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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Spot-on advice for Israel's government

This is from an opinion piece written by former defense minister Moshe Arens, who is one of Haaretz's token Right-wing columnists.
Obama chose the words in his long speech very carefully. The word terror was omitted and replaced by the word violence. Even Hamas and Hezbollah received a little encouragement. But the president of the United States told Israel in no uncertain terms what was expected of it: "the United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements .... It is time for these settlements to stop."

This is what the Israeli left had been so eager to hear. But it is wrong. There is nothing illegitimate about Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria. The right of Jews to settle in the Land of Israel, and not only on one side of the Green Line, is not only based on the Bible and the history of the Jewish people, but has received international recognition in the League of Nations mandate for Palestine and U.S. approval in the Anglo-American Convention of 1924. This international recognition and the subsequent American approval have never been revoked. Insistence that certain areas in the Land of Israel be closed to Jews stands in opposition to these rights and the accepted values common to all Western societies.

The Israeli government must take a clear stand on this issue. It is not a question of building requirements determined by the natural increase in existing settlements in Judea and Samaria. It is the principle that Jews have a right to live in the Land of Israel regardless of where the eventual borders are delineated.


At 2:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...




It is the principle that Jews have a right to live in the Land of Israel under Israeli sovereignty.


Moshe Arens suggestion is to allow Jews to remain in their location under the "protection" of the barbaric Islamic Waqf.

Most definitely not.

At 7:44 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The duty of every civilized government is to protect its citizens' rights, not to abridge them. The Israeli government must reaffirm the principle that Jews' right to live anywhere in Ertez Israel is non-negotiable. A people's rights after all, come not from the hand of the state but from G-d and are by nature irrevocable.


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