City of Ariel

Reciprocity

In Letters on June 18, 2005 at 12:08 pm

Dear Friends,

Terrorist attacks around the world, most recently in England, Turkey and Russia, have painfully contributed to international understanding that this is a war – not between countries – but between civilizations. There is no connection to the Israeli – Palestinian conflict and even if we were to reach a true peace agreement here, the agenda of Islamic extremists would remain the same: to impose the rule of the Kingdom of Allah all over the world.

The European Union has not taken a strong stand against terrorism and has no real desire to fight Islamic fundamentalism. Europe has a severe problem with the growing influx of Moslems and the resulting political power Islam is gaining in there. Europe’s leaders understand the dangers inherent in this political influence. They simply have not the will to make this danger their enemy.

The U.S. is fighting terrorism particularly outside its borders, but is too “politically correct” to fight Islamic extremism within. They began by actively fighting terrorist cells wherever they were, but American sensitivity caused them to pull back at home. This decision may be a costly one for experience has shown us that whoever runs away from terrorism will be chased by the terrorists who interpret this as weakness.

The terrorists are confident because they know that the growing oil crises will lead to a world economic crisis. The effect on Israel will be great. When a barrel of oil costs close to $100, the international pressure on Israel will become unbearable. Sadly, the international community is more committed to oil than to alliances.

Russia may turn out to be the exception. There, too, Islam is growing rapidly with Moslem schools and mosques popping up everywhere. Russia, however, understands the danger well and is fighting this insidious phenomenon. Russia is not afraid to discard the kid gloves.

Because of this, there is a great deal of co-operation between Russia and Israel on security matters. Israel and Russia have similar problems when it comes to Islam. Israel, however, is doing something Russia never would. Israel is giving in to terror and giving up the Gaza Strip for nothing; a unilateral step with no obligations on the side of those who will receive Israel’s concessions.

This unilateral disengagement from Gaza and four communities in northern Samaria and the transfer of close to 10,000 Jews from Israeli land will be traumatic for all of Israel. Prime Minister Sharon, during his visit to Ariel at the end of July, announced that there would be no further disengagement. We have to take him at his word and hope that this time his determination will not falter.

Mr. Sharon says negotiations will only resume once the Palestinians have eliminated all terrorist organizations from their midst. Now there must be reciprocity if there is to be a return to the negotiating table. We must demand land for land, transfer for transfer.

We have learned, the hard way, that the “Land for Peace” equation does not work. There is no parity if only Israel concedes land and only Israeli Jews are transferred.

This disengagement will not bring solutions to the problems of Gaza. It will continue to be a ticking bomb unless it is connected to Egypt in some way and an industrial zone is created between El Arish and Rafiah, so that the Palestinians in Gaza have opportunities to earn a living.

As to Judea and Samaria, we must ensure that no third country is established between Jordan and Israel. Jordan is the Palestinian State and just like before 1967, Jordan should govern certain areas of Judea & Samaria. Once that border is established, Arabs living west of the border should be moved eastward.

There are still many difficult times ahead and my heart breaks for those living in Jewish communities with uncertain futures. We, in Ariel, are more fortunate. Our inclusion in the security fence and the general consensus in Israel regarding Ariel encourages us. This only happened because of the facts that were created here in the last 27 years. We couldn’t have done it without you, all our loyal friends and supporters, who have consistently contributed to ensure a better quality of life for the residents of Ariel.

Because of your efforts, Ariel is here to stay and because of Ariel, tens of other Jewish communities in the Ariel Bloc will have a future.

While the fence is being built and the borders of Israel are subtly and indirectly being established, we need your support more than ever. Help us complete the flagship projects that will turn Ariel into a city of 30,000. And together, let us make this the best year ever for Ariel, a year of health, happiness, peace and prosperity for all of us and for all of Israel.

Shana Tova,

Ron Nachman

Mayor of Ariel

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