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Israel – What A Mess

Posted in America, Arab, Britain, England, European Union, Human Rights, Muslim, News, People's Rights, Politics with tags , , , , on 15/05/2018 by floroy1942

shrinking-map-of-palestine

Israel and the Palestinians have been at loggerheads for the past seventy years, and there seems no end to it. At the moment Israeli forces are shooting protesters at the border and wounding many, but when is this going to end? So far 62 Palestinians have been killed and over 2000 wounded by snipers of the Israeli forces.

By the look of things there will never be a peace accord between the Palestinians and the Israelis. The Jews have taken over so much of Palestinian land and they are forced to live in a small country that is half the size of what they owned. When the Israeli’s forced their way into Palestinian territory in 1949 and took over a large part of the country this was met with horror and dismay by the Palestinians.

They have never forgotten that the country belongs to them, and they have been fighting to get it back. Gaza is the main stumbling block to a peace accord, for Hamas is constantly targeting the Israeli’s with bombs and attacks. They have built many tunnels into Israeli territory, and although the Israeli’es have shut down most of them they are still at it. Hamas is the one great block to a peace accord for they keep attacking the Israeli’s.

They have encouraged the Palestinians to attack the border with Israel, and that is why we see so many deaths and wounding at the border. I do believe that the Israeli Army should not be shooting Palestinians at the border, but just ensure they do not cross the border. This is not going anywhere to making peace with the Palestinians if this continues.

I believe both sides should sit around the table and work something out to satisfy both sides. What is wrong with Palestinians living together with the Jews in one country? Jews have built towns on Palestinian land and they are not willing to give it up. This is wrong! Jews and Palestinians should come together and live in the same country side by side. It does no good for the two sides to be in constant conflict.

The big trouble is Hamas who want war with the Israeli’s, and that should be stopped. There have been constant conflicts between Hamas and the Israeli forces and unless Hamas is removed it will never end.  The leaders of Hamas have become millionaires, while the poor people do not have homes and are starving. This has to end! They should be removed from power and their wealth confiscated to build homes. But this is never likely to happen. They continue the war against the Israeli’s and it will never end so long as they are in power.

It is without doubt that a peace accord must be reached between the Palestinians and the Jews. But that is a long way away for the two sides are in bitter conflict. I think the United Nations should step in and broker a peace between them, for otherwise this will go on forever. I can’t see a peace accord in my lifetime but hopefully it will come someday.

Roy.

The European Court Is A Laughing Stock!

Posted in America, Britain, European Union, Insurgents, Israel, News, Palestine, Terrorism, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 18/12/2014 by floroy1942

European CourtsDo you  consider Hamas as not being a terrorist organization? Although from time to time some crazy things have come out of the European High Court, I would never have believed that people from the highest law court in Europe could be so blind, and so stupid! I refer to their decision that the Palestinian group Hamas should no longer be referred to as a terrorist organization.

Typical Scene In Gaza

Typical Scene In Gaza

Hamas has been behind all the bloodshed in the fighting with Israel for decades, and is responsible for killing thousands of their own people because they cannot accept the existence of Israel as a state. The Hamas leaders have stated openly many times that they will never accept the state of Israel, and will continue to fight until it is destroyed.

Recently, for the third successive time over the last ten years, they began firing rockets onto Israeli towns and villages without warning, and naturally Israel responded.

Wouldn’t you want to retaliate if someone started raining rockets down on you and yours? Only a fool would stand idly by and do nothing.

Preparing To Fire A Rocket - Note The Location

Preparing To Fire A Rocket – Note The Location

As we now all know, Hamas fired their rockets from the middle of housing areas and next to schools and hospitals, with the express purpose of causing as many civilian casualties as possible. Naturally they sought to blame the Israeli Army and Air Force for all the deaths, but anyone with an ounce of intelligence saw through the lies. I know I certainly did, and reported on it.

