The “peace process” between Israel and the Arabs, touted as part of a “two state” plan, failed not because of disagreements over settlements and boundaries, but because of a basic false assumption: that Palestinianism could be fulfilled in a Palestinian state alongside Israel. It failed not because Israel did not give enough, but because nothing would have been enough.
Paradoxically, the more people urged Palestinian statehood as part of a two-state plan, the less relevant it became. This is because the issue was not about Palestine, but Palestinianism. This explains why all diplomatic negotiations and proposals not only did not work, but could not work.
For Arabs, Palestinians and most Muslims, that struggle is jihad against the infidel.
Since a “peace process” requires Arabs to give up their opposition to a Jewish state, it contradicts their basic principles and historic mission. While some might make temporary concessions, the goal is the same. It explains not only why the “peace process” failed, but why that failure was and is inevitable.
The primary goal of Palestinian nationalism is to wipe out the State of Israel, not to legitimize its existence.
Since the Palestinian leadership refuses to tell the Palestinian people the truth, the international community has the responsibility and duty to tell them the truth.
The fact is that from 1948 until 1967, the West Bank was part of Jordan, and Gaza was part of Egypt. The Arab World did nothing – it did not lift a finger – to create a Palestinian state. And it sought Israel’s annihilation when not a single settlement stood anywhere in the West Bank or Gaza.
More than 850,000 Jews have been uprooted from their homes in Arab countries during the past 64 years. These were vibrant communities dating back 2,500 years. On the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, Babylonian Jewry produced many of Judaism’s holiest books — and thrived for two millennia. In the great synagogues and libraries of Cairo, Jews preserved the intellectual and scientific treasures of antiquity into the Renaissance. From Aleppo to Aden to Alexandria, Jews stood out as some of the greatest artists, musicians, businessmen, and writers.All of these communities were wiped out. Age-old family businesses and properties were confiscated. Jewish quarters were destroyed. Pogroms left synagogues looted, graveyards desecrated and thousands dead.
The pages that the UN has written about the 700,000 Palestinian refugees could fill up soccer stadiums, but not a drop of ink has been spilled about the 850,000 Jewish refugees.
Across the Arab World – and even at this table – you hear claims that Israel is “Judaizing Jerusalem”. These accusations come about 3,000 years too late. It’s like accusing the NBA of Americanizing basketball.
Instead of telling the Palestinian people the truth, much of the international community stands idle as the Arab World tries to erase the Jewish people’s historical connection to the Land of Israel.
Outside of war, no modern state has ever been subject to such an attack on its legitimacy and existence as has the state of Israel.
...It is a truth of conflict between peoples manifested in history that groups in conflict will hold to genuinely differing – which is not to say equally true – perceptions of the grounds of their conflict. One of the conditions that muddies consideration of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, however, and now raises profound obstacles to its settlement, is the purposeful, strategic masking of hostile intent among outside parties – in attitudes unsympathetic to Israel’s founding and to its historical conditions of conflict, and that are actually directed at the state’s dissolution – under the guise of peace and justice politics. Of contemporary political charlatanry there is no greater representation.
This simple bad faith, then, stands as a first condition in analyzing arguments over the nature and possible resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict...that actually seek to advance the conflict to a point of victory by the Palestinian side. In this manner, in fact, many ideologically-driven outside agents and their supporters, while draping themselves in the moral finery of peace and justice and elaborately and insistently articulating its vocabulary, actually serve as proponents of the conditions – the disputes – of continued conflict. Then, when that conflict periodically becomes heightened and armed, these fake advocates of peace will blame Israel and, in extraordinary gestures of more heightened bad faith, fail to perceive, certainly acknowledge, their own responsibility.
Protecting Jewish Right of Settlement in Palestine
May 4, 2012 | Eli E. Hertz
Nearly ten years ago, while researching and studying the hundred years of modern Zionism, I came across writings of Professor Eugene Rostow, the past Dean of Yale Law School (1955-66) and a key draftee of the UN Resolution 242.
