determine the goal. If lies and violence are the means, the results cannot be good.... We have been in Palestine for twelve years [i.e. since the 1917 Balfour Declaration] without having even once made a serious attempt at seeking through negotiations the consent of the indigenous people.... I believe that it will be possible for us to hold Palestine and continue to grow for a long time. This will be done first with British aid and then later with the help of our own bayonets -- shamefully called Haganah [defense] -- clearly because we have no faith in our own policy. But by that time we will not be able to do without the bayonets. The means will have determined the goal. Jewish Palestine will no longer have anything of that Zion for which I once put myself on the line.»


Haaretz, Nov. 11, 2015


Since Israel's establishment nearly 70 years ago, the U.S. has given it more than $124 billion. Most that was in the last three decades.

JfJfP, January 25th, 2017

Umm Al-Hiran makes me grieve for the Jewish, Democratic state.

Times of Israel blog / Jewish News
January 19, 2017

In the Jewish, democratic state, at around 5.30am armed police surrounded the village forcibly removing residents including a 100-year-old man and dozens of children.

Bedouin Palestinian women outside their wrecked homes in Umm al-Hiran. Once all Arabs have been forced out, a new Jews-only town will be built in its place. Photo from Al Araby/ The New Arab.

Haaretz, Dec 30, 2015


I asked [Rabbi Soloveitchik] he would agree to lead [...] a seminar on the Jewish attachment to the Land of Israel and the concept of “kedushat haaretz” (the holiness of the land), and how these are to be differentiated from concepts such as “blut und boden” (blood and land) at the heart of German fascism and other totalitarian regimes.