“We have seen very concretely that diplomacy in the long run can deliver… Perseverance can pay” – Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s foreign affairs representative. (1).
“…those are borders (1967) that place our ability to defend ourselves in question and it would be a mistake to return to them… They are borders that leave too many Israelis outside of Israel’s borders and thus it wouldn’t be right to return to those borders (emphasis added -JG)” Israeli National Security Council head Yaakov Amidror, May 2011. (2).
Although Mogherini is referring to the nuclear agreement with Iran, the context is that diplomacy can eventually effect a two-state solution to the Israel / Palestine problem.
How incredibly stupid.
As we see in the Yaakov Amidror quote above, Israel illegally builds settlements on occupied territory in defiance of international law and numerous United Nations resolutions, then refuses to give the land back on the grounds that no less than one-half million of its citizens would be left outside its borders… this is the height of arrogance and “chutzpah”, a Yiddish word that derives from the Hebrew word ḥutspâ (חֻצְפָּה), meaning “insolence”, “cheek” or “audacity”.
Israel hasn’t the slightest intention of doing anything other than take geographical control of “Greater Israel” while systematically engaging in the “ethnic cleansing” of anyone in the way. It has been working to that end for almost seventy years, under many different prime ministers, and regardless of which political party is in power. There is a reason why Israel refuses to define its borders… (3).
And, for some obscure reason, this nation of a little over eight million people – some two million of whom are not Jewish – possesses a similar number of nuclear weapons as the British or French, and has the means to deliver them anywhere in the world.
The only effective way to bring an end to Israel’s brutally vicious military occupation of Gaza and the West Bank is continued use of the boycott, divestment and sanctions strategy, together with unrelenting political pressure on those governments which support Israel diplomatically, militarily, and economically.
Nothing else has the faintest chance of success.
(1) – See “EU Calls for ‘Fundamental Change’ to Israeli Policy” here.
(2) – See “Top Netanyahu aide: 1967 borders leave too many Israelis outside of Israel” (Haaretz, May 22nd 2011) for the Yaakov Amidror quote, here.
(3) – See Wikipedia’s “Borders of Israel” entry here. Note that the borders “have changed from time to time”, and that those with Syria and Palestine are rather coyly described as being “still in dispute”.