Professor Rostow was an expert in international law and more specifically the Mandate for Palestine. The Mandate granted Jews the irrevocable right to settle anywhere in Jewish Palestine, the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, a right unaltered in international law and valid to this day.
This right of Jews is protected by Article 80 of the United Nations Charter. The Article recognizes the continued validity of the rights granted to all states or peoples, or already existing international instruments including those adopted by the League of Nations.
King of Jordan in this video admits that Palestine is JORDAN! And that Jordan is Palestine. Lebanese Arab expert says that it is the Jordan royalty that is at the root of the problem. A royalty that stands in the way of incorporating the intent and legalities of the Mandate, San Remo and the League of Nations agreements. Palestine was divided in the early 20th Century and the international body accomodated the Arabs by giving Palestinian Arabs 77% of the territories, and Palestinian Jews 23% of the territories. The Mideast Conflict is about giving the Palestinian Arabs 100% of the territories and the Palestinian Jews none - overturning the Jew's historical, archeological, physical and human rights to their ancient homeland.
The recent revolutions in Arab countries of the Middle East prove that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not the main problem of the region. Any attempts to force Israel to create or accept a Palestinian State in the West Bank and Gaza will only enhance the instability in this region. The world community is experiencing growing frustration in the face of the recurrent failures to resolve this conflict. These failures are the result of a miss-diagnosis of the roots of the conflict. If it was in fact a territorial conflict between two nations over a piece of land, the logical solution of division of the land would be the true cure to the conflict and could have been achieved long ago. But this conflict is not a territorial conflict, but a religious war – a clash of ideologies. As such, the Palestinians will never be ready to recognize Israel as a Jewish State and declare the end of the conflict.
The Jordanian King is simply trying to save his own skin. Increasingly menaced by Islamists at home, he wants to keep the international/Islamist focus on Israel.
His comments are a reminder that two Israeli leaders--Ariel Sharon and Yitzhak Shamir--may have been right about Jordan. It is the Palestinian state, and the world would have long ago recognized it as such if not for the Hashemite monarchy.
Contrary to popular opinion which has nothing to do with historical fact, Jordan and the Arabs of the West Bank are OCCUPYING Jewish territory in violation of San Remo, the British Mandate and the League of Nation's - international community - decisions under international law, a land that was never Muslim land but always Jewish. The Hashemites, cousins of the Saudi kings, are extending their Caliphate ambitions. And that is what the Mideast conflict is about. Muslims will not tolerate Jews amongst them and are at war - JIHAD - against Jews and Christiendom until both disappear from the Islamic lands. And then the Islamists will continue their invasion and repopulating of Andaluz - Europe and beyond, which they also consider holy Islamic lands.
SIR L. HAMMOND: Would you give me the figures again for the land. I want to know how much land was held by the Jews before the Occupation.
MUFTI: At the time of the Occupation the Jews held about 100,000 dunams.
SIR L. HAMMOND: What year?
MUFTI: At the date of the British Occupation.
SIR L. HAMMOND: And now they hold how much?
MUFTI: About 1,500,000 dunams: 1,200,000 dunams already registered in the name of the Jewish holders, but there are 300,000 dunams which are the subject of written agreements, and which have not yet been registered in the Land Registry. That does not, of course, include the land which was assigned, about 100,000 dunams.
SIR L. HAMMOND: What 100,000 dunams was assigned? Is that not included in, the 1,200,000 dunams? The point is this. He says that in 1920 at the time of the Occupation, the Jews only held 100,000 dunams, is that so? I asked the figures from the Land Registry, how much land the Jews owned at the time of the Occupation. Would he be surprised to hear that the figure is not 100,000 but 650,000 dunams?
MUFTI: It may be that the difference was due to the fact that many lands were bought by contract which were not registered.
SIR L. HAMMOND: There is a lot of difference between 100,000 and 650,000.
MUFTI: In one case they sold about 400,000 dunams in one lot.
