The commonly held myth that all the Jews and Israel have to do is recognize the Palestinian right to their homeland and return the lands, ownership and governance to the pre-1967 status making a Palestinian homeland in what are referred to as the West Bank and Gaza is a fairytale. This is made evident with every statement made by the leadership of Hamas, Fatah, the PLO and every other Palestinian group whenever they speak in Arabic. Hamas political leader Khaled Mashaal has been proclaiming such during his first visit ever to Gaza having been in exile for over four decades. His first declaration was that the day would soon come that he would make such proclamations from Ramallah and then soon after from Jerusalem. His meaning was plain to every member of Hamas and anybody truly familiar with the ethos of the Israeli-Palestinian problem. His statement refers to the eventual ascension of Hamas to replace Fatah and become the sole leader of the Palestinians and their eventual supplanting Israel with the state of Palestine and the eradication of the Jews and Israel.
One thing that must be clarified is that there is, in all honesty, not Israel-Palestinian problem, just an Israeli-Arab and Muslim problem. The truth the real reason that we now talk about the Israel-Palestinian problem is that by framing it in this manner the Arabs replaced their obvious numerical, land area, military and other massive advantages over the little country of Israel by inventing a Palestinian people who could be portrayed as weak and completely dominated and helpless against the obviously superior Israeli military power. Then they set about making a Palestinian historical claim and story line which, when carefully examined, exactly matches the Jewish history and have been repeating these lies loudly, and constantly, counting on repetition to make their story accepted as valid and at the same time deny the history of the Jewish people. The one easy to verify fact that the Arabs are counting on is that the majority of the world will ignore the facts which have been plainly obvious to generation after generation back thousands of years. This proof can be found simply by attending Church, Synagogue, and even Mosques as the Old Testament, the New Testament, and yes, even the Quran all tell of the promises made to Abraham and Moses that the lands of Israel belongs to the Jews. Please, check for yourself as it is easily referenced with a simple search of “Quran Israel Jews” with any search engine.
But do not expect that little fact to change the drive by the current adherents to militant Islam to give such any credence as they practice their own version of replacement theology. They realize that the first step to what is a belief of Islamic supremacy over the entire world is the defeat of the Jews and the taking of Israel and Jerusalem. The main reason that Jerusalem is so important has little to do with Islamic holy sites; it has everything to do with the fact that Jerusalem is holy to Jews and Christians. They have as much reverence for the holiness of Jerusalem as the Taliban Islamists had for the ancient Buddha statues in Afghanistan, the ones they wired with explosives and utterly destroyed with little care of their meaning to the world’s millions of Buddhists or of their historical and artistic significance. The entirety of what constitutes the Palestinians, the supposed culture, history, origins in the area as far back as nine millennia ago, the holiness of Jerusalem, their claims to all of the lands of Israel, and their claims to many of the Jewish holy sites such as Kever Yoseph and Kever Rachel are all a fine fabrications spun totally out of threads of Taqiyya, the Islamic pretext that all fabrications and even outright lies are not only forgivable but required if their use is to further the spread or needs of Islam and as such are actually blessed acts.
Fortunately, as is often the case when a narrative is based in falsehoods, the truth has at times come to the surface and been revealed, sometimes even by presumed leading Palestinians. One of the more well known of such statements was made by a man from the inner circle of Yasser Arafat and a PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein in a March 31, 1977 interview for the Dutch newspaper Trouw where he stated, “The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian people’ to oppose Zionism. For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan.” And there is this gem from the late Syrian President Hafez Assad to PLO leader Yasser Arafat. “You do not represent Palestine as much as we do. Never forget this one point: There is no such thing as a Palestinian People, there is no Palestinian entity, there is only Syria. You are an integral part of the Syrian people; Palestine is an integral part of Syria. Therefore it is we, the Syrian authorities, who are the true representatives of the Palestinian people.”
