With the annexation of the West Bank now set to take place in the not-so-distant future, it seems likely that Israelis that share Daniella Weiss’ vision will continue to push for the annexation of more and more territory until Greater Israel takes shape.
'TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — A well-known and controversial Israeli settler-activist, Daniella Weiss, recently told Haaretz that her vision of a future Israel, following the impending Israeli annexation of Palestine’s West Bank, includes parts of Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Iraq and Iran. Weiss — former mayor of the illegal West Bank settlement of Kedumim — claimed during the interview that this vision of a future “Greater Israel” was not “extreme” but a “basic Jewish approach” and was “the only way to continue Zionism.”
Interviewed by Haaretz columnist Bradley Burston — who personally opposes illegal, Jewish-only settlements in the West Bank — Weiss expounded at length on her role in making a “two-state solution” impossible by founding and expanding settlements throughout Palestine’s West Bank.
Early on in the interview, Burston told Weiss his feeling that the settler movement had “ruined” the Israel he had wanted to see and continues to threaten the country’s safety and existence. Weiss responded that — though Burston’s views aggravated her — she was “more satisfied that my philosophy has had the upper hand” in influencing past and current Israeli policy and that the settler movement “had blocked the option of a two-state solution.”
Weiss — who still lives in the West Bank settlement of Kedumim, which she helped to found in the 1970s — was then asked if she would support giving Palestinians living in the West Bank voting rights in the increasingly likely event that the West Bank would be annexed. Weiss responded:
The land of Israel is only for the Jewish nation as far as sovereignty is concerned. Arabs can live here, have their rights, human rights, they can have their education and culture but not sovereignty.”
Netanyahu vowed to annex the West Bank, but why stop there? Haaretz columnist @BradleyBurston went on a West Bank tour with a settler leader whose vision of Israel's future borders include Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and even Iran | WATCH https://t.co/SssfCjI6tZ pic.twitter.com/Jit4MQsB1t
— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) April 7, 2019
Burston then asked Weiss about how young American Jews are increasingly critical of the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank and the settler movement. Weiss responded:
People say to me, ‘Why don’t you explain to the Jews in the United States what exactly is behind your thinking?’ I explain…but, I’m laughing because [of] the right word for it, you have to brainwash all the time. You have to say it, explain it, live it, cope with it. My husband says to me, ‘Why do you speak to your children all the time about Zionism, pioneers and Judea and Samaria [Israeli term for the West Bank], settling and settling … Because this is the only way to continue Zionism.”
Later, Weiss stated — in speaking about how a two-state solution is now impossible in practical terms as a result of the presence of half a million Jewish settlers in the West Bank — that she wants “to have for the Jewish nation all the promised land from the Bible, from the Euphrates to the Nile, and I’m sure it will be.”'
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