Deluded People Who Could Not See Beyond The Biased Headlines

Deluded People Who Could Not See Beyond The Biased Headlines

It is a sad fact that very many people blamed the Israeli’s for the deaths which led to mass demonstrations across the western world. A sad indication of how short-sighted many people are these days. It also shows the power of the biased Press, for nothing sells newspapers quicker than scenes of dead and dying people, especially women and children!

This Says It All!

This Says It All!

It does not matter who you personally hold responsible, the fact is the whole episode was started by Hamas who, unprovoked, fired the first rockets into Israel, and not for the first time. It only ended, as usual, when they ran out of rockets.

To any intelligent person, there can be no-one else to blame for all the deaths in Palestine but Hamas. After each spat with Israel over the years Gaza has received billions of dollars in Aid to rebuild their infrastructure and houses, but the funny thing is (or maybe not) all the Hamas leadership have become billionaires and millionaires! Now how do you explain that?

Hamas Tunnel

Hamas Tunnel

During this last spat dozens of highly sophisticated concrete-lined Hamas tunnels were found which American experts estimated cost €1 million each to build. Now I wonder where all the money for them came from? From the facts, it would seem that of the billions in aid sent to Gaza over the past fifteen years or so, not much of it went to the people.

In the 2006 legislative elections, the Palestinian people overwhelmingly voted Hamas into power to counter rampant financial corruption in the Gaza Authority.

Hamas Get Rich While Thier People Suffer!

Hamas Get Rich While Their People Suffer!

Since that time, it may interest you to know that Hamas now has around 1,700 millionaires and several billionaires? I am sure many will perhaps dispute this, but Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction went on the offensive recently claiming that Hamas in Gaza is corrupt and “doesn’t represent the Palestinian people.” The Fatah spokesman claimed that while Gaza is one of the poorest places in the world, there are 1,700 millionaires among Hamas members.

Hamas Leader - The Richest Man In Gaza At The Expense Of Its People

Hamas Leader – The Richest Man In Gaza At The Expense Of Its People

The leader of Hamas, Khaled Mashal is worth an estimated €2.6 billion all of which has come from exorbitantly taxing the Palestinians, Aid money, and the one essential element – the continued blockade of Gaza by the Israeli’s. All goods smuggled into Gaza through the myriad of tunnels in Rafah are heavily taxed by Hamas.

The leaders of Hamas live in absolute luxury, have private jets and stay at the finest hotels when they go anywhere, which is often. So it is clear to see that in this case at least, being a terrorist has paid off handsomely.

While the leaders of Hamas have been getting rich the people of Gaza have been killed, had their houses and possessions blown away, and live in abject poverty. All this to make a terrorist organization rich. Not much justice there.

The Hamas Creed. See What I mean!

The Hamas Creed.
See What I mean!

And now after years of orchestrating a reign of terror in Gaza, the European Court wants them taken off the terror list! I fail to see what such a decision will achieve, other than to legitimize their terrorist activities and give them free reign to continue their drastic actions and cause even more suffering for the Gaza people.

It is true that many, and in particular European politicians, were dismayed by the ruling, for it is clear that Hamas is a terrorist organization and must be removed before any form of peace can be achieved within the Middle East. Their staunch refusal to accept the existence of Israel as a state is the one major stumbling block to achieving this.

Roy.

The Hypocrisy of The Israel/Hamas Conflict

Posted in America, Arab, Britain, European Union, Gaza and Hamas, Iran, Israel, News, Religion, Terrorism with tags , , , , on 13/07/2014 by floroy1942
Hamas Rocket Attack

Hamas Rocket Attack

Once again we see the complete hypocrisy of the Press when it comes to fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. It’s really the same old story of Hamas firing rockets into Israel and then the Israeli’s fight back, but all we hear in the news and tabloids is “Those Poor Palestinians”.

