The 2006 elections will go down in Israeli history as the first elections that legitimized ripping the heart out of the Declaration of Independence - the undertaking to "uphold the full social and political equality of all its citizens, without distinction of race, creed or sex." True, Yisrael Beiteinu is not the first party to call for denying Israeli citizens the right to live in the state on the grounds of religion and race. Rehavam Ze'evi's Moledet was in the Knesset and was even a coalition partner in one of the right-wing governments. But Ze'evi was never invited to eat pickled herring at Yossi Beilin's table, and was never showered with a smidgen of the praise bestowed by the Meretz chairman upon Avigdor Lieberman.I wonder what supporters of Geneva will have to say about this.
In a nutshell, the principal difference in the plans of the two transfer-mongers with regard to the Arab citizens of Israel is that Lieberman is proposing border adjustments that would place them and their homes (that would instantly plumment in value) outside their state, while Ze'evi proposed deporting them from their state (and paying them suitable compensation for their homes).
With the architect of Oslo and Geneva giving Lieberman friendly pats on the back, it's no wonder serious political analysts are mentioning him, in the same breath as Meretz and Labor, as a natural partner in a Kadima-led government. And it's no surprise either that a resident of Ra'anana, who identifies himself as a veteran left-winger, had no shame in writing to Lieberman that he is the only one "who is guiding us to a situation in which the Jewish people, too, will indeed finally have a Jewish state of its own." The man, who participated in an on-line readers' forum with Lieberman on the Haaretz Web site, asked Lieberman to elaborate on how he proposes removing Wadi Ara and the Triangle region from the boundaries of Israel and turning them into a part of Palestine.
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