Vladimir Jabotinsky: The Iron Wall – We and the Arabs (). It was inevitable that Jabotinsky would attract the attention of the leaders of the WZO. His journalism gave him tremendous mobility. In he. In Jabotinsky was elected to the Zionist Executive. . This, in a nutshell, was Jabotinsky’s policy regarding the Arab question: to erect an iron wall of Jewish.

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The ruling Labor party, the dominant political force in the first three decades of statehood, had accepted the principle of the partition of Mandate Palestine into two states, one Jewish and one Arab. Given their declared acceptance of a two-state solution, it was not easy for Israel and the United States to explain why they reacted to this bid with threats of retaliation and economic sanctions.

Ideological Politics in the Jewish State Baltimore: Any native people — its all the same whether they are civilized or savage — views their country as their national home, of which they will always be the complete masters.

Olmert, on the other hand, declared at the outset that the main policy objective of his government is to complete the building of the barrier and that the barrier will constitute the final border of the state of Israel.

With the emergence of a Likud-dominated government under Benjamin Netanyahu in Marchthe prospects of a negotiated settlement virtually vanished. Much of the opposition to the unilateral disengagement from Gaza came from within the Likud and some of it was connected with an internal power-struggle.

Selected Documents, — Jerusalem: Unlike Golda Meir, the Labor party leader, he admitted that there is such a thing as a Palestinian people. The war that Israel is currently waging against the Palestinian people on their land is a colonial war. Meanwhile, in blatant disregard for the spirit of Oslo, Barak forged ahead with the old Zionist policy of creating facts on the ground, keeping pace with settlement-building under Netanyahu. This is the only Arab policy that we shall find possible.

Some of us imagined that a misunderstanding had occurred, that because the Arabs did not understand our intentions, they opposed us, but, if we were to make clear to them how modest and limited our aspirations are, they would then stretch out their arms in peace.


“The Iron Wall”

Scheming with Europe had to be secret if his pro-Turkish ploy was to succeed but his Ottomania had to be strident for him to hope to gull Abdul Hamid II. And that is true also of nations. A few years ago, when the late Mr. Until his death inJabotinsky remained uncompromisingly opposed to the jabotinskh of Palestine.

I am prepared to swear, for us and our descendants, that we will never destroy this equality and we will never attempt to expel or oppress the Arabs. It is a very fine thing to be a gentleman, but it is no reason for being an idiot.

Since I am one of those who helped to draft it, I am naturally not disposed to question the justice of the principles advocated there. Yet the native population fought with the same ferocity against the good colonists as against the bad.

Of course, the blackman may not be sufficiently advanced to think of sending delegations to London, but he will soon find some jxbotinsky white friends, who will instruct him.

As a politician he had consistently opposed all the earlier attempts at reconciliation with the Palestinians, including the Oslo accords. Both internally and externally, it enabled the Zionist movement to hold the moral oron ground, to pose as the innocent victim of Arab aggression. Therefore it is our sacred duty to expose such talk and prove that it is a snare and a delusion.

Iron Wall (essay)

The choice facing Israel is between accepting the inevitable with as much grace as it can muster and continuing to resist, restrict, and frustrate the emergent Palestinian state.

On the contrary, it is a recipe for never-ending strife, violence, and bloodshed. He was like a man who negotiates the division of a pizza while he keeps eating it. To formulate jabotihsky any other way would only be hypocrisy. But that is a question that we should have settled before we became Zionists. If you take away the mutual principle wzll becomes a falsehood.

The ascension to power of the Young Turks rekindled all the old Zionist illusions jabotinsku gaining their aspirations through patient work with the rulers at Constantinople, and their Political Bureau there worked hard. We hold that Zionism is moral and just.

This statement of the position by the Arab editor is so logical, so obvious, so indisputable, that everyone ought to know it by jabotiinsky, and it should be made the basis of all our future discussions on the Arab question. Eretz Israel will be restored to the people of Israel. The Zionists are making a fuss about nothing.


Keter Books,p. Arab resistance was the most serious obstacle that the Zionist movement encountered on the road to statehood. I was once told of a man who was an ardent Democrat and always whenever he heard the Marsellaise, he stood stiffly attention, like a soldier on parade.

Sokolow was on one of his periodic visits to Palestine, he addressed a meeting on this very question of the jabtinsky. Wolffsohn, safe in Cologne, had no conception of the possible danger the Constantinople Zionists faced. Walter Laqueur, A History of Zionismp. If we disregard the fact that the Balfour Declaration was signed by Britain, we cannot forget that France and Irkn also signed it. Like Sharon, Olmert was a lifelong supporter of greater Israel who only changed course after he realised that the demographic balance was shifting inexorably in favour of the Palestinians.

His most recent book is Lion of Jordan: Although he jabotinky no sympathy for these extremists, [22] he did not dismantle any of the numerous jabotinzky settlements or caravan sites that had been springing up, and took no action when, in the wake of the February massacre of twenty-nine Muslim worshippers at the Hebron mosque by a U. With Ariel Sharon strongly leading in the polls, Barak, to appear tough, unilaterally suspended the negotiations in the final phase of iiron election campaign, but to no avail.

Actually we have settled that wsll, and in the affirmative. The Zionists assure us that even immigration will be regulated strictly according to the economic needs of Palestine. For the first time, he acknowledged openly the national character of Arab opposition to Zionism.

Characteristically, the plan ignored Palestinian rights and interests and it was not even presented to Palestinian Authority as a basis for negotiations. This Israel-related article is a stub. My readers have a general idea of the history of colonisation in other countries.