As usual the papers and news reports are all about the number of Palestinian civilians especially children, killed or wounded with a one-line mention of the Israeli casualties. There have not been many because Hamas couldn’t hit a bull in the fanny with a bag of rice as Frank Sinatra once said. I even saw one report greatly emphasizing that a disabled Palestinian child had been killed in an Israeli attack – huge emphasis on disabled!

Typical biased reporting:

What Would YOU Do?

What Would YOU Do?

It is high time the Press in general got the point that Hamas start these conflicts to deliberately provoke the retaliation that inevitably follows from Israel. It is part of their tactic to gain headlines, and most of all, sympathy from the simple-minded among us, of which there are many.

The truth is, if they did not fire the rockets, Israel would have no reason to attack them. This is part of the propaganda war that has been going on for decades in the Middle East. Hamas don’t care a fig for the number of their citizens who get killed in these spats because they are getting what they want: World Sympathy!

Rocket ThreatYou can bet your life Hamas will call for a ceasefire very soon, but not for the reasons you suppose. It will be because they have used up their entire stock of rockets and need to rearm. Once again rockets will be smuggled into Gaza by way of the tunnels from Egyptian territory, and when they have sufficient, it will start all over again. This scenario has been repeated more than a dozen times over the last decade, but still many outsiders, including the Press, are too dumb to see it.

Time to wake up and smell the coffee people, your sympathy for Hamas is playing right into their hands. So far as the Palestinian people are concerned, they voted in the terrorist Hamas to govern them and they are the ones who can get them out. They could have put an end to all this unnecessary suffering by demanding an election for a new government.

Israel's Iron Dome Protection.

Israel’s Iron Dome Protection.

Hamas is not willing to enter into negotiations for peace unless they can carry their guns to the table. They want to destroy Israel and return Palestine back to its pre-1948 borders. This will never happen, but their continued fight against Israel does get them money, aid and arms from sympathetic states like Iran.

It is clear that neither America, Britain, Europe or the United Nations can stop the bloodshed until Hamas is willing to negotiate.

So long as a terrorist organization like Hamas controls Gaza there is no hope of peace between the Palestinians and Israel, and you can take that to the bank! Many are dismayed at the Israeli attacks against these people, but look at it this way, if you kept getting bitten by a mosquito would leave it alone or take a swipe at it? I believe the answer lies in the latter!

As a final note, let me say that I am not Israeli, and I have no preference for either side in this dispute. I just think we need some balanced reporting on such subjects.

It’s time for a bit of common sense on this issue!

Roy.

 

The Mavi Marmara – Does Israel Really Deserve All the Criticism?

Posted in Arab, Gaza and Hamas, Insurgents, Israel, Muslim, Palestine, Six Day War, Terrorism, Terrorists with tags , , , , , , , on 06/06/2010 by floroy1942

I realise that what I write here may be extremely contentious and many people will not agree, but I feel it has to be said by someone, and before anyone thinks it, I am not Jewish, nor am I an Israeli sympathiser. I just take my time, sit back, and look at events from all angles.

Mavi Marmara

Since the ‘attack’ on the aid ships last week in which 9 people died, Israel has come under a storm of criticism from all over the world. Country after country has condemned the action, bemoaning the fate of the Palestinian people in Gaza and praising Hamas.

We have all heard the stories from activists of people being shot without provocation, but you would not really expect them to say anything else would you. They would never admit to being wrong. I am sure each of them will tell you about Israeli atrocities aboard the ship. But I have to ask, why fight in the first place, because they must have known what the outcome would be.

From Turkish doctors we heard of the dead being ‘riddled‘ with bullets and shot in the head from close range ‘many times‘, but there again, you cannot expect a country with a Muslim majority to say anything that would back Israel’s claim of their soldiers being attacked, and the evidence has been conveniently buried.

The Israeli Military insist their men were attacked with knives and clubs, and shots were fired at them. Insofar as the knives and clubs are concerned, there is video evidence enough. In their words they were defending themselves. So who do you believe?

