In late July, three Israelis in the West Bank settlement of Halamish were killed during Shabbat dinner. Of course, the assailant posted this on Facebook before the attack, because you know, if it’s not on Facebook, it didn’t really happen. His main beef was the Israeli government’s restrictions on al-Aqusa Mosque in Jerusalem. The Jews call this the Temple Mount and Muslims call this the Dome of the Rock.
— i24NEWS English (@i24NEWS_EN) July 23, 2017
Just don’t call me late for dinner…
Not long after the 2011 revolution in Egypt which ousted President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt Air erased Israel from its maps. The Mideast capitals of Damascus, Amman, etc. were in full effect but Israel was nowhere to be found. In fact, the land mass stretched to the western Israeli coast. When I read this I thought, “Isn’t that illegal or something?” I thought sure there had to be some international law or guidelines concerning where a plane was actually going to land, right?
While obviously symbolic, the move underlies the turmoil in the region that is unnecessarily centuries old. I got some bad news for Arabs and Jews alike; you’re related and you both know from where! So I say unite!!!
The “where” is biblical as both supposedly come from the seed of Abraham, through his sons Isaac and Ishmael. With obvious sibling/daddy issues here, I’ll let you do the homework as to who begat which because I could honestly care less. However, the point is not only is the same blood theoretically shared but both groups want the same thing; pork free products, their kids to marry within their respective food groups and everything bought wholesale.
I think I should note here that both sides of the Jordan River will not like the following…You were warned…
In 1947, after the hideous brutality of the Holocaust, the world sympathized with the Jewish people and for good reason. Nazi atrocities have been well documented, yet we forget with time how evil and systematic the wholesale slaughter was. Six million is an awful lot of folks to kill because you don’t like their religion. But when you need a scapegoat easy is best, right? Just look at our pansy asses today, crowing about “protection.” There were also an additional four million murdered for not being “Aryan,” or marked as collaborators of some kind.
Arguments to turn the Palestinian Territory (formerly Israel) into Israel have gone on forever. But the language of the U.N. Partition of 1947 was designed to give the nascent Jewish state carte blanche in its formation.
Now, Israel would like to forget the initial massacre of Arab civilians but it happened and it was bloody ugly; the King David Hotel didn’t just bomb itself. Frankly, it happened just like the formation of the United States when we killed a bunch of Indians. It happened like the birth of any country! I’m a layman where history is concerned but I cannot find any time in recorded history where a country was started with a handshake, can you? “We’re being overrun? You must be exhausted after a hard day’s pillage, sit tight and let me get you a sandwich.”
Now, here’s where the Arabs get into trouble; Palestine was not a sovereign nation invaded by the Jew Hun! That is a popular narrative that Arabs love to sell to their people and the West but it’s a lie and not even a fib…Palestine was a territory to Great Britain in 1947, (Turkey before them, and it was a veritable soccer ball of ownership, without sovereignty for thousands of years) kind of like Puerto Rico is to the United States. See, there’s a solution for you; we should have given Puerto Rico to the Jews and they would have been surrounded by a bunch of Jennifer Lopez clones instead of a bunch of pissed off Arabs. A nice thought as I would prefer J. Lo to Aunt Fatima.
Back to the primer…
So after the initial Arab resistance and the requisite thundering about a homeland and all, I think it just makes sense to accept the fact that Israel is not going anywhere! Kind of like the United States. Going on seventy years, the U.S. obviously made plans to stay. Pre-1810 borders? Whaaaaat???
Now, the challenge Israel has is to broach a lasting peace with the Palestinians and vice versa because the Arabs are not going anywhere, either. What to do?
Get religion out of it!
Israel is standing firm so Arabs, you will not “push them into the sea.” You tried twice and got your ass kicked. 300 million Arabs can’t agree on a falafel recipe much less military strategy, while Israel enjoys heavy U.S. support and a kick ass army of Jews who have gotten very used to shooting shit. However, the Arab powers that be love to sell young Palestinians on the idea that they were taken over when in fact, they were given away! Selling this crap negates any wiggle room; if the lie is told often enough people believe it and many people die…
In the meantime, Arabs who want to work and have good relationships in Israel are forbidden entry for long stretches of time. Many lose their jobs because of the absences, no thanks to Yasser Arafat, the Don King of the Arab World…
After the Six Day War in 1967, P.L.O. leader Yasser Arafat was offered the entire West Bank and Gaza Strip just 90 days after the Israeli victory and takeover of the region. The cost? Recognize Israel’s right to exist. That’s it…a small price to pay for statehood, right? Nope. All Israel got was more pushing into the sea nonsense because that worked so well the last time that Syria, Jordan and Egypt got their collective asses handed to them in six days!!! They have subsequently turned down every land for peace deal offered since.
“The Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” – Abba Eban
Israel, this settlement thing is just a lousy idea. I’ve been to the Territories. There’s not enough God to go around! Land of Milk and Honey my ass! If I could put all the Christian Right into Northern Oklahoma and let them get attacked by the Chickasaw Nation, would that be smart? Maybe if I wanted them dead so since this is not your goal, why is this common sense lost on you? The religious right in Israel dictates tax dollars and human treasure by making special roads and putting its sons and daughters in harm’s way protecting religious whackos. You know I’m right because the “upper crust” live in Tel Aviv and not the West Bank.
This brings me finally to the so called left in the West. I have to ask, what is it with the unbridled animosity toward the State of Israel? Pakistan has existed since 1947 as well, and I never hear any arguments as to their “legitimacy.” How many prime ministers (and people running for prime minister) have been killed? Stable ally? Um, yeah, they were hiding Osama bin Laden in plain sight…
I’m not fetishizing the Israelis, as they’re not perfect but what I hear from the West borders on anti-Jewish, racist sentiments. Both in Europe and the United States, I hear some very infantile arguments defending terrorism of civilians, toddlers and weddings! These are arguments that no one dared connect to the attacks of 9/11. Why? Because they’re indefensible, that’s why!
Here’s a basic definition that should work; if it’s not military, then it’s terror.
That being said, I’m going to let you in on a secret that the Arabs don’t like to discuss at parties…Ready?
They don’t like Palestinians!!!
In fact, if the Arab world (Saudis, Jordan, U.A.E., etc.) ever got their way and “pushed Israel into the sea,” the Palestinians would be next. They would be so next that your head would spin like the Exorcist. The Arabs have never really cared about the Palestinian Question unless it serves them financially, politically or both. Even then, it’s another way to needle the West and raise the price of oil, nothing more.
Think about it; in the twenty years before the Six Day War, did the Saudis lift a finger to help the Palestinians? Get a home land in the West Bank? When Turkey had Palestine, did they go to the Arab world and demand the establishment of a nation? Nope…In fact, Palestinian Israelis enjoy more rights in Israel than anywhere in the Arab world, provided they’re not denied entry…
So I say get some hummus, lox, yogurt, tabouli and pita bread, roast a lamb, shake hands and get religion out of it. Get a group hug going. Why? Because you guys are stuck with each other, so L’Chaim, Mohammed and Assalamu Alaikum, Shlomo!