Seriously, what retreat to pre-1967 borders?
More importantly, do you know what this even means for Israel with Hamas and ‘God knows who else’ heavily armed than ever still waiting to seize opportunity?
It means the final defense line for Israel to be totally collapsed.
This, thus, is no different to asking Israel to commit a suicide – on a national scale.
In it, not only Jews will be affected, but equally Israeli Arabs also.
For the anti-Semitism will be the global trend in the remaining years and in the course of it attempts to divide Israel, as the divine scenario has it (Joel 3:1-2), will be inevitable, starting with the creation of “Palestinian” state, we briefly need to nail why the efforts by international community to create Palestinian state, let alone the demanding Israel to retreat to pre-1967 borders, is unjustified and lacks historical background to do so.
1) Historically, there has NEVER been a state called ‘Palestine’ or ‘Palestinian’ in existence. No, Never.
Arab refugees in Israel (resulted from Arab leaders’ rejection of UN Partition plan and intentions to demolish the then newly created Jewish state in 1948) left the allocated land in Israel voluntarily (see below) – only to be rejected by their fellow Arabs who have made them refugees in the first place. These refugees only have begun to call themselves ‘Palestinians’ in 1967 – two decades after the state of Israel was re-created. Between 1948-1967 – when Jordan illegally annexed modern day West Bank – the “Palestinians” referred themselves as Arabs and the West Bank an “Arab Land”. Term “Palestinian”, even for them, was unheralded and unadopted for two decades.
The usage of name of ‘Palestine’ was the idea of Egypt born Yasser Arafat – who set up the PLO, which had one goal – from the moment it was set up – to wipe Jews off from the map, in 1964.
Even this term ‘Palestine’ solely refers to Israel for it was created by the Romans during the Biblical times to insult Jews, not current Arab refugees occupying Gaza and West Bank in modern days.
2) There are no evidence or any links that the modern day “Palestinians” are genetically and, historically, related to ancient Philistines. Rather modern day “Palestinians” are mixed migrants from Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Christians from Greece, Muslim Sherkas from Russia and Muslims from Bosnia not having any historic roots to land of Israel or “Palestine”. Read more here.
Also remember – ancient Philistines are NOT originally from Middle east – they are originally Aegeans – from Crete and Aegean islands who later fully settle in southern part of Israel (modern day Gaza strip) by 12th Century B.C. Ancient city of Gerar was the first hub for these Philistines.
Philistines, however, were totally destroyed by Alexander the Great by 332 B.C., just as the Bible had prophesised (Zechariah 9:5-7)
No modern day “Palestinians” – the Arab refugees – consider themselves as these Aegeans and are NOT genetically related to them at all. Thus, the use of name of ‘Palestine’ which can be often confused for ancient Philistia/ Philistine is very misleading in every aspect. I bet younger generations of “Palestinians” do not know anything about this.
3) It is correct to see Israel’s birth as a nation from their point of Exodus for the Exodus after all had one goal for Jews to go back to the promised land of their forefathers – the Canaan – initiated and willed, most importantly, by God Himself, not by Jews themselves. So, then, we trace their transition of nationhood to point of Exodus in 1446 B.C. (Yes and we have very convincing facts that the Amenhotep II (1448 B.C. – 1420 B.C.), the 7th Pharaoh of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty, was the Pharaoh of the Exodus)
4) Jewish presence and inhabitance in Israel, despite the fall of Kingdoms of Judah and Israel as well as Diaspora, has been continual.
Aliyah – return of Jews to the land of Israel – movement has been also continual since the Babylonian exile (circa 538 B.C.) till this date. Even during the Ottoman occupation, before British capture and creation of the ‘Palestine’ mandate, Diaspora Jews who were constant subject of pogroms and persecution wherever they went for centuries, had continue to return to their homeland. (In fact, it is continuing) Returned Jews bought land and farms which often became the source for plundering by Arab migrants to ‘Palestine’.
