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    • zeev
    • 03.10.09 | 13:23 (IST)

    "Israel's moral and ethical obligation of self defense." (Bryan) You simply cannot bear the truth: Goldstone's report is not about Israel having defended itself. We knew very well, 42 years ago, how to do it without resorting to war crimes against a civilian population, when we thoroughly defeated three Arab armies in six days. Nobody then condemned us. Well ..., it is true that in those days, the IDF's task was not to force our will on a foreign stateless occupied population. "The attempt to rule over one and a half million Arabs against their will may bring about a demoralization which will disgrace our finest dreams of spiritual and national renewal. Not only will the effort to annex the territories not provide security; it will weaken the capacity to protect ourselves from our neighbors' hostility and the OPPOSITION OF THE NATIONS." From an Open Letter to then-PM Begin, 1980, by Professor Jacob Talmon (1916-1980), Professor of Modern History at the Hebrew U of Jerusalem. www.fmep.org/analysis/analysis/a-prophetic-message-from-the-past In 1980, when our leaders were still denying the very existence of a Palestinian people, and no one had yet heard of Hamas.

    from the article: Goldstone's Gaza probe did Israel a favor
    First published 01:11 01.10.09 | Last updated 00:59 02.10.09
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