September 8, 2010
So, Israel and the
Arabs are back in Washington for another round of
one-sided Jew-arm twisting (aka "negotiations) by
all the parties involved...not only Arabs.
Not long after the first round got under way, news
of major problems soon emerged. Reported in my own
home town paper, The Daytona Beach News-Journal ("Mideast
crisis looms over settlements"), Time magazine, and
far beyond, Israel was the bad guy.
Taking his cues from the American President who is
sponsoring the event, Mahmoud Abbas warned that he
won't return to the table unless Israel caves in to
the Arab demand that it remain a sub-rump state in
perpetuity--a mere nine to fifteen miles wide at its
strategic waist, where the bulk of its population
and industry are located and exposed. Recall that
President Obama has repeatedly stated that Israel
would be crazy (his exact words) not to accept the
Saudi Peace(of the grave) Plan; the withdrawal of
Israel to the '49 Auschwitz/armistice lines is a key
provision of that.
As a result, Arafat's Fatah successor, Palestinian
(Arab) Authority President Abbas, now demands that
Israel not allow Jews to build in Jerusalem, a city
that they've called home since King David made it
his capital over three thousand years ago (when most
other folks, including Arabs,
Gerald A. Honigman is a Florida educator who has done extensive
doctoral studies in Middle Eastern Affairs. He has created and
conducted counter-Arab propaganda programs for college youth, has
lectured on numerous campuses and other platforms, and has publicly
debated many Arab spokesmen. His articles and op-eds have been
published in dozens of newspapers, magazines, academic journals and
websites all around the world.
stone idols and practicing fertility cults). By the
way, after ups and downs due to assorted tragedies,
Jews once again constituted the majority population
of Jerusalem since the mid-19th century.
Prime Minister Netanyahu had earlier agreed--under
intense pressure from the Obama Administration--to a
freeze in new apartment building. That was a mistake
on Israel's part...
For now, it's once again time to face up to the real
issues here--and they go far beyond apartments.
If the Saudi "Peace" Plan is to be forced upon
Israel, then Jews living anywhere beyond the '49
armistice lines are taboo...hence the problems with
those new apartments in east Jerusalem and
construction elsewhere in Judea and Samaria--aka the
The State Department began this game with words
quite a while back, and it now has a more than
willing partner in the White House.
After Israel was attacked in '48, after the United
Nations stood by and watched the Arab assault (and
did nothing to stop it), armistice lines were mostly
drawn up--not borders--to mark the spot where the
fighting came to a halt. The UN jumped in only after
the Jews turned the tide of the battle and did so
only to limit Arab losses.
Arab Transjordan on the east bank of the Jordan
River--itself carved out of almost 80% of the
original 1920 Mandate of Palestine in 1922--had
seized Judea and Samaria on the west bank. Before
long, it made the latter Judenrein, as it had
earlier "cleansed" itself. Jews have thousands of
years of history connecting them to those lands.
Indeed, places like Beth El, Bethlehem, Shiloh,
Hebron, and others are known primarily because of
the meaning Jews gave to those places. And they
lived and owned property there until their 20th
century slaughter by Arabs. During the Mandatory
Period, it is well documented that huge numbers of
Arabs poured into the Mandate from all over the
region...Arab settlers setting up Arab settlements.
After the Arabs' renewed attempt on Israel's life in
June 1967, the architects of the final draft of UNSC
Resolution 242 realized that Israel's absurd,
indefensible armistice lines would only invite
continuous Arab aggression. Most people have to
travel further to go to work than Israel's distance
is in width according to those lines..
Here's Britain's Lord Caradon, chief architect of
the final draft of 242, on the matter...
We didn't say there should be a withdrawal to the
'67 line; we did not put the 'the' in, we did not
say 'all ' the territories deliberately. We all knew
- that the boundaries of '67 were not drawn as
permanent frontiers, they were a cease-fire line of
a couple of decades earlier... We did not say that
the '67 boundaries must be forever; it would be
Some thoughts from America's own leaders...
President Lyndon Johnson June 19, 1967:
A return to the situation on June 4 (the day before
outbreak of war) was not a prescription for peace
but for renewed hostilities." He then called for
"new recognized boundaries that would provide
security against terror, destruction, and war.
President Ronald Reagan, September 1, 1982:
In the pre-1967 borders, Israel was barely 10-miles
wide...the bulk of Israel's population within
artillery range of hostile armies. I am not about to
ask Israel to live that way again.
