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Greater Israel is a Zionist conspiracy theory that Israel will one day expand and rule Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, half of Iraq, Egypt east of the Nile river, and some of Saudi Arabia as their own territory to fulfill a biblical prophecy with a population of about 100 million Jews.
Some[Who?] claim greater Israel was proposed by Jewish scholar and conspiracy theorist Oded Yinon. The Yinon Plan was first set forth in an essay written by Yinon and was published in the Hebrew journal Kivunim (Directions) in February 1982. Other theories state that Greater Israel was the dream of some movements within Zionism in the early half of the last century, probably fueled by an interpretation of the British Mandate for Palestine. Under this interpretation, the whole area of the Mandate was to become part of a Jewish state. For example, Irgun, a Zionist paramilitary organisation,[note 1] were fighting for a Jewish-majority state on both sides of the river Jordan, including:
- Land from the Nile in the West to the Euphrates in the East,
- Southern Turkey
- Historic Palestine;
- South Lebanon up to Sidon and the Litani River;
- Syria's Golan Heights, Hauran Plain and Deraa; and
- Control of the Hijaz Railway from Deraa to Amman, Jordan as well as the Gulf of Aqaba
Strategy for creating greater Israel
The alleged strategy of accomplishing this is by installing puppet dictatorships and fueling inter-Arab confrontations to destabilize the region and pick up new territories. But this is only scenario of expending.
During the Six Day War, Israel returned occupied Palestinian territories to Palestinian authorities. Given that Israel recognizes and has a peace agreement with Jordan and returned the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt in exchange for peace, it's safe to say that Israel has no such plans.
- Irgun were, at one point, led by Menachem Begin, who later became prime minister of Israel.
- Yinon, Oded (February 1982). Beck, Yoram, ed. "אסטראטגיה לישראל בשנות השמונים" [A Strategy for Israel in the 1980s]. Kivunim 14:49–59.
- Pappé, Ilan (1994). The Making of the Arab–Israeli Conflict, 1947–1951. London: I.B.Tauris. p. 21. ISBN 978-1-85043-819-9.