5) British conquest of ‘Palestine’ from Ottoman Turks and, hence the creation of the British Mandate of Palestine, was approved by the Council of the League of Nations based on the conditions of Balfour Declaration in 1917 – which promised to set up a Jewish homeland in Israel – and conference of San Remo in 1922 which confirmed the Balfour Declaration by Britain. (i.e. British rule of ‘Palestine’ was conditionally possible based on their promise to international community to create permanent Jewish homeland in Israel)
The British, however, totally dishonours the Balfour declaration and instead creates Trans-Jordan (modern day Jordan) by taking 78% of the land originally promised to Jews in 1921. (i.e. Country called Trans Jordan (later to become Jordan) was never meant to come into an existence.)
This was arranged by then the Colonial Secretary, Winston Churchill.
Further, British prevented Jews and Jewish Holocaust survivors reaching Israel and sent them back to Cyprus internment camps or even Germany, whilst allowing Arabs to come into Israel and dwell.
6) Arabs in Israel started to leave Israel voluntarily following the UN partition resolution announcement.
Wealthy Arabs in Israel were the first ones to make the move in the anticipation of a war. Just before 1948 war broke out, majority of remaining Arabs in Israel were urged by their fellow Arabs to leave Israel immediately so their armies can ‘purge the land of Jews’.
Yet, starting with the official appeal on 2 October, 1947 and continuing till Israel’s Proclamation of Independence issued on 14 May, 1948, Jewish leaders appealed to fleeing Arabs to remain and be part of Israel. David Ben-Gurion even had sent Golda Meir to Haifa to persuade these fleeing Arab refugees to stay and be part of Israeli citizen.
It was of no use.
Nothing held any importance for them except their fear for retaliation from these Arab states if they were not to obey their instructions in the first place to flee and equally, their confidence that Jews would be wiped off from the map – and once they do, then it wouldn’t be much problem for these Arabs to return.
Think about it, newly set up Jews had no chance against these heavily armoured and well backed up Arabs.
(Those who remained in Israel with goodwill became Arab-Israeli citizens and they have been enjoying privileges just as Jewish majority do in Israel)
Whatever reasons they had fled for, it wasn’t Jews that expelled them – Arab refugees firmly denied Israel’s offer to stay and fled based on the decisions they have made up for themselves. (Those who were expelled were counted as ‘enemy at the back’ – “Arabs in crucial strategic area, who were “opening fire on the Israelis shortly after surrendering”. It must be further noted that 68% refugees fled without seeing Jewish soldier.)
Thus, they are not even eligible to call for the “rights of return” at all, for when they have fled by rejecting Israel’s offer to stay and be part of Israel, they have also abandoned and rejected their “rights” to return altogether. Regardless of such, how Israel has compensated to these Arab refugees in contrast to how Jewish refugees from Arab states were treated can be found here (scroll down to ‘How many Arabs?’) and here (which will answer further queries you may have) in detail.
“ Since 1948 it is we who demanded the return of the refugees… while it is we who made them leave…. We brought disaster upon … Arab refugees, by inviting them and bringing pressure to bear upon them to leave…. We have rendered them dispossessed…. We have accustomed them to begging…. We have participated in lowering their moral and social level…. Then we exploited them in executing crimes of murder, arson, and throwing bombs upon … men, women and children-all this in the service of political purposes ….” Khaled Al-Azm, Syria’s Prime Minister after the 1948 war [excerpted from http://www.eretzyisroel.org/~peters/refugees2.html#4]
This Arab refugee crisis would not have taken place had the Arab states accepted the 1947 UN resolution in the first place.
8) Shortly after the 1948 war and taking the chaos after the war, Trans-Jordan illegally captured the West Bank and East Jerusalem and annexed to their land, Egypt in same manner the Sinai and Syria the Golan Heights.
NOTE: There were NO mentions of ‘rights of “Palestinian” return’ to West Bank or East Jerusalem during the illegal Jordanian occupancy of West Bank and East Jerusalem even though these Arab refugees still had no place to go. Only when Israelis have miraculously recaptured these territories from 1967 war – which was again caused by Arab invasions – the Arabs since then demanded the ‘rights of Palestinian return’.
