The debate taking place in Israel about the future of the Occupied Territories concerns inevitably the nature of Israel and the Zionist claim that the Jews have a “right” over the Palestinian territory. Thus the most fundamental principles of Zionism are back on the agenda.
A [second] Joint Arab-Israeli Statement ‒ by the Palestinian Democratic Front and the Israeli Socialist Organization, July 1967
This round in the anti-imperialist struggle can be summed up by saying that while the Israeli people were lined up behind the wrong leadership on the wrong side of the barricade, the Arab people were lined up behind the wrong leadership on the right side of the barricade.
Joint Israeli-Arab Statement on the Middle East Crisis ‒ by The Israeli Socialist Organization and The Palestinian Democratic Front (June 3, 1967)
The Palestine problem has two fundamental political aspects: that of re-establishing the rights of the Palestinian Arabs; and that of integrating the Israelis into the political structure of the Middle East. These hard political issues have for years been submerged by nationalism. The Arab nationalist leaders pretend to have a solution to the first aspect; they do not even claim one for the second.
The choice is between an Israeli and Middle Eastern State of Israel, aiming to integrate in its environment — and a Zionist state, a foreign body in this region, a state that is subordinated to the Jewish communities around the world and to the global “power centers” where most Jews are located.
Hebrew nationalism is indeed opposed to Zionism; but it is incapable of confronting Zionism thoroughly and repudiating it radically, root and branch. For the Hebrew nation has come into being as a result of the Zionist colonization of Palestine, and therefore the nationalist outlook, for which this nation is an absolute and supreme value, cannot radically repudiate Zionism, its progenitor. Hebrew nationalism can only claim that Zionism is outdated, no longer suited to present conditions, and Hebrew nationalism ought to be embraced in its place.