them to help them forget that they are Jews - will we be able to live here in peace with non-Jews who unequivocally accept the fact that Israel is a Jewish state.