Given the current state of affairs in the Middle East, and especially concerning Israel, I thought it might be good to revisit a post that I wrote a little over three years ago…
As I’ve watched the “Arab Spring” unfold, and have monitored words and deeds of the “palestinians,” some ideas come to mind. The entire region is claimed as holy by three religions, and one in particular, has been inflamed into what seems to be a genocidal rage. With the “new anti-Semitism” out in the open, and spreading, I fear that the next great international conflict will involve Israel.
To adequately look at the current situation, a look at history is required. In 1947, the UN proposed a “two state solution” for the region. The Jews agreed, the Arabs did not. For some more background, here is an excerpt from Prof. B. Rubin.
In 1947 the UN voted to partition the British mandate of Palestine into a Jewish and an Arab state. The Jews accepted partition into two states; the Arabs rejected it.
The international community offered to make Amin al-Husseini, the Palestinian Arabs’ leader, head of a state despite the fact that he and his closest colleagues were the subject of a 1938 British arrest warrant for terrorist activities (not mythical but for killing lots of people), and had spent World War Two in Berlin doing pro-Nazi propaganda, recruiting for SS units, and planning a Holocaust of Jews in the Middle East.
But al-Husseini rejected partition and so did all of the Arab states. While Jordan wanted to make a deal and Egypt’s government wasn’t enthusiastic, they all had to go along with al-Husseini’s intransigence, their hysterical public opinion, and the other Arab states’ pressure. The Arab League’s leader, a Nazi agent during World War Two, bragged that the Jews would be massacred. The Muslim Brotherhood, which collaborated with the Nazis during the war and were subsidized by them before the war, sent volunteers to fight the Jews.
And so a Palestinian Arab army, whose three chief commanders had all fought for the Nazis during World War Two, went to war against the Jews using Nazi-supplied weapons (provided for the Palestinian Arab revolt in 1939 and for an Egyptian revolt that never happened in 1942). They lost.
Then the armies of the Arab states invaded Israel. They largely lost, though the Egyptian held onto the Gaza area while the Jordanians took east Jerusalem and what became known as the West Bank. Egypt ran Gaza; Jordan annexed the West Bank.
So, the “palestinians” could have had their own state in 1948. But instead, the decided the following…
Hey, let’s kill the Jews.
From that point on, there have been “palestinians” (in quotes because there has NEVER been a nation known as “Palestine”) living in refugee camps. The surrounding Arab nations did not take them in as their own. They could have, and I’m sure that the international community would have provided assistance in doing so. However, the Arab nations passed on that.
Israel concludes Armistice Agreements with neighbouring countries. The territory of the British Mandate of Palestine is divided between the State of Israel, the Kingdom of the Jordan (changed from Transjordan) and Egypt. During and after the war about 700,000 Palestinian Arabs become refugees. A very comparable number of Jewish refugees from Arab lands flee and become refugees during and after the war. The majority of Jewish refugees from Arab countries arrive to Israel by 1972. Israel continues to provide for Jewish refugees from different countries. Arab refugees in neighboring states are left unrelieved.
My theory is that the Arab states wanted to, one day, settle the score with Israel, and have been keeping the “palestinians” in relative poverty to provide cannon fodder for subsequent conflicts. Also, it allows for international sympathy, and to portray the Israelis in a negative light.
And the wars kept coming…
The Six-Day War. Israel launches an attack on Egyptian Air Force (June 5), following Egyptian naval blockade of the Straits of Tiran (May 22) and Egyptian military buildup in the Sinai Peninsula (May 16), interpreted as acts of war. attack quickly turns into a regional war, in which Israel defeats the combined forces of Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and their supporters. It captures Sinai Peninsula and Gaza Strip from Egypt, East Jerusalem and the West Bank from Jordan, and the Golan Heights from Syria. The number of war casualties is estimated between 15,000 to 25,000.
September 1, 1967
The Khartoum Resolution issued at the Arab Summit with eight Arab countries adopts the “three nos”: 1. No peace with Israel, 2. No recognition of Israel, 3. No negotiations with Israel.
So, another war, and another loss, both militarily, and territorially-again, the Arab nations are embarrassed by the Israelis. Not that even after losing two wars, the Arab nations refuse to recognize Israel’s right to exist, nor will they negotiate.
But, in spite of those losses, the Arabs made another eventful decision in 1973…
Hey, let’s kill the Jews!
The Yom Kippur War started with a surprise Arab attack on Israel on Saturday 6th October 1973. On this day, Egyptian and Syrian military forces launched an attack knowing that the military of Israel would be participating in the religious celebrations associated with Yom Kippur. Therefore, their guard would temporarily be dropped.
The combined forces of Egypt and Syria totalled the same number of men as NATO had in Western Europe. On the Golan Heights alone, 150 Israeli tanks faced 1,400 Syria tanks and in the Suez region just 500 Israeli soldiers faced 80,000 Egyptian soldiers.
In spite of overwhelming numerical superiority, the Israelis, once again, defeated armies bent not only on victory, but also on Jewish extermination.
Over the intervening decades, full-scale military assaults ended, but terrorist activities accelerated. Suicide bombings, civilian massacres, and even attacks on school buses have been the order of the day. Apparently, Israel’s military superiority has convinced its neighbors to avoid direct confrontation. The rage and desire to kill the Jews, however, remains unabated.
Israel now faces multiple threats. With the “Arab Spring,” the peace treaty with Egypt seems in jeopardy. Since several neighboring nations are in civil conflict, rage against Israel may be used to deflect anger from tyrannical Arab regimes. This was alleged in the recent “charges” by “palestinians” at the Israeli border. Anti-Semitism is on the rise, and expressed openly. The UN has been solidly against Israel for some time now, and may be poised to press for the formation of an actual Palestine. This, of course, is a situation that Israel will reject. The “palestinians,” encouraged by this hatred, have increased their efforts towards turning world opinion against Israel. And, frankly, it appears to be working. Israel can’t even count on the US at this point, as the current administration seems either ignorant to what is happening, or is complicit in the current effort against the Israelis. Any way one looks at it, it appears that Israel hasn’t a friend in the world.
In a sense, the “Palestinians” are asking for a “do-over.” And no, this isn’t a do-over for a two-state solution. And it’s not a do-over for “right of return.” I believe that here is another purpose…
Hey, let’s kill the Jews!
They haven’t stopped calling for the extermination of the Jews. They haven’t stopped calling for the elimination of the state of Israel. I believe that they want the territory they need to facilitate more attacks, or even another war, from a geographical advantage. Now, more than any other time in history, the world seems poised to help them do just that. With few friends, and numerous enemies, Israel looks for dark days ahead.
Of course, in 2014, the “progressives,” have been increasingly clamoring for the extermination of the Jews. We’ve covered the anti-semitism that was rampant in the Occupy Wall Street Movement, as well as in various left wing protests over the last few years. I guess you can take democrats out the KKK, but you can’t take the KKK out of the democrat party. They just turned in their robes in favor of more conventional garb.