Thursday, September 22, 2011

When History Disagrees

Via the BBC.

Palestinian leaders are presenting their bid for upgraded UN status as a desperate move prompted by Israeli intransigence. In asserting this they are counting on the amnesia of the international community....

The main obstacle to an agreement, then, is not territory or settlements but the Palestinian insistence on the "right" to demographically destroy the Jewish state. Absurdly, the Palestinian leadership is demanding that Palestinians immigrate not only to a Palestinian state but also to a neighbouring state, Israel.

That demand, of course, would lead to the internal collapse of the Jewish state - which is precisely the goal....

Israel's dilemma is unique. It is, on the one hand, the only democracy that is also an occupier - a situation forced on the Jewish state by the Arab world's attempts to destroy it in 1967, but which has taken on an increasingly permanent nature....

Emphasis mine. Hmm... "Forced" on Israel by the Arab world, huh?

Thus we conclude that we cannot promise anything to the Arabs of the Land of Israel or the Arab countries. Their voluntary agreement is out of the question. Hence those who hold that an agreement with the natives is an essential condition for Zionism can now say “no” and depart from Zionism. Zionist colonization, even the most restricted, must either be terminated or carried out in defiance of the will of the native population. This colonization can, therefore, continue and develop only under the protection of a force independent of the local population – an iron wall which the native population cannot break through. This is, in toto, our policy towards the Arabs. To formulate it any other way would only be hypocrisy....

I am optimistic that [the Arabs] will indeed be granted satisfactory assurances and that both peoples, like good neighbors, can then live in peace. But the only path to such an agreement is the iron wall, that is to say the strengthening in Palestine of a government without any kind of Arab influence, that is to say one against which the Arabs will fight. In other words, for us the only path to an agreement in the future is an absolute refusal of any attempts at an agreement now.
--Ze'ev Jabotinsky, The Iron Wall, 1923


  1. I think "The Iron Wall" is the perfect answer to every single modern Zionist claim. It's like old Ze'ev anticipated the ossification of Likudnik and broader Zionist arguments, and scribbled a warning offhand, lest the red queen run ahead of the Zionic project...

  2. If Jabotinsky did not exist and one were to produce his writings, others would assume they were anti-Semitic smears.

    If nothing else, nationalist manifestos serve to shut down any claims made by witnesses after the fact. What such writings prove is that we have been warned.