Ariel and the "Green Line" - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Alon
    • 31.08.10 | 08:48 (IDT)

    The "Green Line" was nothing more than an armistice line ending the War of Independence in 1949, which in its own right was only the first in a series of conflicts inflicted upon Israel by the Arab League. The "Green Line" never constituted a recognized international boundary, and it is a great mystery as to why the political "left" attaches such sacred status to it, especially in light of the extensive territories that Israel acquired in the Galilee and Negev during that war beyond those allocated by the UNSCOP Partition Plan. Territories, which today constitute the holdings of many kibbutzim that left-wing artists and intellectuals are not reluctant to visit. What is more, these "men of letters" conveniently ignore the fact that International Law has repeatedly recognized a legal right of place for the Jewish People in precisely these territories, as well as within the "Green Line" which they so irrationally cherish. A right which has been consistently violated by force of arms on the part of the Arabs. Israel's victory in 1967 was every bit as just as her victory in 1948, and, in fact, far fewer Arabs were displaced as a result of it. Why then are territories acquired in that war less legitimately part of Israel than those of the earlier conflict? Why the pretentious left-wing posturing? Why the willful ignorance? But then again, among the intellectual classes it's not the first time. [By the way, when these paragons of virtue are offered the opportunity to peddle their wares in L.A. or N.Y., London or Paris, etc. they don't concern themselves with how those venues were acquired, how much blood was shed in the process or at whose expense! Then it's all about status and celebrity and history be damned!!...What "People's Heroes, these!!...]

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    First published 01:46 31.08.10 | Last updated 01:46 31.08.10
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