Ever since the ideal of restoring the Jews to their ancestral homelands was hatched in the mind of Herbert Samuel, a British Zionist, back near the start of World War I, after the Ottoman Empire entered the war by opening fire on Russian ships in 1914, little actually went forward until David Lloyd-George was introduced to Chaim Weizmann for the actions to start rolling. It was eventually recognized that this as likely an opportunity to obtain a Jewish homeland as part of the war effort. These efforts never quite amounted to much partially because more serious efforts were in motion by a memo he wrote, after gaining some respected positions in the Labor Government, to the British War Cabinet entitled “The Future of Palestine” calling for the opening of Palestine to unrestricted Jewish immigration the Jews would soon outnumber the Arab population making a Jewish State possible. Herbert Samuel would later be appointed as the first Commissioner of the British Mandate in Palestine, likely in recognition of his earliest efforts. Samuel had hit upon what would constantly serve as the roadblock which the English worked diligently to retain, the existence of an Arab majority as initially, despite there being a majority population in Jerusalem, a city does not a nation make, the Jews were outnumbered by about 100,000 against a total of perhaps 600,000 Arab Muslims and Christians. As history would have it, soon after it had appeared that Herbert Samuel’s efforts would have gone for naught, a flicker of a spark was ignited in the British War Cabinet. Was this due to some discussion of Herbert’s memo or purely as history portrays the events we will never know for sure.
The British War Cabinet hit upon an idea which might ignite support from influential Jews if it was announced that there were plans for the return of the Jewish People to Eretz Yisroel, to their native homeland from which they had been separated for almost two-thousand-years. This plan to win over by goodwill of the Russian and American Jews may have had an effect but insufficient to retain Russia in the war effort which had been the main pillar of the plans. As the plan proceeded, it was here that David Lloyd-George was introduced to Chaim Weizmann, one of the leading figures in the Zionist Movement. This led to the eventual inclusion of Lord Balfour and the rise of David Lloyd-George to Prime Minister and Lord Balfour as Foreign Secretary were the right people in the necessary position to put into motion the plan of David Lloyd-George which he believed that only by introducing the Jewish People back into their lands could the lowland, the Galilee and other areas be transformed from the malarial wasteland it was into the Land of Milk and Honey. This was all part of what Lloyd-George had written in, “The Jews and Palestine”, of 1923 which was the precursor of the Balfour Declaration. The rest up to today is history. The Balfour Declaration, the San Remo Conference, the British Mandate, the Churchill White Papers which took the seventy-eight-percent of the British Mandate east of the Jordan River and fashioned an Arab State under the rule of the Hashemites while additionally guaranteeing the remaining twenty-two-percent of land west of the Jordan River to be inviolate as the homeland for the Jewish People. We will see how well that promise was kept by the British who never met a means they didn’t like by which to disarm the Jews and give those confiscated arms to Arab militias commanded largely by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini during the war of genocidal intent to slaughter every last Jews by the bullet, bayonet or by drowning them as driving them into the sea.
The promises and guarantees did not interfere with allowing the British to vote against the plans to grant the Jews their own state, even in half of what the British guaranteed, nor did it prevent their immediately recognizing the lands stolen by the offensive war against Israel the day of her founding, those of the Judean and Samarian lands taken by offensive war Jordan renamed West Bank, which was an occupation, this technicality is very important for what is about to happen in the near future if reports are correct. The Egyptians also stole a strip of land we know as Gaza which was also an occupation. Gaza must remain a separate entity as Israel left the area turning it over to the Palestinian Authority who lost it to Hamas and Islamic Jihad and now neither Israel nor Egypt desire to have anything to do with Gaza beyond restraining their efforts to receive heavy weaponry. The war in which Israel lost the Golan Heights to Syria, the Gaza Strip to Egypt and a large section of Judea and all of Samaria to Jordan is celebrated by the name the Israelis euphemistically called it, the Israeli War of Independence which is celebrated as a victory. Such is understandable because had the Israelis lost completely there would have been no Israel and a large number of Jewish corpses beyond the ten percent of the population which fell in the fighting. Any other nation would look at such a war where they lost almost a quarter of their land to their enemies would claim to have lost that war. There is a more rational way to look at Jewish history since the Romans spreading the Jews throughout their empire in an attempt to destroy the Jews just as they had done others such as the Carthaginians. This began the existence of the Jews throughout the world in what Jews refer to living in the diaspora.
