Sunday, August 3, 2014

The truth about the Israel-Palestine conflict

So I'm sitting here watching the news and see that the media is all upset that John Kerry was unable to obtain a peace treaty between Israel and Palestine.  Much of the media, in fact, is blaming Israel, who is shooting bombs into the Gaza strip and killing many in the process.

I hate to the the informant of bad news, but there will never be peace between Israel and Palestine, and the reason is not because Israel is the aggressor: The reason is because the Palestinians do not want peace.  I am not making this up, their rulers have said it over and over and over and over and over again.  It's like no one wants to believe the Palestinian rulers.

Quite frankly, there is some bad information coming from the media about Israel. I keep reading, or hearing, people complaining about how Israel needs to stop firing at the Gaza strip. How Israel is killing innocent men, women, and children by shooting at homes that were recently built.

What ever happened to the media that is supposed to report all the news, and share stories from both sides? Where is the media that wanted to learn the truth about Nixon and dug so deep they found tapes that were hidden by the President of the United States?  If good investigative reporting still exists, I don't see it very often, because this reporting on Israel is absolutely pathetic.

Anyone who follows what is going on in Israel knows that Israel gave tons of cement to Palestinians living in the Gaza strip so they could build homes.  That doesn't sound like something a terrorist would do.

The problem is that Palestinian leaders took that cement, and they built homes, but under those homes they built tunnels so they could stock pile weapons to use against Israel.  When Israel learned of this they knew they had to do something, otherwise innocent citizens of Israel would be killed .  So they decided to act.

However, what they did was they told the Palestinians they were going to bomb those tunnels, and they warned all the people living in the homes above them to get out of the way.  They told them the day and time they were going to bomb those tunnels, giving the Palestinians plenty of time to get to safety.

Do you ever hear that from the media?

If the media did its job, and told the entire story about the Israel-Palestinian conflict, it would learn quite quickly that the Jews would love to live in peace with the Palestinians, but the Palestinians would never live in peace with the Jews.  The Palestinians themselves might be happy to live in peace with the Jews, but their leaders would never let that happen, and have said so over and over again.

Yet the media continues to ignore this fact.

So what is the true story?  What is the media leaving out?

For starters, there is no such thing as a Palestinian refugee.  The truth is, the rulers of Israel did not kick the Palestinians out of Israel. The truth is, the Palestinians were living in peace with the Jews in the land that is now the State of Israel, and they were all invited to stay.  The Jews wanted to live in peace with their Palestinian brethren.

However, Arabic leaders did not allow Arabs living in Israel to stay in their homes and live in peace, because these Arabic leaders did not want peace.  In fact, they even openly said, and have said many times since then, that they don't want peace with Israel: they want the complete annihilation of Israel.

So their Arab leaders made all the Arabs leave leave the comforts of their homes in Israel in the hopes that some day they could destroy Israel and return to their "home land" and create a Palestinian State.

In other words, the notion that the Arabs were forced out of Palestine and made refugees is a farce. They were provided homes on Muslim territories, treated as refugees, and made to look impoverished and suffering in order to gain the empathy, and the money, of gullible nations like the United States and France and Spain and Britain.

It worked too.  The U.S. and Europe have given millions, even billions, to the so called Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), an organization created long after Arabic leaders forced their fellow Arabs to leave Israel.  Yasser Arafat, the head of the PLO, even did such a good job of fooling the media that he won the Nobel Peace Prize.  It should be known here that Arafat was a terrorists, although he was treated as a hero, even by President Jimmy Carter.

In fact, in 1978 Jimmy Carter negotiated a deal to Yasser Arafat that would have given him everything he ever wanted for his fellow Palestinians.  They would be able to live in peace with Israel while having their Palestinian land.

Yet Arafat stunned the media when he rejected the offer.  A lazy and incompetent media couldn't fathom how he could have possibly rejected this offer.  But, if they did their research, or if they paid attention, they easily would have understood that Yasser Arafat was a thug, and he, like other Muslim Arabs, did not want peace with Israel: he wanted Israel dead.

