In his column last week, Hagai Segal wondered why the forced
Evacuation/Compensation law for Jews was considered to be legitimate
in Israel, but when this author proposes the application of the same
principle – on a volunteer basis – for the Arabs, it is derided as
The reason for this seems clear: Money. There are many more Arabs in
Judea and Samaria than Jews. Israel simply does not have the
economic ability to create an "emigration package" for the Arabs of
Yesha - Certainly not to the tune of half a million dollars per
family. (By the way, I never proposed giving the Arabs half a
million dollars to emigrate. What I did say was that instead of the
money Israel spends per decade as a result of the Oslo Accords, we
could invest half a million dollars per Arab family interested in
emigration. Israel could invest in an emigration package that
includes purchase of property, assistance with finding work abroad
and also cash. We could offer less than half a million dollars and
invest the rest of the money that we are pouring into the Oslo
Accords into improving the quality of life for the elderly, for
For the sake of argument, we will stay with the proposal to pay half
a million dollars to encourage the emigration of most of the Arab
families in Yesha. Polls show that these Arabs are definitely
interested in this option. We will not consider factors that are
difficult to calculate, such as the expected decrease in the price
of land and housing inside the Green Line after the application of
this plan. These factors strengthen our premise, but are difficult
Another small introduction: Our calculations will not use the true
demographic data determined by Yoram Ettinger and his expert
Israel-American team. Instead, we will use the inflated data
provided by the Arabs of Yesha.
Being that I made the first calculations a number of years ago, and
in addition, I am a concerned party, I asked my friend, Uri Noi – a
meticulous, high-tech professional whose expertise is exact
calculation, to examine this subject in depth. Uri enthusiastically
researched this proposal and as he said, "At no stage of the
preparation of this document did I peek at the results as they were
forming. In other words, this document was written and examined
thoroughly and impartially.
A week later, Uri presented the results of his research in a 12 page
document. You can read the Hebrew version here. The following is a
quote from his conclusion:
Cost to Israel of the Oslo Accords:
1. Money transfers to the Palestinian Authority: 86 billion NIS
(since Oslo- M.F.) and an additional 4.53 billion NIS annually.
2. General Security Service: 2.85 NIS and an additional 1.5 billion
3. Border Police in Judea and Samaria: 13 billion NIS and an
additional 0.7 billion NIS annually.
4. IDF in Judea and Samaria: 57 billion NIS and an additional 3
5. Security guards everywhere: 68 billion NIS and an additional 3.57
6. Bypass roads: 20 billion NIS and an additional 1 billion
7. Separation Wall: 4.7 billion NIS, one time expense.
8. Murder victims: 3.5 billion NIS in loss of productivity.
9: Defensive Shield Operation: 14 billion NIS, one time expense.
10. Loss of revenue from tourism: 129 billion NIS and an additional
1 billion annually.
11. Decrease in price of land for housing. Zero in the meantime.
In all, the Oslo Accords cost the Israeli public 423 billion NIS for
Judea and Samaria alone. In addition, they continue to cost the tax
payers 15.3 billion NIS annually, with no end in sight.
The 423 billion that we have already paid is one and one half times
more then the 284 billion NIS that Feiglin proposes.
Simply put, when people ask when Feiglin will be right, the answer
is that the scenario that he outlined is already here.
Since the Oslo Accords were signed, instead of spending $500,000 on
every Arab family that could be convinced to emigrate, we have spent
$750,000. This sum is constantly increasing. It is a shame that we
didn't listen to Feiglin earlier. He made this proposal years ago,
and this week he simply repeated it."
If so, we remain with a question: Why is forced
Evacuation/Compensation for Jews considered reasonable, while
voluntary Evacuation/Compensation for Arabs is considered
This is where we touch upon the real price that we have paid for the
Oslo Accords: An entire generation has come of age after Oslo and
the recognition of the Arab claim to the Land of Israel – young
people approximately 35 and under. These Israelis have grown up
believing that the "salt of the earth" is the Arab, while the Jew is
living here on borrowed time. An entire generation has grown up
thinking it is a guest in its own land and that it has to pay and
constantly bribe the "true sons" in order to justify its continued
All the solutions that spring up here on a daily basis surrender our
essential claim to the Land of Israel as a land sanctified to Jews
alone. "We have returned to our holiest of places, never to leave
them again," said Moshe Dayan. The marriage vow, "You are sanctified
to me," means to me, and no one else. There is no such thing as "you
are sanctified to me - and also to the neighbor." There cannot be
two states – two husbands – for one land.
The only relevant political party that has an explicit clause in its
charter on sovereignty over all the Land of Israel in our hands is
the Likud. This clause was written before Oslo. After Oslo and
official Israel's ensuing estrangement toward the sanctity of the
Land and its settlers, this clause could never have been written –
not even in the Jewish Home party.
This is why the proposal to encourage emigration is considered
unrealistic today. Not because it is not practical: it is the only
practical plan. Not because there is no money to apply it: it saves
money. Not because it is unethical: there is no plan more ethical.
Not because the Arabs are not interested: they are very interested.
Not because they have nowhere to go: they have a wide array of
It is considered unrealistic simply because we have stopped
believing that this is our Land.
This is the real greatness of this plan. It is not the calculations
and not the question if it will cost us half a million shekels or
300,000. It is the principle that dictates that when the movie ends,
those who will be here will be the Jews. The greatness of this plan
is that it gives the Oslo generation of "visitors" the political
tools to once again develop their sense of belonging to their land.
Annual Tu B'Shvat Tree Planting Drive to Focus on Southern Israel
1,500 fruit trees for 1,500 rockets! This is the name
of this year's annual Tu B'Shvat tree planting drive! Every year, our
parent organization, Zo Artzeinu, leads the biggest fruit planting
project in Israel. This year, they will be planting the trees in the
exact areas which came under attack during the recent "Pillar of
Defense" war. Cities like Sderot, Netivot, Beersheva, Ashkelon and Asdod
will receive thousands of new fruit trees to signify life, growth and
the Jewish people's eternal existence! (Note: Tu B'Shvat is next month!)
Over 50 schools across the USA and CANADA have already participated in
previous tree plantings and we urge your school and organization to join
us. Every child gets a beautiful certificate and prizes are awarded for
the most trees planted. Great prizes such as iPads, Nintendos and pizza
parties for hundreds of students! This is a fun and very educational
project for the entire family.
Zo Artzeinu's project manager for the Tu B'Shvat tree planting project
will be in the USA and will gladly meet all schools to discuss this
exciting program. Please call or email Shlomo Walfish at the following
numbers: Tel: (516) 371-2474 or email Shlomo@JewishIsrael.org
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