Prof Sternhell is right. We had no other choice. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 11.05.11 | 12:53 (IDT)

    "The old Zionism took over a portion of this land in order to build a home for a persecuted people. It was the suffering of the Jews - and not historical right nor divine promise - that constituted moral justification for this act of conquest. It has been a long and painful process, accompanied by a cruel battle for survival. Over the years, we have killed and evicted and made the lives of the Palestinians miserable. But we did it because, in the final reckoning, we had no other choice. This is not so for post-Zionism. [The settlement enterprise] tramples on the rights of others and makes their lives miserable needlessly, with no other reason than an urge to expand. Some call it heeding the will of God. Others believe it is a historical decree, and disobeying it is tantamount to treason. Ein Harod, Nahalal, the Jewish neighborhoods of Haifa and Jerusalem - these were the foundations of our national renaissance. Elon Moreh, Netzarim and Kiryat Arba are threatening to drown us." Prof. Zeev Sternhell, of the Hebrew U in Jerusalem, Haaretz 20/06/2003. http://middleeast.atspace.com/article_2907.html

    from the article: Mideast peace requires Palestinian self-criticism
    First published 02:47 11.05.11 | Last updated 02:47 11.05.11
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