Terror as an excuse for Apartheid - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Tosefta
    • 22.01.07 | 17:13 (IST)

    "[The settlers'] claim is that it is all the fault of terror." - Haaretz The settlement enterprise had nothing to do with terror. Religious messianic settlers went to settle the West Bank so as to prepare the way for the messiah. And the Likud, which opened the entire West Bank for settlement when it came to power in 1977, did so not because of any terror threat which hardly existed at the time, a time of open borders and free movement. It did so for nationalistic reasons which were its Jabotinskian ideology since early in the 20th century. When an area is colonized by new people, the natives tend to resist. Today, resistance takes the form of terror. This resistance is not something that was unanticipated. Indeed, already in 1923 Jabotinsky explained the process in his "Iron Wall" article: "Zionist colonisation must either stop, or else proceed regardless of the native population. Which means that it can proceed and develop only under the protection of a power that is independent of the native population ? behind an iron wall, which the native population cannot breach. "

    from the article: The State of Judea
    First published 00:00 22.01.07 | Last updated 00:00 22.01.07
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