Firstly, I have to say the entire ‘aid’ operation was in my opinion, designed as a deliberate provocation intended to force the Israeli government into taking some form of action and thereby generate negative press for Israel while providing much needed propaganda for the Palestinians. In this it succeeded, far beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. The actual aid was I believe, of secondary importance.

Soldiers on Board

The activists must have known before they set out that the Israeli government would never allow their ships to reach a port in Gaza, and they expected to be boarded and diverted to an Israeli port. It would seem they did not take into account some hot-heads among their ranks who thought they could battle it out with the military.

From the casualty list it would seem many Turkish Muslims got into the fight, but from the video it is obvious almost everyone had a go, and who can categorically deny that among the activists were a couple of insurgents, there for the sole purpose of initiating the shooting by firing at the soldiers as they landed? It’s not rocket science to work out that possibility.

Secondly, no-one in Israel would be stupid enough to deliberately board those ships with guns blazing, knowing they would face a storm of condemnation from the rest of the world. That would be political suicide for any government from whatever country. The Israeli’s are tough and nobody’s fool, and lets face it, Israel gets blamed for just about everything that goes wrong in the Middle East. It just doesn’t add up.

Something did prompt the shooting, but I doubt very much it was a purely Israeli action. As in any military operation, the soldiers would have been briefed, and probably told to expect little resistance. I am positive they were told in no uncertain terms to avoid civilian casualties for fear of just such condemnation as they are now receiving, but it is a soldiers natural instinct to open fire when threatened. It’s what all soldiers are trained to do, world-wide. If someone came at me with a knife I would certainly open fire, and so would you! You do not try and negotiate under those circumstances.

Terrorist Disguised as a Politician

My last point is the Israeli justification for the blockade. There is no doubt Hamas has been a source of torment to the people of Israel, especially since winning the elections in 2006, for they have ensured a steady rain of explosive rockets onto towns and villages near the border with Gaza, killing indiscriminately men, women, and children on the Israeli side. But when that happens it may get a by-line on the back page in the press, whereas anything to do with the ‘poor’ Palestinians means banner headlines.

There can be no doubt arms were being smuggled into Gaza by Hamas on a regular basis, and for that reason Israel closed the border. It is noticeable that since the blockade has been rigourously enforced the rockets on Israel have practically ceased. That I think proves a valuable point.

Hamas Rocket Destined For Israel

Much is said about the Israeli embargo on building materials for Gaza, but yet again I believe this is justified. I agree that the Palestinians do not have cement and bricks to re-build houses, but neither does Hamas have the materials to build tunnels with which to smuggle in arms. Even insurgents cannot fight without weapons and explosives, as is evident by the recent lack of action against Israel by Hamas.

So is the blockade justified? If you look at all the facts, and are not swayed by the biased rhetoric coming from the anti-Israel brigade or the “We love Hamas” army, you cannot escape the truth; It is!

Yes, I agree, the Palestinian people are suffering, but to a great extent they have no-one to blame but themselves. I am convinced the pain of these people, while shocking, is to a great extent self-inflicted, for the longer they allow themselves to be represented by a hard-line Hamas, so much longer will be their misery. It was after all the people of Gaza who voted in Hamas, who are let’s face it, nothing more than terrorists in suits. It was a bold experiment, but as events have shown, achieved nothing.

Hamas still refuses to recognise Israel’s right to exist, despite the fact the more moderate Fatah faction on the West Bank have agreed. You only have to compare the living standards of the West Bank with Gaza to see who is right.

The time for armed resistance to Israel is long over and a waste of effort that only causes suffering among the people Hamas are supposed to represent. Proper negotiation is long overdue. If Hamas were willing to come to the table for constructive peace talks without an AK47 in their hands they may well achieve far more than in all the years of struggle.

On the Receiving End of Hamas Rockets

At this point I would also like to say that not all the fault is with the Palestinians for Israel has made many mistakes, chief among them the contentious settlements they insist on building on Palestinian land. For a fair and just settlement of the conflict they must all be torn down or handed over to the Palestinians.

