The Zionist Conspiracy
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Likud and Greater Israel
An analysis of the Israeli elections in today's New York Times states that "only Likud remains committed to the idea of Greater Israel, comprising the full biblical land of Israel."
While Likud has done a poor job of articulating its political position, it clearly is not committed to the idea of Greater Israel. Indeed, when he was elected Prime Minister in 1996, Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu accepted the Oslo Accords, which call for territorial compromise, and later implemented withdrawals in Judea and Samaria.
Today, Likud is committed to territorial compromise in the context of a peace process, but it rejects unilateral withdrawal.
The parties that are most committed to the idea of Greater Israel are National Union and the National Religious Party, which ran on a joint list and received 9 seats in the Israeli Knesset.