Ah, the American Dream. The Israeli Dream, for that matter. To own, live in, pay for and enjoy your own home. To have a place that is yours, where you are king, your wife is queen and your children feel safe and secure from the evils of the world. Most likely that is the legitimate goal of almost all human beings, and in some countries – democracies for instance – it can be realized with hard work, consistency and commitment.
That’s the way it was until recent years in both America and Israel. In America, in the last ten plus years, many people have lost their homes due to the mortgage crisis. It’s understandable – if you can’t pay for it, then you usually have to give it up. Whether it is fair or not, is up to the courts to decide.
However, in Israel, there seems to be a different criteria. If you’ve bought and paid for your home, and have even moved into and established residence, it is only your home until some politician decides otherwise. Oddly enough, this seems to be happening to more Jews than to Palestinians and one has to wonder why that is. Case in point:
Recently, a group of Jews who truly believe that Judea and Samaria belong to the JEWISH nation of Israel, went together and purchased a piece of property – a small apartment building – near the Cave of Macpelah, where the Matriarchs and Patriarchs of Israel are buried, in Hebron – where King David was anointed as king of Judea. Just as Abraham purchased the burial plot of Machpelah in Hebron from an Arab for 400 pieces of silver they, too, purchased it legally, paid for it and got the deed to it. All was fair, square and legal.
Then the families began moving in. Jewish families, of course. Why not Jewish families? This IS Israel, isn’t it. They moved in and began setting up housekeeping. All was Kosher – except for one thing. Enter Minister of Defense Ehud Barak – remember he is the same smiling former Prime Minister Ehud Barak that shook hands with Yassir Arafat and began negotiations with the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization). Barak didn’t like the fact that the Jewish families moved into their new home without his specific permission, so he ordered them evicted by the IDF. Barak had the authority to do this because Hebron isn’t governed by civil law, but comes under the military auspices and, alas, he is the head of the military in his role as Defense Minister.
The new owners had moved into the home in haste because they feared that the home would be vandalized or possibly inhabited by Arab squatters, which happens frequently, and then they’d never get possession of the home they had paid for. The same day they moved into the home, they filed the necessary papers with the Ministry of Defense. A minor technicality in most cases, unless you are Jewish, living in Hebron and Ehud Barak is in charge.
To quote my Israeli friend and writer, Arlene Kushner, “Yet this is not the way Barak and the Civil Administration (which works under the IDF) saw matters. The house was declared a closed military zone and an eviction order was issued — the residents were originally supposed to leave by 3 PM yesterday [April 3, 2012].
“And here is where law and politics become conflated. Ostensibly, the eviction papers were issued because the Civil Administration had not had an opportunity to examine the purchase documents to determine their legitimacy, and thus could not yet issue a permit for the owners to move into the house. But this is the statement in the eviction notice:
“…in Hevron a fragile status quo is maintained between the Israeli and Palestinian population. Upholding this status quo prevents confrontations that may lead to loss of life.””
At this writing, the Hebron House issue is still up in the air. The evicted residents are living in front of the house, on the street in tents, waiting on a decision from king Barak and his cronies. It doesn’t appear that the issue is about examining the deed to make sure that all is in order. It does appear that this is about political correctness and Barak’s desire to do whatever it takes to have peace with the Palestinians, no matter how uncomfortable it makes Jews.
Obviously, Barak – who is a well educated man – has no understanding of the Bible. If he did, then surely he’d understand that this land, these houses, this territory, this Israel belongs to one people and they are Jews. For those who don’t like it, perhaps it isn’t politically correct but maybe they should consider moving to the real Palestine whose current name is Jordan and leave the land of Israel to the Jews. Perhaps Barak ought to lead them in that move.