POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Robert K. Lifton: Illegal settlers threaten the future of the Israeli dream

Posted by Lew Weinstein on July 6, 2011

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Robert K. Lifton writes in the Huffington Post (7/5/11) …

  • The alliance of aggressive nationalists and religious expansionists is endangering the dream of Zionism as conceived of by Theodore Herzl and shared by millions of Jews.
  • Through their overzealous efforts toward expansion, in which they seek to extend Israel’s jurisdiction over the biblical “whole land of Israel” — the Territories gained in the 1967 Six-Day War — they are endangering the Zionist foundations of that land.
  • During my tenure as President of the American Jewish Congress, starting in 1988, we argued that in view of the demographics of Palestinian and Israeli population growth, among other factors, Israel would not be able to continue as both a Jewish and a democratic state if it attempted to annex the Territories as part of the state of Israel.

Mr. Lifton is a former president of the American Jewish Congress

read the entire article at … http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-k-lifton/zionism-at-risk_b_890427.html

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LMW COMMENT … 

Mr. Lifton has put it so clearly it is hard to believe that Israel’s leadership doesn’t see it. Of course they do see it, but don’t have the political courage to do what they know is right. And Obama is castigated by U.S. Jews for speaking the truth, when only pressure from him (at his own political risk) can make the right thing happen.

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