The Eleventh Commandment (INN-ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS OP-ED) by David Wilder 02/02/05)
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This week, some 200,000 people stood in the streets between the
Knesset and the prime minister´s office, ostensibly demanding either
elections or a national referendum as a prerequisite to
implementation of Ariel Sharon´s expulsion policy. "Let the nation
In all actuality though, the mass gathering screamed to the heavens:
please - stop this madness.
The Judea, Samaria and Gaza Council did a good job getting people
out, but part of the message they espoused was disappointing. As
reported by Israel National News, "Yesha officials called on the
crowd to reject calls for the refusal of orders in the IDF,
stressing such a move would destroy the military. They also decried
the raising of a hand against soldiers, police, and border police,
setting the ground rules for a tough fight, but one that does not
cross the lines of a law-abiding society."
What´s the problem with these points? They show a complete and total
misunderstanding of how to lead opposition to Sharon´s plans. They
suggest that we ´play by the rules´ not Sharon´s rules, rather
those established by a normal society. However, Sharon is not
playing by those rules. He´s devising his own rules as the game
progresses, doing whatever he wants, however he wants. The fact that
he has totally reversed his own campaign promises, the fact that he
is now implementing the policies voiced by his opponent, Amram
Mitzna, who was thoroughly trounced in the last election, the fact
that he ignored a supposedly binding Likud referendum, as well as a
vote of the Likud Central Committee, the fact that he refuses to go
to the people because he is scared that he might actually lose, the
fact that he is conducting a massive campaign to delegitimize the
same people he once regarded as heroes, that fact that he is
returning to the one-way street called Oslo - leading to an
inevitable head-on collision we´ve already experienced, again and
again and again, with over 1,500 fatalities and thousands of
casualties - the fact that, according to Deputy Prime Minister Ehud
Olmert and Minister Meir Shitrit, not to mention Peres and all the
other poodles presently serving as ministers under Sharon, the
expulsion and destruction of Gush Katif and the northern Shomron
communities is only the beginning the remainder of communities of
Judea and Samaria are on line for the guillotine all these facts,
and many more, clearly establish two sets of rules: one for Sharon
and one for everyone else.
During my interview with David Bedein last week, he revealed that
police invaded homes of Sderot residents, warning and threatening
them not to protest during a governmental visit to the city. This,
despite continued missile attacks and fatalities there.
And this week, buses on the way to the demonstration were randomly
stopped and ´searched´. What did the police expect to find, child
suicide bombers? One of the buses was stopped a few kilometers
outside Jerusalem, on the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem road, and the search
crew took its time looking for hard, criminal evidence against its
passengers. Losing patience, the travelers left the bus and started
walking down the middle of the highway ´If you won´t let us drive,
we´ll go by foot.´ All traffic came to a stop and the police caught
the message fast. Soon the bus was on its way into Jerusalem.
This second incident provides a good example of ´not playing by the
rules´ and it works. This is what the Judea, Samaria and Gaza
Council has yet to learn. If we continue to ´play by the rules´,
then we are bound to lose.
First and foremost on the list of ´our rules´ is refusal to obey
orders to evict families from their homes. The claim that refusal to
obey orders will destroy the army is a moot point. Why? Because what
good is an army without a land to defend? It is the declared intent
of many members of the current government, in conjunction with the
United States, Russia, Europe and the United Nations, to dismember
Eretz Yisrael. Forget George W. Ariel Sharon has, time and time
again, declared his allegiance to the "Roadmap", a plan leading to
the disintegration of the State of Israel and the rise of the State
of Palestine, G-d forbid. We will not have to worry about whether or
not our soldiers obey orders in the future; should they refuse,
there will be foreign forces here to do the work for them. So states
True, under ordinary circumstances, refusal to obey orders should
and would be viewed as virtually unthinkable. However, our lives,
privately and collectively, are ruled by priorities: in this case,
without Eretz Yisrael, our armed forces are unnecessary. Eretz
Yisrael certainly takes priority over a dictator´s decree. I have
difficulty comprehending why the leaders of the Judea, Samaria and
Gaza Council do not understand this.
You know, last week, everyone was making a big whoop-de-do about the
events marking the sixtieth anniversary of the liberation of
Auschwitz. This too, I had trouble fathoming. Speeches in the UN, a
memorial to the slaughtered, singing Hatikva, our national anthem -
it didn´t move me.
Many times, during meetings with correspondents from around the
world, I tell them: "There is much we must learn from the Holocaust.
One of the main lessons I have learned is from the refusal of the
Allied forces, including Britain and the United States, to bomb the
camps and stop the mass murders. This taught me that the United
States and Europeans were basically telling us, in other words, ´We
don´t want you here.´ For had they valued Jewish lives, they would
not have allowed the Nazis to continue exterminating them, by the
"So, what did Jews do? They came to live in Eretz Yisrael and
established the State of Israel. Now, we are being told that we
cannot continue to live in our land and the same people who
refused to stop the Nazi extermination are leading the call to expel
us from our homeland.
"So," I ask the reporters, "where do they want us to go? They don´t
want us in their countries, but they refuse to allow us to live with
security in our own land. So where should we go?"
The journalists look at me with a blank stare and, as a rule, do not
My problem with the 60th anniversary events is exactly that why
did it take sixty years for the nations of the world to stand up and
recognize, in some manner, what they were responsible for. The
proceedings at the UN should not have taken sixty years to occur.
They should have taken place annually since the founding of the
More significantly, in my opinion, in truth, Auschwitz has not been
liberated. We are still there, behind barbed wire fences, being led
like sheep to the crematorium. Then, the Jews had little recourse
there was no IDF, there was no State of Israel. But today there is.
Yet, we are continuing to be led by the nose, by the same peoples
who assisted, either actively or passively, with the Nazi
extermination machine sixty years ago. The massive world attempt to
force us to rid ourselves of our land is certainly nothing less than
Auschwitz because the world still does not recognize the
legitimate, G-d-given right of our people to our land.
There really is no doubt: Gush Katif will lead to Beit El and Shilo,
and they will lead to Hebron, and Hebron will lead to Jerusalem. Tel
Aviv and Haifa are only a matter of time. That is the way they see
it those who refused to destroy Auschwitz they are the same
people, the same cultures, the same mentality. They haven´t changed.
And, it seems, neither have we. We still haven´t learned.
This past Shabbat morning, sitting in Ma´arat HaMachpela, I listened
as we read in the Torah, the Ten Commandments. It is normally a very
spiritually uplifting experience, especially at such a holy place.
But this year, hearing the ancient words chanted, I couldn´t help
but think, ´What about the eleventh commandment?´ Why have we
forgotten the eleventh commandment? Why don´t we remember? Why are
we so good at forgetting? Again, meetings between Mohammed Dahlan
and Sha´ul Mofaz, Abu Mazen and Ariel Sharon, terrorist prisoner
releases, pulling the army out of the ´cities´ - the same show we´ve
seen so many times before. And we know what the results will be.
The eleventh commandment: never forget. (IsraelNationalNews ©
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