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)

Friday 14 October 2011

"And The Sons Will Return To Their Borders" (video)

I don't post this video to propagandise for the controversial Gush Emunim movement - but rather to illustrate the thinking behind the movement, as glimpsed in an explanation by one of its leaders, former Knesset member Hanan Porat, who passed away this month.  The video has been around for some time, but I wasn't aware of it before it was brought to my attention. (So, hat tip: Shirl in Oz)

And for a discussion of the Palestinian Statehood Bid featuring Mark Regev and Professor Fawaz Gerges of the London School of Economics click here.

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