Palestine and Israel: Why Obama is wrong

Those who think true peace can be brokered (between the Jewish people and the Muslim world) are living in a fool’s paradise. Photo: AP

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2013 ― According to an account of President Obama’s speech in the New York Times, Israel is not doing enough to broker or facilitate peace in the region:

Put yourself in their shoes — look at the world through their eyes,” he said. “It is not fair that a Palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of her own, and lives with the presence of a foreign army that controls the movements of her parents, every single day. It is not just when settler violence against Palestinians goes unpunished. It is not right to prevent Palestinians from farming their lands; to restrict a student’s ability to move around the West Bank; or to displace Palestinian families from their homes. Neither occupation nor expulsion is the answer,” he said. “Just as Israelis built a state in their homeland, Palestinians have a right to be a free people in their own land. It is impossible to have a Jewish, democratic state and at the same time to control all of Eretz Israel,” Mr. Obama said, quoting Mr. Sharon. “If we insist on fulfilling the dream in its entirety, we will lose it all.”  

Let’s examine the historical facts:

I. The ancient Ottoman Empire once dominated the Middle East region, and its remnants are comprised of all or parts of the following modern day countries (alphabetical): Albania, Algeria, Bahrain, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia (Federal Republic of), Malta, Moldova, Qatar, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

II. The Jewish people fled the land in the First Century A.D. under Roman domination and subsequent destruction of Jerusalem. From that time until the beginning of the 20th Century, no officially recognized people had established themselves in the region. In 1917, the British Foreign Secretary (Lord Balfour) issued a document called “The Balfour Declaration” (which was officially recognized by the world council League of Nations). The British designated a portion of the fallen Ottoman Empire with the name “Palestine.” That portion was annexed specifically for the Jewish people. Consider the verbiage from the document: “His Majesty’s government (i.e., Great Britain) view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people …”

Keep in mind that the term “Palestine” referred to the geographic region recognized as the rightful homeland for the Jewish people. Unfortunately, in 1922 and 1923, the British modified the original lines designated by the Balfour Declaration, and renamed territory east of the Jordan River “Trans-Jordan” (or Arab Palestine). Note that this action was not sanctioned by the League of Nations, and had no legal authority or precedent. The remaining portion west of the Jordan river was redesignated “Jewish Palestine.”

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III. In 1947, the United Nations unanimously agreed to accept the original League of Nations redistribution of the old Ottoman Empire, including the designation of Palestine, without modification. In other words, the 1947 motion adopted by the United Nations was also full recognition of Palestine as the designated “homeland for the Jewish people.” The Trans-Jordan area had its control ceded to Emir Abdullah of the Hashemite tribe, and the area was eventually called Jordan. 

IV. The following fact is very important: The 1947 United Nations ruling (Resolution 181, which was validation of the original Balfour Declaration) was accepted by the Jewish Palestinians. However, the Arab representatives rejected UN Resolution 181. As a result of the new British Mandate, the new nation of Israel declared its independence on May 14, 1948. Enraged by this action, an Arab coalition (Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen) attacked the new nation of Israel. 

V. History tells us that the Arab attack was repelled and its forces soundly defeated. History also lacks any evidence of there ever having been an indigenous Arab Palestinian society, culture or language. While it is true there have been Arab Jordanians, Arab Syrians, Arab Lebonese, and Arab Egyptians in the region time immemorial, that in and of itself does not constitute a nation or a distinct people. Yasser Arafat (who was Egyptian) seized upon the opportunity to promote the notion of a “displaced Palestinian Arab nation” which was being occupied by an oppressive Israeli occupation. 

VI. On a side note (corollary), there is no Arab country that treats Arab women better than those residing in Israel. Here are just a few Arab women who are respected and an integral part of society in the nation of Israel:

  • Haneen Zoabi (politician)
  • Lucy Aharish (TV News anchor)
  • Elinor Joseph (Israeli Defense Force)
  • Rana Raslan (winner of “Miss Israel”)

VII. The above historical accounts outline that the area known as Trans-Jordan was part of the original “Palestine” designated for the Jewish people. And despite the fact that the Jordanians could have established all or part of this region for transient Arabs in the region, there was no way this would happen. Why not? It is because the issue of a Palestinian homeland is not about land; it is about the annihilation of the nation of Israel (and the Jewish people). That is what led to the Arab-Israeli conflicts in 1948, 1967 and 1973.  Egyptian President Anwar el Sadat’s efforts of peace with Israel led to his assassination in 1981. The so-called Palestinians (and Yasser Arafat) through peace negotiations in Oslo, Norway were offered a treasure trove of concessions (and territory), yet it was rejected. 

Those who think there can be peaceful negotiations to resolve this artificial crisis (between the Jewish people and the Muslim world) are living in a fool’s paradise.  Hamas, the controlling Arab power and influence in the region, has vowed to “never recognize Israel as a legitimate nation (i.e.: Israel’s right to exist).  How is it possible to negotiate with any entity that embraces such an ideology?

If the radical Arabs lay down their arms in the region, there will be peace.

If the Israelis lay down their arms in the region, Israel will be annihilated.

Which ideology do you subscribe to, my friend?

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Bill was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the neighborhood known as the Lower Ninth Ward.  His U.S. Navy career spanned from August 1974 through December 2001, during which he had a decorated and distinguished span of honorable service.  His profession and specialty was Earth Science (Meteorology, Oceanography and Geodesy).  After retiring from active duty on January 1, 2002, he entered the private sector as an Independent Insurance Agent (AFLAC) and garnered recognition as a top performer as a new member. Shortly thereafter he earned his B.S. degree in Business Management, and later earned his MBA degree.  He has also earned Information Technology (IT) Certification from Wake Technical Community College (May 2013).  Bill worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs at the Milwaukee VA Pension Center (2002 –2005), processing hundreds of benefits claims for veterans and their family members.  Bill subsequently relocated and served on the staff of a local church in Pensacola, FL (May – Dec 2005), and then accepted a business opportunity as a Generalist with a major Management Consulting Firm (2006 – 2008).  Bill now owns a private Management Consulting company based in Wake Forest, NC.  He and his family relocated to North Carolina after his wife, Wendy, accepted a job offer in there.  He once ran for Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party (June 2009).  He has also twice run for U.S Congress (NC-13th Congressional district), winning the GOP nomination in the 2010 Primary, and losing in the GOP Primary in 2012.  He is an author and a Community Chaplain.  Bill and his wife have resided in Wake Forest, NC since October 2008.  Bill has a son and four daughters.

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