Nov. 25, 2016
Israel is getting closer to the time when, if no solution is found, Amona is going to be destroyed – and possibly homes in Ofra and other places in Judea and Samaria demolished – in order to carry out the decisions of the Israeli Supreme Court. A vociferous public debate is in full swing in Israel, with those in favor of the demolition and those against it arguing about the Regulation Law, the standing of Supreme Court decisions and on the status of the court itself. No one cares about how the “other side” sees the destruction of the homes, what the “other side” takes it to mean and the conclusions the “other side” – our enemies, draw from that destruction.
The Islamo-Arab side observes what is happening in Israel, hears the public debate and is astounded by the court’s independence and its ability to force its world view on the entire Israeli government. Some Arab columnists openly wish for that to be the situation in their own countries, with a court that defends the ordinary citizen, and even those who are not citizens, from the arbitrary decisions of rulers and politicians.
The Arab side, however, also has a totally different view and understanding of the home demolitions. This is a religious narrative, one that sees religion as the source of the underlying explanations for everything that happens in the world and Allah as the causal factor in everything that happens each day. Allah’s words are in the Koran, a book that is relevant in every place at every time and in every situation. The destruction of the Israeli homes also has an explanation in the Koran, to be found in a paragraph at the start of Chapter 59, the Exile chapter.