Israeli Expansionism

Reprinted from The Worker, newspaper of the Workers Party, USA, September 3, 2014

Today, expansion is an inherent part of the zionist “vision.”  Even before the establishment of the state of Israel, Hertzl and the other fathers of zionism were intent on controlling “Greater Palestine” – that is, Palestine and its neighboring lands, and the Israeli Knesset has declared its “biblical right” to control all the land of “Eretz Israel,” which is defined as stretching from the Nile River in Egypt to the Tigris and Euphrates in Syria.

So too, Israel and its sponsor – U.S. imperialism – have shown utter contempt for every international agreement on the question of Israel. For example, after the Israeli invasion and occupation of the West Bank and Gaza in 1967, UN resolution 242 demanded the immediate withdrawal of Israel.  Repeated reaffirmations of this resolution have been ignored time and again by the U.S. government and Israel.

To cite another example: dozens of U.N. resolutions, international protocols, and agreements between the Palestinian Authority and Israel demand an end to Israeli settlements in the occupied territories and the dismantling of existing settlements. Israel continues its settlement program and the U.S. government officially claims that Israel has the “right” to annex settlements in the West Bank.

An end to Israeli expansionism will only come about when Israel ends its occupation of Lebanon and the Golan Heights, and when the Palestinian people win their sovereignty and national independence.