The uncontroversial facts are the same today as they were in June of 1967. The 1949 Armistice Agreements ended the initial Arab-Israeli War and the Green Line was established as the 1949 Armistice Lines with each of the neighboring combatants. At the time of each signing Gaza was in placed in Egyptian hands, Judea and Samaria, falsely labeled as the West Bank for the same reason the Palestinians were later invented, to remove any obvious historical links to the Jews and Judaism, were placed in Jordanian hands, and the Golan Heights were in Syrian hands. Israel had fought against seven Arab countries’ armies, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. There were additional Arab militias one of which was under the leadership of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. There was no country of Palestine and there was no army of Palestine and up to this point in history when the word Palestinian was used, it referred to the Jews living within the British Mandate Lands. The Arab denizens of the British Mandate Lands were referred to as Arabs, Syrians, or occasionally Palestinian Arabs. From the dates of the Armistice Agreements until the Six Day War in June of 1967 the lands now supposedly making up the country named Palestine were under Arab control where establishing such an entity would not have required any actions from Israel or a single Jew anywhere on planet Earth yet no such state was formed. Subsequent to the defeat of Egypt, Syria, and Jordan in the June 1967 Six Day War, Gaza, the Golan Heights and the so-called West Bank, actually Judea and Samaria came under Israeli control along with the entire Sinai Peninsula. When Egypt and Israel made their peace with the signing of the Camp David Accords on March 26, 1979 by Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin in Washington DC Israel returned the Sinai Peninsula to Egyptian sovereignty while Egypt ceded all of Gaza to Israel. When Israel and Jordan finally reached a peace accord which was signed on October 26, 1994, Jordan accepted the Jordan River to be her western boundary with Israel and ceded all of Judea and Samaria (West Bank) to Israel. Israel has subsequent to the Six Day War officially annexed Jerusalem and the Golan Heights declaring them to be permanently part of Israel and no longer negotiable, facts that much of the world continues to contend.
Where things currently sit are that Gaza is held by Hamas with Islamic Jihad, al-Qaeda in Gaza, PFLP, and other terror groups vying to supplant Hamas; Judea and Samaria (West Bank) divided into three sections; Section A under complete Palestinian control; Section B under Palestinian legislative control with joint Palestinian and Israeli security; and Section C, which includes all of East Jerusalem, under total Israeli control. There currently exists a ceasefire between Hamas and affiliated groups in Gaza and Israel, the two entities are still in a technical state of war and the peace remains an uneasy one with it deteriorating into violence a constant threat. The Sections that make up Judea and Samaria are subject to a low to moderate levels of constant violence with rock and Molotov cocktail attacks occurring regularly along with shootings and stabbings on occasions and where demonstrations are weekly series of events (some even scheduled for the same day and time each week with differing confrontational levels). Any hope of peace talks, as remote as they have been as Mahmoud Abbas refuses to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu unless Israel fulfills what Abbas terms as Israeli obligations which also just happen to include virtually every one of the final status topics and these presumed obligations entail a complete surrender to the Palestinian demands on each and every item. Some examples are that Israel retreat to the 1949 Armistice Lines; surrender all of East Jerusalem including all of the Old City and Temple Mount; allow for the ‘Right of Return’ for all Palestinian refugees, allow the Palestinians in their new state to import any forms of weapons and build their own military; the Palestinian state be allowed to enter military agreements and treaties with other entities including holding training exercises within the borders of the state; a connecting corridor between Gaza and the West Bank across Israel; the removal of every single Jew from Palestinian lands; the release of every Palestinian prisoner who was arrested before the Oslo Accords were effective; and the right of the Palestinians to continue their struggle to liberate all of their lands which means all of Israel. Somehow, Israeli refusal to acquiesce to this blackmail is interpreted by much of Europe, the Muslim world, and much of the rest of the world as a lack of serious interest in achieving a workable peace by Israel. This was made more than obvious by the recent vote in the United Nations General Assembly where only nine nations rejected Mahmoud Abbas’s request to upgrade the Palestinian standing from nonmember observer entity to nonmember observer state granting de-facto recognition of statehood to the PLO. Armed with this vote the PLO and the Palestinian Authority will now be permitted to apply for membership in any United Nations agency; to petition the ICC for redress of grievances with claims of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and territorial claims against Israel; membership in a wide variety of NGO’s; recognition of statehood with whatever borders they wish to claim by other countries leading to establishment of embassies, exchange of diplomats, and even petitions for assistance in defending their claimed borders against Israeli aggressions or presence; and a whole raft of other items reserved to recognized states that leave the imagination free to contemplate. The vote taken by the United Nations General Assembly simply granted the Palestinian entities everything they were supposed to gain solely through compromise and negotiations with Israel and they received these guarantees without necessitating any actions or concessions from the Palestinians and without even having to recognize Israel’s right to exist, let alone to be the Jewish state. The real danger will come when the PLO and the Palestinian Authority reunite with Hamas and then hold elections in which Hamas will win by a comfortable margin and then Hamas will control this monster just granted free reign by the United Nations. This cannot end well.
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