Mordechai From Middle East Information Center 08/08/2005
I want to start out with this commentary in stating I do not support the disengagement of Yesha known as the West Bank and Gaza strip for many reasons that are addressed in my commentary “A Two State Solution, but not what you think.” However I wish to comment on the apparatus of disengagement and the confusion it causes on both sides of the disengagement. That being the finality of disengagement of Yesha is not disengagement at all.
To understand disengagement you have to understand the ideology that is “land for peace.” Land for peace is the crux and first piece of the disengagement apparatus that facilitates an “idolic” reality dusted in sophistry. Whether it is the Sinai, Golan Heights, Gush Katif or the Green-line quite simply today’s line will be tomorrow’s disengagement. It is the Israeli loss of identity and the idolum of self-surrendering that it is never going to be enough. It is the infinite acquiescence to an idolum that Israel does not exist, that finality where peace only extends to the limits of the front and back lawn until foreclosure.
The second part of the disengagement apparatus is inherent to the first, which is land or better defined, nationalism or Zionism. Quite simply it is the confusion that one calls Israel the Jewish state, but yet there is an Israeli and a Jew; thus the problem of identity which transgresses much further than an individual’s self proclamation but to a nation state. While many of the so-called settlers are religious Jews and practice in keeping mitzvot (Jewish Commandments) in the Promised Land, they are themselves victims of nationalist politics and in many cases what becomes the defense of one’s home in turn becomes viewed as extreme or incorrect, however when compared to the opposite with Palestinian removal and occupation the logic or statement of extreme or incorrect cannot hold. Thus two “homeless” groups at opposite ends of a conflict fueled by nationalist politics fighting each other and a common enemy, belligerent organizations (terrorists) and the nationalist entity, the Israeli government with all the self-serving politicians throughout Israel’s history and its creation. This is the conundrum of nationalism over Judaism or the use of Judaism and the belligerent’s use of Islam respectively.
This then leads me to the third piece of the disengagement apparatus, an important piece that brings disengagement full circle that is blinding hate of which is founded on the sophistry of the first two. This is the reason why a Jew cannot pray on Temple Mount, for the fear of Muslim outrage. It is what fuels many good Jews to kill Arabs or Muslims; it fuels homicide bombers, Kassam rockets and etc. It is what makes in any attempt for peace an all or nothing proposal.
Quite simply, with the current "road map", no one will escape disengagement and the question becomes how do we disengage disengagement?