June 8, 2013 SnyderTalk Editorial—The Palestinian Gambit to Regain Latrun is Aimed at Stopping Peace Negotiations before they Start


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The Palestinian Gambit to Regain Latrun is Aimed at Stopping Peace Negotiations before they Start

If you read SnyderTalk regularly, you probably noticed an article in yesterday’s post titled “Palestinians campaign to regain ‘occupied’ Latrun”.  The article may have seemed innocuous, but from Israel’s perspective it deals with a strategically and symbolically important issue.

Latrun is a small town in Israel that sits near Highway 1 connecting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.  In 1948, during Israel’s War of Independence, Arabs cut off Jerusalem from decision makers and supplies in Tel Aviv by positioning snipers to attack traffic on Highway 1, thus forcing Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion to order the building of the Burma Road.  It’s an extremely rugged road that was cut from the hills between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and it eventually enabled Israeli forces to provide essential supplies to Jewish residents of the Old City of Jerusalem.

From a strategic perspective, giving up control of Latrun would reintroduce a significant potential threat to the major east-west artery connecting Jerusalem with the rest of Israel.  For that reason alone, I don’t think that Israel would ever consider that option as the article in yesterday’s SnyderTalk suggests:

In recent days the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Negotiations Affairs Department, the one headed by Saeb Erekat, launched a campaign under the headline “The Latrun Valley – an Integral Part of the State of Palestine.”

A document circulated by the negotiations department described the Latrun Valley as covering a 50-km. area close to the Green Line.

“As a result of the 1948 Nakba (catastrophe),” the document read, “when two-thirds of the Palestinian population were forcibly exiled from their homes by Zionist militias prior to the creation of the State of Israel, almost half of the valley is now considered No Man’s Land (NML) an integral part of the Occupied State of Palestine.”


One Israeli official was stunned by the Palestinian campaign over Latrun, saying it was as if the Palestinians were moving the goal line backwards.

Referring to US Secretary of State John Kerry’s push to restart Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, the official said, “It’s almost as if every time we move forward, or every time there is a prospect of moving forward, the Palestinians bring up an issue which they know is a game breaker.”


“No Israeli government, no Israeli prime minister, can seriously entertain that this area would be going to the Palestinians.

Instead of dealing with the very issues that Kerry is asking the sides to deal with, it appears the Palestinians are playing games and regressing to hard-line positions that should have been left behind years ago,” he said.

Latrun is important symbolically as well because it represents a major decision at a critical moment in 1948 to protect, defend, and supply Jerusalem.  Many of Ben-Gurion’s closest advisors were telling him that he should abandon Jerusalem to save the rest of the fledgling nation, but he rejected their advice because he understood Jerusalem’s importance to the nation, to the Jewish people, and to Yahweh.

Jerusalem was, is, and always will be the heart and soul of Israel.  Even today, at the conclusion of the Yom Kippur service and the Passover Seder, Jewish people recite these words: “Next year in Jerusalem.”  Many times they will also recite these verses from the Psalms:

“If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill.  May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not consider Jerusalem my highest joy.” (Psalm 137: 5-6)

That harkens back to a time almost 3,000 years ago when Yahweh made it clear that His Name will reside in Jerusalem forever:

“I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever.  My eyes and my heart will always be there.” (2 Chronicles 7: 16)

The Temple of Yahweh stood atop Mount Moriah in Jerusalem.  In 586 B.C., the Babylonians destroyed the temple that Solomon built, and in 70 A.D., the Romans destroyed the Second Temple.  Today, the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock sit atop Mount Moriah.  Most experts believe that the Temple of Yahweh occupied the space that is now occupied by the Dome of the Rock.  Even so, Yahweh’s promise is certain.  His eyes and His heart will be there perpetually.  That’s the primary reason that Jewish people long for the day when Jerusalem is recognized throughout the world as Israel’s capital and as Yahweh’s earthly residence.

Asking Israel to surrender any part of Jerusalem or to put any part of it at risk by giving up sovereignty over Latrun is like asking a mother to give up her child or asking a loving husband to abandon his wife.  It’s not likely to happen, and the Palestinians know it.  That’s why they suggested it.  They suspect that Israel won’t give an inch on this issue, so it’s a deal stopper.  In reality, the Latrun campaign is yet another attempt to sabotage peace negotiations before they even begin.

President Obama and Secretary Kerry should know these things and they probably do, but candidly, I wonder if they care.  Their goal is to achieve the unachievable and in the process to establish themselves in world history as being among the greatest peacemakers of all time.  I fear that their lust for glory and recognition more than anything else is driving them toward a goal that will eventually draw in the nations of the world into a battle over Israel and Jerusalem.  According to Yahweh, He will intervene personally to settle the matter (see Zechariah 12), and if you know anything about Yahweh, you know these things: He never reneges on a promise and He doesn’t lose.

As the prophet Jeremiah said, “‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace.” (Jeremiah 6: 14)  And there won’t be peace until Yahweh returns and establishes it.  That’s a fact.

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On the Burma Road next to Latrun with My Wife Katie, Ishai Avraham, and His Daughter Noam Markman Examining a Map of the Route

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A Vantage Point near Latrun from which Arab Snipers Attacked Travelers on Highway 1 thus Necessitating Construction of the Burma Road

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The Temple Mount in Jerusalem with the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque

I want to express my appreciation to Ishai Avraham for taking Katie and me to the Burma Road and to Noam for accompanying us.  It was an arduous trip since the Burma Road is as rugged as any road that I have ever seen.  Thankfully, Ishai had made the trek before; he knew the risks involved; and we arrived in Jerusalem safe and sound.



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“In those times many will rise against the king of the South. Those who are violent among your own people will rebel in fulfillment of the vision, but without success. Then the king of the North will come and build up siege ramps and will capture a fortified city. The forces of the South will be powerless to resist; even their best troops will not have the strength to stand. The invader will do as he pleases; no one will be able to stand against him. He will establish himself in the Beautiful Land and will have the power to destroy it. He will determine to come with the might of his entire kingdom and will make an alliance with the king of the South. And he will give him a daughter in marriage in order to overthrow the kingdom, but his plans will not succeed or help him. Then he will turn his attention to the coastlands and will take many of them, but a commander will put an end to his insolence and will turn his insolence back on him. After this, he will turn back toward the fortresses of his own country but will stumble and fall, to be seen no more.”


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