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Excerpt: "Declassified cabinet meeting minutes show that top Israeli cabinet officials contemplated an ethnic cleansing of the Gaza Strip and Galilee, rewriting history textbooks in favor of a pro-Zionist version of history, and censoring political speech in newspapers to deal with the fallout of the Six-Day War in 1967."

Israeli soldiers stand over captured Egyptians and Palestinians at the start of the war on June 5, 1967. (photo: Getty)
Israeli soldiers stand over captured Egyptians and Palestinians at the start of the war on June 5, 1967. (photo: Getty)


Declassified Israeli Transcripts Discuss Ethnic Cleansing

By teleSUR

17 November 17


Recently declassified cabinet meeting transcripts show that top Israeli officials discussed ethnic cleansing tactics to deal with Six-Day War fallout.

eclassified cabinet meeting minutes show that top Israeli cabinet officials contemplated an ethnic cleansing of the Gaza Strip and Galilee, rewriting history textbooks in favor of a pro-Zionist version of history, and censoring political speech in newspapers to deal with the fallout of the Six-Day War in 1967.

The material posted to the Israeli archives website shows hundreds of pages of previously classified cabinet meeting minutes, including those between August and December of 1967, which followed closely after the Six-Day War in June. From this archive, Israeli officials demonstrated a lack of direction following the war in which the Israeli military conquered and illegally occupied East Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights, and the Sinai Peninsula.

Officials initially contemplated the difficulties of administering the illegally occupied lands.

“At some point we will have to decide. There are 600,000 Arabs in these territories now. What will be the status of these 600,000 Arabs?” Prime Minister Levi Eshkol asked.

“I suggest that we don’t come to a vote or a decision today; there’s time to deal with this joy, or better put, there’s time to deal with this trouble,” he said. “But for the record I’m prepared to say this: There’s no reason for the government to determine its position on the future of the West Bank right now. We’ve been through three wars in 20 years; we can go another 20 years without a decision.”

Later documents show that Eshkol felt the pressure of ethnic diversity in the occupied lands which were under the illegal administration of the ethnocentric occupying forces.

“The strip of this country is like a miserable, threatening neck for us, literally stretched out for slaughter,” he said. “I cannot imagine it — how we will organize life in this country when we have 1.4 million Arabs and we are 2.4 million, with 400,000 Arabs already in the country?”

Eshkol and his cabinet later floated a covert ethnic cleansing policy by “working on the establishment of a unit or office that will engage in encouraging Arab emigration.” The prime minister added, “We should deal with this issue quietly, calmly and covertly, and we should work on finding a way from them to emigrate to other countries and not just over the Jordan [River].”

Eventually the cabinet discussed more extreme plans.

“Perhaps if we don’t give them enough water they won’t have a choice, because the orchards will yellow and wither,” Eshkol said in one meeting. The prime minister also discussed the idea of initiating a war of aggression against Palestinians to force them to leave their ancestral lands.

“Perhaps we can expect another war and then this problem will be solved. But that’s a type of ‘luxury,’ an unexpected solution.”

Realizing the optics of the illegal occupation and ethnic cleansing, Education Minister Zalman Aranne remarked:

“I do not for one minute accept the idea that the world outside will look at the fact that we’re taking everything for ourselves and will say, ‘Bon Appetit,’” he said. “After all in another year or half a year the world will wake up; there’s a world out there and it will ask questions.”

After 50 years, Israel has instituted a “apartheid regime” in Palestine, according to a landmark United Nations report that has since been retracted following political backlash.

Rima Khalaf, the former UN Under-Secretary General and ESCWA Executive Secretary, affirmed the report’s findings by saying that the report “clearly and frankly concludes that Israel is a racist state that has established an apartheid system that persecutes the Palestinian people”.


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+5 # librarian1984 2017-11-17 17:03
This is TeleSUR journalist Abby Martin visiting Palestinian camps:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e_dbsVQrk4
 
 
+12 # librarian1984 2017-11-17 17:06
"To force them to leave their ancestral lands"

That sounds like an important admission.

The United States is the reason they can get away with this.
 
 
-9 # Salburger 2017-11-18 04:21
Given that there was nothing illegal about occupying enemy territory after a war—. Consider Germany and Japan after WWII— the insistence here to the contrary leaves me with little faith in the reliability of the rest of these claims. And in any case the Israelis didn’t do any of the things that this report claims that they considered
 
 
+6 # REDPILLED 2017-11-18 09:06
Read The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by Israeli Jewish historian Ilan Pappe.

