Golda Meir, on the Palestinians The following op-ed by Golda Meir was printed in The New York Times 42 years ago. By Golda Mier January 14, 1976 To be misquoted is an occupational hazard of political leadership; for this reason…
By Avi Lipkin/Victor Mordecai In 1964, as a 15-year-old Jewish American youth living in New York, I had the honor of receiving two letters from Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben Gurion. His hand-written letters were in response to two…
Op-ed: Establishing 2nd Palestinian state west of Jordan River would be great folly
The Jewish State was established in the Land of Israel. Not in Uganda, not in South America and not in any other area offered to the Jews at one time or another as a response to their distress. The League of Nations, which granted Britain the mandate to form the Jewish people’s national home, referred to the entire territory on both sides of the Jordan River.
One should be aware of the following: There was no “Jordanian people” to the east of the Jordan River that sought independence there, just like there was no “Palestinian people” west of the Jordan River.
Hence, When David Ben-Gurion drafted the Declaration of Independence he did not determine the State of Israel’s borders. He too knew that at the end of the war forced upon the small Jewish community by Arab states, the borders will be different than the “partition boundaries.”
The Jewish state’s first prime minister also knew that any territory to be conquered by the IDF will remain part of the state, and will not be called “occupied territory.” The Jewish state will become its legal owner based on the international conventions that designated the whole of the Land of Israel, on both sides of the Jordan River (yes, Mr. Jordanian King) for a Jewish home.