Israel accepted the proposed ceasefire despite all indications signaling that Hamas would refuse to accept any such deal. True to their words, Israel discontinued striking targets in Hamas ruled Gaza while Hamas simply continued to rain rockets on Israeli cities, towns and kibbutzim in the dozens upon dozens. United States Secretary of State Kerry spoke from Cairo, Egypt urging both sides to accept the ceasefire and work through negotiations in order to find a permanent peace. It is likely that Secretary Kerry had extended a personal message to Prime Minister Netanyahu which contained dire threats and promises of drastic ramifications should Israel not accept the ceasefire and stand down for as long as it takes for Hamas to be bribed or otherwise persuaded into accepting such a deal. It would not be surprising if Secretary Kerry attempts to force Israel into releasing some numbers of Hamas terrorists held in Israeli prisons in order to entice Hamas to accept a limited ceasefire and possibly enter negotiations, though any likelihood that Hamas would accept anything short of a complete capitulation from Israel surrendering to every last demand including opening all the border crossings even including the ones with Egypt and ending the naval blockade allowing for the free importation of anything Hamas and the other affiliations of terrorists desired free of any inspections or limitations. Israel allowing for such an eventuality would be committing virtual suicide as Hamas, Islamic Jihad, al-Qaeda in Gaza and especially ISIS with an almost limitless amount of funds after cleaning out all of the banks in Mosul and Kirkuk as part of their offensive which captured the entire middle of Iraq and has been almost laying siege to Baghdad. Should Hamas ever realize their dream of an open sea port through which they can be supplied with the latest missiles and other arms including main battle tanks and fighter aircraft providing they have the funds and a source, the latter being the easier of the tasks, they could very quickly find that an open sea port is also capable of importing such items and people which would very quickly spell the end of Hamas as ISIS could simply dispatch sufficient manpower and armaments to take over Gaza with little actual opposition. In such a scenario Hamas would very probably face the rush of desertions and their membership largely joining up with ISIS as they would quickly prove to be the strongest horse in Gaza with Hamas’s power quickly waning and continuing in decline. Fortunately, there is no possibility that Israel would allow an open port for Gaza and Hamas by ending their blockade which has the blessings, sanctions and approval of the United Nations and most of the national maritime fleets.
The almost immediate collapse of the ceasefire initiative which forced Israel to resume her operations against Hamas and the other terrorist entities in Gaza, begs the question of what exactly is the struggle between Israel and her Arab neighbors all about. What is it that would satisfy Hamas, the Palestinian Authority, Islamic Jihad and the other jihadist terror groups and allow for peace to be established in the region? Is this simply a struggle over borders and the founding of a state for the Arab Palestinians? If that were the case there would have been such a state already as there have been numerous opportunities for the Palestinian Arabs to gain statehood. The first opportunity came between November 29, 1947 and May 15, 1948. It was on November 29, 1947 when the United Nations General Assembly passed a nonbinding resolution suggesting the formation of two states between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. The document even included a suggested set of borders between the Arab and the Jewish states which could be formed if only the Zionists and the Arab League would accept the proposed nonbinding United Nations resolution. Well, as it turns out, the Zionist Congress after debate accepted the proposed borders in the United Nations resolution but the Arab League refused. Instead, the Arab League called for an all-out war in an effort to wipe the Zionist entity from the map and drive the accursed Jews into the sea and be done with them. This call to arms brought over a half dozen armies against Israel the very morning after the Zionist Congress was dissolved and the state of Israel declared independence. The war had a number of ceasefires and finally ended in 1949 where at the given hour the front between the collection of Arab forces and the Israeli forces became an Armistice Line which has also been referred to as the Green Line. The Arab League demanded that the line separating the armies not be referred to as an actual border and instead be considered simply an armistice boundary since if it were a recognized border, then the state of Israel would have actual borders on all sides and thus actually be a state which could not be contested. By demanding the separation line be simply an armistice boundary the Arab League claimed that this negated the existence of a Jewish State as Israel had no eastern borders thus did not meet the definitions for a state set by the Montevideo Convention which was ratified and came into effect on December 26, 1934 and has subsequently been adopted and accepted by much of the rest of the world as being universally applicable. This was the first refusal by the Arab world to accept an Arab Palestinian state living beside a Jewish Palestinian state. Before the founding of Israel and from after World War I and the signing of the San Remo Conference agreements, the word used to refer to Jews residing within the British Mandate of Palestine was Palestinians while the word or phrase used to describe the Arab residents of the British Mandate lands were Arabs or Arab Palestinians.
