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Submitted by Reynald de Chatillon (Australia), Mar 15, 2018 at 02:13

I first became aware of Rabbi Meir Kahane and his policy of Arab relocation back in the late 1980s. At the time I dismissed the policy as rather extreme. However, in hindsight, it appears that he was the first Israeli to predict the demographic crisis facing Israel. The present leadership seems to be putting this problem in the too hard basket, leaving the problem to their children and grandchildren to face. Benjamin Netanyahu, although justifiably concerned about the increasing power of Iran, seems oblivious to the enemy within. It's probably inevitable that Israel will eventually annex Judea and Samaria sometime in the future, but what if a left wing government comes to power in Israel some years after that and decides to extend citizenship to the Palestinian population of these areas?
What did Meir Kahane actually mean by transferring the "Arab" population? Did he mean the removal of both the Muslim and Christian Palestinians? Such a move would certainly infuriate the United States, as you pointed out in your article, the evangelical Christians (strong supporters of Israel) would not be impressed to see the Christian inhabitants of the holy places of Nazareth and Bethlehem being told to pack their bags.
However, if Israel were only to adopt the transfer policy towards the Muslim Palestinians, I doubt the American response would be the same. Sure, they'll go through the motions of condemning it. Note America's response to the actions of the Myanmar military regarding the expulsion of the Rohingya Muslims is in a somewhat half-hearted manner. Even in Europe, there has been little response to this. It appears that the events of 9/11 have changed everything. For example, if the Bosnian and Kosovo wars had broken out after 9/11, would the US have intervened?
Palestinian Christians are a small minority and do not pose an existential threat to the Jewish State. They are better educated and will easily assimilate into Israeli society, unlike the Muslim population, who refuse point blank to assimilate. How much does the Israeli taxpayer actually subsidise the Palestinian Authority? How many of the Palestinian Muslims are actually in gainful employment and who feeds them.
Will relocation turn Israelis against the state? Probably not as much as you think. If it is done without bloodshed. But, is that possible. Depends on whether the IDF can persuade the Palestinian Authority to lay down it's arms.


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