The title is an interesting question no matter which direction you take aim, at Israeli building beyond the Green Line or perhaps other kinds of building beyond the Green Line. The European Union and numerous European governments’ claims against Israeli building beyond the Green Line, even within Jerusalem which Israel has annexed and granted citizenship with one guard in that they are allowed to vote in local elections for Jerusalem government positions including Mayor and the parliament but are restricted for now from voting in national elections until after the final borders have been set by negotiations and then further rights will be decided. Whether any building beyond the Green Line by Israel is colonialism or simply building on lands initially proposed as areas Israel would retain depends on a number of agreements and definitions. If you base your definitions on International Law then you might be surprised that according to treaties established after World War I and before the League of Nations and which set up the Mandate System which set certain lands to be reserved for establishing certain states for different populations, then you might want to read the San Remo Agreement which set up the British Mandate in order to establish a Jewish state. The British Mandate extended from the Mediterranean Sea to the western border of Iraq and from the French Mandate lands to the north and to Egypt and Saudi Arabia in the south. This was set aside for the Jewish state where by the dictates of the San Remo Agreement the Jewish state was to be a place reserved for the homeland of the Jewish people with provisions that any other people residing within the Mandate lands were entitled to religious freedom, freedom of speech, respected integrity of land ownership and other freedoms with the singular exception of political rights which were to remain under control of the Jewish leadership once the British determined there was sufficient Jewish presence to retain political and legal control over the lands.
This is where things became interesting. A few years into the British Mandate the numbers of Arabs moving into the Mandate areas was growing attracted by the promising increase in the economic activity which had begun growing in the second half of the Nineteenth Century with the initial outset of the Zionist movement and Jews starting to return to their ancestral homelands. The returning Jews added to an already healthy Jewish majority within Jerusalem, a presence and majority which stretched back almost three thousand years as these were Jews who had resided in Jerusalem since before the invasion by Alexander the Great and remained in Jerusalem surviving the atrocities and attempt to disperse the Jewish people to the far flung edges of the Roman Empire so as to punish them and destroy the Jewish people for all future time. The British under the name of Winston Churchill offered the Zionist Congress, the legal Jewish governance within and without of the British Mandate lands, a proposition where the British would be permitted to establish an Arab state for the Palestinian Arabs east of the Jordan River while the lands west of the Jordan River on to the Mediterranean Sea would remain inviolate for the Jewish state into the future and this would also allow the British to be able to make good on their promise to the Hashemite Family to give them lands to rule in exchange for their assistance in World War I, a promise probably made by T. E. Lawrence. The Zionist took the offer despite it reallocating over three-quarters (78%) of the British Mandate leaving them a narrow strip hugging the Mediterranean Sea as it was to their advantage to grant the Arabs their own lands thus they would be better situated to reach a majority population more readily. At this time the British referenced the Jews by calling them Palestinians and the Arabs were called Arabs or Egyptians, Syrians (the largest percentage of the Arab population as Syrian lands under the Ottoman Empire included all of both the French and British Mandates), Turks, Iraqis, Saudis, Tunisians, Yemeni, and other tribal names or even Arab Palestinians, in the case of mixed parentage which was rather common as time passed. By these stipulations the world’s scrambling and screaming to see who can be first to force a new Arab nation west of the Jordan River next to Israel and on as much land as is humanly possible are all working against International Law and many, if not all, of them are fully aware of this deceit.
But what if one believes the claims that an Arab state belongs sharing the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea with Israel because Gaza and Judea and Samaria (called the “West Bank” by Jordan during their illegal occupation after the invasion to destroy the Jewish state after its birth in 1948) were never a part of Israel proper? This also gets into problems the further one peals back the layers of the onion. Let’s look a little deeper and see how it was the Gaza, Judea and Samaria became believed to be rightful Arab lands. Before Israel was born there was a decision made by the United Nations General Assembly recommending a means of the forming of two states starting on May 15, 1948, with one being Jewish and one being Arab. This resolution was like every other resolution out of the General Assembly of the United Nations, a simple suggestion which in order to be binding must be accepted by all parties to the resolution. This resolution was made to the Zionist Congress as the Jewish organization pertaining to the Jewish establishment of a state and the Arab League as the representatives of any Arab interests in forming a state. The Zionist Congress agreed while the Arab League refused the resolution as they had very different plans, they were going to take the entire area and divide it amongst Syria, Egypt and Jordan. This is where things get confusing. With the rejection by the Arab League there was no longer any claim calling for the placement of an Arab state between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea and all plans now reverted to the state under International Law. As we know from the above, International Law granted these lands to a Jewish state unless the Jewish interests decided otherwise and despite the Jewish legal body being willing to allow the General Assembly Resolution, that dissolved as soon as the Arab League refused and Israel, as the Jewish state, now became the sole rightful nation as of May 15, 1948 over all the land from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. So, why is there any contesting of this now?
