Beyond the Cusp

May 15, 2018

Today is Nakba Day, A Celebration of Failure

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One question which is commonly asked is what exactly is Nakba Day. The answer starts with the translation of the word Nakba (also spelled Naqba), which means Catastrophe. This begs what was the Nakba, what was the catastrophe. Well, that gets to be more complex than one might expect because there are a number of items on the list with many of them steeped in misconceptions, lies, storytelling, justifying horrific acts, and when explaining it to people innocent and completely uninformed, that is an opening for Taqiyya. To begin our discussion, please allow us to try and concoct a list of the catastrophes which are often attributed to Nakba Day. There is the biggest of the items on the list and probably the one that hurts the inner feelings of superiority that many in Islam believe their societies actually are. We are talking about the fact that after almost two years of open warfare, six Arab nations (Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Saudi Arabia) with some measure of assistance from a number of militias as well as troops from Yemen, Libya and the Sudan and planning assistance from British and German officers just out of World War II and the Zionist Entity, the Jewish State, Israel was still in existence and fighting back and even starting to get organized sufficiently that they had begun to advance and push the Arab armies back which led to the Jews opening a passage into Jerusalem. The Arabs were losing the war after pushing the Jews back to the coastal regions and out of most of the Judean Hills and now, the Jews were on the verge of a breakout. The Arab League and the leaders from the Arab world demanded that the world prevent the Jews advancing by forcing an end to the war.


The United Nations had drawn lines in General Assembly Resolution 181 in 1947 that called for the partition of Palestine into Arab and Jewish states (see map below), with the city of Jerusalem as a corpus separatum (Latin: “separate entity”) to be governed by a special international regime. This was not a binding resolution and only suggested a solution and would only apply if both the Israelis and the Arab League accepted the agreement unconditionally and immediately, it would be enacted, not reject it and then decide that it would be better for you fifty years later and then demand it be applied. The Israelis accepted the agreement but the Arab League refused it as impossible for them to agree as it still allowed for a Jewish State ruled by Jews and not the Jews to be ruled over by their Arab superiors. United Nations Resolution 194 allowed for refugees to return to their homes providing they agree to live in peace within the area where they would be located. This too was a sticking point as the Arab leadership swore to never allow the Jewish State to live in peace and this made the return of refugees difficult to impossible. Resolution 194 also established the United Nations Conciliation Commission for Palestine (UNCCP) to mediate between the Arabs and Israelis and solve their differences. The Commission consisted of France, Turkey and the United States. The UNCCP convened a conference in Lausanne, Switzerland of the parties involved in the war where the Lausanne Protocol was produced. This conference simply attempted to force the borders as defined in UNGA Res 181 on Israel which would have forced her to forfeit territory and accept all Arab refugees claiming to have been expelled. Israel was coerced into signing but made reference that they did not accept the borders or the acceptance of the Arab refugees, as they doubted their acceptance of Israeli rule and believed them to be enemies of the State of Israel. This led to an interesting exchange between President Truman and Prime Minister Ben Gurion. President Harry S. Truman sent on May 28, 1949, a note to Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, expressing that he was “seriously disturbed” with the “excessive Israeli claims to further territory within Palestine” and its “rejection of the basic principles of the Resolution set forth by the GA on 11 December 1948.” The US position was that Israel should offer territorial compensation for any territory it had acquired outside the boundaries set forth in the UN resolution of November 29, 1947. The US warned that the Israeli attitude thus far at Lausanne “must inevitably lead to a rupture in those conversations” and further stated, “ that a rupture arising out of the rigid attitude of the Government of Israel would place a heavy responsibility upon that Government and people.” The US warned for a revision of its relation with Israel threatening a break and loss of support. Not backing down, when the US ambassador the next day handed over the telegram to Prime Minister Ben-Gurion, the Prime Minister reacted saying that United States and United Nations had been unable to enforce November 29 resolution and to prevent the Arab aggression. Ben-Gurion stated that Israel was not established on basis of the resolution but on its declaration of independence on the fifth of Iyar in the year 5708 as well as on that of successful war of defense. Because the Arab states refused to make peace, he regarded the refugees potential enemies of Israel. There would be no backing down by Israel on her stated positions placing the ball squarely in the American’s court. Meanwhile, the IDF was making gains on the field of battle and the Arabs were desperate to end the fighting before they lost any further ground, so Israel signed separate armistices with Egypt on February 24, 1949, Lebanon on March 23, 1949, Jordan on April 3, 1949, and Syria on July 20, 1949 with each demarcation line being the positions held by their respective militaries (see map below).


