An inherently humiliating definition – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Israel explains the Jewish political presence in the Land of Israel, both within the State of Israel and in the occupied territories, as deriving from the Jews’ sovereign right to the entire land. This interpretation is reflected both in the government’s settlement policy in the territories and in its discrimination against Arabs inside Israel.This interpretation is deeply rooted in the Israeli Jewish consciousness, and is even expressed in the reasons given by those who are willing to concede parts of the Land of Israel, both rightists and leftists, for this willingness: They are pragmatic reasons rather than principled ones. Even according to the “national left” of Eldad Yaniv and Shmuel Hasfari, who hate the settlers, we must agree to divide the country not because justice requires sharing it with the Arabs, but because the circumstances demand it.This consciousness, the consciousness of Jewish ownership of the entire Land of Israel, will continue to push Israel’s policies to the edge of lunacy, and there is a genuine danger that it will lead to the loss of Israel as an embodiment of the Jewish people’s right to self-determination.  But that’s our problem, that of the Jews; it’s not the Arabs’ problem. The Arabs’ problem is that for them to recognize Israel’s Jewishness under this interpretation means acceptance of their inferior status in the Land of Israel, to the point that they could even be expelled from it

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