While the Israeli left and the international community continue the Oslo mantra, calling for the implementation of the two-state solution and dual existence, the dream of Israel and the PA living side-by-side, the dream is not one shared by the PA (Palestinian Authority) leadership.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) has ordered a stricter law to prevent any of his residents from selling land to Jews. Anyone who is convicted of such a crime will now face life in prison with hard labor and this includes not only selling land, but renting to anyone from an “enemy state”, which includes first and foremost, Israel. The old version of the law was a prison term with hard labor but not life imprisonment.
Interestingly, the Israeli left remains outraged at statements made by Tzfas Chief Sephardi Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, who stated halacha does not permit renting or selling land in that holy city to Arabs. His words so outraged the left-wing community that Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein felt compelled to send letters to the 48 members of the voting body in the Jerusalem Chief Rabbinate election to warn them against voting for Rabbi Eliyahu. They have labeled him a “racist” and an “extremist”, yet the very same myopic individuals including Justice Minister Tzipi Livni continue to call for advancing peace-making efforts with the PA, which include major land concessions by Israel in their vision. They remain unscathed by the PA’s racist attitude and policy, insisting Abu Mazen is a true visionary and peace-maker Israel has waited for to bring an end to the years of conflict in the region.
These people are unable to explain how the model of dual existence works when PA residents may enter Israel but an Israeli entering a PA autonomous area is in violation of the law and placing his/her life in perilous danger.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)