Palestinians Without Israel (FrontPageMagazine.com) By George Jochnowitz 03/02/11)
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The Arab world is fighting against an independent Palestinian state
with its own citizens’ lives and the lives of its children. The Arab
states rejected the UN vote of 1947, which would have created a
Palestinian Arab state in half of the British Mandate of Palestine–
bigger than anything they could ever have gotten since then. Between
1948 and 1967, when Jordan and Egypt ruled the Arab parts of
Palestine, there was no movement for a Palestinian state. The cease-
fire lines that were established in 1948 were recognized by one
country in the whole world: Great Britain. Today, on the other hand,
the pre-1967 lines are considered holy in most of the world.
Why are there settlements? Because in 1967 the Arab states, meeting
in Sudan, unanimously voted for the Three No’s of Khartoum. Had they
not done so, Israel would have been willing to cede most of the
territories it had conquered during the Six-Day War. Since there was
no hope of doing so, those who wanted to settle were allowed to go
ahead with their plans.
In 2000 and 2001, Clinton negotiated a deal that would have given the
Palestinians pretty much everything they could hope for. Arafat
rejected the deal.
In 2005, Israel created and independent Palestinian mini-state in
Gaza. Settlers were removed kicking and screaming. The Gazans
responded by electing Hamas and launching rockets aimed at Israeli
When I visited Israel in 2009, I saw Arab women with headscarves
strolling down Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem along with all the
other Israelis and the tourists. I saw members of Hare Krishna
singing and dancing along the beach in Tel Aviv. I saw copies of a
Hebrew-language edition of the Falun Gong newspaper “Epoch Times.”
Most impressive of all, I saw a vigil in Jerusalem–not Tel Aviv–after
murders had taken place at a gay counseling center in Tel Aviv. There
were people with yarmulkes at the vigil. And of course there were gay-
Israel has an annual gay-pride parade not only in Tel Aviv but in
Jerusalem. Israel drafts openly gay men and women into its armed
forces. Nevertheless, gay-rights organizations all over the world are
anti-Israel. Organizers of gay-pride parades in Canada and Spain
announced before their parades that Israelis were not welcome to
Women are victims of honor murders everywhere in the Arab world.
Israel, on the other hand, elected Golda Meir to be its Prime
Minister before any other woman in the world who was not the wife
(like Sirimavo Bandaranaike) or the daughter (like Indira Gandhi,
daughter of Nehru) of a previous head of government had attained such
a position. Despite this, feminists everywhere are anti-Israel.
Almost all of the so-called settlers live in East Jerusalem or its
suburbs. The fight about settlements is a fight to retain East
Jerusalem, including the Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew University
and Hadassah Hospital. Israel has made it clear time and time again
that it is eager to withdraw from most of the West Bank. “But the
1967 borders are holy,” says the world.
Fighting for the 1967 borders is a way of fighting against the
creation of a Palestinian state. After all, such a state would
legitimize Israel’s existence. If the Palestinians wanted a state,
they could have one tomorrow–the same state they could have had in
2001 at Taba.
The way to support the Palestinians—the only way—is to support
Israel. The Arab world has done only one thing to help Palestinians:
arm them. The Palestinians have been allowed to remain in refugee
camps for an unprecedented 62 years. Israel, on the other hand, not
only has Arab members of the Knesset and an Arab in its cabinet, but
is the country where it is easiest for an Arab woman to become a
doctor. In addition to Arab physicians, Israel has Arab musicians.
We all know what would happen to the Palestinians if there were no
Israel. The neighboring states would subjugate them. It is true
that at the moment, Jordan and Egypt are not interested in annexing
Gaza and the West Bank. In the case of Egypt, it is because the
government doesn’t want a violent minority in the country. In the
case of Jordan, which already has a Palestinian majority, the
government fears it would be overthrown. But if there were no Israel,
the Palestinian issue would go away and the land would be fought over
by Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, and Saudi Arabia. What would
happen to al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock? Rival groups of
Muslims would blow them up—preferably at a moment when there were
lots of worshipers within the buildings, just as they do in Iraq and
Nowadays, Arabs from anywhere in the world can choose to be treated
in Israeli hospitals. Some of them agree to make the sacrifice of
temporarily recognizing Israel in order to get medical treatment.
Then they have to live with their moment of weakness for the rest of
It is easy to jump on the bandwagon. It is easy to condemn Israel
for its real, its debatable, and its imagined moral failings. Doing
so does not help anybody. It is merely an easy way to feel superior.
Only Israel can allow a Palestinian state to exist. It tried to do
so in the past and failed. Its critics want it to keep on failing.
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