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58,311. Half the Jews in the world live here in Israel. Six million people. (Jew & Israel) Simon Schama, The Story of the Jews V: Return, BBC 2013
58,313. An historic pledge freely given by its political leaders – the Balfour Declaration. (Jew & Israel) ibid.
58,314. The Jews weren’t the only ones being promised miracles. (Jew & Israel) ibid.
58,315. The UN recommended partition. (Jew & Israel) ibid.
109,141. So we’ll pick the most backward, the most barbaric, the most illiterate, the most superstitious, the most savage people we can find in the most stony area of the world. We won’t appear to the Chinese who can already read … No, we’ll appear to his brutal, slaved, hopeless, superstitious crowd and we’ll force them to cut their way through all of their neighbours with slaughter, genocide and racism and settle in the only part of the Middle East where there’s no oil. (Israel & Israelites) Christopher Hitchens
58,123. I went to interview some of these early Jewish colonial zealots – written off in those days as mere ‘fringe’ elements – and found that they called themselves Gush Emunim or – it sounded just as bad in English – ‘The Bloc of the Faithful’. Why not just say ‘Party of God’ and have done with it? At least they didn’t have the nerve to say that they stole other people’s land because their own home in Poland or Belarus had been taken from them. They said they took the land because god had given it to them from time immemorial. In the noisome town of Hebron, where all of life is focused on a supposedly sacred boneyard in a dank local cave, one of the world’s less pretty sights is that of supposed yeshivah students toting submachine guns and humbling the Arab inhabitants. When I asked one of these charmers where he got his legal authority to be a squatter, he flung his hand, index finger outstretched, toward the sky. (Israel & Israelites) Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir
84,554. Actually – and this was where I began to feel seriously uncomfortable – some such divine claim underlay not just ‘the occupation’ but the whole idea of a separate state for Jews in Palestine. Take away the divine warrant for the Holy Land and where were you, and what were you? Just another land-thief like the Turks or the British, except that in this case you wanted the land without the people. And the original Zionist slogan – ‘a land without a people for a people without a land’ – disclosed its own negation when I saw the densely populated Arab towns dwelling sullenly under Jewish tutelage. You want irony? How about Jews becoming colonizers at just the moment when other Europeans had given up on the idea? (Palestine & Israel & Israelites & Zion & Jew) ibid.
58,150. It hasn’t made Jews safer. It hasn’t made them more popular. It isn’t the alternative to the Diaspora. (Israel & Jew) Christopher Hitchens, in conversation with Martin Amis
58,347. I am not one of those who believes – as Obama is said to believe – that a solution to the Palestinian statehood question would bring an end to Muslim resentment against the United States. (Incidentally, if he really does believe this, his lethargy and impotence in the face of Netanyahu’s consistent double-dealing is even more culpable.) The Islamist fanatics have their own agenda, and, as in the case of Hamas and its Iranian backers, they have already demonstrated that nothing but the destruction of Israel and the removal of American influence from the region will possibly satisfy them. No, it is more the case that justice – and a homeland for the Palestinians – is a good and necessary cause in its own right. It is also a special legal and moral responsibility of the United States, which has several times declared a dual-statehood outcome to be its objective. (Israel & Palestine & Obama) Christopher Hitchens
58,148. The state of Israel seems to owe its very existence to the American-Jewish vote. Professor Richard Dawkins, lecture ‘An Atheist’s Call to Arms’
29,474. Since the September 11th attacks on the US, Israel’s PR strategy has been to frame all Palestinian action violent or not as terrorism. To the extent that they can do that they have repackaged an illegal military occupation as part of America’s War on Terrorism. (War on Terror & Israel & Palestine) Professor Robert Jensen
58,193. Israel is really fighting a war on two fronts. The first is a military campaign being waged in the occupied territories against the Palestinian people; and the second is a PR campaign being waged here in the US through the American media to ensure continued support for Israel’s occupation. Professor Robert Jensen
58,194. The accusation of anti-Semitism has been Israel’s most effective strategy in silencing dissent. (Israel & Jew) Professor Robert Jensen