It is certain that no country will intervene militarily on their behalf against the Israeli’s. The surrounding Arab nations tried it twice and were heavily defeated and I doubt they feel like trying it again. This is evident by the years of silence on the part of Syria, Jordan and Egypt on the matter of the Palestinian question.

No! The solution must come from within Gaza if the suffering is to end and ultimately it is up to the Palestinian people to decide their future, not a terrorist group calling itself a government.

Roy.


The Israeli Timebomb

Posted in Arab, Gaza and Hamas, Iran, Islamic Revolution, Israel, Modern World, Muslim, Netanyahu, Nuclear Weapons, Obama, Palestine, United Nations with tags , , , , , , on 12/12/2009 by floroy1942

Once again Israel and it’s stance against the Palestinians have hit the headlines. This week settlers have been accused of damaging a mosque in the village of Yasuf, and leaving behind graffiti. It would seem there is little doubt about their guilt. The crux of the whole problem in this Middle-East conflict seems to be three sided; the extremists who consider the whole of the West Bank theirs by right; the Government which is trying to satisfy the international community by curbing settlements in the area, and the Palestinians who have lived there for over a century.

Under International Law, all settlements in the West Bank are considered illegal because it is Palestinian land under the United Nations charter of 1947 that first formed the country of Israel in modern times. The Palestinians had the land for thirteen hundred years before that, and claim it as their own. So who is right?

The Israeli’s lay claim over the land in accordance with the Bible which states that Israel, including the West Bank, is ‘The Promised Land’. However, the land has changed hands many times since Moses led his people there. It was conquered  by the Romans, Byzantines, Islam, the Crusaders, the Mamluk Dynasty and the Ottomans to name but a few.

Following the First World War, Britain administered Palestine on behalf of the League of Nations until 1948 when Israel proclaimed independence. It was only the horror of the Holocaust in World War 2, and the need to find somewhere for all the Jewish refugees to call home, that prompted the fledgling United Nations to proclaim the existence of Israel as the Jewish homeland in 1947. The boundaries were laid  by UN Charter and Jews from all over war torn Europe flocked there in their tens of thousands.

The main point of all this is, the land has been one of the most contested in history, and say what you will, but lands taken so often by war preclude any biblical claim by the Jewish settlers. A look at a map of the region shows that half of Palestine has been taken over by Jewish settlements, many of which are on land stolen from the Palestinians.

The Israeli government removed all settlements in Gaza in 2005 which caused an uproar within the country, but to try this with the West Bank could probably result in civil war within the country. The settlements on the West Bank have become so numerous, and spread so wide, that the situation will never be resolved to the satisfaction of the International Community and the Palestinians. Despite attempts by the government to halt building on Arab land the settlers refuse to listen and continue to take land for themselves.

The red areas on the map indicate the huge swathes of Palestine where the local people have severely restricted or no access due to restrictions placed upon them by these communities in the name of security. Roads are controlled by the settlers, and access to areas near settlements is forbidden to most Palestinians. I have to ask; Is this is what God intended when he told Moses to lead his people to the ‘Promised Land’?

It makes you wonder what the reaction would be if e.g. Mexicans started building homes and settlements in Texas and then closed off the roads and areas around them to all Americans? I think we would see war between Mexico and America in a very short time if these moves were supported by the Mexican government. Just as the Jews lay biblical claim to the land of Palestine, the Mexicans have an historical claim to parts of the southern United States. So what is the difference?

To say that one party is right over the other is difficult in the charged atmosphere that has surrounded this issue for decades. President Obama is the latest in a long line of U.S Presidents who have tried to resolve the conflict, and he does not seem to be making any headway either. The main reason is clearly the settlers refusal to accept restrictions on building on Arab land. This mosque attack is only the latest indication of that.

