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More on Israel

Posted by Godefroi on July 20, 2007

Once again, anti-Israel propaganda in a supposed news piece.  This time, it’s in the Christian Science Monitor.  I am repeatedly astonished at the preponderance of Christians who are against Israel.  Don’t they realize the Jesus was a Jew?

 Nod: Solomonia

Bush’s final push for a Palestine

The US must push Israel for big concessions at the peace conference to win over even Hamas backers.

With 18 months left in office, President Bush may try to pull a rabbit out of the thread-bare Middle East hat. No, probably not in Iraq. Rather, in trying to forge a Palestine – if, that is, he can be even-handed about it.

What does that mean…”forge a Palestine”.  Palestine as an official entity was “forged” in 1922 with the Treaty of Sevres and the British Mandate for Palestine.

On Monday, he called for an international conference this fall to negotiate the creation of a Palestinian state that can exist peacefully with Israel. Such a historic step would do as much to prevent another terrorist strike on US soil as anything else Mr. Bush has done overseas in the nearly six years since the Sept. 11 attacks. His goal of democratizing the Middle East is a ways off, to say the least, with an unstable Iraq. And Al Qaeda has found a new home in Pakistan.

Another moron promulgating the myth that all the terrorist anti-US sentiment in the world is due to our support of Israel.  This one also thinks that peace with the Arabs in Palestine will be accomplished with the establishment of a “Palestinian State”…as I said previously, that was planned and tried 85 years ago with the same British mandate (e.g., Arab Palestine).  Apparently this author is unaware of this Hadith:  Sahih Muslim, Book 041, Number 6981:  Ibn ‘Umar reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: You will fight against the Jews and you will kill them until even a stone would say: Come here, Muslim, there is a Jew (hiding himself behind me) ; kill him.

Stateless Palestinians have long been a casus belli among Arab terrorists, although removing the injustice done to them by Israel’s creation in 1948 has also long been in the interests of the US and Israel, especially since the 1967 war that led Israel to take new territory.

This one is replete with fallacies.  Until the 1960’s, when such a label became politically beneficial, there were no “Palestinians”.  The people (relevant to THIS discussion) in the area were Jews or Arabs…no one claimed the moniker “Palestinian”.  How the creation of Israel in 1948 was an “injustice” is unfathomable.  It is established fact that the population of Jerusalem (at least) was predominantly Jew back into the 1880’s.  It’s also fact Israel was ready to accept the U.N. partition plan, and that their Arab neighbors unanimously rejected it…and then proceeded to invade Israel.  It follows that had these Arabs had the decency to align with the U.N., they would have their “state” (which amounted to more than 50% of the Mandate’s “Jewish Palestine”)…or, alternatively, had they not started war with the new country, the “refugees” would still be in their homes.  Finally, the 1967 war did not expand Israel’s territory, but rather took back land they had lost in the illegal aggressive actions by the Arabs in 1948.  The exception here is the Golan.

Toward the end of his presidency, President Clinton tried to make a final push to forge a compromise between Israel and the Palestinians. A lame-duck US president has enough independence from domestic political pressures to attempt such head-knocking diplomacy. But Mr. Clinton failed, and within a year, the 9/11 attacks happened, setting the stage for Bush to virtually ignore the Palestinian issue as he formed a tight bond with a hardline Israeli government.

If failure of a peace deal between Israel and the Arabs was the cause of 9/11, it’s interesting that the demons who perpetrated 9/11 were NOT Palestinians.  And…why would such a dramatic attack not occur in the metropolis of Tel Aviv if the problem were Israel?

His secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, however, has nudged Bush to help create a Palestine, one based on moderate Palestinians. With Yasser Arafat’s passing in 2004 and then the recent Palestinian civil war that left the militant Hamas isolated in the Gaza Strip, the opportunity arose to work solely with Fatah, the other main Palestinian group, and with President Mahmoud Abbas, Fatah’s leader. Moderate Arab states, too, are moving closer to Israel, worried about Iran’s drive to be a regional nuclear power and the war in Iraq, while also tiring of the Palestinians’ violent squabbles.

Moderate Palestinians like Abbas and his Fateh party?  The ones who have pledged the “eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence“?  Also, if the Palestinians have a proclivity toward “violent squabbles” even with those of the same ethnic and religious makeup, does anyone REALLY believe that they’ll sing kum-ba-yah with Jews?

What’s missing the most in this new clarity of events is Bush’s plan to push Israel into making major concessions. Up to now, Bush and Israel have largely been like lips to teeth in chewing on the Palestinian question. Any big concessions, especially on Jerusalem’s future and the dismantling of Jewish settlements on the West Bank, need to be on the table.

Why should Israel have to agree to more concessions?  THIS HAS NEVER WORKED WITH THE PALESTINIANS BEFORE.  Look at what the results have been with prior agreements with the Palestinians.  Israel has NO need to dismantle settlements in “the West Bank’ – more properly called Judea and Samaria.  This region is part of the Jewish homeland legally established in 1922, claimed but lost in 1948, and regained in 1967.  Why is there any onus for Israel to disallow Jews from settling there?  And the historical record is irrefutable…Jerusalem has always been the capital of the Jewish nation.  There is no basis for forcing them to share it with anyone else.

Israel, to its credit, has seized on recent events to transfer money to the Abbas regime and start the release of Palestinian prisoners. The harder decisions have yet to be made, and, with the US foreign military-financing budget giving nearly $2.4 billion for Israel in 2007, Bush has some leverage.

Right…releasing members of Hamas and Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade from prison so they can attack again is a GREAT step toward peace.   

Israel can’t count on Mr. Abbas’s political weakness to avoid taking such steps. Rather, as long as both Israel and Bush are isolating the elected Hamas leaders, they must go even further in winning over many Palestinians everywhere with concessions. Otherwise, Hamas may only gain more political strength.

Nice jab here about the Hamas thugs being “elected” leadership.  No complaints about ostracizing other terrorist groups, or tyrannical political leaders (like Castro, Qaddafi, etc.) – only Hamas.  Why does Israel (or the U.S.) need to make any conciliatory actions?  THEY are the terrorists!

Bush must also ensure that Abbas fully disarms terrorist groups in the West Bank and works to end official Israel-bashing propaganda that incites terrorism.

These are two of the terms of the Oslo accords mentioned in next paragraph.  I don’t think getting another promise from them is going to have any better results the next time around.

Bush’s father sponsored the 1991 Madrid conference that led to the 1993 Oslo peace accords. Those failed, but left lessons on what the US can do right this time.

They sure did…like “Don’t negotiate with terrorists”.

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