Okay, I figure it’s high time I put in my two cents worth on the conflict between Israel and Palestine.
In 1948 Israel announced its independence. The United Nations voted to divide British Palestine between the Arabs and the Jews.
The very next the Arab countries neighbouring Israel mobilised their forces and attacked the tiny state. Much to everyone’s surprise the Israelis won.
Now let’s jump two decades. In 1967, Egypt was amassing its forces on the Israeli border. Other Arab states did likewise. Israel preempted the Egyptians and fired first.
When the dust had settled Israel had won the Gaza Strip and the Sinai peninsula from Egypt and the West Bank of the Jordan River from Jordan.
We’ll skip another decade at this point. Israel and Egypt enter a peace agreement. As part of this agreement Israel gave the Sinai peninsula to Egypt.
We should pause here and examine this a little.
Yes, the Sinai peninsula had belonged to Egypt to begin with. No argument here. But look at how Israel came to take possession:
The Sinai peninsula was an Israeli spoil of war and they had every right to claim ownership of it. Had Israel been the aggressor, as was Nazi Germany in Europe for example, then their ownership of the land would not be righteous. But Israel had been peaceable. Egypt was the aggressor and they subsequently lost the land.
The same goes for the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
In order to establish peace Israel returned this land which was rightfully theirs, to Egypt.
In a nutshell there is nothing Israel can do to establish peace. I heard Dennis Prager speaking on this issue and he expressed the point far better than I can.
“Imagine if you will, two scenarios: in the first, Israel lays down its arms and says, ‘We won’t fight anymore.’
In the second scenario, Palestine lays down its arm and says, ‘We won’t fight anymore.’
“What would be the result? In the first instance there would be an immediate overrunning of the Jewish state. Mass murder and exile. Destruction of the Jewish people.
“In the second scenario, there would be peace.”
It is really hard to argue with that. As Prager puts it, “One side wants the other side dead.”
This isn’t about land rights: Israel occupies .3% of the Middle East. Yes, that is on third of one percent. The 22 Arab States occupy the rest. Israel welcome Muslims in its universities, it’s workplace, and yes, even in its army!
It can hardly be said that Israel is not willing to share its .3%.
But look at all those missiles Israel is shooting into Palestine. Those horrible Jews, targeting children and women, innocents. The death toll is astronomically in Israel’s favour.
One of the reasons for the high death toll in Palestine is because Hamas fire at Israel from schools and other populated civilian areas. Then they cry foul when civilians get caught in the bombings.
Did you know that Israel issues a warning when it is sending a missile into Palestine? What sort of military does that? I’ll tell you; a military that does not want to cause civilian casualties.
Israel’s relatively low death toll is due in part to their missile defence system called Iron Dome. This intercepts missiles and artillery shells before they reach their target.
Don’t be deceived. If Palestine could kill a thousand, a million Israelis, they would.
Now, most of what I’ve written so far is common knowledge. Or if not common it’s very easy knowledge to come by. So this begs the question; Why then do the majority believe that Israel is the aggressor and that Palestine is the poor, pooped upon neighbour?
Bad, biased reporting is partly to blame. Israel’s military actions are far more effective than those of Palestine. This is a cold fact. Palestine is throwing stones at a neighbour with bigger guns. This results in carnage and the media love carnage.
Just look at these poor people bullied by their nasty neighbour.
The news media loves to cheer for the underdog. Now if it was the United States giving Palestine a thrashing we would hear on the news how the US armed forces are routing the terrorists from their hiding places. . . . Oops! I seem to think they did that in Afghanistan.
The sole problem is that Israel is defending itself, very capably. The aggressor is getting battered and bruised and the world doesn’t like to see it.
It isn’t typical. Normally the aggressor picks on a target that they can easily overwhelm. Then what happens is the world falls out in sympathy for the party attacked. But that isn’t the case here. What you have is an aggressor, HAMAS, attacking a country that can take care of itself very well thank you.
We come back to the statement by Dennis Prager: If HAMAS would lay down their arms, there would be peace the next day.
Israel have not preempted Palestine. What the media isn’t telling you is that the Israeli attacks have all been defensive, in response to attacks from Palestine.
It all started with the murder of three Israeli students on June 10. Things are unclear whether the culprits were HAMAS or a group acting on their own.
There was no need for these students to die. Their only crime was that they were Jewish.
Israel responded with a limited bombing campaign against HAMAS targets and Palestinian militant groups fired rockets into Israel.
Can we blame Israel for wanting to avenge the murder of its citizens?
America went to war over the murder of its citizens on 9/11.