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Isn't Israel an Expansionist Country? - Isn't Zionism an Expansionist Ideology?

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Isn't Israel an Expansionist Country? - Isn't Zionism an Expansionist Ideology?

Anti-Zionists charge that Israel has "expansionist" aims, because it has not set its borders, it conquered territories in wars and it has a "secret plan" to expand over the entire Middle East. The truth is that Israel didn't set its borders because none of the Arab countries would recognize any borders at all for Israel. Of the original territory of the Palestine Mandate given to Britain in 1922 as a national home for the Jewish people, over 70% was removed in 1922 and became Jordan. In 1947, the UN partitioned the remainder of the territory between the Arabs and Jews of Palestine. The Arabs did not agree to the partition plan and started a war. Israel won the war and conquered territory originally allotted to a Palestinian state. No Arab state recognized the borders of the 1949 cease fire lines and none was ready to sign a peace treaty with Israel. In 1967 Israel fought the 6-day war after Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser closed the straits of Tiran and the Suez canal to Israeli shipping, and threatened to destroy Israel.  Israel conquered the Golan Heights,  West Bank, and Sinai peninsula, a vast area several times the size of Israel. All this land was to be returned in peace settlements, but no offer for peace came until 1977. Israel then made peace with Egypt and returned the entire Sinai peninsula. In negotiations with the Palestinians, Israel offered to give them  about 97% of the West Bank in return for peace, but they refused. Likewise, Israel offered to return virtually the entire Golan heights in return for peace with Syria, but Syria's President Asad insisted that Syria has sovereignty over the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan river.  Israel has a territory of less than 8,000 square miles. It is absurd to claim that Israel is an expansionist state that poses a danger to its neighbors. ( See Maps)

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