Rabbi Haim Cassorla Views Pick a Place - Draw a Line
Pick a Place - Draw a Line

I just finished reading Hillel Halkin's article "Does Sharon Have A Plan?" which you shoould still be able to read at:

Hillel Halkin, Commentary, June 2004
Isralert@aol.com's source: Canadian Institute for Jewish research http://www.isranet.org/

Mr. Halkin is, no doubt a respected author and Op-Ed writer, but I wish to make some points in regard to the article and some of Mr. Halkin's findings.

Mr. Halkin, in his article, regrettably fails to mention the "first" partition of "modern Palestine." It is interesting, but not surprising that Mr. Halkin forgot that partition, most people don't remember it or even notice it when they read of it in the history books. At the end of the war now known as World War I, the League of Nations awarded to the British "custody" of a territory, which stretched from the Mediterranean Sea to the border of (newly created) Iraq. This vast tract of land was given to the British to "administer" in such a manner as to foster the foundation of a "Jewish National Homeland." Almost immediately, the British lopped off all of the Mandate east of the Jordan river, and gave it to the Bedouins who served the Allied Powers so bravely and successfully as the Arab Legion. That same Arab Legion immortalized in "Lawrence of Arabia." The British established on that land, comprising more than 50% of the landmass of the "Palestine Mandate," a country called initially Transjordanian Palestine, then The Hashemite Kingdom of Transjordanian Palestine and later the nation changed its name to The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and it is popularly known as Jordan.
I mention all of the above because nearly a century has passed since that "partition," and most people don't even know that it happened. While I was living in Israel, from 1973 to 1980, I had a "Peace Plan" that nobody wanted to listen to. The Prime Minister of Israel, Arik Sharon, apparently has adopted my plan, and in the end, Mr. Halkin also appears to have accepted my "Peace Plan."
Here then is the Rabbi Haim Cassorla Peace Plan, first presented to a small circle of friends in my [absorption center] apartment in Karmiel:

Pick a Place - Draw a Line

In the more than one hundred years of the renewed Zionist movement reviving the Jewish settlement of The Land of Israel, we have never had a willing partner with whom to draw borders for "A National Jewish Homeland" on the lands of the Historic Israel. (As an aside to this, I feel it important to note that "The Land" in question has had a continuous Jewish presence from the time of Joshua to this day.) In the absence of a willing partner, we must find a system that works, at least for us. Simply put, if we follow the British example and draw a line and say, "this is no longer in contention," and "here is the boundary of the modern State of Israel," we suddenly have "defensible borders." The modern State of Israel has never had "defensible borders" because it never had "borders." The UN Partition Plan adopted on Nov. 29 1947, in the end, although approved by the General Assembly, was not really accepted by the Jews or the Arabs living in the area. The Yeshuv (the Jewish settlement), grudgingly accepted the UN Partition as "the best we are going to get." The Arabs, didn't even go that far, but rejected it outright.
Since the end of the Mandate, the State of Israel has been engaged in its War of Independence. Sometimes the war was hot and sometimes it was mostly a war of words. The one constant throughout the entire hundred plus years of conflict between the Jews who lived in the land called throughout most of that time Eretz Yisrael, and the Arabs who lived on that same land, although only on rare occasions and in rare locations, in close proximity, was unrest. I can take the position that there has been a preponderance of efforts toward peace on the Israeli side, and a propensity toward violence on the Arab side. I have avoided saying "the Palestinians," so far since only since 1967 were "the Palestinians" any kind of player on this field. Until that time aggression against Israel was mostly the work of the Arab States in the Middle East, and their sponsor state the Soviet Union. This is not to say that the Arab States have withdrawn from aggression against Israel since that date, but that "the Palestinians" became a political organization at that time with the inception of the PLO under Yasser Arafat.
The only uncontested political decision with regard to the territory referred to as the Palestine Mandate in the League of Nations document was the initial British partition. The major complaints against this Partition came from the followers of Ze'ev Jabotinsky, and the Herut Party, once headed by the first non-Labor Prime Minister in Israel's history, Menahem Begin. Despite this, the British did it, and what they did was implement the Rabbi Haim Cassorla Peace Plan:

Pick a Place - Draw a Line

There is simple elegance in the plan. It is like some of the old COBOL programs I used to write. Pick a place - Draw a line. The French would surely recognize the plan; in French it is called Fait accompli. I have interacted with Arabs and the culture of the Levant for a long enough time and with a great enough intensity to know that the Arabs will understand it. They won't like it, but they have not liked any plan set forward to this point. There will be acrimonious debates on both sides of the aisle in the debating societies throughout the world, but in the end, it will have been done.

Pick a Place - Draw a Line

Over the last few years, the Chairman of the PA himself has threatened the unilateral declaration of a Palestinian State by the PA. Please note, that at any time they could have. They didn't declare that State because they do not want that State. The creation of a Palestinian State would push the PA toward interesting positions like a need to sign International treaties such as the Geneva Convention. The creation of a Palestinian State might even subject the Chairman to closer internal and international scrutiny. Yasser Arafat probably wakes in a cold sweat when he dreams that Arik Sharon has done the unimaginable.

Pick a Place - Draw a Line

And then, what? After picking a place and drawing a line, according to the Rabbi Haim Cassorla Peace Plan the next step is to announce clearly and unequivocally to all people of all stripes, shades, colors and convictions that they may leave any time that they chose to; if they remain in Israel after ninety days, they will be required to pledge allegiance to the State of Israel, or they will be invited to leave and they will be assisted in the process to ease the transition to whatever State they chose to reside in, on condition that State will accept them. When whatever State emerges on the other side of the line is prepared to live in peace and cooperation with the State of Israel, we will be able to build a powerhouse of economic activity in the greater Middle East. Until that time, let them all stay on their side of the line. The time has come for a leader in Israel to stand up to his full height and:

Pick a Place - Draw a Line

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