9)The following has been partially excerpted from Dennis Prager’s “Explaining the Arab-Israeli conflict through numbers“
Number of Arab leaders who visited Jerusalem when it was under Arab rule (1948 to 1967): 1
Number of Jewish states that have existed on the land called Palestine: 3
Number of Arab or Muslim states that have existed on the land called Palestine: 0
Number of terrorist attacks by Israelis or Jews since 1967: 1
Number of terrorist attacks by Arabs or Muslims since 1967: thousands
Percentage of Jews who have praised the Jewish terrorist: approximately 0.1
Percentage of Palestinians who have praised Islamic terrorists: approximately 90
Number of Arabs Israel allows to live in Arab settlements in Israel: 1,250,000
(Consider how Arabs in Israel are granted equal rights and freedoms as with Jewish majority, and are allowed to be proportionally elected as government officials to rule with Jewish majority)
Number of Jews Palestinian Authority allows to live in Jewish settlements in Palestinian Authority: 0
Number of Arab countries that have been members of the U.N. Security Council: 16
Number of times Israel has been a member of the U.N. Security Council: 0
Number of U.N. General Assembly resolutions condemning Israel: 322 (and counting)
Number of U.N. General Assembly resolutions condemning an Arab country: 0
Percentage of people who argue that of all the countries in the world, only the Jewish state has no right to exist and yet deny they are anti-Jewish: approximately 100
10) Even when Israel does try to compromise, we must never forget that it was always the Arabs that refused in requesting for something more that was unbounded and unrealistic.
As David Singer, a Founding Member of the “International Analyst Network and Convenor of Jordan is Palestine International” which calls for sovereignty of the West Bank and Gaza to be allocated between Israel and Jordan, observes;
“The Arabs have seen their personal hopes and aspirations in former Palestine in constant decline as a result of their refusal to accept:
1. The division of the 99.999% of the Ottoman Empire to the Arabs and 0.001% to the Jews as determined in 1920 at the San Remo Conference and by the Treaty of Sevres
2. The binding legal effect of the 1922 League of Nations Mandate for Palestine
3. The partition recommendations for Palestine made by the Peel Commission in 1937
4. The 1947 United Nations Partition Resolution
5. Recognition of Israel as the sovereign independent state of the Jewish people following its establishment in 1948
6. The opportunity to create an independent Arab state in the West Bank and East Jerusalem following its occupation by Jordan between 1948-1967 and in Gaza following its occupation by Egypt during that same period
7. Any negotiations with Israel after the Six Day War in 1967 until 1993
8. The offers made by Israel at Camp David in 2000 and 2001 and in 2008 under the Annapolis negotiating process
Obviously such Arab naysaying brings its rewards as Israel is pressured to make even more concessions whilst the Arabs sit back and continue to hold out for more.”
Singer then goes on explaining why Jordan would never ever accept a responsibility for settling Palestinian issue though Israel-Jordan Armistice Agreement clearly indicates there are things for Jordan to settle in regards to this entire Palestinian issue.
* As for why Jordan (when Jordanian and “Palestinians” are basically same people) wouldn’t want to take these refugees back, we must recall Black September revolt in September 1970 in Jordan by these “Palestinian” guerilla group in attempts to overthrow King Hussein of Jordan. This failed and PLO was expelled to Lebanon. Later, these failed rebels dwell in West Bank.
It is my, and my hope is that it should be everyone’s, belief that no leader of a nation, ever, should have to constantly plea and beg to international community for their people’s rights to exist.
But here are what is written of what is to come in regards to dividing Israel:
1. “For behold, in those days and at that time, when I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem,
2. I will also gather all nations, and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgment with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; they have also divided up My land.
[Joel 3:12] “Let the nations be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat; for there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations.
[Zephaniah 3:8] “Therefore wait for Me,” says the LORD, “Until the day I rise up for plunder; My determination is to gather the nations to My assembly of kingdoms, to pour on them My indignation, all My fierce anger; all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of My jealousy.
[Zechariah 12:9] It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
The above words insinuates that attempts to divide Israel will continue, and we shall see the clearer picture. Truly, this is an epitome of how irrevocable wrath of God is accumulated with many failing to recognise such.