SIR L. HAMMOND: Who? An Arab?
MUFTI: Sarsuk. An Arab of Beyrouth.
SIR L. HAMMOND: His Eminence gave us a picture of the Arabs being evicted from their land and villages being wiped out. What I want to know is, did the Government of Palestine, the Administration, acquire the land and then hand it over to the Jews?
MUFTI: In most cases the lands were acquired.
SIR L. HAMMOND: I mean forcibly acquired-compulsory acquisition as land would be acquired for public purposes?
MUFTI: No, it wasn’t.
In other words, the Jews were there first, but...the Palestinians sold the Jews' land back to the Jews for REAL MONEY...that land is no longer theirs...and now they want the land that they no longer own, and never legally owned, back. GIVE IT BACK they say!
Pictured Mufti of Jerusalem, Yasser Arafat's uncle, meeting with Hitler to plan the extermination of BOTH European and MidEastern Jewry.
WASHINGTON — Israel has been alarmed by what officials determined were leaks by the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama of purported Israeli preparations to attack Iran.
A leading U.S. analyst who returned from talks with the Israeli leadership reported that the Obama administration was accused of staging a campaign to undermine Israel. The analyst, Robert Satloff, said Washington was also blaming Israel for the rise in global crude oil prices, deemed as harming the U.S. economy.
Listen, Palestinian Arabs, If you want to march, march on Jordan.
From Matthew M. Hausman, Att'y: The “Jordan-is-Palestine” option for resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict is an idea that, despite history and logic, was beaten into silence by Israel’s enemies and detractors. Critics denounced the concept as preposterous, reactionary and counterproductive.
And yet, the idea has been resurrected from within Jordan itself. There can be no dispute that Jordan was created in a sovereign vacuum on land that had comprised most of the Palestine Mandate. However, its creation as Transjordan in 1921 satisfied a geopolitical need unencumbered by a Palestinian national myth that had not yet been invented.
In contrast, the Oslo peace process was based on the false premise that an ancestral population was indiscriminately displaced by Israel's establishment and now must be repatriated at her expense. Because Jordan embodies the concept of Arab self-determination as contemplated by the San Remo Conference and the Palestine Mandate, and because most Jordanians already identify as Palestinian, it is high time to recognize it as the Palestinian homeland and scrap the current peace process....
The truth – that Jews have the longest history of continuous habitation in the Holy Land, that they preceded the Arab-Muslim conquest by thousands of years, and that the Palestinians are largely descended from an immigrant population- migrant workers - that grew during the late Ottoman and British Mandatory periods – was suppressed under layers of Freudian self-denial.
"Those who turn their back on Islam are to be executed. This is confirmed by the words and deeds of Muhammad."
I'm an apostate of Islam and so are Killian Duke & Frank Warner aka Pigman, the heroes of my graphic novel, THE INFIDEL. The penalty for leaving Islam is a death penalty and it emphasizes the militant nature of Mohammad's religion, treating those who leave Islam as if they were deserters of an army.
The WORLD MEDIA is losing interest in The Palestinian Cause in spite of heavy coverage. People are bored with it, "It has been overexposed," one credible source remarked. Another staffer at ARAB NEWS said that the Palestinian narrative is failing to garner True Believers.
Dubbed the “Global March to Jerusalem,” organizers are planning rallies worldwide with the bulk of the demonstrators moving on the borders separating Israeli and the Palestinian Authority, but also in major cities around the world, some in front of Israeli embassies.
While Israel is downplaying the event diplomatically, it has nevertheless beefed up its security forces and issued warnings to neighboring Arab states through intermediaries not to allow demonstrators near the borders or violate the country’s sovereignty, lest there be a replay of similar marches last year that saw over a dozen people killed and hundreds wounded while trying to breech minefields and penetrate heavily armed Israeli frontiers.
But this year’s planned massive demonstration is coming at a time when the Palestinian issue has fallen off the political table.
