I would like to share with you some of the statements made by Israeli icons and heroes since 1948. These statements help illuminate the real agenda of the state of Israel from its inception.
Ariel Sharon, Israeli Foreign Minister, addressing a meeting of militants from the extreme right-wing Tsomet Party, Agence France Presse, November 15, 1998:
“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.”
David Ben-Gurion, May 1948, to the general staff, from Ben-Gurion, A Biography by Michael Ben-Zohar, Delacorte, New York 1978:
“We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population.”
Joseph Weitz, head of the Jewish Agency’s Colonization Department, f rom Israel: an Apartheid State by Uri Davis, p.5:
“Everybody has to move, run and grab as many hilltops as they can to enlarge the settlements because everything we take now will stay ours . . . Everything we don’t grab will go to them.”
Moshe Dayan, address to the Technion, Haifa, reported in Haaretz, April 4, 1969:
“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!’”
Menahim Begin, speech to the Knesset, quoted in Amnon Kapeliouk, ’Begin and the “Beasts”‘, New Statesman, 25 June 1982:
“We must do everything to ensure they [the Palestinian refugees] never do return.”
Yitzhak Rabin, leaked censored version of Rabin memoirs, published in the New York Times, 23 October 1979. Rabin’s description of the conquest of Lydda, after the completion of Plan Dalet:
“We shall reduce the Arab population to a community of woodcutters and waiters.”
Ehud Barak, on Israeli TV (date undetermined, but confirmed by former Israeli Knesset Member Marsha Friedman):
“If I were a Palestinian, I would be a terrorist.” (Speaking about Sharon’s policies toward the Palestinians.)
Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister of Israel (date undetermined, in an Israeli cabinet meeting):
“Don’t worry, we [Israel] control the United States.” (In response to concerns raised by another cabinet member about Sharon’s ["the butcher of Beirut"] invasion and brutality in the West Bank.)
Theodore Herzl, founder of the World Zionist Organization, speaking of the Arabs of Palestine, “Complete Diaries,” June 12, 1895 entry:
“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.”
In 1923, radical Zionist Ze’ev Jabotinsky—spiritual father of not only of Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin but of Brooklyn Rabbi Meir Kahane—wrote:
“The ‘sole way’ for Jews to deal with Arabs in Palestine was through ‘total avoidance of all attempts to arrive at a settlement’—which Jabotinsky euphemistically termed the ‘iron wall’ approach. Not coincidentally, a picture of Jabotinsky graces Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s desk. Source: The Village Voice, “Death Wish in the Holy Land,” Dec. 12, 2001.
Michael Ben-Yair, Attorney General of Israel, 1993-1996 (in Ha’aretz):
“The Intifada is the Palestinian’s people’s war of national liberation. We [Israel] enthusiastically chose to become a colonialist society, ignoring international treaties, expropriating lands, transferring settlers from Israel to the Occupied Territories, engaging in theft and funding justification for all these activities. . we [Israel] established an apartheid regime.”
Please note: These are quotes of Israeli leaders, historical heroes, not from me or angry Palestinians. Supporters of Israel conveniently accept Israel as the victim of Palestinian aggression. They are too quick to label us who confront Israel’s policies as anti-Semites or self-hating Jews. They accuse us of being brainwashed and acting naively. This despite the fact that there are volumes of evidence to indicate that Israel’s agenda from the very beginning (1948) was to eliminate the Palestinian population by any means necessary.
The above quotes are straight from the horses’ mouths, leaving no doubt about why negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians always failed. Israel’s participation in these negotiations was more a public relations strategy than a true desire to settle the disagreements. How else to explain the building of new Jewish settlements while negotiations were going on, an action that was certain to sabotage on-going talks.
What was once a viable solution, a two-state solution, is no longer available. Because of Israel’s expansion into Palestinian territories, Palestinians are left with the West Bank and a narrow strip of land called the Gaza Strip. Between these two separate pieces of land is a wide piece of territory that Israel has claimed for itself. It is impossible to expect the Palestinians to accept these boundaries.
When Israel claims that it is defending itself, can you honestly believe this rationale after reading the above quotes proclaiming Israel’s need and desire to exterminate the Palestinians?
The only solution is a one-state solution, a democratically operated land, shared by both Jew and Arab as was the case before partition.
Let me repeat that . . . Jews and Arabs lived and worked side by side in peace prior to the partition.
Is there anyone out there who is still unsure about Israel’s agenda?
Dave Alpert has masters degrees in social work, educational administration, and psychology. He spent his career working with troubled inner city adolescents.