29,570. The birth of modern terrorism ... The events took place in Munich in the summer of 1972. At around five o’clock in the morning a group of Palestinian terrorists called Black September entered the Olympic village armed with AK47s. Taking hostage members of the Israeli Olympic team they demanded the release of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails. (Terror & Olympics & Israel & Palestine) Terror Attacks that Shocked Britain
43,779. Another operation to provide guns for the Contras that was also against the law. In this operation Americans and Israelis provided arms to the Contras and then the same smuggled drugs into the United States. (Drugs & Nicaragua & US Empire & Israel) US News report, cited Invisible Empire
49,105. Look, Israel doesn’t intend to introduce nuclear weapons, but if people are afraid that we have them, why not? It’s a deterrent. (Nuclear & Israel) Shimon Peres
58,322. I believe that peace with the Palestinians is most urgent – urgent than ever before. It is necessary. It is crucial. It is possible. A delay may worsen its chances. Israel and the Palestinians are, in my judgment, ripe today to restart the peace process. Shimon Peres
84,530. His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will bring their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country. (Palestine & Israel & Zion & Jew) Arthur James Balfour, letter to Lord Rothschild 2nd November 1917
84,531. Zion be it right or wrong, good or bad, is rooted in age-long traditions, in present need, in future hopes, of far profounder import than the desires and prejudices of the seven hundred thousand Arabs who now inhabit that ancient land. (Palestine & Israel & Zion) Arthur James Balfour
49,110. Unlike Iran, Israel refuses to allow inspections at all, refuses to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty, has hundreds of nuclear weapons, has advanced delivery systems. (Nuclear & Israel) Noam Chomsky
58,151. When Israel in the occupied territories now claim that they have to defend themselves, they are defending themselves in the sense that any military occupier has to defend itself against the population of oppression. You can’t defend yourselves when you are militarily occupying somebody else’s land. That’s not defence. Professor Noam Chomsky
58,324. Negotiations are in effect a way for Israel to continue its policies of systematically taking over whatever it wants in the West Bank, maintaining the brutal siege on Gaza, separating Gaza from the West Bank and, of course, occupying the Syrian Golan heights, all with full US support. (Israel & Palestine) Noam Chomsky
58,327. The western mantra is that Israel seeks negotiations without preconditions, while the Palestinians refuse. The opposite is more accurate. (Israel & Palestine) Noam Chomsky
58,330. The Oslo Accords in 1993 determined that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank are a single territorial entity which cannot be divided. Immediately, the United States and Israel set about separating the two and making sure that they would not be united. (Israel & Palestine) Noam Chomsky
58,331. Unlike Iran, Israel refuses to allow inspections at all, refuses to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty, has hundreds of nuclear weapons, has advanced delivery systems. (Israel & Nuclear) Noam Chomsky
58,344. Israel’s demonstration of its military prowess in 1967 confirmed its status as a ‘strategic asset’ as did its moves to prevent Syrian intervention in Jordan in 1970 in support of the PLO. Under the Nixon doctrine Israel and Iran were to be ‘the guardians of the Gulf’, and after the fall of the Shah, Israel’s perceived role was enhanced. Meanwhile, Israel has provided subsidiary services elsewhere, including Latin America, where direct US support for the most murderous regimes has been impeded by Congress. While there has been internal debate and some fluctuation in US policy, much exaggerated in discussion here, it has been generally true that US support for Israel’s militarization and expansion reflected the estimate of its power in the region.
The effect has been to turn Israel into a militarized state completely dependent on US aid, willing to undertake tasks that few can endure, such as participation in Guatemalan genocide. For Israel, this is a moral disaster and will eventually become a physical disaster as well. For the Palestinians and many others, it has been a catastrophe, as it may sooner or later be for the entire world, with the growing danger of superpower confrontation. (Israel & Palestine) Noam Chomsky
58,332. It cannot be too often stressed that Israel had no credible pretext for its 2008-9 attack on Gaza, with full US support and illegally using US weapons. (Israel & Palestine) Noam Chomsky
58,336. Israel is following policies which maximise its security threats ... policies which choose expansion over security ... policies which lead to their moral degradation, their isolation, their delegitimation, as they call it now, and very likely ultimate destruction. That's not impossible. Noam Chomsky