There's yet another example of the medias ignorance regarding Israel and Palestine.  In 1967 nearly every Muslim nation in the Middle East started a war with the tiny Israel, and tiny Israel beat every single one of them to a pulp.  As a reward for its victory, all Israel wanted was the Gaza strip and the West Bank.

Yet the media continued to make out as though Israel was the bad guy here, and that they took this land from the innocent Palestinians.  That was not the case at all. Israel won a war they did not start, and they won fair and square  They fought the war to defend their tiny nation, and the media acted as though Israel took land that did not belong to them.  This is the only time in world history one nation won a war and was treated as though it was the loser (actually, there is one other example of this happening, where the losers of a war are treated as the victors.  Americans defeated the Indians and won the right to live on their land, and the Indians are often treated as the victors.  I'm not saying I agree with this, but such is how it happened).

Initially after the palestinians left Israel the rules of Israel welcomed them back. However, it has now been so many decades since that time, and the Palestinians (who are brainwashed daily that Jews are evil and should be killed) have multiplied so many times over that inviting the Palestinians back now would be suicide.  There is no way the Palestinians could be welcomed back into Israel.  While such a fate is the fault of the Palestinian leaders following the establishment of Israel, the media continues to blame Israel.

Recently, as an attempt to show how peaceful they are, in 2005 Arel Sharon gave the Palestinians the Gaza strip back.  He also gave the Palestinians cement to build homes so they could live as peaceful neighbors.  Yet Hamas, another terrorist organization (it's charter calls for the elimination of Israel), had other plans.

I first learned the truth about Israel about ten years ago, and first wrote about it about five years ago.  One of the books I read was "Battle Ground: Fact and Fantasy in Palestine."  The book was written in 1973 by Shmuel Katz, who was a South African native who emigrated to Israel in the 1930s.

So don't take my word for it.  Here are the words of Shmuel Katz.

The Arabs are the only declared refugees who became refugees not by the action of their enemies or because of well-grounded fear of their enemies, but by the initiative of their own leaders. For nearly a generation, those leaders have willfully kept as many people as they possibly could in degenerating squalor, preventing their rehabilitation, and holding out to all of them the hope of return and of “vengeance” on the Jews of Israel, to whom they have transferred the blame for their plight.

The fabrication can probably most easily be seen in the simple circumstance that at the time the alleged cruel expulsion of Arabs by Zionists was in progress, it passed unnoticed. Foreign newspapermen who covered the war of 1948 on both sides did, indeed, write about the flight of the Arabs, but even those most hostile to the Jews saw nothing to suggest that it was not voluntary.

In the three months during which the major part of the flight took place – April, May, and June 1948 – the London Times, at that time [openly] hostile to Zionism, published eleven leading articles on the situation in Palestine in addition to extensive news reports and articles. In none was there even a hint of the charge that the Zionists were, driving the Arabs from their homes.

More interesting still, no Arab spokesman mentioned the subject. At the height of the flight, on April 27, Jamat Husseini, the Palestine Arabs’ chief representative at the United Nations, made a long political statement, which was not lacking in hostility toward the Zionists; he did not mention refugees. Three weeks later (while the flight was still in progress), the Secretary General of the Arab League, Azzam Pasha, made a fiercely worded political statement on Palestine; it contained not a word about refugees.

The Arab refugees were not driven from Palestine by anyone. The vast majority left, whether of their own free will or at the orders or exhortations of their leaders, always with the same reassurance that their departure would help in the war against Israel. Attacks by Palestinian Arabs on the Jews had begun two days after the United Nations adopted its decision of November 29, 1947, to divide western Palestine into an Arab and a Jewish state. The seven neighboring Arab states Syria, Lebanon, Transjordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Egypt then prepared to invade the country as soon as the birth of the infant State of Israel was announced.

Their victory was certain, they claimed, but it would be speeded and made easier if the local Arab population got out of the way. The refugees would come back in the wake of the victorious Arab armies and not only recover their own property but also inherit the houses and farms of the vanquished and annihilated Jews. Between December 1, 1947, and May 15, 1948, the clash was largely between bands of local Arabs, aided by the disintegrating British authority, and the Jewish fighting organizations.

