THE TEMPLE MOUNT
By Elyakim Haetzni
According to the Hebrew poet Uri Zvi Greenberg "whoever controls the Temple Mount controls the entire Land of Israel." When he uttered this prophecy he could not foresee that in the future an Israeli Prime Minister would invite the United Nations to exercise sovereign control over the Temple Mount.
Ostensibly, the idea should prove appealing to Arafat. Here the Jews themselves are threading the needle of internationalizing Jerusalem, and internationalization is the cornerstone of UN Security Council Resolution 181 the decision concerning the 1947 boundaries, (an Israel without Nahariya, Acre, Nazareth, Jaffa, Ramle, Lydda, Ahsdod, Ashkelon, Beer Sheba, Kiryat Gat), the next station in Arafat's "Strategy of Stages" for liquidating Israel.
Nevertheless, it is still possible that Arafat will not agree to put UN Security Council troops on the Temple Mount, lest he be accused of restoring imperialism to the Middle East via American control to El Quds.
The United States' proposal to internationalize the Temple Mount is predicated on the Bosnian Doctrine. This doctrine essentially seeks to turn explosive areas populated by immature natives, stuck in antiquated ethnic disputes (and therefore afflicted with a retarded globalization co-efficient) into great power protectorates. Economic and military pressure is applied to secure an imposed solution. In Bosnia it was called Dayton, Ohio; here it is called Camp David. There the guardianship was entrusted to N.A.T.O., in the Middle East which lies outside of N.A.T.O., the Security Council is to assume the guardian's role. But both N.A.T.O. and the United Nations merely constitute the outer shell; the inner core is provided by American military presence. Without the 30,000 American troops on Bosnia, this artificial Moslem state would collapse. For the West, the maintenance of this army is a small price to pay for quiet in the Balkans, which has already ignited quite a few wars, including the First World War.
The dispute in the Middle East resembles the Balkans in every respect. It is an ethnic war and a clash between religions, in a sensitive and dangerous area, where the natives play with matches on powder kegs. They therefore need protection from themselves, i.e. they need a guardian.
Israel, a state which has lost its way and its self-confidence, is ripe for the status of a U.N. protectorate. Already during the discussions about abandoning the Golan, the question arose how Israel could protect itself, given the memory of the Yom Kippur War, when without the Golan, the Syrians would have easily reached Safad. Already then the Israelis proposed an American "defense pact", backed up with a military presence. Now, after our withdrawal in the north, the U.N.- an organization which Israel always regarded with suspicion - serves us as artificial limbs, as a substitute for our own legs, which we left behind in Lebanon. This new development acclimatized our public opinion for a U.N. solution in the heart of the country, as well.
The retreat from the central mountain backbone in Samaria and Judea is entering the practical stages. The army is making preparations for evacuating the vital air force base on Mt. Baal Hatzor. The Judea-Samaria police district is being dismantled. The Jordan Valley is being abandoned. Soon the Port of Gaza will be opened and nothing will prevent the introduction of armor and other arms through it. Hundreds of thousands of Arab refugees are to return within the Green Line. The country will be severed by two extra-territorial Corridors, connecting the two parts of Arafat's Palestine. The threat from Arab Palestinians who are citizens of Israel is intensifying, as the latest riots prove. Keeping all these facts, and others, in mind, it will come as no surprise that the Israeli Defense Force's High Command has internalized the natural consequence that Israel will no longer be able to protect itself through its own power. This is the source of the seemingly paradoxical phenomenon, that Israeli officers who are supposed to provide the country with military solutions as an expression of its independence, are the first to press the politicians for a "political solution" and together with it the "default solution" of stationing a foreign army in our boundaries. Ehud Barak is the prime example of this Israeli Army, model 2000, and he believes that in the same manner the Jewish people, model 2000, is prepared to forego political and military independence in return for foreign security and political protection, readily hosting American soldiers who bring in dollars, stimulate the entertainment industries and enrich contractors, a fair price for relinquishing sovereignty an antiquated concept in the age of globalism, for "forsaking Jerusalem" an archaic and primitive infatuation.
And if from somewhere low-key, subdued, questions would come forth - why therefore did we have to expel the British from here, for what purpose did we bury 20,000 in wars for independence, in battles for Jerusalem - who will hear them?
This explains, how Clinton easily encountered Barak's enthusiastic agreement when he proposed the stationing of a Security Council Army on the Temple Mount. Thus, those Jews who still cling to the "Land coveted by our forefathers", to the "Dream of generations", to "Zion, the world's delight" see their hope hanging by a slender thread, which is the opposition of the Palestinian side, their resistance to accept an equivalent role of protectorate status.
"Shall I forget thee Oh Jerusalem"? The Israel of Barak, Beilin and Ben Ami has forgotten and forsaken. How tragic, that from the "Hope of two thousand years" recited in our national anthem, all that is left is the hope for Arafat's stubbornness.
Elyakim Haetzni is an attorney and Jewish activist from Kiryat Arba.