THE WISDOM FUND: News & Views
November 5, 2013
The Washington Post

A Greater Israel?

Faction says no to two-state solution, yes to annexing Palestinian areas

by William Booth and Ruth Eglash

JERUSALEM -- As Secretary of State John F. Kerry resumes talks here Wednesday in the quest to create "two states for two people," a vocal faction in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government is, more openly than ever, opposing the very idea of a Palestinian state -- and putting forward its own plans to take, rather than give away, territory.

Ministers in Netanyahu's ruling coalition and leaders of his party, the Likud, are in revolt against the international community's long-held consensus that there should be two states between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. In the process, they are seeking to overturn the commitments of every U.S. president since Bill Clinton and at least four Israeli prime ministers, including the current one. . . .

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Mike Rivero's examples of the desire for peace by Israelis:

"Spirit the penniless population across the frontier by denying it employment... Both the process of expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly."--Theodore Herzl, founder of the World Zionist Organization, speaking of the Arabs of Palestine, Complete Diaries, June 12, 1895 entry.

"We will establish ourselves in Palestine whether you like it or not...You can hasten our arrival or you can equally retard it. It is however better for you to help us so as to avoid our constructive powers being turned into a destructive power which will overthrow the world."--Chaim Weizmann, Published in "Judische Rundschau," No. 4, 1920

"The thesis that the danger of genocide was hanging over us in June 1967 and that Israel was fighting for its physical existence is only bluff, which was born and developed after the war."--Israeli General Matityahu Peled, Ha'aretz, March 19, 1972

"It is the duty of Israeli leaders to explain to public opinion, clearly and courageously, a certain number of facts that are forgotten with time. The first of these is that there is no Zionism, colonialization or Jewish State without the eviction of the Arabs and the expropriation of their lands."--Yoram Bar Porath, Yediot Aahronot, of July 14,1972.

"We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population."--Israel Koenig, "The Koenig Memorandum," April 1976

"We should prepare to go over to the offensive. Our aim is to smash Lebanon, Trans-Jordan, and Syria. The weak point is Lebanon, for the Moslem regime is artificial and easy for us to undermine. We shall establish a Christian state there, and then we will smash the Arab Legion, eliminate Trans-Jordan; Syria will fall to us. We then bomb and move on and take Port Said, Alexandria and Sinai."--David Ben-Gurion, May 1948, to the General Staff. From Ben-Gurion, A Biography, by Michael Ben-Zohar, Delacorte, New York 1978.

"We walked outside, Ben-Gurion accompanying us. Allon repeated his question, What is to be done with the Palestinian population?' Ben-Gurion waved his hand in a gesture which said 'Drive them out!'"--Yitzhak Rabin, leaked censored version of Rabin memoirs, published in the New York Times, October 23, 1979.

"We declare openly that the Arabs have no right to settle on even one centimeter of Eretz Israel... Force is all they do or ever will understand. We shall use the ultimate force until the Palestinians come crawling to us on all fours."--Rafael Eitan, Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces, Gad Becker, Yediot Ahronot, April 13, 1983, New York Times April 14, 1983

"When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do about it will be to scurry around like drugged cockroaches in a bottle."--Raphael Eitan, Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defence Forces, New York Times, April 14, 1983

"We have to kill all the Palestinians unless they are resigned to live here as slaves."--Chairman Heilbrun of the Committee for the Re-election of General Shlomo Lahat, the mayor of Tel Aviv, October 1983

"The Palestinians" would be crushed like grasshoppers ... heads smashed against the boulders and walls."--Isreali Prime Minister (at the time, in a speech to Jewish settlers) New York Times, April 1, 1988

"Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do that . . . I want to tell you something very clear: Don't worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it."--Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, October 3, 2001, to Shimon Peres, as reported on Kol Yisrael radio.

George Bisharat, "Israel and Palestine: A True One-State Solution," Washington Post, September 3, 2010

Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine in 1948 (Nakba), May 14, 2011

[Islam saved Jewry.--David J Wasserstein, "So, what did the Muslims do for the Jews?," thejc.com, May 24, 2012]

[Israeli soldiers were butchering civilians and bound prisoners by the hundreds, a fact that the entire Israeli army leadership knew about and condoned, according to the army's own historian.--"June 8, 1967: Israel Attacked the USS Liberty," The Wisdom Fund, June 8, 2013]

[In line with warnings he has issued in his UN post for the past six years, Mr Falk, a professor emeritus in international law at Princeton University, said Israeli policies were designed to ethnically cleanse Palestinians from the occupied territories, and especially East Jerusalem, the expected capital of any Palestinian state.--Jonathon Cook, "As peace talks falter, Israel's intentions become clearer," thenational.ae, April 6, 2014]

Peter Beaumont, "Netanyahu pushes to define Israel as nation state of Jewish people only," theguardian.com, May 4, 2014

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