Gaza Flotilla and the Gallant Rapist
18 Sivan, 5770 (May 31, '10)
you remember the gallant rapist? The criminal who would offer
his victims a ride home after the rape? He apparently thought
that his "good manners" would make his crime seem less
reprehensible. In the end he was apprehended and sentenced like
all the other rapists.
Today, Israel is the gallant rapist. We declared to the entire
world that Gaza is not ours, but theirs. The world was not
particularly convinced, so we expelled all the Jews from Gush
Katif in Gaza and destroyed their homes. We even dug up their
dead for reburial "inside Israel." Let there be no mistake, dear
world, Gaza is not ours. Look, we have even retreated from there
– with sensitivity and determination, of course.
Now, the world is convinced. Gaza is really not ours. But just a
minute: If Gaza is not really yours, why are you blockading it
from the sea and the air, allowing entry only from your
territory following your security checks? What are you trying to
do? To gallantly rape the "Palestinians" and convince us that
If Gaza is yours – stay there and fight! If it is not yours, get
out of there and do not interfere in their lives! You can't do
both. You can't simultaneously rape and be well-mannered. Oh,
you say that they are trying to smuggle weapons into Gaza? Well,
what's the problem with that? Who are you to tell them what to
bring into their territory? Aren't you constantly arming
yourselves as you please? If the state of Gaza will declare war
on you, then defend yourselves. But don't tell us that you left
while you are still ruling there by remote control. What right
do you have to prevent them from building their own army?
What? They actually did start a war and they are constantly
shooting at you? OK, then re-conquer Gaza and administer a
military government, like the Allies did in Germany. What?
That's impossible because you convinced your citizens that it is
good to disengage from Gaza? Hmmm.
We tried to fool the world, and first and foremost- ourselves.
Now the entire house of cards is collapsing on our heads. The
question is not who is more well mannered, us or them. The
question is not how much violence was used to stop the flotilla.
The question is who is the rapist. The question is who is just,
who is the good-guy and who is the bad-guy in this story. Israel
in flight from its identity lost justification for its existence
– not just in the Land of Israel but on the face of the entire
globe. It maneuvered itself into the position of the most
despised nation on earth. Achmadinijad can travel Europe freely.
Tzippy Livni and Bogi Ya'alon dare not land there.
If we would have adopted the stance of the just, we could have
acted according to the maritime international laws that were
determined by Great Britain when it ruled the seas. Call to
stop. First shell in front of the ship's nose. Second shell into
the ship, and the story is over. But this law is for legitimate
ships, not pirate ships, like us. It will not help us to base
our justness on good manners. We will always turn out to be
rapists in the end. It won't work even if we enlist the most
professional soldiers in the world for the mission.
"I don't see Israel as a Jewish state, but rather as a state of
all its citizens," said former Chief Justice Aharon Barak, and
we lost the most important weapon of all – our sense of justice.
The problem is that the other side did not lose its sense of
justice. For the Arabs, the Land of Israel is not merely real
estate or some sort of security shelter. For them, this Land is
holy and they are fighting for it (and rightly so!). But you
cannot fight for a land that by your own admission is not yours.
The only option open, then, is self-defense. Even rapists are
allowed to defend themselves. And that is how Israel has become
the state of roadblocks, barbed wire, security guards at the
entrance of every café, iron domes, cement blocks, concertina,
atomic detectors and mobile bomb shelters. We outfitted our
elite units with paint ball rifles and other ridiculous toys. Now we can
explain to the parents of the naval commando how the best
fighter in the world was injured by a club to his head.
We have cloaked ourselves in a gown of cement and barbed wire to
preserve the lie that Jews can return to their ancient homeland
after 2000 years with a false identity: Israeli instead of
Jewish. They can forget who they are and the dreams of their
ancestors and be just a normal nation – a nation like all the
nations. Just like in the Gulf of Mexico, we are trying to
bottle up the murky reality that is gushing to our surface with
an iron dome. But we cannot cover up for the sense of justice
that we have lost.
If we had retained our sense of justice, we would not be waiting
for Turkey to expel our ambassador, being portrayed as the
guilty rapist along the way. On the contrary, we would have
recalled our ambassador from Turkey and expelled its ambassador
for its declaration of war on our sovereignty. But we cannot do
that, because the Turks are right. After all, we declared that
Gaza belongs to the Arabs, didn't we? So what right do we have
to blockade a Turkish ship sailing to Gaza outside our territorial waters?
When, in the last 20 years, have you heard an official Israeli
representative – the prime minister, our ambassador to the UN or
our Foreign Minister utter the simple words, "This is our land?"
You can't remember? That is because it simply didn't happen.
Israel is fleeing its Jewish identity and cannot even say this
We must return to our basic sense of justice – the justice that
sustained us during our long exile and the only factor that
explains why we are not rapists and why this entire Land –
including Gaza, is ours and only ours. When we return to that
point, we will be able to truly establish our sovereignty in
this Land. As long as we continue to attempt to escape our
identity, Israel will slowly crumble as it hides
behind its barbed wire, road blocks and most advanced defense
technology in the world.