The Likud Charter: wiping Palestine off the map

When my attention was drawn to the article quoted below by Diane Nakamura, I suddenly realized that it is not Iran that intends to "wipe Israel off the map," but it is Israel that intends to "wipe Palestine off the map." And that is not just a threat. It is the reality.

Observers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict often talk about the Hamas Charter, and the earlier PLO Charter, but no one speaks of the intents of the Likud Charter, the Bible of Israel's Likud party now in power to wipe Palestine off the map. But that is precisely what has been happening for the past 60 years.

The Likud Charter

PEACE AND SECURITY chapter of the Likud Party Platform

1. Declaration of a Palestinian State: A unilateral Palestinian declaration of the establishment of a Palestinian state will constitute a fundamental and substantive violation of the agreements with the State of Israel and the scuttling of the Oslo and Wye accords. The government will adopt immediate stringent measures in the event of such a declaration.

2. Settlements: The Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria [West Bank] and Gaza are the realization of Zionist values. Settlement of the land is a clear expression of the unassailable right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and constitutes an important asset in the defense of the vital interests of the State of Israel. The Likud will continue to strengthen and develop these communities and will prevent their uprooting.

3. The Permanent Status: The overall objectives for the final status with the Palestinians are: to end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians on the basis of a stable, sustainable agreement and replace confrontation with cooperation and good neighborliness, while safeguarding Israel's vital interests as a secure and prosperous Zionist and Jewish state.

4. Self-Rule: The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan River. The Palestinians can run their lives freely in the framework of self-rule, but not as an independent and sovereign state. Thus, for example, in matters of foreign affairs, security, immigration and ecology, their activity shall be limited in accordance with imperatives of Israel's existence, security and national needs.

4. Jerusalem: Jerusalem is the eternal, united capital of the State of Israel and only of Israel. The government will flatly reject Palestinian proposals to divide Jerusalem, including the plan to divide the city.

5. The Jordan River as a Permanent Border: The Jordan Valley and the territories that dominate it shall be under Israeli sovereignty. The Jordan River will be the permanent eastern border of the State of Israel. The Kingdom of Jordan is a desirable partner in the permanent status arrangement between Israel and the Palestinians in matters that will be agreed upon.

6. Security Areas: The government succeeded in significantly reducing the extent of territory that the Palestinians expected to receive in the interim arrangement.

The Likud Charter wipes Palestine off the map for good, leaving the Palestinian people in a kind of limbo, which some (like Jimmy Carter) propose is nothing less than an Apartheid existence, a collection of bantustans, within an Israel that extends from the Jordan River to the sea, not unlike what existed for Black South Africans under the Afrikaaner government in the 1980s.

Likud's intent to nullify Palestinian freedom and self-determination was previously also found in the document, A Clean Break, a plan developed by American Neocons for the first Netanyahu government in 1996.

I have said before that Orwellian concepts abound among Israeli plans for the Palestinian territories, and one of the best is Netanyahu's solution to the conflict: no land for peace, peace for peace, and it is what drives Likud policy today.

As a side note, A Clean Break also projected the future invasion of Iraq, and the future take down of Iran, yet to be implemented.

Tags: Gaza, Israel, Likud, Netanyahu, Palestine (all tags)



you can't wipe something off the map

that is already on it. That is called JORDAN.

by Lakrosse 2009-12-10 09:41PM | 0 recs
oops big mistake

you can't wipe something off the map that was never on it. Palestine was never a distinct entity in history EVER, except as a region. But touché, Palestine IS on the map, its just called Jordan nowadays

by Lakrosse 2009-12-10 09:42PM | 0 recs
Re: you can't wipe something off the map

One of Ariel Sharon's famous quips when he was leader of Likud was, "Jordan is Palestine," an assertion he later dropped on creating the Kadima party, presumably since no one else believed it, especially the Palestinians themselves, and the King of Jordan.

During the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine and Israel, many Palestinians did land up in Jordan, many later becoming citizens, but many also finding themselves in UN refugee camps like those in the map below, where they remain today waiting to return to their villages in Israel. Still more Palestinians, those living in what   was known as the Palestinian territories fled into Jordan during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, and still more when there after being ethnically cleansed through the slow process that involved bulldozing their homes or wrecking their orchards and farmlands or just their harassment by settler-military teams.

Today, among the five million Palestinians living in UN refugee camps, a considerable number live in Jordan in places indicated by the map.

by MainStreet 2009-12-11 01:38AM | 0 recs
Re: you can't wipe something off the map

And here's look at some of the Palestinian refugees living in poverty in Jordan.

by MainStreet 2009-12-11 02:11AM | 0 recs
why can't the Hashemites

take care of their own peeps? Sorry, but Al Jazeera is propaganda 10x

by Lakrosse 2009-12-11 08:17AM | 0 recs
Re: why can't the Hashemites

Ariel, is that you?

by MainStreet 2009-12-11 10:07AM | 0 recs
Ariel? More like Baruch Goldstein

by JJE 2009-12-11 11:28AM | 0 recs
Re: Ariel? More like Baruch Goldstein

Hey, I think Lakrosse is to the right of Ariel Sharon, but that's way out of bounds.

by Steve M 2009-12-11 01:03PM | 0 recs
Re: you can't wipe something off the map

At least Lakrosse is honest that the current goal of Israel is the ethnic cleansing of Palestinian people west of the Jordan river.  

I guess the question for Americans is will we allow our government to continue support this ethnic cleansing.  

by Winston Smith 2009-12-11 08:20PM | 0 recs
Re: you can't wipe something off the map

Although Lakrosse often gets wacky, I would have to agree that he is honest about his right wing Likud position.

It is hard to know what Obama's strategy is at this point, but he had to know from past experience that Netanyahu would become intransigent, and that he could not use our financial and military aid as a bargaining chip.

If past experience is any measure, the tactic of stalling/deflecting peace initiatives in order to continue the colonization is working and in spite of the so-called freeze, 10,000 settlers are expected to move into the territories in the coming year (link, source unrecalled).

The BDS Movement needs to come to America in earnest.

by MainStreet 2009-12-12 12:52AM | 0 recs
Be careful what you wish for

The biggest threat to Israel's security is not Hamas or the Paestinians. It's the settler movement and the Likud. No Palestinian terrorist ever succeeded in murdering an Israeli Prime Minister that was accomplished by an Israeli right wing fanatic.

The continued existence of Israel is dependent on it remaining a majority Jewish state. Now that the settler movement are close to their goal of making a Palestinian state an practical impossibility and accomplishing the dream of a greater Israel it will be a case of be careful what you wish for.

The right will get their greater Israel but it will have a majority Arab population. I'm sure South Africa's minority thought they would rule forever since they had the apparatus of the state, military and police power and owned the economy. They thought they could keep the majority from assuming full citizenship in the state they occupied creating bantustans and restrictive laws  but in the end the majority assumed power.

You might prefer Palestinian Arabs with their own state to an Arab majority in the Israeli state. Israel has had no trouble containing threats from sovereign states on it's borders but it is about to create an internal threat military might will not be able to contain in the long term.

by hankg 2009-12-12 04:35AM | 0 recs
Re: Be careful what you wish for

Even Ariel Sharon saw the light, and then Olmert who followed him into the Kadima party. Yet all they propose were ways of stuffing Palestinians into cantons (bantustans) to isolate them politically as well as physically.

Netanyahu is facing the same situation.

It is Apartheid Inevitable, which is the title of an article I can't seem to link to today.

What this next phase will bring is anyone's guess, but it will certainly spur the BDS Movement, as happened in South Africa.

by MainStreet 2009-12-12 06:50AM | 0 recs


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