When May 15, 1948, rolled around there were over a half dozen Arab national armies consisting of but not limited to Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, the forces under the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini (who had spent almost all of World War II in Berlin or other areas of the Nazi controlled Europe and made frequent broadcasts calling for the Arabs to rise up and vanquish the British forces in Egypt and British Mandate lands) some forces from Pakistan and Sudan as well as numerous militias and other forces all crammed into the lands surrounding the nascent state of Israel. After a number of cease fires and reigniting of hostilities, the fighting came to a final halt on the different fronts as Israel finally reaching a ceasefire armistice with Egypt on February 24, 1949, Lebanon on March 23, 1949, Jordan on April 3, 1949, and Syria on July 20. 1949. The United Nations finalized the borders by combining the separate Armistice Agreements and melded all these items together and established the “Green Line” which still is used by many as if it has some meaning other than this is where the front lines were when the fighting ended in 1949. Upon the insistence of the numerous Arab powers and the Arab League the “Green Line” was to be denoted as an armistice line and was to never at any time to be construed as a border defining Israel or any other surrounding or bordering state as doing so would have been tantamount to recognizing Israel as an actual and recognizable state, a fact the Arab forces and governments were loath to allow by any means, thus technically the only boundaries which have ever define Israel as having a border are those of the San Remo Conference which defined the borders for the Jewish state as Iraq to the Mediterranean Sea, or if preferred, by the Churchill White Paper which defined the boundaries for Israel into perpetuity as the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea with Lebanon and Syria to the north and Saudi Arabia and Egypt to the south. Following the end of the War to vanquish the nascent state of Israel and slaughter its Jews before they can even breathe the air for a single day, a war that raged for approximately two years if the skirmishes which began even before the November 29, 1947 vote of the United Nations General Assembly for the formation of the state of Israel was even taken, there is even more to the story to be told.
Egypt retained Gaza but never annexed it and recognized it as occupied land partially as they were uninterested in ruling over the area as they found it to pose more problems and caused them more difficulties than they felt it was worth as it had little to offer as far as economics was concerned. Jordan, on the other hand, held the areas of Judea and Samaria and was very interested in the good rich lands and the potentials it had so they not only annexed them but renamed it the “West Bank” so as to remove the reminder that these were ancient Jewish lands of Judea and Samaria, two names dating and referencing back to Torah as well as the Old Testament and also the New Testament. Jordan also realized what importance there was to the Jewish people that they did not possess the Old City and Temple Mount locations of the city of Jerusalem and that by denying the Jews even the right of access or visitation that they were causing the Jewish people grief and pain. For over seventeen years that Egypt held Gaza and Jordan held the “West Bank” there was absolutely no mention of using these lands, either separately or together, to form a Palestinian state or an Arab state by any name. Further, of the entire world only two nations recognized the annexation of the “West Bank” which were Great Britain and Pakistan; not even a single Arab state recognized the annexation, and only Pakistan amongst the over fifty Muslim majority nations ever recognized it. The fact was that both Gaza and Judea and Samaria were seen for what they were, occupied lands; and from whom were they occupied, Israel of course as per the San Remo Conference and the Churchill White Papers. This becomes important later, but first there is another interesting subject into which we should delve.
