Tamir orders textbooks to show '67 borders

Tuesday, December 05, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
Education Minister Yuli Tamir stirred up a political whirlwind on Tuesday when she announced that Israeli maps in new textbooks would now show the country’s 1967 borders.

Her main reasons for printing the 1967 borders were that Israeli territory of Judea and Samaria were not written as the West Bank or with the Arab names of the towns, but rather the biblical names such as Shechem instead of Nablus.

The controversial decision caused a storm in the Knesset as some slammed her for her leftist ideology.

“Taking the Green Line out of the maps is also bringing politics into schools. You can't draw Israel's borders without bringing in politics. There are some things like Gaza that just need it. You can't help it that reality changes,” Tamir said.

Former education minister Ronit Tirosh said Tamir's decision was a political decision, which deviated from her authority as education minister.

Tirosh said education ministers do not have the authority to interfere with textbook productions and has called on other parliament members to revoke the decision.

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