Vladimir Jabotinsky: The Iron Wall – We and the Arabs (). It was inevitable that Jabotinsky would attract the attention of the leaders of the WZO. His journalism gave him tremendous mobility. In he. In Jabotinsky was elected to the Zionist Executive. . This, in a nutshell, was Jabotinsky’s policy regarding the Arab question: to erect an iron wall of Jewish.

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Yet Peres was curiously reluctant to proceed along the course he had been instrumental in charting, rebuffing plans for Palestinian statehood put forward by his own iroon and coalition partners. By building the wall, Israel is unilaterally redrawing its borders at the expense of the Palestinians. To imagine, as our Arabophiles do, that they will voluntarily consent to the realisation of Zionism, in return for the moral and material conveniences which the Jewish colonist brings with him, is a childish notion, which has at bottom a kind of contempt for the Arab people; it means that they despise the Arab race, which they regard as a corrupt mob that can be bought and sold, and are willing to give up their fatherland for a good railway system.

Indeed, the history of Israel can be seen as a vindication of that strategy. New firearms regulations and police use of lethal force in Argentina. Such a proclamation can only harm kron. Although it achieved limited military objectives, it was a political and moral failure of considerable magnitude.

The Iron Wall

Now the trouble with unilateral action is that it holds out no hope of real and sustainable peace. There is no justification for such a belief.

The iron wall was not an end in itself but a means to an end. Everything else that is undesirable grows out of jabotibsky root with axiomatic inevitability. As chief of staff, Barak had not been consulted during the secret Oslo talks and had serious reservations about the step-by-step approach.

Jabotinsku internal political developments had no significant effect on foreign policy. Make jahotinsky tax-deductible donation today! Revisionist Zionism staked a claim to a Jewish state over the whole of mandatory Palestine, including Transjordan, while Labor Zionists accepted the principle of the partition of Palestine west of the Jordan River into two states, one Jewish and one Arab.

It would have occurred to no one else in the broad Jewish world to have tried to hinder or interfere with the Armenians in their struggle; nor would anyone have thought to support Turkey in any of its wars, and in the end Zionism gained nothing by its actions. Sharon, however, made no distinction between the democratically elected Palestinian Authority and the militant organizations of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, lumping them awll together as terrorists.


Olmert took over as acting prime minister and won the 28 March elections in his own right, forming a coalition government that included Labor.

The Iron Wall Revisited | The Institute for Palestine Studies

Menachem Begin, The Revolt, rev. My Heart is in the East. As prime minister, he insisted on proceeding straight to final status and resolving all issues in one go. Netanyahu spent the two and a half years of what turned out to be his first prime ministership in a largely successful effort to freeze, undermine, and subvert the Oslo accords while ramping up settlement expansion in the West Bank.

He grasped that the iron wall had achieved its primary purpose and that the remaining confrontational states, as well as the Palestinians, were ready to make peace with Israel based on mutual compromises. Netanyahu totally rejects these conditions. By signing the Oslo accordIsrael and the PLO recognised one another and agreed to settle their outstanding differences by peaceful means.

Herr and in several other places I have organized committees to initiate collections of money for wounded Turkish soldiers. History does not disclose its alternatives.

Address at the Sixth Zionist Congress. We can talk as much as we want about our good intentions; but they understand as well as we what is not good for them. Jabotinsky had orders from Wolffsohn to push a very soft line to the new masters of Turkey: Ariel Sharon, buoyed by public support for the move, quit the Likud and set up his own party – “Kadima”, which in Hebrew means “Forward”.

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His declared belief in a peaceful solution to the conflict served a useful public relations purpose. Another element of continuity, demonstrated less than four months after the election, was the privileging of military jaabotinsky over diplomacy to achieve political objectives. Realising that time and demography were not on Israel’s side, Sharon and his deputy, Ehud Olmert, cast around for ways of distancing Israel from the main Palestinian population centres while keeping as much of their land as possible.

Among the Arabs, even their intellectuals have never heard of this theory. And international law supports the Palestinian position on ninety-nine percent of the idon status issues: Back to the Iron Wall. There are no more uninhabited islands in the world.

Why Jabotinsky Still Matters

The article is not merely an update of the main argument of the book, however. In drawing up that programme, we had in mind not only the Jews, but all nations everywhere, and its basis is equality of rights. To the Palestinians, settlement expansion suggested that Israel had not been negotiating in good faith and that the real intention behind the Oslo accord was to repackage rather than to end the occupation.


Self-determination means revision — such a revision of the distribution of the earth among the nations that those nations who have too much should have to give up some of it to those nations who have not enough or who have none, so that all should have some place on which to exercise their right of self-determination. Jabotinsky argued that the Palestinian Arabs would not agree to a Jewish majority in Palestineand that “Zionist colonisation must either stop, or else proceed regardless of the native population.

At the same time, this nation was fighting to gain its own autonomy, without any attempt to conceal it means to use its autonomy for the purpose of oppressing the Jews. Israel should negotiate withdrawal from the bulk of the West Bank, not as a favour to the Palestinians but as a huge favour to itself. Except for those who were born blind, they realised long ago that it is utterly impossible to obtain the voluntary consent of the Palestine Arabs for converting “Palestine” from an Arab country into a country with a Jewish majority.

There is not much that we jabotinnsky concede to Arab nationalism, without destroying Zionism. Begin responded with an autonomy plan for the Palestinian residents of the territories that was directly inspired by Jabotinsky: It is a very fine thing to be a gentleman, but it is no reason for being an idiot.

Why Jabotinsky Still Matters – The Tower – The Tower

What emerges from the article is that the founder of Revisionist Zionism recognized that the Palestinian Arabs formed a distinct national entity and were accordingly entitled to some national rights, albeit limited ones, and not merely to individual rights.

Individual Arabs may perhaps be bought off but this hardly means that all the Arabs in Eretz Israel are willing to sell a patriotism that not even Papuans will trade.

The inhabitants fought the white settlers not out of fear that they might be expropriated, but simply because there has never been an indigenous inhabitant anywhere or at any time who has ever accepted the settlement of others in his country. We must either suspend our settlement efforts or continue them without paying attention to the mood of the natives.