Although the image of Palestine as a "land without a people" was most commonly advanced by Christian proponents of a Jewish return to Palestine, it would be wrong to ascribe the perception of Palestine as a land without a people only to Christians. In the context of the nineteenth century and the many nationalist movements that captured the Western imagination, the notion of a Jewish restoration in Palestine seemed logical, even without religious motivations. In 1891, William Blackstone sent an open letter, known today as the Blackstone Memorial, to U.S. president Benjamin Harrison: "Why shall not the powers which under the treaty of Berlin, in 1878, gave Bulgaria to the Bulgarians and Servia to the Servians now give Palestine back to the Jews? … These provinces, as well as Roumania, Montenegro, and Greece, were wrested from the Turks and given to their natural owners. Does not Palestine as rightfully belong to the Jews?" Nineteenth-century Westerners associated peoples or nations with territory, and so to be a land without a people did not imply that the land was without people, only that it was without a national political character.
What may be odd, viewed from the Arab perspective, is the lens through which Westerners look at the land. In Western eyes, the eastern Mediterranean is permanently overlaid with the outline of a territory called "the Holy Land," or "the Land of Israel." Because Westerners equate lands with peoples, even post-Christian Westerners expect to find a people identified and coterminous with the Holy Land.
Muslims, however, neither perceived Palestine as a distinct country, nor Palestinians as a people.
A nation of survivors and the descendants of survivors, Israel has now survived for 64 difficult years.
In the community of democratic states Israel is more often regarded with suspicion. Unwarranted hostility is one of the forces it routinely faces while pursuing survival. Its sworn enemies are routinely treated with more sympathy. The universities of North America have become comfortable homes for a pro-Palestinian movement that is genially tolerated despite its outrageous rhetoric and mobster tactics. The world’s leftists, once admirers of Israel’s progressive social experiments, have become implacable enemies. The UN is so profoundly prejudiced against Israel that most people, inside and outside Israel, no longer notice its behaviour; those who believe UN reports must also believe Israel commits more crimes against human rights than all other nations combined.
When Roman power obliterated Jerusalem in the year 70, Jews were left stateless and defenceless. Some remained in Palestine. Others somehow maintained their religion and identity in whatever new homes they found. But they lived as outsiders who could be displaced whenever their host countries wanted them gone. In the late 19th century the Zionist movement began to plan for a permanent home, centred on Jerusalem; in 1909 the first new Jewish town was created, Tel Aviv. In the 1940s, Hitler, by killing 6 million Jews, turned the dream of a secure homeland into a matter of urgent necessity.
The British, governors of Palestine under an international mandate, had promised that Jewish and Arab states would share the territory. In 1947 the UN approved a two-state partition, which the Jews accepted but the Arabs did not. On May 14, 1948, Israel declared independence. Immediately the armies of Egypt, Syria, Transjordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Iraq invaded. The secretary-general of the Arab League, Abdul Rahman Hassan Azzam, had predicted this would be a massacre, “a war of elimination.” But Israel soon turned back the invaders and secured its territory (though not all of the city of Jerusalem).
In May, 1967, the Arab states again decided they could not tolerate Israel’s existence. They gathered their armies and moved toward its borders. “The Arab people want to fight,” said president Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt, the most powerful Arab of the day. “Our basic objective will be the destruction of Israel.” Egypt, Jordan and Syria had help from Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Algeria. Israel was outnumbered about two to one in troops, three to one in tanks and combat aircraft. Israel struck first and won. The Six-Day War ended on June 10 with the land controlled by Israel having expanded about 100%.
This, including the West Bank of the Jordan River, is now called occupied territory. The Arab states whose aggressive misjudgment and incompetence caused this region to fall into Israeli hands now blame Israel for the sin of acquiring it...
Karl Marx discussed Jerusalem in an article published in the New York Daily Tribune on April 15, 1854.Marx noted that the city's "sedentary population numbered "about 15,500 souls, of whom 4,000 are Mussulmans [Muslims] and 8,000 Jews," thereby confirming that there has been a Jewish majority in Jerusalem since the 1850s.
