Understanding Arens and his one-state idea - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 18.06.10 | 17:10 (IDT)

    Arens was educated in the US and may have picked up there the humanistic view of equal rights for different groups. Let us give him credit for this, because this view is not shared by all US Jews (remember Baruch Goldstein and R. Kahane?), nor is it shared by Arens' political camp, the Likud. On the other hand, Arens displays an unusual level of "anal retentive" traits, far more that his Likud colleagues. Arens cannot give up on any piece of land that Israel comes to control: 1. Arens voted AGAINST the peace with Egypt (1979) which his party chair Begin signed. It required giving up the Sinai, brrrr. 2. Arens voted AGAINST the Peres retreat from much of South Lebanon (1985), even though it came YEARS after the goal of the operation were achieved. 3. Arens voted AGAINST the Barak retreat from the rest of South Lebanon (2000) and recently wrote that he still opposes it. So what is the real reason for Arens' one-state idea? He would never give up on the West Bank and Gaza. Why? Check with his analyst! This is his bottom line, whether he is aware of it or not. I believe the examples of Cyprus, Lebanon, and Belgium are bad enough to just reject this idea. Of course, in the Jewish state there should be equality between all citizens, but this is a different story.

    from the article: Strenger than Fiction / Israel should consider a one-state solution
    First published 12:14 18.06.10 | Last updated 12:14 18.06.10
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