The following is an open letter written by some members of the Canadian Jewish community and recently delivered to the consul general of Israel in Toronto.
Dear Consul General of Israel,
This June, the State of Israel marked the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War. Historically, this was a war of necessity for Israel’s security and resulted in access to essential holy sites. Today, however, another consequence is Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and military rule of its Palestinian residents.
We are writing as Jews who love Israel and care about its future. We urge the Israeli government to embark on the road of peace by returning to fair and just negotiations to end the occupation, for Israel’s sake.
We admire Israel’s incredible achievements over the past 69 years, but are very concerned that the 50 years of occupation is disastrous not only to the Palestinians, but also to Jewish Israelis. Israel’s Declaration of Independence sets out a legal and moral framework of basic human and civil rights for Israel to guarantee. Today, these values are under attack and threatened by Israeli government policies.
Specifically, settlement construction in the West Bank and continued disenfranchisement of, and military rule over, Palestinians, constitute major obstacles to peace and endanger the very fabric of Israeli democracy. Recent Israeli settlement policies raise concerns about violations of its own, and international, law.
Of key importance is that the ongoing occupation leads to more bloodshed and cycles of violence that undermine the hopes of most Jews and Palestinians, in the Middle East and the Diaspora. The great danger is that a two-state solution may no longer be possible unless there is a commitment to end the occupation, and a shared desire for peace. ..It goes on from there with the usual lefty malarkey which posits that the end of the "Occupation" would also help tackle "the troubling ambivalence of young Jews in our community toward Israel" (said ambivalence being the result, supposedly, of an "Occupation" that violates "their moral and democratic values").
Far more troubling than the ambivalence of young Jews--whose ambivalence stems not from any Israeli actions but from their own ambivalence to Judaism (and their inclination to worship other sexier gods--leftism, climate change, social justice, etc.)--is the obsession of certain Jews with the "Occupation."
And there is little point in telling them that when Israel's eliminationist enemies next door mention the "O" word, they're referring to the Jewish "occupation" of (i.e. sovereignty over) Israel.
All of it.
North, south, east and west.
As for the Israeli to whom the open letter is directed: I think he--and Israel--can safely discount the admonitions of a group of virtue-signalers who sincerely believe that "From the river to the sea, Palestine shall be free" is open to negotiation.