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    • Joel A. Levitt
    • 12.11.05 | 07:59 (IST)

    From Achad Haam to Weitzman our leaders looked forward to sharing the land with the Arabs and to the development of Jewish freedom and civilization in peace. Chauvinistic Arabs and Jews, hungry to expand their control of more and more land, have so far made this impossible. The policies of the proponents of Greater Israel have brought us death, poverty, failing educational institutions and pollution and have turned the international image of Jews from a 'light unto the nations' into that of an ordinary national oppressor. Mr. Sharon, hitherto an open apostle of Greater Israel, is now energetically pursuing these failed policies, though somewhat covertly. While he talks peace, Sharon continues to establish and enlarge settlements, to subvert the welfare of Gaza, and to deny Abbas the support he needs to be able to control the Palestinian terrorists. To our shame, most Israeli political parties have been Sharon's accomplices. The election of Mr. Peretz, his plan to treat all Jewish (and, perhaps, Arab) Israelis equally, his intention to remove labor from the coalition government and to make peace his first priority, at last, suggests that Israel may return to pursuing the Zionist dream.

    from the article: Analysis / Fold up the road map
    First published 00:00 11.11.05 | Last updated 00:00 11.11.05
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