Assistant Minister Ayoob Kara: Israeli Leaders Haven't Learned their Lesson
Assistant Minister Ayoob Kara (Likud), a member of the Druze community, hosted former governor Mike Huckabee, who visited the Gush Katif Museum in Yerushalayim, and was very touched. He saw a non- Jew whose love, loyalty and support of the Jewish nation is as great as that of the Jews, and in some instances, even more.
"Mike Huckabee, the American Governor, made me feel that there are still some sane people on this earth that understand the significance of the struggle for Eretz Yisroel, and understand that on the other side stands a cruel enemy that peace is not their top agenda."
Turning to Mr. Huckabee he said, "We are both non-Jews worried about the security of Israel, no less than the Jews."
Assistant Minister Kara, you took part in Former Governor and Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's historic visit to the Gush KatifMuseum. What are your feelings?
"I was very excited about his visit; I saw someone non Jewish, and nevertheless worried and anxious about the future of the Jewish nation, as I am. Former Governor Mike Huckabee, who I hope will be President of the United States in the future, gives me the feeling that there are still some sane people on this earth that understand the significance of the struggle for Eretz Yisroel, and understand that on the other side stands a cruel enemy that peace is not their top agenda.
"Personally, I felt very comfortable in Mike Huckabee's company; I saw that we was frank and earnest in his support of Israel. I think that we must do everything possible to minimize the damage that the present regime is doing by pressuring the government, until Mike Huckabee will be elected president, according to my calculations. During the course of our visit to the Museum I told him: "We are both non-Jews worried about the security of Israel no less than the Jews."
In your opinion, what is the role of the Gush Katif Museum in the heart of Yerushalayim?
Being that I was one of the leaders of the struggle, and paid a heavy price for my involvement, the sights of Gush Katif-past and present- in the Museum, strengthen the feeling that we mustn't cede our strategic assets, and the consequences of doing so are emphasized by the Museum exhibits. You not only receive nothing in return, but the incentive to battle us is heightened.
"The Museum must be a monument reminding us not to repeat this mistake by making concessions. Concessions get us nowhere. We wanted to escape the missiles, so we got hit by Gaza in Ashdod and Ashkelon. We got the answer to our concessions in "Operation Oferet Yetzuka".
Do you think the lesson was internalized?
"The leaders didn't learn their lesson. These people don't comprehend that there are other issues at hand aside from chairs and positions. Land takes precedence over chairs; one must respect the land more than the chairs. I gave up my chair because I believed that I could prevent a clumsy move.
Sorrowfully, people are glued to their seats; this is the all-important purpose of their position, more important than the reason that they were elected, which is to protect Eretz Yisroel. Pragmatism is rampant in all parties, including the Likud, and I don't where we will end up with this situation. Therefore I feel that it is important to join the Likud, and be a watch guard
and make sure that a move like that should never happen again in the future."
"We Have No One to Make Peace With"
Netanyahu talks about opening negotiation talks with the Palestinians.
"Who strives for peace more than I? I sacrificed my entire family for the sake of peace. I am a disabled IDF veteran, and ready to devote my whole being in order to achieve peace. But the fact is that we have no partner for peace. There is no one to make peace with. All the various peace makers only serve to weaken Israel's stance, and all this talk about peace worries me. If this pragmatism continues to take root, I will be seriously concerned for the Jewish nation's future
"As a descendant of Yisro, I advise the Jewish nation to do everything to be strong and invulnerable. Genuflecting and being ingratiating towards the Arabs will not bring salvation.
"I am part and parcel of the fight for the freedom of Israel. During the expulsion I was named "prophet of fury". I was abhorred by the media and the Farm Forum, who didn't stop slandering me. I will continue to speak the truth and fight for it, and the truth is that we have no one to make peace with, and the Jewish nation must be stronger than ever to survive in the Middle East.
How do you explain that in spite of the attempts and experiences, Israel continues to buckle under to the Arabs?
We are dealing with a medical condition called masochism, and being naïve in thinking that the Middle East is Europe. This condition is rampant amongst those who haven't internalized the plain and simple fact that the Middle Eastern train of thought is different. I very much hope that the Israeli public, and their leaders, of course, will change their mode of thought. As I see it, according to my evaluation, we find ourselves in a crucial period of time regarding the future of the Jewish nation in the Land of Israel.