The Israeli government is also guilty insofar as they have sanctioned, and in some cases actively encouraged  the building of Jewish homes on Arab land for several decades. To now do an about face in the light of international pressure is paramount to suicide for the government. Another factor is the Jewish population living on Arab land is now in excess of 300,000. To forcibly remove such a number of militant settlers would require the Israeli Army as it did in Gaza.

Jewish males and females are required to do their national service, and the number of serving recruits who have grown up in the settlements is growing. As a consequence, one of the additional problems facing the government is they can no longer guarantee the co-operation of the army for fear of a mutiny. Soldiers have already refused to fight in Gaza, and remove settlers from small outposts ordered closed down by the government. So in reality there is little chance the army could be persuaded to remove 300,000 settlers and tear down their houses. And so it goes on.

The Israeli government is caught between the proverbial ‘rock and a hard place’, because it must be seen to satisfy the demands of the Arab World and the International Community, but at the same time cannot go against the strength of feeling within its borders on the settlement question.

The possibility of a lasting solution to the Jewish/Palestinian problem is yet a long way ahead, and I doubt if President Obama will have any more success than his predecessors. I commend him for trying, but so long as the settlement question remains unsolved I see no end to the dispute. With Iran obviously attempting to become a nuclear power perhaps they are the ones who will finally solve the crisis. I hope not for all our sakes.

Some problems can only be solved by time, lots of it!

Roy.

Israel – Obama’s Dilemma

Posted in Israel, Obama, Palestine, Six Day War with tags , , , , on 03/06/2009 by floroy1942

No-one in their right mind would think President Obama is looking forward to a direct confrontation with Israel, but things seem to be headed in that direction.

After recent discussions between the President and Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel, in which Obama made it plain that all West Bank settlement construction must cease, it would appear the Israeli Government is not prepared to play ball.

Since his return to Israel, Prime Minister Netanyahu has made it clear they will stick to an agreement made with George W. Bush, i.e. that construction would be restricted to ‘natural growth’ in established settlements. This can be interpreted to mean; We will continue to build and expand all existing settlements, but we promise not to start any more!

Both sides of the argument are easy to understand. On the one hand, President Obama cannot be seen by the Arab World to be favouring the Israeli’s, while on the other, any attempt by the Israel government to halt construction would mean their downfall, with perhaps even more serious repercussions.

You have to look a long way back in history to find the Israeli justification for the settlements. They say the West Bank and Gaza was their land two thousand years ago, which gives them the right to build. The fact that the land has belonged to the Palestinians since then is, in their eyes, irrelevant.

There is a comparison to Argentina claiming the Falkland Isles and Spain claiming Gibraltar from Britain, both of which were taken by the British three hundred years ago by conflict. In today’s world you cannot claim something because it used to be yours centuries ago. I do not think the case for the Israeli settlers under those rules is acceptable.

The settlements first began some time after the 1967 Six-Day War with Syria, Jordan, and Egypt. For a time the Israeli Government would not allow settlements to be built, but this rule was relaxed and eventually it actively participated in the plan. With regard to the West Bank, religious Zionists claimed the lands of ‘Judea and Samaria’ (ancient Jewish lands) had finally been liberated, while the Government thought building the settlements would give them an extra bargaining chip at any future negotiations. For the Military, it was an opportunity to have a buffer zone between Israel and its Arab neighbours, Jordan and Syria.

On the accompanying UN map, the orange areas mark places in the West Bank that are restricted or forbidden for Palestinians. Many of the roads that service the Jewish communities have military roadblocks and are forbidden to local Palestinian people. Most of the world population is not aware of these measures taken by the Israeli’s. You must also bear in mind that all the settlements, and the travel restrictions placed on the Palestinians, have been pronounced illegal by the United Nations and the International Courts of Justice under International Law.

President Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia today on an official visit, prior to giving what will probably be his most important speech so far. He will leave Saudi for Egypt where he will address the Arab World, and possibly the subject of Israel will come up. This speech is eagerly awaited by the whole Arab and Muslim World, and I am sure they will judge him, and his intentions, on it. Successive US presidents have tried to settle the thorny issue of the Israeli Palestinian conflict, but none have yet come up with the magic formula.

