The leader of the right-wing Israeli Zionist National Union-National Religious Party (NU-NRP), Benny Elon, is openly calling for the dismantling of the Palestinian Authority, the removal of Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza by the simple expediency of granting them a Jordanian passport, and the abandonment of any ideas about the Palestinians having a state of their own.
What makes this most recent call for the transfer of Palestinians and the take-over of their lands really frightening is the fact that the NU-NRP is closely allied to the Likud Party led by former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The call from Benny Elon reflects the reality of what the Israeli Zionists in all of Israel’s Zionist parties really want – a Greater Israel that absorbs into it the occupied territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and the transfer of Palestinians to Jordan.
The end of January will see the release of the Winograd Report into the failures of the Second Lebanon War of 2006. Once released, and if the backlash is powerful enough, it could well see the end of Ehud Olmert and his Kadima Party in power. If Olmert is forced to step down and call elections then there is a strong likelihood that Netanyahu and his Likud-led coalition would come to power. This time around, Netanyahu will be ceding nothing to the Palestinians as he did in 1998 when he ceded territory to the Palestinians in accordance with the Wye Accords. The current so-called ‘talks’ of a two state solution would be disbanded entirely. Netanyahu has recently made it clear that if he were Prime Minister he would not be pulling Israel out of what he calls Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) claiming that if Israel did leave then Hamas would immediately take control.
And in an election year in the US there will be no one game enough to say ‘NO’ to the Israeli Zionists in their quest for a Greater Israel at the Palestinian peoples expense.