The harmful Likud's ideology of Greater Israel may be approaching its dead end - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    Let us look at the history of this ideology during the history of the State of Israel. 1. When the UN passed the Partition Resolution (1947), Menachem Begin objected to it on ideological grounds. Ben-Gurion was more pragmatic and the Yishuv lobbied for it. This was a fortunate action. Only recently did Netayahu claim that the Arabs rejected partition while the Jews supported it, thus blaming the Palestinians for their situation. Netanyahu forgot to tell the truth about his OWN ideology. 2. After Begin became PM (1977) Ariel Sharon proposed to him to declare that "Jordan is Palestine", so as to remove the claim that the Palestinians are a stateless people like the Jews were. Begin refused! He said, 'At this time, after the Holocaust, the Jews are too weak and cannot take over the EAST Bank of the Jordan river, but we still have the RIGHT to it, and one day we will take it.' Today, many right-wingers suggest this same idea, forgetting that when it could do some good, Likud rejected it. 3. Begin started the unhindered settlement in all areas of the West Bank. Somebody will have to pay many of those settlers to move, and some will become Palestine residents, but in any case they will be a pain, because Netanyahu himself already speaks of giving "some" areas to Palestine. 4. Begin undermined the "autonomy" agreement for the Palestinians (part of the 1979 peace deal) because their fate was supposed to be decided in five years of the final arrangement. No autonony ended up with the Intifada and Oslo. 5. Sharon gave up on Gaza. Let us recall that Sharon first join Likud through the "Liberal" party. They were not believers in Greater Israel. In any case, Likud suffered the great split with Kadima and lost many members who began to see the foolishness in their ideology. 6. Following Netanyahu endless gimmickry, Obama suggested the 1967 lines. The UN will no doubt approve. Eventually, Israel will release this area (up to some swaps)> The harmful ideology which insisted on the Max will get the Min (zero).

    from the article: The Israeli right's refusal to accept other versions of Zionism
    First published 18:32 31.05.11 | Last updated 18:32 31.05.11
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