Whatever happens, the settlements will remain at the heart of the solution. One only has to look at a map of the West Bank showing their locations to realise that Israeli settlers have colonised much of the West Bank as far as the Jordanian border, and as some Jewish web sites record, a proportion of them are on land stolen from the Palestinians. There is no way you can justify this!

Ideally, all these towns and villages built by Israeli’s in the West Bank must be torn down and their residents rehoused inside the 1967 borders of Israel. When you consider that in excess of half-a-million people now live in the occupied areas, it must seem impossible.

President Abbas of the West Bank Palestinians stated during his visit to Washington that he is no longer prepared to talk of peace until the building programme on the West Bank is halted. This seems a reasonable request considering how vast the Israeli occupation of the West Bank is and it’s illegal status. Unfortunately for Obama, he must walk a tightrope between the two.

While he is reaching out to the Muslim world in a way no previous president ever has, he must be mindful he doesn’t alienate the Jewish State, especially with Iran’s nuclear ambitions in the mix, and the threat of an Israeli ‘solution’ to the problem.

So what is the answer to this half-century old problem? Could there in fact ever be a Palestinian State in co-existence with an Israeli State recognised by the Arab World? Personally, I think yes, but it will take many years and a lot of soul-searching and tough action by the Israeli Government.

In 2005 the Israeli Government removed all the settlements in the Gaza Strip by force and rehoused its citizens within it’s borders. The same is possible logistically for the West Bank, but it would be a huge undertaking. Any who refused to be removed could have the right to become citizens of Palestine. One measure that could force many to leave would be the withdrawal of protection by the Israeli Armed Forces.

Of course there is also the option of the land of Israelistine being run by a joint Jewish/Palestinian government with Arabs and Jews living side by side in harmony. Now wouldn’t that be a miracle!

Whatever happens, eventually common sense must prevail, and both sides will realise they cannot go through the rest of eternity at each others throats. Either that or the Iranians will solve the problem for them.

I wish President Obama success in his mission.

Roy.

How Do We Solve The Arab-Israeli Conflict?

Posted in Arab, Britain, England, Europe, Gaza and Hamas, Human Rights, Israel, Justice, Muslim, Netanyahu, Obama, Palestine, President, Religion, Six Day War, Terrorism, UK, UN, United Nations, USA with tags , , on 21/05/2009 by floroy1942

For sixty-one years the Israeli’s and Palestinians have been at each others throats, and what has been achieved? The answer is, nothing!

The divisions are now as deep as they were in November 1947 when the United Nations decided to form a partitioned homeland for the Jews in Palestine.

This was not as arbitrary as it may sound. Europe was awash with Jewish refugees from the infamous Nazi concentration camps, and there was a historical precedent for the positioning of a Jewish State in Palestine, namely ancient Judea, the original Jewish lands of biblical times.

Judea had been conquered by the Assyrians, Babylonians, and Byzantines among others, before eventually being made part of the Ottoman empire in 1516, to which it belonged until the 20th Century. Each conqueror tried to remove the Jews from the land and almost succeeded, but a small number always managed to remain around Galilee.

Following the United Nations decree, Israel declared independence on the 14th of May 1948 and the new Jewish state was born. Since then, a continuous conflict has been raging between the Jews, Palestinians, and bordering Arab nations.

Several wars were fought between Israel and its Arab neighbours, and each time Israel came out on top. This led to the formation of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) under Yasser Arrafat in the late sixties-early seventies, which carried out devastating attacks against Jews and Jewish interests world-wide, including the killing of the Israeli Olympic Athletic Team at the 1972 Summer Games.