Have you ever asked yourself why during the period between 1917 and 1947 hundreds of thousands of Jews throughout the world woke up one morning and decided to leave their homes and go to Palestine? The majority did this because they heard that a future National Home for the Jewish people was being established in Palestine, on the basis of the League of Nations' obligation under the "Mandate for Palestine." This historical document laid down the Jewish legal right to settle anywhere in western Palestine, the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, an entitlement unaltered in international law.
The "Mandate for Palestine" was not a naïve vision briefly embraced by the international community. Fifty-one member countries - the entire League of Nations - unanimously declared on July 24, 1922:
"Whereas recognition has been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country."
While there is no such thing as a Palestinian people, nation, country, culture, civilization, history, archeology, language, religion, economy, currency and coin, all these characteristics can be defined specifically and exclusively as Hebraic, with a history going back 4000 years. Palestinians are "various Arabs from the surrounding territories." The so-called "Palestinians" are mostly trans-Jordanians (east of the Jordan River), Saudis and Egyptians. Yasser Arafat was an Egyptian, Mahmoud Abbas, a Syrian. And these can be verified by their REAL names. Arafat from the al-Husseini family of Egypt for example.
Having erased Jewish history, the Palestinian Authority fills the historical void by fabricating the ancient histories of Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims.
Rewriting history Rewriting the history of the Land of Israel in order to deny Israel's right to exist is central to Palestinian Authority (PA) policy. Long before it started the PA Terror Campaign (the "Intifada," 2000-2005), the PA was fighting a history war – erasing Jewish history and replacing it with a fabricated Palestinian history. This rewriting has two central goals:1- Erase the Jewish nation's 3,000 year history in the Land of Israel; 2- Invent ancient Palestinian, Muslim and Arab histories in the land.
The goal of this historical revision as a political strategy was first expressed publicly at a conference of Palestinian historians in 1998, when rewriting history was linked to the political goal of denying Israel's right to exist:"Dr. Yussuf Alzamili [Chairman History Department, Khan Yunis Educational College] called on all universities and colleges to write the history of Palestine and to guard it, and not to enable the [foreign] implants and enemies to distort it or to legitimize the existence of Jews on this land... [History lecturer Abu Amar] clarified that there is no connection between the ancient generation of Jews and the new generation." [Al-Ayyam, Dec. 4, 1998].
Erasing Jewish history in the land of Israel is followed by the PA’s invention of ancient and modern histories that support its political ideology and claim to the land of Israel. The Holocaust and other aspects of Jewish history are alternately denied, downplayed or distorted. Another distortion is to hide from Palestinians that Jesus was a Jew who lived in the Land of Judea/Israel. PA leaders repeatedly define Jesus as a Palestinian who preached Islam, thus denying not only Jewish history, but also the history and legitimacy of Christianity.
Citing numerous examples, this section will document that these and other historical revisions are an integral part of Palestinian policy and are used to create political ideology.
The recent brouhaha about whether the Palestinians are an "invented people" misses the point. The real question we should ask is, "Why do Palestinian Arabs repudiate 3,000 years of Jewish history in Palestine and the rights of Jews to a state in their ancestral homeland?" Can peace really be achieved if the Palestinians teach their people the lie that Jews are newcomers and Palestinians were the original inhabitants of the Holy Land?
Indeed, rewriting the history of the land of Israel in order to deny Israel's right to exist is central to the Palestinian Authority's PR strategy. This rewriting has two dimensions: First to erase the 3,000-year history of the Jewish nation in the Holy Land; and second to invent ancient Palestinian, Muslim and Arab histories in the region.
The Palestinians deny virtually every fact of Jewish life in Palestine before and after Biblical times. What's more, the P.A. claims that since the Jews had no history in the Land of Israel, Zionism was a colonialist movement fabricated by Europeans to get rid of Jews.
