[Marxism] Greater Israel
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Thu Mar 23 07:29:06 MST 2006
The citizens of Israel woke up on the morning of June 11, 1967, to a world
irrevocably changed. The armies of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria had been
crushed, and tiny Israel"poor little Samson," as Prime Minister Levi
Eshkol used to saywas now in possession of a swath of land three times the
country's original size, stretching from the Suez Canal to the Jordan
River, with Syria's Golan Heights thrown in for good measure. The hard
choice that divided the Zionist movement before the state's
inceptionwhether to accept partition and statehood on part of the Land of
Israel or hold out for the Whole Landhad vanished overnight.
"The meaning of this victory," the poet Nathan Alterman wrote, "is that it
erased the difference between the state of Israel and the Land of Israel."
Anyone "who returns these pieces of land," Alterman thundered, "will first
have to write a different Bible." Left unmentioned, however, was the
disposition of the more than one million Palestinians resident on the land
Israel had finally reclaimed. "We got a lovely dowry," Eshkol quipped as
the war neared its end. "The trouble is that with dowry comes the wife."
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