In 1967 Syria, Jordan and Egypt massed armies on Israel’s borders, but were defeated in a pre-emptive strike by Israeli Forces in what is now referred to as the Six-Day War. Israel occupied the Left Bank, the Golan Heights, Gaza, and Sinai peninsular to the Red Sea. There followed another war in November 1973 when they were again attacked. Once more Israel carried the day, despite suffering heavy losses.

Later that same year, the Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first leader of an Arab country to recognize Israel’s right to exist, and signed a peace accord. He was later assassinated by members of the Egyptian military during a parade.

Since that time, several US Presidents, and many different governments have tried, and failed, to get the two sides to agree on a solution to the problems. But what are the problems?

They are, not necessarily in order of importance, the return of Israel to the pre-1967 war boundary’s i.e. return of the West Bank and Gaza to Palestinian control, the Golan heights to Syria and the Sinai to Egypt, removal of all Israeli settlements on Arab land, and the return of East Jerusalem to the Palestinians.

Each of these have been rejected by successive Israeli governments for a variety of reasons.

First lets look at the boundary’s. Israel insists on having a buffer zone between it and its Arab neighbours, and, there are a large number of Jewish settlements on Palestinian land. Israel would also lose its vital port on the Red Sea, Elat.

Secondly, the removal of all settlements on Arab land would be very unpopular with the settlers, causing widespread condemnation of any government that tried it.

Thirdly, the returning of East Jerusalem to the Palestinians, who also want it as their capitol, is a very thorny issue, being as it is probably the most important religious site in the world. Judaism, Islam and Christianity all lay claim to the city as one of their most holy sites. On top of this, there are 465,000 Jews living mostly in West Jerusalem, and 232,000 Muslims living for the greater part in East Jerusalem.

The Israeli government insists the city remain united under their control and should be their capitol. Meanwhile, the Palestinians insist Israel retreat to its pre-1967 borders, thereby giving up East Jerusalem. Like two dogs fighting over a single bone.

There are without doubt very tough problems to solve, because Israel sees its security as a number one priority, which is understandable; and the Palestinians want their lands back, which is a reasonable request.

Perhaps the biggest stumbling block to a peace deal is purely the length of time this conflict has been going on. So much mistrust and hatred has built up on both sides over the years, that the two sides may never agree on a solution. Then of course there is Hamas.

The Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, has taken a softer line with the Israeli government, and appears more willing to negotiate than Hamas, who refuse to recognise Israels right to exist.

Hamas is a terrorist organization that still continues to attack Israel at every opportunity, most recently evoking a week long attack by Israeli Forces on Gaza after they attacked southern Israel with rockets. The stand Hamas has taken is also responsible for splitting the Palestinian nation.

In my opinion, both sides have to be prepared to make big sacrifices if peace in the Middle East is to be achieved.

With regard to Israel’s safety, I believe the only solution is for the Palestinians to accept a de-militarized zone around Israel until such time as sufficient trust is established. Israel should be allowed an observation post on the Golan Heights to ensure no militarization of the land around the Heights by Syria.

So far as the settlements are concerned, the inhabitants should be given the ultimatum of returning behind Israel’s borders with government financial help, or remain where they are under Palestinian control.

Jerusalem should become an open city, perhaps under UN or joint 50/50 Israeli-Palestinian control, so neither side can claim sovereignty. Both sides will need to find somewhere else for their capitol.

For its part, the Palestinian government, along with Hamas, must recognise Israel as a sovereign state and guarantee its borders.

It may seem to some that Israel is making more concessions than the Palestinians, and that may be true, but if they are to live in security with their neighbours I believe this is the only way. At least both nations will be able to flourish and prosper without the continued threat of war.

I further believe that such an agreement will take the wind from the sails of Iran, who has for decades been fermenting hatred and distrust of the Jewish State, plus arming people like Hamas. If the rest of the Muslim world can accept such an agreement, they in their turn should bring the necessary pressure to bear on this rogue state and bring it into line with the rest of humanity.


Here’s hoping Allah and God can shake hands on this agreement.


Roy.

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