In 1937, the Arab leader Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi proclaimed to the Peel Commission, "There is no such country [as Palestine]. Palestine is a term the Zionists invented." Then in 1977, Zahir Muhsein, a member of the PLO Executive Committee said in an interview that "The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel . . . Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak about the existence of the Palestinian people."
US Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has come under a lot of fire for saying that the 'Palestinians' are an invented people. Most have ridiculed Gingrich by pointing out there are clearly millions of Arabs living in the Holy Land.
But Gingrich wasn’t talking about the physical presence of those people today, but rather the fictitious national identity they have adopted and the fact that most immigrated to the land by invitation of the Zionists to build the nascent Jewish State -- attested to by the recent cinder-block construction of their homes.
In a televised address on Al-Hekma TV last week, Hamas Minister of the Interior and of National Security Fathi Hammad basically backed up Gingrich’s assessment, acknowledging that the roots of most “Palestinians” are elsewhere in the Middle East, and that the Palestinian label is only a thin veneer.
Those pushing for a Palestinian state try to paint the Palestinian Arabs as somehow distinct from the Arabs round-about, and therefore in need of their own state. Not so, said Hammad.
ALLAH be praised, we all have Arab roots, and every Palestinian, in Gaza and throughout Palestine, can prove his Arab roots – whether from Saudi Arabia, from Yemen, or anywhere.
Personally, half my family is Egyptian. We are all like that. More than 30 families in the Gaza Strip are called Al-Masri ["Egyptian"]. Brothers, half of the Palestinians are Egyptians and the other half are Saudis."
SEE IT FOR YOURSELF IN THE VIDEO - CLICK ON LINK:
More than that, Hammad stated that the true regional background of most “Palestinians” is not in “Palestine.”
Who are the Palestinians? We have many families called Al-Masri, whose roots are Egyptian…Egyptian! They may be from Alexandria, from Cairo, from Dumietta, from the North, from Aswan, from Upper Egypt. We are Egyptians. We are Arabs. We are Muslims. We are a part of you. - says Hammad.
SEE THE HAMAS VIDEO ON THE SITE! It's really about JIHAD. Hamas leader admits that Palestinians are half Egyptians and half Saudis!
The guardian, a UK media center wrote in dismay to the theater community its protest against Israeli participation on the UK art scene, using the disingenuous BDS movement on its false principle. It is worth reading and is reprinted in its entirety here:
Dismay at Globe invitation to Israeli theatre:
The guardian, Thursday 29 March 2012
Open Letter by Members of the U.K.'s Theater and Film Industries: "We notice with dismay and regret that Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London has invited Israel's National Theatre, Habima, to perform The Merchant of Venice in its Globe to Globe festival this coming May. The general manager of Habima has declared the invitation "an honourable accomplishment for the State of Israel." But Habima has a shameful record of involvement with illegal Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory."
To the Members of the U.K.'s Theater and Film Industries
Eli E. Hertz | April 2, 2012
Writing this letter is a good way for me to discuss your denial of facts and the disrespect that you bestow on your British people's history.
Did you know that your government was the leading force among the fifty-one member countries – the entire League of Nations – that unanimously declared on July 24, 1922:
"Recognition has been given to the historical connection of the Jewish People with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstructing their National Home in that country."
Did you know that Britain as Mandatory became the official administrator and mentor over Jewish Palestine, the territory between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, where the "Mandate for Palestine" clearly stated as follow:
Article 5: "The Mandatory shall be responsible for seeing that no Palestine territory shall be ceded or leased to, or in any way placed under the control of the Government of any foreign power." The territory of Palestine was exclusively assigned for the Jewish National Home.
Article 6: "The administration of Palestine ... shall encourage ... close settlement by Jews on the land, including State land and waste land not required for public purpose."
Jewish settlements are legal, and there are no "Occupied Palestinian Territories."
