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WHY I WON\'T WEEP FOR SHARON
By Bernard J. Shapiro
A few days ago, a devout Jew and good friend of mine, wrote me this note: “I think this would be a good time to stop printing negative articles about Prime Minister Sharon. HE\'S VERY SICK. IT ISN\'T JEWISH TO KICK A JEW WHEN HE\'S DOWN.”
Of course, I agree that we should not speak ill of the sick and the dead - but only in a personal sense and not when related to political leaders. When a person is a political leader, then criticism may be necessary since his life is very much tied up with his policies. Those policies may have had terrible consequences for his country.
Sharon\'s disastrous polices MUST be debated, since a crucial Israeli election is just 71 days from January 9th [or ten weeks away] on March 28. These policies are intimately tied to his non-democratic take-over of the Israeli government. These policies clearly resulted in horrible things. I will enumerate a few:
1. By restraining the Israel Defense Forces from destroying the terrorist enemy, over 1000 Israelis were killed and 5000 maimed since he took office in 2001.
2. By allowing Arab terrorists to rain rockets and mortars on Gush Katif, he undermined Israeli deterrence and greatly influenced the Palestinian Authority to develop more and better mortars.
3. Item #2 will eventually negate any effectiveness of the so-called “security fence”. Rockets and mortars can easily fly over it!
4. His expulsion of the Jewish population of Gaza and northern Shomron greatly encouraged the Arab terrorists to believe that terrorism was a successful policy to drive Jews out of Eretz Yisrael. They then were motivated to increase their murderous practices by over 900% since the expulsion. The ultimate costs in life and limb cannot even be estimated at this time.
5. By allowing the rampant murder of Jews, Sharon dramatically lowered the morale of a large portion of the Israeli population. This caused them to adopt a sort of Stockholm Syndrome or wife abuse psycho-pathology that made them want to appease the enemy in order for him “to stop killing them.” For a lot of left wing Israelis, Sharon made it seem legitimate and right to give in to Arab and American demands and withdraw from the only speck of land on planet Earth given to the Jews by G-d.
6. Unfortunately, Sharon had to destroy Israel\'s feeble democracy and devastate Jewish rights in Israel to succeed in his dramatic appeasement of evil. Thus, he rewarded the murderers of Jews, and punished good Jews who resisted this irrational and totally anti-Jewish policy.
7. Sharon, more than any other PM except perhaps Yitzhak Rabin, sold out Israeli national sovereignty to the Americans. Turning Israel into a “banana republic” instead of a proud Jewish nation has had deleterious effects on Israeli deterrence. Now every military action to protect Israeli citizens (or even sales of military products) had to be approved by the US. The US, of course, had different priorities than Israel on diplomatic and defense policy.
8. Sharon went beyond the theft of land that was the property of the Jews of Gaza and northern Shomron, and also violated G-d\'s covenant with Abraham. David Ben Gurion, Israel\'s first Prime Minister, had this to say about territorial concessions at the Zionists Congress in Basle, Switzerland in 1937:
"I say from the point of view of realizing Zionism it is better to have immediately a Jewish state, even if it would only be in a part of the western Land of Israel. I prefer this to a continuation of the British Mandate...in the whole of the western Land of Israel. But before clarifying my reasoning, I have to make a remark about principle. If we were offered a Jewish state in the western Land of Israel in return for our relinquishing our historical right over the whole Land of Israel, then I would postpone the state. No Jew has the right to relinquish the right of the Jewish people over the whole Land of Israel. No Jewish body has such authority, not even the whole Jewish people has the authority to waive the right. .(to the Land of Israel) for future generations for all time."
Sharon is gravely ill and will never return to politics as a leader. His policies of appeasement and submission to American dictate could live on. Those policies must be seriously and vigorously fought for the sake of Israel\'s security and survival as a Jewish State.
So, while I have sympathy for Sharon\'s family during this time of crisis for them, I will not weep for Sharon. Maybe I am mean spirited or just not a “nice Jewish boy.” I grieve for the 1000 Jews murdered, the 5000 maimed, the 10,000 expelled from their homes and jobs. And I will grieve for my beloved Eretz Yisrael, whose dismemberment? Sharon facilitated and directed. So I won\'t weep for Sharon.
It is true that Sharon\'s biography is very long and has much to praise in regard to his service to the security of Israel. Back in 1994, Sharon came to Houston to raise money for YESHA, and I was privileged to introduce him to a crowd of over 5000 Jews and Christians. I lavished well-deserved praise on him as a hero of Israel. The crowd was enthusiastic, even ecstatic, at his words of support for building up Eretz Yisrael in all its natural biblical borders. The crowd opened up their hearts and pocketbooks and we raised the unbelievable sum of $74,000. We all believed that under his leadership the Oslo appeasement of evil could be reversed. Now, as Sharon lies sick and dying, we understand that this is not the Sharon we thought we knew.
Sharon was like the legendary Golem of Prague, a powerful man conjured up by magic by a local rabbi. His purpose was to protect terrified Jews from the anti-Semites who repeatedly would attack them. Sharon, likewise, was overwhelmingly voted into office (over 70% of the electorate) to obliterate Arab terrorism and bring security to Israeli Jews. The golem, having no soul, began to run amuck and became a danger to the Jews who had brought him into existence. Sharon too, despite his potential to protect the people of Israel, had no Jewish soul and ended up becoming a menace to his own nation. The golem was returned to dust by the same rabbi who had brought him to life. Sharon was struck down by natural causes due to his health problems.
I will leave it to future historians to try to understand the major and unforgivable shift in his policies. As someone who once supported him, I am saddened that a lifetime of battle for the security of Israel has ended in his trying to destroy all Zionist foundations of his country. For Sharon, in his final years, building up a Jewish State became unimportant and his main goal was the creation of a Palestinian State whose goal would be the destruction of Israel.
So, I will not weep for him.
Bernard J. Shapiro is the Executive Director of the Freeman Center For Strategic Studies