The earliest voluntary refugees were understandably the wealthier Arabs of the towns, who made a comparatively leisurely departure in December 1947 and in early 1948. At that stage, departure had not yet been proclaimed as a policy or recognized as a potential propaganda weapon. The Jaffa newspaper Ash Shalab thus wrote on January 30, 1948:

“The first group of our fifth column consists of those who abandon their houses and businesses and go to live elsewhere. . . . At the first sign of trouble they take to their heels to escape sharing the burden of struggle.”
Another weekly, As-Sarih of Jaffa, used even more scathing terms on March 30, 1948, to accuse the inhabitants of Sheikh Munis and other villages in the neighborhood of Tel Aviv of “bringing down disgrace on us all” by “abandoning their villages.” On May 5, the Jerusalem correspondent of the London Times was reporting: “The Arab streets are curiously deserted and, ardently following the poor example of the more moneyed class there has been an exodus from Jerusalem too, though not to the same extent as in Jaffa and Haifa.”

As the local Arab offensive spread during the late winter and early spring of 1948, the Palestinian Arabs were urged to take to the hills, so as to leave the invading Arab armies unencumbered by a civilian population. Before the State of Israel had been formally declared – and while the British still ruled the country – over 200,000 Arabs left their homes in the coastal plain of Palestine.

These exhortations came primarily from their own local leaders. Monsignor George Hakim, then Greek Catholic Bishop of Galilee, the leading Christian personality in Palestine for many years, told a Beirut newspaper in the summer of 1948, before the flight of Arabs had ended:

“The refugees were confident that their absence would not last long, and that they would return within a week or two. Their leaders had promised them that the Arab armies would crush the ‘Zionist gangs’ very quickly and that there was no need for panic or fear of a long exile.” [Sada at Tanub, August 16, 1948]
The exodus was indeed common knowledge. The London weekly Economist reported on October 2, 1948:
“Of the 62,000 Arabs who formerly lived in Haifa not more than 5,000 or 6,000 remained. Various factors influenced their decision to seek safety in flight. There is but little doubt that the most potent of the factors were the announcements made over the air by the Higher Arab Executive, urging the Arabs to quit.. . . It was clearly intimated that those Arabs who remained in Haifa and accepted Jewish protection would be regarded as renegades.”
And the Near East Arabic Broadcasting Station from Cyprus stated on April 3, 1949: “It must not be forgotten that the Arab Higher Committee encouraged the refugees’ flight from their homes in Jaffa, Haifa, and Jerusalem.”

Even in retrospect, in an effort to describe the deliberateness of the flight, the leading Arab propagandist of the day, Edward Atiyah (then Secretary of the Arab League Office in London), reaffirmed the facts:

