Israel and Palestine…

I found this recently. I’m not making any judgement on how much of it is factual and I’ve not got the time (or, indeed, the inclination) to go digging for sources, but it does raise points that are, at the very least, interesting!

When did the Arabs ever agree to two states solution? They never accepted the partition of the land as was voted by the UN general assembly on November 29th 1947.

What difference would it have made? Israel would have stolen their land anyway:

“In internal discussion in 1938 [David Ben-Gurion] stated that ‘after we become a strong force, as a result of the creation of a state, we shall abolish partition and expand into the whole of Palestine’.

In 1948, Menachem Begin declared that: ‘The partition of the Homeland is illegal. It will never be recognized. The signature of institutions and individuals of the partition agreement is invalid. It will not bind the Jewish people. Jerusalem was and will forever be our capital. Eretz Israel (the land of Israel) will be restored to the people of Israel, All of it. And forever.” both from Noam Chomsky, “The Fateful Triangle.

This was confirmed by Israeli historian, Benny Morris, writing in the magazine Tikkun, March/April 1998: “While the Yishuv’s leadership formally accepted the 1947 Partition Resolution, large sections of Israeli society – including the Ahdut Ha’avodah party, Herut, and Mapainiks like Ben-Gurion – were opposed to or extremely unhappy with partition and from early on viewed the war as an ideal opportunity to expand the new state’s borders beyond the UN-earmarked partition boundaries and at the expense of the Palestinians.”

But of course the Palestinians were never given the opportunity to vote because the Haganah began its war against the Palestinians on December 21, 1947 with the attack on Qazaza. Attacks on many Arab towns and villages followed thereafter.

“Until the British left, no Jewish settlement, however remote, was entered or seized by the Arabs, while the Haganah, under severe and frequent attack, captured many Arab positions and liberated Tiberias and Haifa, Jaffa and Safad” [which were allocated to the Palestinians] (David Ben-Gurion, Rebirth and Destiny of Israel (N.Y.: Philosophical Library, 1954, p. 530).

Israel has been progressively taking Palestinian land ever since. It is why it started every war except that of 1973. Remember the West Bank was gained by the war of 1967 which Israel deliberately provoked, as Moshe Dayan admitted in a NY Times article about how Israel continually provoked the Syrians on the Golan. NB – NO REFERENCE GIVEN FOR THIS

Bottom line: No Israeli government has ever intended allowing a Palestinian state. Netanyahu is just stating what has always been Israeli policy. The aim is to take every square millimetre of land it can, not give it away. And no, the vast open-air prison that is Gaza is not evidence to the contrary. It’s just cheaper to run it the way it now is that maintaining a garrison inside.

Any comments?