Though the U.S. still, unfortunately, has military bases in both Germany and Japan, it stopped occupying both nations years ago. Israel still occupies the West Bank and has illegal settlements there, uprooting and replacing Palestinians; and Israel's brutal blockade of Gaza and bombing and shelling of its civilian population every few years as collective punishment for Palestinian rocket attacks are crimes against humanity and war crimes.
 
 
-2 # Salburger 2017-11-18 16:08
Pappe is great for Jew washing anti-Israel propaganda but he’s a bad and dishonest historian who is only Jewish by ancestry, not by belief or community. If you really want to learn about this history try Benny Morris’ books
 
 
0 # L.Willms 2017-11-22 15:42
It is not helpful to always add the qualification "illegal" when mentioning the occupation. An occupation is despicable independently of someone calling it "illegal".

The occupation acutally exists for a full century now -- in 1917 British colonial troops conquered most of the Arab East -- and this was already the highest point of British colonialism. From then on began the decline.

It was and is the most foolish plan to establish a "white" colonial settler population in Palestine whose soils have been worked for thousands of years by hundreds of generations of sedentary peasants with a sense of private property of land and which had fortified towns for thousands of year, in the same manner as the genocide of the North American natives or the Australian Aborigines. The Berlin "Congo Conference" of 1884/85 created wrong impressions about the ease of colonization and the easyness of subjugating the original population.

No way that the European settlers could set up in Palestine another splendid Dominion of the British Empire in the image of White Australia, Apartheid South Afria or Canada, where they were also not very nice to the natives.

Nothing but the present disaster could result from this foolish racist hybris.
 
 
+3 # Nancy Jakeman 2017-11-18 06:24
Ethnic cleansing is occurring worldwide, sometimes surreptitiously . We are the citizens of planet Earth and our conscious thinking is ruling this planet. But coming is a new wave of abundant lighted energy. Students of spirit know it as "the Mother Flame." We can access it readily through our hearts as we care for all peoples together, and with the nurture of the creatures of Earth. This will overturn the money tables that have ruled this planet for far too long.
 
 
+1 # DongiC 2017-11-18 14:33
It can't get here soon enough.
 
 
0 # Kootenay Coyote 2017-11-18 10:58
‘… Israel is a racist state that has established an apartheid system ….’ Foreboding misery to come for all.
 
 
+1 # elizabethblock 2017-11-18 14:59
I heard Jonathan Kuttab speak a few days ago. He's a Palestinian lawyer (a Christian, not a Muslim, btw). In question period someone asked about genocide.
When I was in Israel, a woman from the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions said she doesn't use the word "genocide" to describe what is happening now. She is saving it, she said, for when it actually starts.
Kuttab said he didn't think the Israelis would resort to mass killing. They could have done it in 1948, but they couldn't get away with it today. The striking thing was that he took for granted, quite calmly, that they would do it if they could.
 
 
0 # L.Willms 2017-11-22 17:02
Quoting elizabethblock:

Kuttab said he didn't think the Israelis would resort to mass killing. They could have done it in 1948, but they couldn't get away with it today. The striking thing was that he took for granted, quite calmly, that they would do it if they could.


Kuttab is right. When the European colonial settlers in Palestine would start mass killings like the German army did in the USSR, where would they end? In the time of global TV and Internet they could not avoid the whole world taking notice. Nobody could believe that the Arabs outside of Palestine would just look and do nothing. Masses of Arabs would move to end the massakers. And there is no chance to kill all 300 million or so Arabs - practically not feasable, and politically a suicide of the settler population.

They always had the illusion that the settler population would outgrow the natives and become a demographic majority. But this never happened. They have always been and are still a minority and have no chance of ever becoming a majority. No way out, no place to hide... but a place to run to: try to deal with the natives as equal human beings, shed off the master race hybris, and become human, so that you need no longer live in the fear of the robber fearing his victims.
 
 
+1 # Ken Halt 2017-11-18 17:27
Ethnic cleansing of Palestine began prior to the Israel declaration of statehood in '48. Arabs were threatened, massacred, and forcibly removed from land that Israel would claim under the partition. Jewish partisans in vehicles with mounted machine guns patrolled the partition area, killing Arabs on sight. Jewish terrorist groups invaded and annihilated villages.These atrocities are well documented.
 

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