Monday, February 16, 2009

Counterthesis: Do Israelis Oppose "Greater Israel"?

I report the following argument, by Bradley Burston in Haaretz, not because I agree with it, but for the opposite reason - because it directly contradicts the argument I have been making that the election supports the hypothesis that Israel is becoming more committed to a policy of violence to achieve its goals.

if the 2009 election has conclusively demonstrated anything, it is the overwhelming consensus across Israeli society for the rejection of the bedrock right-wing principle of a Greater Israel encompassing and annexing all of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Shockingly, the Israeli public may have voted for the right not because it rejects the idea of peace deals, partition, and a two-state solution, but because it believes the right is better qualified to find a way to carry out that undeniably painful process.

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