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    • Esther
    • 24.10.07 | 19:08 (IST)

    BenGurion made no such decision to "kill the Jews" as you put it. His decision was to frustrate the inevitable mayhem, and the milchemet-achim (war-between-brothers) that would have resulted by creating two "armies" with different ideologies in the nascent Israel. It's true that he was determined to achieve that, thank God, even at so high a cost. The tragedy of the young Cuban Jews is that they were so pitifully misled. As for Hamas, in 1995 it had no charter as it has today. It was ostensibly a social-religious movement with a limited following. It was only post-Rabin, with the rise of the reactionary Israeli right that the populatiry of Hamas burgeoned, deriving its justification from the invasion of Palestinian lands by the settlers, and the vociferous trend for a "Greater Israel". As for the tragic Begin, in his latter days the good man seemed to realize the true nature of the dangerous genie that he had let out of the bottle.....

    from the article: Democracy or hypocrisy
    First published 00:00 24.10.07 | Last updated 00:00 24.10.07
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