The interesting date we will want to cover is the day the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) with Yasser Arafat as its leader and beside him as his number two man was Mahmoud Abbas and this all occurred on May 28, 1964. Let us go so far as to quote the Palestine Facts web site at“http://www.palestinefacts.org/” at their page which tells us all about their original designs where they claim, “Since Jordan controlled Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) including East Jerusalem, and Egypt controlled the Gaza Strip at the time the PLO was founded, the PLO was committed to the dissolution of Israel, mainly through the use of armed force.” So, the PLO was originally founded under the premise their mission was to destroy Israel and take over all of Israel for at least the three years before the Six Day War in June of 1967 when after Egypt had set a naval blockade preventing Israeli use of the Straits of Tiran, cutting off the Israeli southern port of Eilat from exiting the Red Sea and accessing Asia and Africa which was defined, after Gamal Abdel Nasser had included closing the Straits of Tiran along with the Suez Canal during the 1956 Suez Canal Crisis as a casus belli for war, and massing troops on the Sinai-Negev border and Syria had massed troops along the Golan Heights bordering Israel and Nasser was broadcasting day and night on television and radio in both Syria and Egypt, two nations temporarily unified as the United Arab Republic (UAR) that the Israelis reacted to the acts of war and initially engaged Egypt and then Syria when Syrian troops swept down off the Golan Heights. Soon thereafter Jordan stated their intent to attack Israel quoting reports from Egypt and Syria claiming their great victories and how their forces were approaching Tel Aviv and would soon meet and finish off the rest of Israel after taking Tel Aviv. Israel warned and pleaded with Jordan not to believe the Egyptian and Syrian propaganda and that they were all lies and actually Israel was winning on both fronts. Jordan took the Israeli pleading as a sign of weakness and proof of Israeli defeat and Jordan declared war. As history reports, at the end of the June 1967 Six Day War Israel controlled the Golan Heights, the Sinai Peninsula and had liberated Gaza from Egypt and Judea and Samaria (West Bank) from Jordan. It was three years and a month after the founding of the PLO (there have been reports that the PLO was originally hatched months before during a KGB meeting somewhere in Moscow where the KGB drafted a known operative whom they could control, Yasser Arafat, to head the operation and the KGB also approved of Mahmoud Abbas and several other Arab operatives they trusted to assist in the planning and other duties and the KGB funded much of the PLO operations and gave them provisions) that Israel gained possession of Judea and Samaria which they technically liberated as they initially belonged to Israel before she lost them in the 1948-1949 War of Independence which was really a war initiated by the Arab League with the intention of totally destroying the new Jewish entity, later to be referred to as the Zionist entity by the enemies of Israel. After the Six Day War the PLO did not change their Charter and their mission remained the total destruction of Israel.
Move forward many hundreds of terror attacks later and after the end of the First Intifada to Monday September 13, 1993, to the White House lawn and there with President William Jefferson Clinton and his ever-present wide smile we find PLO chief terrorist Yasser Arafat and Israeli President Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin meeting, shaking hands and both signing the Oslo Accords which recognized the PLO being transformed into the Palestinian Authority and the PLO was to amend their charter to remove the stipulation for the destruction of Israel and replacing it with verbiage recognizing the right of Israel to exist as the state for the Jewish People. Well, guess that little amending part and rewriting the charter such that destruction of became recognition of Israel and further, Israel as the home for the Jewish People never came to fruition which means that the Oslo Accords never were officially enacted. There was one meeting a few years later attended by an American team where the Palestinian legislature assigned a team to investigate the means by which the charter might be amended to meet the requirements of the Oslo Accords thus making them active which satisfied the Americans that the charter would finally be amended. Wrong again as the PLO charter, which acts as the charter for the Palestinian Authority, never did get amended and that committee never met either. But what if Oslo Accords were actually initiated as everybody believes such that it may as well have been honestly enacted as does it matter now as it took on a life of its own. That, too depends on how much of a stickler for the facts one chooses to be, and when it comes to International Law and international treaties come into play.