Boundaries as described in the United Nations Partition Plan and Armistice Demarcation Lines of 1949

Boundaries as described in the United Nations Partition Plan
and Armistice Demarcation Lines of 1949


The Arabs’ loss to the Jewish State was a deep wound in their pride and their leaders lost face. They quickly began to express how they had defeated the Jews who were saved by the United Nations and the imperialist European and American powers and even the Soviet Union had worked for the Jews. They told how the Jews manipulated the world against the Arab cause and with time, it became that the Arabs actually succeeded and had won a great victory holding out against the world which the Jews had on their side. The reality was quite a bit different as the telegram from President Truman depicted. The next part of the Nakba, the catastrophe, was the refugees. There were about half a million refugees after the war. The majority of these refugees had left willingly and the remainders were largely from Arab villages which fought as a fifth column behind the Israeli lines destroying supply convoys and attacking troops from behind or in transit. Whenever a village was used for an attack, the Israelis would force them across the line of fighting into the Arab side where they could fight honestly with their Arab allies if they so chose, but attacking Israeli forces in the rear areas were unacceptable. What is seldom mentioned is over the next decade and a half there were almost one-million Jewish refugees forced from their homes across the MENA nations under Arab control who came to Israel. These Jews were absorbed into the Israeli societal fabric as quickly as proved possible and they were never made into permanent refugees. The Arabs placed their brothers and sisters into camps making them permanent refugees and demanded there be a United Nations agency to care for their refugees and no other refugees. That was the beginning of UNRWA and the United Nations being co-opted into the Arab cause.


The Nakba even has stages where it became even worse. There was the Six Day War of 1967 in which Israel liberated Gaza from Egypt and the remainder of the Judean Hills, the Shomron from Jordan and captured the Golan Heights from Syria. Israel defended these gains in the Yom Kippur War of 1973 and even crossed the Suez Canal and were heading for Alexandria and Cairo while also coming down out of the Golan Heights and moving on Damascus. This was when the world, the Soviet Union and United States included along with the rest of the permanent members of the Security Council, Britain, France and China, ordered Israel to return to the initial lines from before the Arab attack and Israeli counterattack and defeat of the Arab forces. Here was another example of the United States, Europe, the Soviet Union and China all working to help Israel saving Israel from vicious Arab losses. Israel, apparently, cannot be permitted to gain a definitive victory against her enemies as that apparently is not permitted by the world at large, and the world is large and Israel very small, about the size of New Jersey. So many people seem to believe that Israel is too large and need give away land, large portions of land as they have so much, any more land and they might actually become as large as Vermont or maybe even the Hawaiian Islands.


The final chapter of the Nakba has been the fact that no matter what the Arabs have thrown at the Israelis, the Israelis appear mostly unruffled and simply react as needed and go on with being successful. Israeli success has really made many an Arab quite put out and aggravated to the point of steaming hatred. Here is the weird thing, the Israelis have done what they have largely without the assistance of the United States until after 1970 and with the main assistance coming in the initial stages of the Yom Kippur War when Israel was caught unprepared. Much of the Israeli equipment and assets were used up or destroyed early in the fighting and resupply was desperately required. Britain refused and France refused. Czechoslovakia was forbidden by the Soviet Union and Israel had to turn to the United States who had just begun to have friendly relations. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger advised President Nixon to slow walk any resupply and make the Israelis agree to return all lands to the Arab states. Israel and the State Department have had a long history of difficulties and the deep state in the State Department still would like to remove Israel as they see Israel as a problem they just would like to do without. President Nixon listened carefully to his Secretary of State and then called his Secretary of Defense and ordered him to have the resupply to Israel be given his highest priority and to get it accomplished yesterday. Then there did come a logistics problem. The United States was denied permission to land any resupply aircraft in Europe as Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands, Iceland, Greenland and Greece all refused to aid in the resupply of Israel. Europe was set on seeing the Jewish State be annihilated once and for all. One nation permitted the American airlift landing rights, Portugal was willing to help, so aircraft were dispatched to Lajes Field in the Azores Islands. Israel dodged a bullet, actually quite a few bullets. This was the beginning of the deeper friendship between the United States and Israel. Below is a graph depicting total United States aid to Israel by year which makes it quite obvious that Israel and the United States really were not great friends until the early 1970s.


United States Israel Aid (Military)

United States Israel Aid (Military)


The root problem and major cause of the Nakba is that Israel exists. If only the world would remove Israel from the map and rid the entire world of its Jews, well, then things would improve in relations between the Arab states and, actually, they would not change one iota. There would still be the Syrian, Libyan, Yemenis, and Iraqi Civil Wars. Iran would still be exporting terrorism except now without Israel it would be targeting Europe and the United States, especially the American military bases in the Middle East and Asia. Iran might even be making inroads into either Saudi Arabia or Turkey if not both. Perhaps Israel really is the cork in the bottle holding the djinn at bay. What was nice is Israel actually finally established her promised borders from the San Remo Conference, Treaty of Sèvres and the Mandate System which spawned the British Mandate (see map below). As you might note, the planned and promised eastern border of Israel is the Jordan River, not the Green Line, not the insane borders from UNGA Res 181 (the one the Arabs refused making it void from that point onward thus killing it for all time). There is a little secret which the world finds impossible to understand, and next we will let you in on it once again.


