CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1993
In the article by Knesset member Ze'ev Benyamin Begin (Commentary, April 1), the Hebrew phrase, "Eretz Yisrael" the meaning of which is "the land of Israel," was followed by the term "Greater Israel," in parentheses. This term was undoubtedly added by the editor and not written by Begin. By identifying "Eretz Yisrael" with "Greater Israel," you distort the meaning of the article and mislead your readers. "Eretz Yisrael" is a geographic concept and not a political one. "Eretz Yisrael" is mentioned innumerable times in the Old Testament as the land of which the fathers of the nation of Israel, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, lived, and in which the people of Israel lived for approximately 1,500 years until the exile.
July 19, 1989
President Bush, in a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, has echoed the statement of Secretary of State James A. Baker III that the idea of a "greater Israel" should be abandoned, National Public Radio said in a broadcast from Washington. Baker's exhortation, in a speech on May 22, was attacked by friends of Israel in Congress.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1992
The Times scored a bull's-eye with its editorial about the Israeli loan-guarantee controversy. As noted, "There's plenty of humanitarian support in Washington for the housing loans, but there's little support for the Israeli government's feverish ideology." At issue is the Israeli fringe right's concept of "'Greater Israel." Depending upon which Israeli hard-liner one queries, Greater Israel can include all of Israel's current borders, plus the West Bank and Gaza, or all of Israel and the occupied territories, plus Jordan, or even all the lands from the Euphrates to Suez.
May 23, 1989 |
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir today bluntly rebuffed a call by Secretary of State James A. Baker III to renounce dreams of a Greater Israel and halt Jewish settlements in occupied areas. "I think it's useless, it was useless," Shamir said in response to Baker's speech Monday. Baker, addressing the foremost pro-Israel U.S. lobby, urged Israel to give up "the unrealistic vision of a Greater Israel" and forswear annexation of the occupied territories, torn by a Palestinian uprising.
March 29, 2006 |
ON PREVIOUS election days, the street outside my polling station would be crowded with booths staffed by passionate activists from Israel's three-dozen-plus parties seeking one last opportunity to persuade voters. The sidewalk would be littered with leaflets from right-wing parties promising peace through strength and left-wing parties promising peace through concessions, from secular parties opposing Israeli theocracy and religious parties bemoaning godless hedonism.
June 25, 1989 |
The Bush Administration has muted its criticism of Israel's policies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to avoid playing into the hands of right-wing extremists in Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir's own Likud Party, well-informed sources said Saturday. Shamir faces a showdown at a party convention, scheduled July 5, over his proposal for Palestinian elections in the occupied territories. Ultranationalist critics, led by former Defense Minister Ariel Sharon, oppose the plan, which they say will ultimately lead to creation of an independent Palestinian state.