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Ronon Shoval: No-one gives up their heart for peace

April 8, 2012

Ronen Shoval, the founder of Im Tirzu, recently had an op-ed in Haaretz in which he explained why dividing Jerusalem in return for peace would be an awful idea:

Former prime minister Ehud Olmert said a few days ago: “It breaks my heart to initiate relinquishing sovereignty over the Temple Mount but there is no other choice.”…

No one gives up their heart in return for peace. If the aim was peace at all costs, the safest and most immediate way to achieve it would be simply to convert to Islam. Just as, for the sake of peace, even the most ardent left-wing activists would not be prepared to convert to Islam, not even in a symbolic way, so it is impossible to concede the symbols that express identity. Peace is merely a means for the Jewish people to exist and thrive.

Actually, peace should also be a means for the Palestinians to exist and thrive, but there’s the rub: The Palestinians have been offered peace at least 4 times since 2000 and have spurned all the offers as not sufficient. Which means, they’ve got their red lines, and prefer no state and no peace over crossing them. Shoval, speaking for a large minority of Israelis at least, says the same: peace, yes, but not at an unacceptable price. Dividing Jerusalem (by which he seems to mean the historic center, not necessarily Kfar Akeb) would be too high a price.

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