Ever since the Jews were relegated to living in distant and separate communities, often at the comfort of their hosts, the Jewish People have held two things sacred. First was that at any time Hashem would call them to return to their ancestral homelands and rebuild the Holy Temple for Hashem to return to rule from his celestial throne in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem (or wherever we are commanded to build the last Temple). This was a long conflict marked by disappointment after disappointment, marked by exile and persecution almost beyond the ability to count, marked by prayers expressing our hopes to return to our homelands, disappointment after disappointment despite there being a constant core of our countrymen and women often making up a majority in Jerusalem with other concentrations in Hevron (Hebron), Shechem (Nablus), the Galilee, Negev and throughout the Biblical homelands. There was the remainder of the time under the Romans which was just the last of a number of former empires including but not limited to the Persians, Greeks, and Assyrians. Things did not improve much after the Romans who were followed by the Byzantine, Islamic, Mongol, Ottomans amongst others finalized with the British. Despite being given a Mandate to assist in the formation of a Jewish state by assisting with immigration of the Jewish People, they always made sure the Arab population remained consistently the majority while the British expended most of their efforts inhibiting Jewish emigration and even voting against the formation of the state of Israel in the United Nations vote on November 29, 1947. Many might contend that the entire time for approaching two-thousand years that the Jews faced persecutions, pogroms, exiles, inquisitions and almost any imaginable distress, persecutions, forced conversions from both European Christians and Middle Eastern Muslims and Crusaders and Islamist forces in Northern Africa all finalizing in the declaration of statehood finally on May 15, 1948 with the Golan Heights, the Suez-Negev border, the Israel-Lebanon border and the Jordan River as the eastern border at the moment of that declaration, and remained the borders for a few moments which could be the declared end of the war for Independence by Israel and the Jewish People. What followed as soon as the sun rose was at least six Arab Armies plus numerous Militias in an assault intending to genocidally eradicate the Jewish homeland before it even had an opportunity to learn to walk.
This genocidal intent war effort brought by Israeli’s immediate neighbors as well as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and other distant Arab states stated as their goal to drive the Jews into the sea and watch them drown either in the rivers of blood from the dead Jews or under the waves of the Mediterranean Sea. Israel cannot be said to have lost the war as Israel survived and a loss would have resulted in no Israel, but then again after losing the areas of the Golan Heights to Syria, parts of Judea and much of Samaria to Jordan and the Gaza to Egypt, Israel also cannot be said to have won that war and further this should not be referred to as the Israeli War of Independence as it was more the Israeli War for Survival, she had already won the last battles of a near two-millennium war for independence resulting in the declaration by David ben Gurion on the eve beginning of Iyar 5, 5708 or the evening hours of May 14, 1948 only to have a war of intended annihilation, genocidal annihilation the very daybreak following by basically the Arab League nations.
The Arabs attempted again in June of 1967 to drive the Jews into the sea. The Egyptian and Syrian armies massed on the Israeli northern and southern borders while Egypt had cut off all Israeli shipping through the Straights of Tiran which was an established casus belli act of war against Israel which led to an Israeli air assault as the armies engaged. The Syrian and Egyptian media were generating reports of great victories and that the Syrian and Egyptian forces were closing on Tel Aviv. The King of Jordan mobilized his military to get his piece of the great victory against the Jewish State. Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol (Hebrew לֵוִי אֶשְׁכּוֹל) personally called the King of Jordan and attempted to convince him that the reports of great victories by the Syrians and Egyptians were propaganda and that Israeli Defense Forces were winning handily and routing both armies. The Jordanian King interpreted the Israeli Prime Minister’s plea as a sign of desperation proving how badly the Israelis were losing the war. History tells the tale as Israel liberated Judea and Samaria, the Golan Heights, the Gaza Strip and gained the Sinai Peninsula and had gained lands towards Damascus. Upon the end of hostilities which the United Nations with the assistance of the permanent members of the Security Council forced an end to hostilities before Israel captured any of the aggressors’ capital cities. Upon reaching a ceasefire the Security Council soon reached an agreement demanding that Israel return lands, undefined lands not described as any certain amount but also not demanding Israel return all lands. Part of this was initially seen as an admission that Israel would retain the lands liberated, namely the Gaza Strip and Judean and Samaria areas which were liberated from Jordan.