Did you know that your country's hero Sir Winston Churchill had that to say about Jewish "Occupation" of Palestine:
"When it is asked what is meant by the development of the Jewish National Home in Palestine, it may be answered that it is not the imposition of a Jewish nationality upon the inhabitants of Palestine as a whole, but the further development of the existing Jewish community, with the assistance of Jews in other parts of the world, in order that it may become a centre in which the Jewish people as a whole may take, on grounds of religion and race, an interest and a pride."
My friend, the British world of culture: It is not "The settlements" nor is it the "Occupation" that Arabs reject. They reject the internationally recognized lawful right of Israel to exist as a legitimate, secured, Jewish political entity – But you choose to collaborate with Arabs that deliberately and systematically call for the destruction of Israel.
Palestinian Arabs have underscored their rejectionism to peace with wave after wave of terrorism at every juncture – that is, before the 1967 Six-Day War and even prior to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, and this too is being ignored by you.
If we talk culture, you would be most interested to know how the [British] Palestine Royal Commission described Jewish culture's achievement after their visit to Jewish Palestine in 1937:
"With every year that passes, the contrast between this intensely democratic and highly organized modern [Jewish] community and the old-fashioned Arab world around it grows sharper, and in nothing, perhaps, more markedly than on its cultural side. The literary output of the [Jewish] National Home is out of all proportion to its size. ... But perhaps the most striking aspect of the culture of the [Jewish] National Home is its love of music.
"All in all, the cultural achievement of this little [Jewish] community of 400,000 people is one of the most remarkable features of the [Jewish] National Home."
In fact, the term "Palestine" applied almost exclusively to Jews and the institutions founded by new Jewish immigrants in the first half of the 20th century, before the state's independence. Take for example today's Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, founded in 1936 by Jewish refugees who fled Nazi Germany, was originally called the "Palestine Symphony Orchestra composed of some 70 Palestinian Jews."
My British friends, if you are indeed aware that the path you have embarked on leads to hate and destruction, and if you have freely chosen to walk in that direction, please think it over.
On March 30th, the Global March to Jerusalem (GMJ), an attempt to mobilize millions of demonstrators aimed at converging on the state of Israel and inevitably breaching its borders, took place. Joining the likes of Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Mavi Marmara flotilla veterans, were the inevitable horde of useful idiots from the West, including British anti-Semite George Galloway, anti-war Bush-basher Cindy Sheehan, Truther conspiracy advocate Richard Falk, and radical race theorist Cornel West. Yet it was one of the movement’s “official advisers” whose name stood out: president Obama’s former spiritual advisor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
Former President Jimmy Carter has just released a new book, We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land: A Plan that Will Work...
For Israelis only, Carter reserves the word 'radicals' in his book. He also calls former prime minister Menachem Begin by the same abjective and then describes him as the "most notorious terrorist in the region." Of course, he said the British said that, not him. Carter goes on to describe Binyamin Netanyahu as a "key political associate and naysayer" who was strongly opposed to Israel relinquishing control over the Sinai.
It appears that Jimmy Carter is revising history.The Binyamin Netanyahu I know was attending college during the Camp David meetings in the late 1970s.In fact, when I recommended him to Begin for a government job, the prime minister did not even know who Netanyahu was. I have no idea how Carter was so aware of Binyamin Netanyahu's political ideology; he was selling furniture at the time to help fund his schooling.
The former president also writes that at the time, Begin agreed to divide Jerusalem. I found that to be astonishing, especially since Begin had given me a copy of the letter he penned to Jimmy Carter on September 17, 1978, in which he wrote, "Dear Mr. President, on the basis of this law, the government of Israel decreed in July 1967 that Jerusalem is one city indivisible, the capital of the State of Israel." According to Begin, Carter informed him that the US government did not recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Begin told me he responded, "Excuse me sir, but the State of Israel does not recognize your non-recognition."
In 2000, Bill Clinton proposed a two-state peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians. The Israelis agreed--accepting enormous concessions on territory, security, and Jerusalem. Tragically, the Palestinian Authority--led by Yasser Arafat--rejected the offer and launched the Second Intifada.