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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Israel at the “iron wall” revisited | openDemocracy

Sharon denied that the “security barrier” is intended to mark the country’s final political border. Sokolow was on one of his periodic visits to Palestine, he addressed a meeting on this very question of the “misunderstanding.

Like Sharon, Olmert is a unilateralist.

Jabotinsky was the first formulator of the strategy of the iron wall; Ben-Gurion, because he was not just a socialist but a practitioner of realpolitik,gave it top priority as of the mids. Popular pressure from below emboldened Palestinian jabotinskg Mahmud Abbas to make a bid for Palestinian membership in the UN. Immediately upon taking office, Sharon and his government escalated the savage war that Barak had launched against the Palestinian people to quell the al-Aqsa intifada.

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The Sultan was not the least bit interested: Ifon, 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.

This belief is utterly unfounded and jabotinskyy has been exploded again and again. This same notion prompted Ben-Gurion and his successors of both political parties to market Israel as a strategic asset for the West in the Middle East during the cold war.

Diplomacy was of no interest to him. A long-term effort While using the rhetoric of peace, Sharon’s real purpose was politicide: This page was last edited on 16 Novemberat But it is absolutely another matter if it will be possible to achieve our peaceful aims through peaceful means. In he was able to spend a year in Vienna studying the literature on nationalism.


In the second place, this does not mean that there cannot be jabtinsky agreement with the Palestine Arabs. Herr and in several other places I have organized committees to initiate collections of money for wounded Turkish soldiers.

The Iron Wall

He had abstained in the Knesset vote on the peace treaty with Egypt in The Palestinians do not igon a threat to Israel’s basic security; it is the other way round.

In this matter there is no difference between our “militarists” and our “vegetarians”. It is not enough to say that Zionism was ultra-imperialist in its pro-Turkish policies: Consequently, a voluntary agreement between the two sides was unattainable.

I am proud to have been a member of that group which formulated the Helsingfors Program.

Vladimir Jabotinsky: The Iron Wall – We and the Arabs ()

Dall too is a fallacy that has been proved so time and again. As a politician he had consistently opposed all the earlier attempts at reconciliation with the Palestinians, including the Oslo accords. So that if there is any landless people in the world, even its dream of a national home must be an immoral dream.

The al-Aqsa intifada had been raging since 28 Septemberand jron Israeli elections had been called.

On this, Begin did not budge, but at the September Camp David summit he moved further on the Palestinian issue than he had intended in order to clinch the deal with Sadat. New firearms regulations and police use of lethal force in Argentina. Considerations of self-interest as well as those of justice and morality point to the first option – because the longer Israel persists in denying the Palestinians their right to national self-determination, the more its own legitimacy would be called into question.

Not even those who try to move us with high-sounding phrases will dare to deny that national homogeneity is more convenient than natural diversity. Which means that it can proceed and develop only under the protection of a power that is independent of the native population — behind an iron wall, which the native population cannot breach. Let us go back to the Helsingfors Programme. Anchored in a fundamental rejection of the Palestinian national identity, the withdrawal from Gaza was part of a long-term Likud effort to deny the Palestinian people an independent political existence on their land.


Further, the Zionists have pledged to control immigration in accordance with the country’s absorptive economic capacity. In Jabotinsky was elected to the Zionist Executive but two years later he resigned, charging that its policies would result in the loss of Palestine. The main thrust of its policy was the expansion of Jewish settlements on the West Bank and the accelerated Judaization of East Jerusalem.

Why Jabotinsky Still Matters

Rabin was succeeded as prime minister by Shimon Peres, one of the principal architects of the Oslo Accord. It would be weak, crowded, burdened with refugees, economically dependent, and insignificant as a military force. We all demand that there should be an iron wall. 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.

By signing the Oslo accordIsrael and the PLO recognised one another and agreed to settle their outstanding differences by peaceful means. From the text at http: It made a mockery not only of the idea of negotiations between equals but also of the American-sponsored peace process, which had become widely discredited because it was seen for what it was: Labor Zionists wanted to proceed toward statehood by immigration and settlement and gave lower priority to building a military capability.

The Democracy of Palestine consists of two national groups, the local group and these who were driven out, and the second group is the larger.