Over time and resultant from Arab billions spent on propaganda and the invention of a ‘Palestinian Arab’ as independent from the rest of the Arab world, a pure invention, such that Gaza and the areas Jordan had named the West Bank made up of the areas Jordan occupied after the 1948-9 War of Annihilation of the Nascent State of Israel which did not completely eradicate Israel but did inflict loss of ten percent of the Jewish population including Arabs who fought alongside the Jews against the invading armies. Proof of the ‘Palestinian Arab’ being an invention is easy to provide as a ‘Palestinian Arab’ was any Arab residing in Gaza or in the West Bank or any Arabs who ended the war as refugees whether if such status resulted from their fleeing at the Mufti of Jerusalem’s demands or resulting from the war itself are all considered to be ‘Palestinian Arabs’. Apparently a ‘Palestinian Arab’ can come from Jordanian areas, Syrian areas, Egyptian areas or have resided at any point after 1942 west of the Jordan River and not remained an Israeli citizen. So, let us imagine two Arab families from Beer Sheva who were neighbors. One family left for Jordan obeying the demands of the Mufti of Jerusalem while the other family simply remained in their home in Beer Sheva, did not take either side, did not flee to Jordan as requested by the Mufti under claims it would make slaughtering the Jews easier. The family that fled so it would be easier to murder Jews are ‘Palestinian Arabs’ while the family who sat on the sidelines and now vote in Israeli elections, work in Israel, go out to restaurants and live no different than the Jews in Israel though they worship at a Mosque in Israel while the Jews pray in Synagogues and that Arab family is punished by the Arab League and other Pro Arab groups including the PLO, Hamas, and even many Arab governments for not being a ‘Palestinian Arab’ like their former neighbors who now reside in a refugee camp in Jordan, or at least their descendants live in such a camp and are considered to be ‘Palestinian Arabs’ for all generations into the future while their former neighbors generations are Israeli citizens and can never become a ‘Palestinian Arab’, such segregation and exclusion.
The Oslo Accords were signed in 1993 which set Judea and Samaria areas held by Jordan but liberated by Israel in 1967 and held during the 1973 Yom Kippur War as well as Gaza as being the Palestinian Authority (PA) areas and the Palestinian Liberation Organizations (PLO) was given excuse for their terrorist past and transformed into peace partners. The Gaza and Area A of Judea and Samaria was designated as under complete PA control, Area B under joint PA Israeli control and Area C under full Israeli control. The initial intent which was spoken of but never written as the PA would go irrational and orbital at even the suggestion that anything which gave Israel or the Jews any rights was to be verboten. During the twenty-two years since the signing of the Oslo Accords the world has been sold the idea that if Israel would just offer the PA a fair deal there would be a deal within minutes and everything would be vundabar. What has been left out is the only acceptable deal that every officer throughout the PA know and speak of freely in Arabic, a language apparently impossible to translate into any Western language. The only acceptable solution is the complete liberation of all of Palestine from the River to the Sea, simply stated, the replacement of Israel and the eradication of the Jewish state and its Jews. Of course the ruling elites of Hamas and Islamic Jihad who control Gaza have one further addition they demand, the death of Jews wherever they may be, the final solution worldwide. The maps in the newspapers, on the office walls and in the children’s textbooks all show Palestine as replacing all of Israel. Students are taught from the day enter school to claim they were born inside Israel and are assigned their new home city even including Tel Aviv which in 1948-9 was almost exclusively Jewish, and these children take on this new identity and it is even enforced at home. But all of this is about to change as Abbas believes that he has the support for the next step and the final solution of the Arab-Israeli problem.
The reports claim that at his annual United Nations speech at the opening of the General Assembly Abbas is going to announce that the PA is being dissolved, the Oslo Accords are being declared defunct and void and that Palestine is now a nation occupied by Israel and he will demand the world’s assistance in removing the Jewish menace from his country and it receiving its long deserved liberation, and in case you cannot guess, liberated from the River to the Sea. What a surprise. He will not say that in so many words but he does not need to as the Europeans and all too many NGOs are already fully involved in the destruction of Israel and the formation of Palestine on the graves of approximately six-million Jews. If only the Israeli leadership will take this declaration for the declaration of war it actually is and simply win the war once and for all and push the ‘Palestinian Arabs’ back into their traditional homelands or simply give them to their cohorts who believe in the same Islamic world conquest, such as either ISIS or Iran, the sole difference is the tribe of Islam they wish to impose, Sunni or Shiite. This claim may be thwarted by demanding as is done every year in September that Israel releases thousands of murderous terrorists, establish a building freeze, or surrender more lands to the PA or perhaps have all the Jews residing in East Jerusalem and beyond the Green Line forced to resettle and all their lands and homes and crops be forfeited to the PA. This is just the next step in the original death of Israel in stages. The next claims will be for the remainder of Jerusalem, parts of the Galilee and likely the northeastern lands of the Negev including Beer Sheva and likely Dimona including the research nuclear reactor, but why not a nuclear armed PA, we are about to have a nuclear armed Iran and the Sunni PA could be the nuclear deterrent instead of Saudi Arabia, after all, President Obama has always had a soft spot for the ‘Palestinian Arabs’ a soft spot in a cranial location. For Israel this coming assault must be viewed as a declared war and the leadership must accept the gauntlet slapped across their cheeks and thrown to their feet and simply retrieve the gauntlet and return the slap and then turn and prepare for the final test of the lands which were promised under international law amongst other claims as the Jewish homelands, a promise we must defend or watch as all Judaism becomes a faint memory with a few scattered communities numbering a few thousand Jews at most within a generation or so.
Beyond the Cusp