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Who will save Israel?

The battle is over. The dust has settled. A new government – partly ridiculous, partly frightening – is in place.

It's time to settle status.

The net result is that Israel has given up all the pretenses of wishing for peace, and that Israeli democracy has suffered a battle that may never come to pass.

Israeli governments – possibly with the exception of Yitzhak Rabins – have never really wanted peace. The peace that is possible. Peace, of course, means accepting set boundaries. In the State's Declaration of Establishment, read out by David Ben-Gurion on May 14, 1948 in Tel Aviv, any reference to borders was deliberately omitted. Ben Gurion did not want to accept the boundaries set out in the UN partition resolution, because they only laid the foundation for a tiny bit. . .

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avnery@actcom.co.il
Commentator in Ny Tid. Avnery is a former member of the Knesset in Israel. Israeli journalist and peace activist (born 1923).

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