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)

Monday 4 March 2013

A. B. Yehoshua Has A Dig At The BBC (video)

The celebrated Israeli litterateur is interviewed by BBC correspondent Tim Franks regarding his new book, the political situation, and prospects for peace.

In the course of the interview Yehoshua, a man of the left,  robustly disputes Franks's contention that Gaza is effectively still occupied, and spiritedly argues Israel's right to defend itself against Hamas terror.

"How long do you think Israel has got to continue its existence as a Jewish State?" asks Franks. "If there isn't a Two State Solution."

The response is long and interesting ...

"Israel is my identity," says Yehoshua, "... I cannot permit myself to be pessimistic ..."

His final comment:
"This is what I’m doing with my friends in Israel, to work very hard that our Israeli state, the Jewish totality state will be functioning in peace with its environment, and I would say flourishing in the future.  And recognized by you.”

Hat tip: reader Ian.


  1. This senile old fool spent years advocating for Peace Now in their quest to give the land of Israel as "moral imperative." If giving up land for peace is the pipe dream of the Israeli left and those fighting to diminish the Jewish state,then his wish to be recognized by terrorists, and those hostile to the Jewish state of all stripes is complete lunacy. Because, really, what is it when you keep doing the same thing over and over and over again and then expect different results?

  2. Hello Daphne,

    apologies for posting this here, couldln't see anywhere else and this post looked fascinating anyway.

    I often visit the Irish4Israel facebook page and follow him on Twitter.
    He wants to raise money for proIsrael advertising in Ireland.
    Can you please post this link around here so anyone who wishes to donate can do so??

    Thank you and Happy Purim! (slightly belated)

    1. Jill, I'll draw proper attention to it when I blog this evening.


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