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bnot even the slightest hope of our ever obtaining agreement of bthe Arabs of the Land of Israel to ‘Palestine’ becoming a country bwith a Jewish majority. . . .

b“In our peace proclamations we try to convince ourselves bthat the Arabs are either fools easily deceived by a milder inter- bpretation of our aims or a tribe of mercenary materialists ready bto give up their rights to the Land of Israel in exchange for cul- btural or economic advantages. . . .

b“As long as the Arabs preserve a gleam of hope that they bwill succeed in getting rid of us, nothing in the world can cause bthem to relinquish this hope, precisely because they are no rab- bble but a living people. And a living people will be ready to yield bon such fateful issues only when they have given up all hope of bgetting rid of the alien settlers. . . .”

bJabotinsky was absolutely correct. But then he, too, stum- bbled. He concluded: “Then only will they begin bargaining with bus on practical matters such as guarantees against pushing them bout. . . . I am optimistically convinced that they will indeed be bgranted satisfactory assurances and that both peoples, like good bneighbors, can then live in peace.”

bIt is distressing to find a logical, perceptive man like bJabotinsky writing such nonsense. Alas, the virus of self-de- blusion strikes even giants of intellect. Did not Jabotinsky realize bthat guarantees against pushing the Arabs out would eventually blead to an Arab majority through the peaceful means he ap- bplauded? Could he not grasp the fact that it is precisely by living bas “good neighbors” with political rights that the Arabs can b“Palestinize” the Jewish state? Jabotinsky, the product of bnineteenth-century liberalism and committed to “national mi- bnority rights,” could not face the contradiction between that and ba Zionist state. He, too, fled from logic and painful reality.

bAnd so, of course, the ultimate threat is the majorityship of bArabs in the State of Israel which will turn the Jewish state into ban Arab one. The threat, however, is not limited to that. Jews do bnot have the dubious luxury of waiting seventy or eighty years to bbecome a minority. Ora Shem-Or put it this way: “We dare not bassume that the Arabs will wait until they are an absolute ma- bjority and the state will fall into their hands as a ripe fruit. The bminority of a million today is not like the minority of a few mil- blion tomorrow. As they grow in numbers and the relative differ- b 

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