YES! This is how we respond to the European Union’s recent decision that Modiin (or parts of Modiin) is a “settlement”! It is about time that Jews and Israelis realize that the delegitimization against Israel is not against our living in Judea and Samaria – it is against Jews living anywhere in Israel, including Tel Aviv, Haifa, Beer-Sheva etc.
In their eyes, any Jew living in Israel is a settler, so be proud of it! Join us in standing up for Israel’s right to exist instead of trying to make yourselves feel better than your settler brothers and sisters, who are living on the wrong side of a made-up diplomatic green line that has no diplomatic status what-so-ever in international law!
A man wakes up one morning and suddenly discovers that he is a settler. Not just any settler, but a new breed of settler — run-of-the-mill bourgeois. This form of settlement comes with all the benefits of raising three children, with a dog and a garden, without the need for armored buses or the danger of being set on fire by Molotov cocktails while driving home.
The truth is that after I realized that my status had changed (and not just on Facebook), I realized that there simply isn’t anything better than being a settler who enjoys the best of both worlds.
On the one hand, the halo of right-wing Zionism based on the trinity of religious Zionism: the people of Israel, the Torah of Israel, and the land of Israel, all within 25 minutes driving distance from both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. And on the other hand, the range of economic incentives available to settlers, from subsidized after-school clubs and activities, to the shade provided by the tinted windows on your bullet-proof vehicle funded by the state. And you don’t even need a passport or to endure stone-throwing at the Shilat junction! Classical Europe has delivered a solution right to the flaps of the tents of the social justice camp here in Modiin.
These are the same Europeans who have refused to add Hezbollah to its list of terrorist organizations, even after the attack in Bulgaria, and have demanded that Jerusalem be divided.
The Europeans prove time and again that we need to focus on and implement the words of Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, who said “our future does not depend on what the gentiles say, but rather what the Jews do.”
And my poor leftist neighbors! Meretz voters, and Ni’lin demonstrators, who, heaven help us, were turned into settlers against their will and received a resounding slap from their enlightened European friends. And if this is not political coercion, then I don’t know what coercion is.
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