Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Why Israel Should Not Return To The 1967 Borders (video)

This is a splendid video, very worth watching. Indeed, it should be viewed by all inclined to demonise Israel, for as one tour guide says on camera "This is not what the western press wishes to depict".

Introduced by Tom Trento, the video features footage of two security checkpoints (Ramallah and TulKarm) and brief interviews with the IDF officers on duty at each.

The video shows how, in order to protect its population from terrorist violence, including sniper fire onto cars on a highway,  it is "a country fenced in".

In the words of interviewee Marc Kahlberg, who took part in the disengagement from Gaza that was undertaken in the vain expectation of peace,
"Anyone who says we need to go back to the 1967 border is making a strategical mistake".

Hat tip: reader Shirlee


  1. I was in Sderot in March, and was taken on a personal tour, reserved for visiting foreign journalists, by the Director of the Sderot Media Centre.

    I’ll tell you it’s very confronting never to be more than 15 seconds from a bomb shelter.

    I looked into a school playground & saw a basket ball court with bomb shelters around the sides.

    I went to a children’s playground to see a bomb-shelter in the shape, & painted to look like a caterpillar, so that the little ones aren’t scared. Even the bus stops are bomb shelters

    I was taken to a police station where some of the thousands of rockets are displayed.

    It’s amazing how bomb shelters have been built on to the side of apartment buildings
    and schools, because people 2 and 3 floors up cannot get to a bomb shelter within 15 seconds.

    I really admire the guts these people. I don’t know if I could do it, but to leave would show them they have won.

    I spent the entire day wondering when a rocket was coming

    I’ve sent ‘Daphne’ some photos which she may like to post

    1. Thanks for the photos, Shirlee. I'll have a look through and save for a separate future post...

  2. Daphne, is there a second part to this video? It seems to cut off apruptly. It is technically imperfect, but just because of that it is even more striking and very poignant.

    It should be obligatory viewing for the demonisers of Israel, but they would probably still continue their false propaganda. For those, however, with a minimum of openess who might not know a lot about the plight of Israel, it should be, perhaps, edited down a little - with the attentionspan of today's internet population, 15 minutes might be discourageing them. Just a thought.

    1. I'm not aware of a second part, Rita.

  3. Who knows? It's taken from an American TV programme.

  4. The video came from here