If We Retreat the Enemy Will Advance

Newspaper: Jewish Herald
posted on:
17 In nov 1970
Individuals - Anwar Sadat, Gunnar Jarring. Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - Arabs of Israel, Fatah, Palestinians, Partition Plan. Human Rights - Equal rights. Security - Fundamentals of Israeli Security, Six-Day War. States - Jordan. Peace
Begin argues that the West Bank should remain part of Israel. He first shares alternatives to his belief regarding what to do with the West Bank. The first alternative is to give the land to Jordan, and the second is to give the land to the Palestinians. He argues that both alternatives will threaten Israel's security because both believe in the full liberation of Palestine, which means Israel would no longer exist. Even if there is a peace agreement, Begin does not trust that the agreement will be upheld. His distrust partially comes from the recent situation where Egypt violated the agreed upon freeze. He argues that it is absurd that one should be identified as "Palestinian" in one city, but in another city one would be identified as "Arab." He then says that if they are all Arab, and living in Israel, they will have freedom, equality and progress. In closing he argues that not keeping the West Bank will both segregate Arabs and threaten Israel's safety.