...the only path to such an [peace] agreement is the iron wall, that is to say the strengthening in Palestine of a government without any kind of Arab influence, that is to say one against which the Arabs will fight. In other words, for us the only path to an agreement in the future is an absolute refusal of any attempts at an agreement now.
Vladimir Jabotinsky, The Iron Wall, 1923
[We can only ponder what Israel (and the world) would be like today if the great Jabotinksy had lived for as many years as David Ben Gurion (60 vs 87). As it is, his legacy has been distorted and suppressed and by now it is almost obscure. But Jabotinsky and his brilliant ideology are not so easily dismissed. Jabotinsky discovered some underlying truths about the nature of the Jews and their relation to the Arabs in the Land of Israel - truths that will outlast each and every one of us. Today, ironically, the further Zionists stray from his “path to an agreement,” the further away any chance for “peace” becomes. df]