After the end of the War of Israeli Independence the Arabs held some of the lands which had been a part of the western British Mandate which had been promised to be the Jewish State undivided from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea as a guarantee in exchange for the Zionist Congress forfeiting any claims to the lands east of the Jordan River with an eastern border with Iraq such that the British could make good on their guarantee to form an Arab state and at the same time granting dominion over that state to the Hashemite family who had lost their lands surrounding Mecca and Medina and had also been promised some new lands in exchange for their assistance in World War I. Many historians refer to Jordan, which was the resultant nation that we know today that originally was named Transjordan by the British, as being the promised Arab Palestinian state and it is even referred to as such in the White Papers which Winston Churchill assisted in writing and having the plans approved by the necessary partners. After the Israeli War of Independence was ended, Jordan held possession of Eastern Jerusalem including the Temple Mount and Old City, Judea and Samaria, all of which lie east of the Jordan River; while Egypt held all of the Gaza Strip. Jordan attempted to annex the lands they held and renamed them the West Bank as the original names were just too Jewish for Jordanian sensitivities. This annexation attempted by Jordan received recognition from only two nations, Pakistan and Britain, and the rest of the world, including the entirety of the Arab League and its member states, all refused to recognize the Jordanian annexations. The given reason is that it was of paramount importance to force the Palestinian Arabs who lost their lands to remain homeless refugees sequestered away in camps kept separate as a weapon to threaten Israel with their Right of Return into Israel destroying its Jewish majority demographic. These Arabs became homeless by a number of differing scenarios. The majority left their homes and farms willingly at the behest of the Mufti of Jerusalem who promised that after a fast and easy conquest which would destroy the Jewish state they could return and share in the plundered treasure and return home wealthy. Another smaller group consisted of Arabs who were known to be antagonistic against the Jewish presence who could not be allowed to remain behind the front lines as leaving them in the rear of the lines opened the supply lines to sabotage and the front line troops to facing attacks from the rear making up a fifth column while facing the main Arab forces in front of them. The last group which had any measurable numbers were Arabs who it was uncertain as to their allegiance and as they posed a serious potential risk to be left behind the lines, they were given the choice of joining the Jews fighting for Israel or they were sent before the Israelis to join the other side. There were a fair number of Arabs who actually joined with the Jews fighting for Israel and others who were trusted friends who were simply permitted to remain and guard their own towns as they were also targeted by the Arab forces for destruction as they were considered to be traitors. This situation remained steady through the first week of June in 1967 and in all of the seventeen plus years that the Arab nations of Egypt and Jordan held these territories, not once was there mentions or proposals for them to be made into an independent Palestinian state as it was considered that all of the Palestinians, both Jewish and Arab, lived in or under the influence of a state. This was a long period when a Palestinian Arab state could have been established in the entirety of the areas they have since claimed and Israel would not have had any say or influence in such an instance. Still, the Arabs refused to grant their own people a state of their own and instead herded them into refugee camps kept separate from the rest of Arab society.
After the Six Day War there have been numerous offers to establish an Arab Palestinian state but all offers with no care to the generosity has ever been considered viable let alone accepted. These offers can be debated ad nauseum without gaining additional insight or gaining much information. The truth of the struggle between the Arab world and Israel, and that is the honest reference to this struggle, is that it has absolutely nothing to do with land and borders. What it does have to do with is that Israel exists as a Jewish state and the Jews are not subjects under the total rule of the Arabs. The only solution the Arabs will accept, and they state this regularly in Arabic when making speeches in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) or in Gaza as well as in Tehran, Cairo, Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut, and numerous other Arab and Muslim capital cities as well as in every other town and city throughout the Arab Muslim world, is the complete and total eradication or subjugation of the Jews. There earnest desires are to completely erase Israel from the map or if Israel continues to be on maps, it must be ruled by Arab Muslims and the Jews must accept their place as Dhimmis or suffer the sword. That is the root of the problem and the reason that the Israelis can never lose a single war as to lose means death for the vast majority of Jews in Israel as well as for many Israeli Christians, Israeli Baha’I, even for some of the Israeli Arab Muslims who have been seen to be too accepting of the Jewish rule. That is the real desire of Hamas, the real desire of Fatah, the real desire of Mahmoud Abbas, and this was the desire expressed by Arab and Muslim rulers across the world. It is for the repopulating of Israel with a number of so-called refugees such that at the next election the Jews can be voted from power and the Arabs take back their rightful, according to their idea of reality, place as sovereign over the Jews in Israel. Just to satisfy some people’s curiosity, this desire to rule over all of Israel does not end with Israel, the Arab Muslims believe that Islam should rule the entire world and that they should be the ones who lead all of Islam. Even if Europe sacrifices Israel to satiate the Arab hunger, such an act would only serve to whet their appetites for further conquest. Look to history and did the Muslim conquest end with the Holy lands or did they hold siege to Vienna. Look at the map of the world and visualize how much of the Muslim world is beyond Jerusalem and the sliver of land at the eastern edge of the Mediterranean that is Israel. Did not the soldiers of Islam reach Tours in southern France before being turned back by Charles the Hammer Martel. No, my friends, Israel is not the final step of this conquest which started in the Seventh Century and has continued ever since and will only end when one of three situations has taken place. The first is the obvious, that Islam stand supreme and has become the sole religion which every single person on planet Earth practices and there are still struggles which claim to be attempts to purify Islam and to eradicate the apostates who practice the wrong (or other) form of Islam. Secondly, Islam has experienced the impossible, a reformation. Why, you may ask, is this impossible. The reason is that according to Islamic law the Quran is the word of Allah directly given to Mohammed and not a single word, not a single letter, not a single punctuation may ever be changed in any way as the Quran is a perfect document and the only document or book that one would ever need as it proscribes every knowledge man could ever know. The third has two possible scenarios; firstly, Islam finds another planet and they all head there leaving the imperfect Earth behind, or secondly, the rest of us find another planet and leave all the Muslims behind. I’m not holding my breath waiting for any of these eventualities. I simply hope to live my life out with some semblance of peace and comfort and hopefully not ever needing to confront another as it is unlikely I could change them nor them change me, so why waste both our energies. The Arab Israeli conflict is not going to end until the rest of the world finally tires of their seemingly insatiable appetite to condemn Israel and every Israeli for their desire to breathe freely and worship their religion peacefully. I hope that is not too much for us to ask.