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bshowed no inclination to flee, from where would Livneh’s miracle bcome? And what “Zionist thought” ever really seriously con- bsidered the problem before fleeing into evasion and blessed bavoidance of the pain?

bYuval Ne’eman of the Hatchiya Party has spoken of “dual bsovereignty” for the Arabs of the liberated areas. In an interview bin Maariv (July 19, 1974), he was asked what citizenship the bArabs there would have. His reply: “As they wish, Israeli or bJordanian. . . . They would have the right to vote for one of the btwo parliaments, according to the citizenship of their choice.” bWhen asked if they would be able to serve in political capacities, bNe’eman replied: “Yes, according to their citizenship. Should they bachieve senior political posts in Jordan, they may turn Jordan into a bPalestinian state.”

bThe incredible fact is that the interviewer did not follow up bwith the logical question: And should they achieve senior politi- bcal posts in Israel . . .?

bThe flight from reality is most clearly seen in Begin’s auton- bomy proposals. (Few people seem to know that the autonomy bconcept eventually endorsed at Camp David was Begin’s idea, bnot Sadat’s or Washington’s.) In his various points Begin lists:

b“Point 14: Residents of Judea, Samaria, and the Gaza dis- btrict . . . will be granted free choice (option) of either Israeli or bJordanian citizenship.

b“Point 15: A resident of the areas . . . who requests Israeli bcitizenship will be granted such citizenship in accordance with bthe citizenship law of the state.

b“Point 16: Residents of Judea, Samaria, and the Gaza dis- btrict who . . . choose Israeli citizenship will be entitled to vote bfor, and be elected to, the Knesset, in accordance with the elec- btion law.”

bLabor Party leader Yigal Allon in a blistering attack on the bproposal called it a “farce” and asked a Labor Party meeting b(March 5, 1978): “Who will guarantee that there will not be bfound hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Arabs who will will- bingly accept Israeli citizenship and thus [that] the delicate bJewish-Arab demographic balance will [not] automatically bshift from a Jewish state with a sizable Arab minority to a bina- btional state?”

bBegin and the “hawks” have no answer. The “doves” do: bGive up most of the territories with the Arab population. Not b 

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