By Alan Caruba
One of the most astonishing aspects of President Bush’s visit to Israel is the demand for a Palestinian “State.” Such a state exists. It is called Jordan.
In 1922-23, the League of Nations gave the British a formal mandate to govern Palestine, making them responsible for “putting into effect the declaration…in favor of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.” The British set aside land, more than three times the size apportioned to Jews, which was then called Trans-Jordan.
Arab attacks on the Jews who emigrated were a constant factor in the pre-Israel decades, including riots in Jerusalem and Hebron. In Europe, as WWII raged, the Nazis set about the deliberate extermination of the continent’s Jews, resulting in the deaths of six million.
When on November 29, 1947 the United Nations ended the British Protectorate of “Palestine” it created a partition. When Israelis established themselves as a sovereign nation, the immediate Arab response by Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Trans-Jordan, and Iraq, was to attack its Jewish population.
There has never been any peace between the enemies of Israel and the so-called Palestinians, nor by extension the entire Muslim world.
Here then is the dilemma of a Palestinian state. A friend and fellow blogger who goes by the name of Longstreet who is not Jewish postulates that, “Once there is a state of Palestine, Israel will no longer be fighting a bunch of terrorists and thugs; she’ll be defending herself against a nation/state…a nation/state backed by the United Nations. For all intents and purposes, to create a Palestinian state is to create another terrorist state!”
Like many American Christians, Longstreet is not sympathetic to “a people who openly rejoiced by dancing, and singing, in the streets when their fellow Muslims slammed those airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York and killed 3,000 of my countrymen.” He decries having “U.S. dollars being poured into that rat hole to be used to arm terrorists who kill Jews…”
While one can argue that Jordan is the “Palestinian state”, there has never been one recognized as such. Jordan is ruled by a monarchy descended from Arab bedouins.
Amidst the calls by the President and others for a Palestinian state, Rachel Newuirth, writing about “The Arab ‘Right of Return’ to Israel”, noted that, “First and foremost, the Palestinian Arabs were primarily the aggressors in the 1948 war, not innocent victims of the ‘Zionists’ as their spokesmen and advocates claim.” Then, citing numerous sources, she documents the actual events.
Most damning are the words of Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), Yassir Arafat’s closest advisor and now the present head of what is left of the Palestinian Authority, who in March 1976 wrote that, “The Arab armies entered Palestine to protect the Palestinians from the Zionist tyranny, but instead they abandoned them, forced them to emigrate and to leave their homeland, imposed upon them a political and ideological blockade and threw them into prisons similar to the ghettos in which the Jews used to live in Eastern Europe.”
A former Syrian Prime Minister, Khaled al-Azm, writing in his memoirs, published in 1973, confirmed that, “Since 1948, it is we who demanded the return of the refugees, while it is we who made them leave. We brought disaster upon a million Arab refugees by inviting them and bringing pressure on them to leave. We have accustomed them to begging…all this in the service of political purposes.”
The role of the United Nations in all this has been a crime against humanity. Through UNWRA, an agency that exists solely for the maintenance of the Palestinian’s refugee status, the claims of a “right of return” have been kept alive while leaving Palestinians locked into an impossible limbo that denies Israel’s right to exist.
This has been accomplished for sixty years by pouring in millions to underwrite “all or most of their housing, food, education through college and graduate school, medical care and social services, provided to them for free by UNWRA.” Ms. Newuith notes that, “No Americans or Europeans have benefited from such a generous and all-encompassing welfare state.”
It gets worse. “On top of UNWRA assistance, the Palestinian Arabs also receive a total of a billion dollars a year in aid from other United Nations agencies, the United States, the European Community, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States, and Iran.”
Nowhere in the discussion of the Arab “right of return” is any mention of “The more than 850,000 Jews who have either been expelled or fled from Arab and other Muslim countries since the Arab world initiated hostilities against the Jews of Israel-Palestine in 1947.”
The present-day Palestinians Arabs are now further divided between the PLO and Hamas, the militant jihadist party that recently staged a coup d’etat in Gaza, effectively seizing control of the area from which Israel unilaterally withdrew, perhaps in the hope that ceding more land would dampen their desire to destroy the Jewish nation.
A Palestinian state is one of the truly horrid political solutions to a situation created by Arab aggression against the state of Israel. These so-called Palestinians should be absorbed into Arab nations that border Israel. The fact that they did not represents the intention and hope of destroying Israel, an aspiration expressed by Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to “wipe them from the map.”
To achieve this goal, the Iranians and others would have to initiate an Armageddon. To create a Palestinian state would be a prelude to the destruction of Arabs, denied citizenship in Arab nations, for political and religious reasons set forth in the Koran.
The United Nations keeps them alive as pawns in the war against Israel. Ironically, the United Nations has been forced to patrol southern Lebanon to keep Palestinians, backed by Syria and Iran, from attacking Israel once again.
The United Nations, along with the genocidal aspirations of the Arabs, is the problem, not the solution.
That problem is now being exacerbated by the policies of the Bush Administration. It reverses America’s long support for Israel by appearing to seek an end to a problem that will continue until the myth of a separate and distinct Palestinian people is put to rest.