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)

Saturday 18 June 2011

Professor Benny Morris on Israel's Security and the "Arab Spring" (video)

Here's Israeli Benny Morris, Professor of Middle East History at Ben-Gurion University, speaking on the above theme to the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London on 14 June:


He also spoke the other evening at the London School of Economics on the theme "Reconsidering the  1948 Arab-Israeli War" and you can see the entire video here (It's very long!):

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