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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And after all, our chief question is whether the Arabs, even if they believed in peaceful collaboration they would agree to have any “neighbours”, even good neighbours, in the country which they regard as their own. It was inevitable that Jabotinsky would attract the attention of the leaders of the WZO. The unexpectedly high level of Israeli casualties plunged Begin into a deep depression and led to his resignation and replacement by Yitzhak Shamir in Even the Czechs, under the leadership of Masaryk, the teacher of all autonomists, could not would not do it.
A reply to this speech was published in the Arab paper Al Carmel in an article whose content I give here from memory, but I am sure it is a faithful account. We all demand that there should be an iron wall. In drawing up that programme, we had in mind not only the Jews, but all walll everywhere, and its basis is equality of rights. Both internally and externally, it enabled the Zionist movement to hold the moral high ground, to pose as the innocent victim of Arab aggression.
Actually we have settled that question, and in the affirmative. Socialism for him was more a rhetorical resource javotinsky legitimizing the building of a Jewish state than a blueprint for a just society.
Why Jabotinsky Still Matters
Morality has said so:. The Oslo accord between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation PLO of was a major turning-point in the century-old history of the conflict over Palestine.
Hamas scrupulously observed the cease-fire; the IDF violated it by launching a raid into Gaza on 4 November and killing six Hamas fighters. Sharon did not submit it to the Palestinians as a basis for peace talks, and later refused even to discuss with them practical coordination relating to the pullback itself.
Also by Avi Shlaim in openDemocracy: All we wanted was a regime representative of the League of Nations. The new prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was a self-proclaimed disciple of Jabotinsky, but his version of the iron wall did not see Jewish military power as a means to an end, but sometimes as a means iton achieving security and sometimes as an end in itself.
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From the beginning, it was wedded to a rigid agenda of Greater Israel fundamentally at odds with the idea of a two-state solution. These internal political developments had no significant oron on foreign policy. It is the fact that a disinterested power committed itself to create such security conditions that the local population would be deterred from interfering with our efforts.
There can be no voluntary agreement between ourselves and the Palestine Arabs. Avi Shlaim, The Iron Wall: The al-Aqsa intifada had been raging since 28 Septemberand new Israeli elections had been called. Less than twenty-four hours later, Israel launched a massive operation against southern Lebanon aimed at destroying or at least forcibly disarming Hizballah.
Colonization itself has its own explanation, integral and inescapable, and understood by every Arab and every Jew with his wits about him. Sharon, however, made no distinction between the democratically elected Palestinian Authority and the militant organizations of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, lumping them all together as terrorists. It left the basic political problem unresolved, inflamed Arab hatred, and helped to turn Israel into an international pariah.
Ben-Gurion led the struggle for statehood by force of arms when diplomacy failed. Jabotinsky stated openly that there was no alternative to military power and pressed for an immediate declaration of statehood.
He liked two things about Palestine: Itamar Rabinovich, The Brink of Peace: The number of Arabs totals 38 million. Sections openDemocracy Free thinking for the world. But we have forgotten it. There was a typical example in old Russia, when one of the oppressed nations, with one accord, launched a crusade against the Jews, boycotting them and pogroming them.
Before long, Turkish diplomacy realized that Herzl could be put into harness; they had what he wanted.