British Mandate as prescribed division between Arab State of Jordan and Jewish State of Israel

British Mandate as prescribed division between Arab State of Jordan and Jewish State of Israel


Israel does not have a Nakba Day but has something close, we have our remembrance of the Shoah, the death under the Nazi extermination and work camps of more than six million Jews, more than twelve million people including Roma, Polish, Christian Serbs, Clergy of all faiths, Russians and others of which many were innocents with the slaughter including women and children many of which were just murdered outright. That is the catastrophe we remember and we also mourn the fact that between sixty to eighty million human beings were lost in what was thus far the largest loss of human life in warfare. The next world war, if mankind is so foolish as to fight such a war, will count the dead in hundreds of millions and most will be civilian if the tendency between World War I and World War II continues (see graph below of military deaths to civilian deaths). Now please allow us to end this article being upbeat as a nice change from the above.


World War II Surpassed World War I Civilian Deaths Against Military Deaths

World War II Surpassed World War I
Civilian Deaths Against Military Deaths


Israel has a dream which it desires deeply. Israelis have this dream which they wish for the world because we are dreamers. Israel would love to have her borders recognized as the Golan Heights, Jordan River, existing borders with Lebanon and Egypt, her border with Gaza and not requiring any blockade in order to check incoming shipments as there would be no threat from Gaza, and peace with all the world including the Arab World. We would be gladdened if Iran would no longer shout “Death to Israel” or death to anyone else. A world at peace is our dream. What Israel would give for having peace on her borders and no threats would be marvelous inventions, discoveries, treatments, cures, agricultural advances; including drought resistant wheat, plants which can use saline water for irrigation, drip irrigation, grasses which can grow in poor quality soil without fertilizer, more new fruits and vegetables like the Galia melon, Orangetti spaghetti squash, pomelit – a grapefruit-pomelo (pummelo) hybrid, Angello first seedless bell pepper, Black Galaxy tomato, Nano Watermelon, Hishtil mini basil tree, Volcani TableSugar acorn squash, and Volcani Anna apple (unlike other apple trees it does not require winter season to thrive). Israel has no desire for more lands, as we will find the means to make what we have serve our needs and those of all whom live and come here legally. Israel also has made some fantastic strides in the technical fields with discoveries and programs which are part and parcel of many people’s lives. Some of the products Israel invented or has contributed to include cell phones, instant messaging, computer security, virus protection for computers, Windows operating system, bionic walking assistance system for paraplegics, robotic guidance system for spine surgery, quasicrystals, discovery of the Aharonov–Bohm effect, Formulation of Black holes Entropy, World’s smallest video camera, Given Imaging, the first Capsule endoscopy, Azilect, a drug for Parkinson’s disease, Copaxone immunomodulator drug for treating multiple sclerosis, a universal lossless data compression algorithm, USB flash drive marketed as the DiskOnKey, Quicktionary Electronic dictionary, Laser Keyboard, GetTaxi, OrCam MyEye, Waze, WeCU, Iron Dome, MUSIC, Super iron battery, and much more. Imagine how much more we could do if we did not have to be on alert and ready for a war on any front with only moment’s worth of notice. We are too busy trying to make the world a better place to worry about past problems, and with four thousand years of history, we have had our share. Don’t worry, we are not about to try listing them at this time.


As for how Nakba Day is commemorated by the Arabs in Gaza under the rule of Hamas along with the Arabs in parts of the Shomron under the rule of Palestinian Authority, it does not exactly include parades or other normative celebratory or commemorative events. What their Nakba Day activities include are rioting, destruction, and general mayhem. They attempt to gain entrance to the Temple Mount armed with bricks and Molotov cocktails to hurl at any Jews they may encounter or the security personnel if no Jews are available. In Gaza Hamas has promised that this year they plan to surge through the border fence and murder ever person they come across as thousands of Gazan rampage through southern Israel presumably making their way to Jerusalem. The Arabs under the Palestinian Authority even practiced their tactics for overwhelming any security personnel and possibly attacking Jewish towns and communities within the Shomron and swarming into Jerusalem. Their basic response is violent rioting and attempts to murder Israelis and destroy property, that is their idea of the perfect celebration.


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