Secretary of State George Shultz, 1988...
Israel will never negotiate from or return to the
Secure, somewhat defensible borders were indeed
promised by 242--the main basis for peace-making
from '67 onwards. Recognized was also part of the
wording of 242 regarding borders, but since Arabs
refuse to recognize a nine to fifteen mile wide
Israel, it's no shock that they refuse anything
That brings us back to words, their effective usage,
and their meanings...
In order for Israel to get the protective
territorial buffer 242 envisioned, Jews would have
to be allowed once again to return to places like
Judea and Samaria--the "West Bank"--where they had
been earlier massacred and expelled from. Keep in
mind that those areas are non-apportioned
territories of the original 1920 Mandate--not
"purely Arab lands" as Arabs proclaim. And keep in
mind that when Arabs seized control of east
Jerusalem in 1948, no Jew was allowed there--the
site of the Temple of Solomon's Western Wall,
numerous ancient synagogues (that the Arabs
subsequently destroyed), and so forth.
Since Israel reunited Jerusalem in '67, the city has
been open to all peoples. And, I keep on wondering
(as my readers probably have noticed )...if no Jews
are allowed to live in Judea, then why--pray
tell--should any Arab be allowed to live in Israel?
As happens too often, Israel's leaders seem to be
too much like Moses...not adept with words. Israel
has long had a problem with hasbara...
They have fallen into the Arabs' and Arabist State
Department's ( which fought President Truman about
even recognizing the Jewish State in the first
place) trap, thus allowing the argument and the
headlines to always be about "settlements" (Jewish
barriers, checkpoints, and building freezes instead
of about Israel finally getting the justice and just
borders it deserves and which are absolutely
necessary if it's to get any semblance of the
security promised to it via 242. The birth of the
Arabs' 22nd state--and second, not first, in
"Palestine"--must not come as a result of the forced
suicide of the sole state of the Jews.
It's about time Israel elect leaders who can use the
spoken word effectively...as often as necessary. No
tiring here permitted. Each repeated Arab lie must
be squahed head-on.
There are many reasonable minds still out there.
They must be addressed often and appropriately.
No Arab nor other world leader, no media editorial,
no State Department press conference, no
hypocritical Arab mouthpiece in academia, etc. and
so forth should be allowed to lecture, threaten, and
so forth Israel about "settlements" without Israel
nailing them on this subject as spelled out above.
Speaking of media, I guess you've seen the cover
story of Time magazine this week.
Since the Jews (at least some) are asking that a
true compromise on concrete issues ( i.e., the
non-apportioned, not "purely Arab," territories in
question above) take place between themselves and
enemies sworn to destroy them (as opposed to the
Arabs' repeated and open declarations that, in any
negotiations, their task will be solely to receive
while Israel's will be solely to give), Time targets
the Jews as the spoilers.
That the Jews have come to know the true
rejectionist nature of their enemies--yet choose to
live life as best as possible anyway given this
reality--seems not to phase the magazine's
publisher, editors, nor writers in their
Thus, proclaiming Israel does not care about peace,
Time now completes its gradual transition into
becoming a pea in the same nauseating pod as Jimmy
Apartheid Israel Carter.
The power of words...
My own new book, The Quest For Justice In The Middle
East...The Arab-Israeli Conflict In Greater
Perspective, made its debut in academia at the
Association of Scholars of Middle East and Africa (ASMEA)
Conference in Washington, DC, last October. It deals
with all of the above--and much more--in great
detail, yet is written so that the lay person can
make sense out of all of the news coming out about
this important region of the world. It dares to
provide a perspective too often ignored elsewhere.
Contact the author at [email protected] or
http://q4j-middle-east.com for personalized copies.
Gerald A. Honigman is a Florida educator who has
done extensive doctoral studies in Middle Eastern
Affairs. He has created and conducted counter-Arab
propaganda programs for college youth, has lectured
on numerous campuses and other platforms, and has
publicly debated many Arab spokesmen. His articles
and op-eds have been published in dozens of
newspapers, magazines, academic journals and
websites all around the world. Visit his
Gerald A. Honigman, a longtime contributing writer
for ekurd.net. Honigman has published a major book,
Quest For Justice In The Middle East--The
Arab-Israeli Conflict In Greater Perspective."
By Gerald A. Honigman for eKurd.net,
September 8, 2010. You may reach the
author via email at: honigman6 (at) msn.com.
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