“This wholesale exodus was due partly to the belief of the Arabs, encouraged by the boasting of an unrealistic Arab press and the irresponsible utterances of some of the Arab leaders that it could be only a matter of some weeks before the Jews were defeated by the armies of the Arab States and the Palestinian Arabs enabled to re-enter and retake possession of their country.”
Kenneth Bilby, one of the Americans who covered Palestine for several weeks during the war of 1948, wrote soon afterwards on his experience and observations:
“The Arab exodus, initially at least, was encouraged by many Arab leaders, such as Haj Amin el Husseini, the exiled pro-Nazi Mufti of Jerusalem, and by the Arab Higher Committee for Palestine. They viewed the first wave of Arab setbacks as merely transitory. Let the Palestine Arabs flee into neighboring countries. It would serve to arouse the other Arab peoples to greater effort, and when the Arab invasion struck, the Palestinians could return to their homes and be compensated with the property of Jews driven into the sea.” [New Star in the Near East (New York, 1950), pp. 30-31]
After the war, the Palestine Arab leaders did try to help people –including their own–to forget that it was they who had called for the exodus in the early spring of 1948. They now blamed the leaders of the invading Arab states themselves. These had added their voices to the exodus call, enough not until some weeks after the Palestine Arab fighter Committee had taken a stand. The war was not yet over when Emil Ghoury, Secretary of the Arab Higher Committee, the official leadership of the Palestinian Arabs, stated in an interview with a Beirut newspaper:
I do not want to impugn anybody but only to help the refugees. The fact that there are these refugees is the direct consequence of the action of the Arab States in opposing Partition and the Jewish State. The Arab States agreed upon this policy unanimously and they must share in the solution of the problem. [Daily Telegraph, September 6, 1948]
In retrospect, the Jordanian newspaper Falastin wrote on February 19, 1949:
The Arab States encouraged the Palestine Arabs to leave their homes temporarily in order to be out of the way of the Arab invasion armies.
The Secretary General of the Arab League, Azzam Pasha, assured the Arab peoples that the occupation of Palestine and of Tel Aviv would be as simple as a military promenade. . . . He pointed out that they were already on the frontiers and that all the millions the Jews had spent on land and economic development would be easy booty, for it would be a simple matter to throw Jews into the Mediterranean. . . Brotherly advice was given to the Arabs of Palestine to leave their land, homes, and property and to stay temporarily in neighboring fraternal states, lest the guns of the invading Arab armies mow them down.
As late as 1952, the charge had the official stamp of the Arab Higher Committee. In a memorandum to the Arab League states, the Committee wrote:
Some of the Arab leaders and their ministers in Arab capitals . . . declared that they welcomed the immigration of Palestinian Arabs into the Arab countries until they saved Palestine. Many of the Palestinian Arabs were misled by their declarations…. It was natural for those Palestinian Arabs who felt impelled to leave their country to take refuge in Arab lands . . . and to stay in such adjacent places in order to maintain contact with their country so that to return to it would be easy when, according to the promises of many of those responsible in the Arab countries (promises which were given wastefully), the time was ripe. Many were of the opinion that such an opportunity would come in the hours between sunset and sunrise.
Most pointed of all was the comment of one of the refugees: “The Arab governments told us: Get out so that we can get in. So we got out, but they did not get in.”

So now Vice President John Kerry is disgruntled, and the media abuzz, as to why he couldn't broker a peace treaty, or a cease fire, between Israel and Palestine.

Besides, a ceasefire will only give the other guy time to rebuild and retool and to hide and stockpile more weapons.

It's like: Hello?  Anyone in there?  Have you not been paying attention for the past 57 years?

Now the Palestinians are under the rule of Hamas, and this is proof that democracies don't always result in freedom. In fact, the people of Palestine voted to be ruled by terrorist thugs who have a charter to destroy Israel.

Yet the media, a majority members in the United Nations, and the Obama administration, continues to see Israel as the bad guy.  In fact, as abcnews.com reported last Wednesday that the "White House Condemns Israel for Latest Attack of UN School in Gaza Strip."

You see, this is evidence that, while Hamas is openly advertising they are hiding weapons in schools and hospitals, so many people continue to be fooled, including our own president.

So you have Hamas purposefully putting sick people and children in harms way. Israel gives 20 minute warning shots so the kids and innocent people can get out of the way (something unprecedented in any war).  The media and the Obama administration still blames Israel because it refuses to see the whole picture.

Could you imagine if Canada hid weapons in Canadian schools and hospitals claiming that it was stockpiling weapons to destroy the United States, and the Canadians were proven terrorists with a doctrine to destroy America? Do you think we would sit idly by and do nothing?

Well, Obama might. Obama would probably blame America for being a greedy and selfish nation at the expense of the rest of the world.

I understand there is a lot of political gain to be had by claiming you are opposed to war and you want to prevent war casualties, but try again and again as you might, regardless of who you are and who is head of the PLO and who is Prime Minister of Israel, there will be no truce in the Israel-Palestine conflict absent an all out war.  In such case, the victor will get the land (unless Israel wins, then they will be considered the losers and treated as such).  Absent that, there will be no peace.

I'm not saying I want war, I'm just saying the truth that so many refuse to want to see, be it for political gain or all out ignorance.  Sometimes, the only way to peace is through war, as anyone who reads a history book will surely know. A good example is the Japanese and the Germans, who did not put away their primitive mindset until they were conquered by freedom.

Excerpt from Above is from the Blaze.com.

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