When the UN partitioned Palestine, the Jews were wildly happy, but only for a moment - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • harzion
    • 13.11.11 | 05:25 (IST)

    When the UN partitioned Palestine, the Jews were wildly happy, but only for a moment. After all, they still had to wait for "next year in Jerusalem". Eventually the Jews did get Jerusalem and they were wildly happy, but only for a moment. After all, now they had power and international support and they were on a roll. The Jews seized parts of Gaza and the west bank. This is where things started to get complicated. Israel's goal was to take as much of the Palestinian land as possible without taking any of the Palestinians. In Gaza this would be more and more difficuly as the settlements grew. The answer was to withdraw from Gaza and redouble the seizure of lands in the wide open spaces of the west bank. Years ago Israel had seized so much land around the settlements that it would take decades to populate them, but the seizure of lands is a very addictive thing, especially if you get away with it. That brings us up to date. Israel's final formula? For ever thousand durnams seized, return ten durnams with great fanfare. This is Israel's concept of generousity. (For those right wing supporters of Israel that claimed that the Arabs attacked them and this is why they took the land I would ask, what did they expect the Arabs to do? Throw rose petals in their path? What would Israel do under similar circumstances?)

    from the article: Israel stalling release of report proving West Bank outpost built on Palestinian land
    First published 00:28 13.11.11 | Last updated 00:28 13.11.11
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