But let’s humor the concept that the Oslo Accords were validated; what did they actually set up? The Oslo Accords separated Judea and Samaria into thee sectors, Area A, Area B and Area C. The entirety of Oslo recognized that Israel had actually met every demand and stipulation of the United Nations resolutions after the Six Day War and even went further after the end of the Yom Kippur War of 1973 where Israel after the fighting ended had to pull back from their front line which was well on its way to taking Damascus holding position half the way there from the Golan Heights but Israel withdrew back to the Golan Heights, the front lines at the end of the 1967 Six Day War that Israel held and against Egypt Israel had crossed the Suez Canal and was approaching the Nile River at the furthest points of their front lines but after the fighting ceased Israel heeded the demands from the United States, Russia and many European nations and others retreating back across the Suez Canal and forfeiting any control over the Suez Canal despite holding the entirety of the western bank of the canal. When Israel had returned the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt Israel had returned lands retaining those lands deemed necessary for Israeli defense to be secure. Many nations in the 1970s believed and supported the idea that for Israel to be secure within her borders that this meant Israel retaining all of Judea and Samaria, but things change. The three areas the lands were divided into were denoted as per how it was viewed they would end up being divided after negotiations were completed, which was to take all of three years. Area A was placed under complete security and governmental control of the Palestinian Authority. This placed Yasser Arafat as the ruling person over Area A where there would presumably be elections regularly to choose the leadership over the areas under Palestinian governance. Area B was under Palestinian governance and joint security with both Palestinian and Israeli security being shared and with mutual assistance. Area C which included all of East Jerusalem was under Israel governance and security control with no control of any sort granted the Palestinian Arabs, this area was presumed to become an integral part of Israel, period. What this means is that Israel is free to settle anywhere they please in Area C of Judea and Samaria which includes East Jerusalem. It is only the fact that near the beginning of his first term as President of the United States that President Obama spoke clearly and intentionally, it is our opinion that there was no mistake made or that President Obama was not fully versed and cognizant of the ramification of what he said, he was clear and precise with his choice of words and meant every syllable as he stated, “We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.” This changed the entire outlook overnight and it took Mahmoud Abbas no time before he called for meetings with his top officials, signaled his willingness to start negotiation immediately with President Obama’s expectation of borders being the 1967 lines finally setting a standard which Abbas could support and Abbas soon afterwards made a trip throughout Europe meeting with heads of state and other ranking politicians talking about the need to press Israel to accept the reality that they were obligated to return all of the lands they had been occupying, that despite the reality that any lands granted to the Palestinians would become occupied Israeli lands that the Palestinians were squatting upon.
That leads us to the most recent of events, the proof beyond question that the European Union in concert with a number of European nations have been financing Arab purchases of lands in many parts of Area C as well as within East Jerusalem. These purchases are illegal under the precise definitions of rights under the Oslo Accords. The European and their Arab accomplices are the ones who are breaking International Law and the Oslo Accords by these scurrilous and clandestine purchases of lands to give to Arabs to manufacture new realities on the ground by acting to finance colonialization of Area C. European Union and European governments engaging in these purchases can and should be charged with crimes against the sovereign state of Israel just as the European Union and European governments who have threatened to sue Israel for illegal land use and colonization of lands not belonging to them by treaty despite their inability to name what treaty of agreement the Israelis were in contravention of by building or taking up residence after purchasing lands, properties or homes and apartments in East Jerusalem and Area C according to Israel’s rights spelled out in Oslo Accords. If the Europeans would desire that the Oslo Accords be discarded as they are no longer viable, then I guess we need to ask the Europeans which agreement they desire to revert to, the San Remo Conference or the Churchill White Paper as Oslo appears to have been abrogated despite the fact that the Palestinian Authority and the PLO both still have refused to amend their charter thus the Europeans are correct in claiming that Oslo has died. It matters little where the world stands on these matters as by any means their buying lands for Arabs in Area C and East Jerusalem is as illegal as acts can be and it is our bet that they are aware of their pretense, duplicity, deceit, faithlessness, chicanery and outright quackery. But what can one expect from a continent which just over seventy years ago was fully complicit in the nefariousness of the Final Solution by which the physically handicapped, mentally challenged, the insane, the Roma, the Serbians, the Jews and all others who did not meet, cooperate, support or obey the Nazis rules and demands or those who had a crisis of conscience were annihilated with factory like precision and the speed and efficiency of a production line. A continent that just over seventy years ago slaughtered without conscience over twelve millions of their own and the nations they conquered innocent civilians of which one in two was a Jew who did no more than worship G0d differently than was expected under the iron fisted Nazi rule. The same continent which has witnessed many hundreds of a percent of anti-Semitism within its society from one end to the other over the past two to three years and can fully expect this trending to continue into the future where one way or the other there will finally be no Jews left in Europe and Hitler and his close advisors and friends’ dream which was thought out and dressed up with a nice bow wrapped around the parchment which carried its fateful and depraved decree down from atop the Wannsee Conference. Perhaps they have not heard that the Jews promised “Never Again” and we meant that. That is the reason that Israel is so vital and the Europeans are fully aware of this fact and that is what is truly behind their condemnations of Israel and their insistence on its defeat even if it must be by stages just as Yasser Arafat put into motion as he too realized that the Jews will fight this time.
Beyond the Cusp