Tiny Israel was born in hostility, and has survived and flourished throughout its history despite the efforts of Arab neighbors to push it into the sea either by force of arms or – more recently – by essentially conning the world to support a Palestinian State.
People who are aware of history fully comprehend the issues. Namely, that a Palestinian “state” already exists – given that the population of Jordan is overwhelmingly Palestinian. Thus, the drive for the so-called “Two State Solution” is really for a “Three State Solution.”
Palestine never existed as a nation other than through the UN’s offer of a homeland following the UN partition plan after World War II – which Israel accepted and the Arabs refused, preferring instead to finish Hitler’s “Final Solution.”
The Palestinians are a people who are insisting upon statehood because they “deserve” it, without considering that they lack the desire for peace with the neighboring Jewish State – even refusing to recognize it as such under any circumstances. They have an economy that depends largely on handouts from many other nations. It is also a fact that Israel - the very nation they refuse to recognize – aids their economy. Their internal structure of governance is quite unsettled, involving two opposing major factions. One of these – the terror organization Hamas – vows never to recognize Israel.
Palestinians Arabs have essentially won a propaganda war, demonstrating great ability in this area more than any other.
Into this morass come further attacks on Israel from all sides: fortunately, the attacks have largely been verbal – but are unfair in any case.
Among others rushing to be heard are such people as President Bill Clinton, who inappropriately and ludicrously blames Benjamin Netanyahu for the failure of peace. Then there is UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who once again implores Israel “to show restraint,” as if it is not the only nation in the world that suffers ongoing terror attacks with relatively little retaliation.
But, this is not all, as leaders of Iran and Turkey join the chorus. One threatens to “wipe Israel off the map,” and the other demands Israel apologize for actions its soldiers took to defend themselves from Turkish terrorists.
In speaking to the UN last week, President Barack Obama made the point that the Israelis and Palestinians need to negotiate as a condition for the recognition of a Palestinian State, which encouraged many to praise Obama for his effort.
However, Obama’s history of favoring the Palestinians and disdain for Israel is there for all to see. While the oratorically gifted Obama spoke about the negotiation of territory, it should not be overlooked that his previous statements on the subject are based on a return to the indefensible pre-1967 borders. Further, it may well be that Obama’s position in that regard has emboldened the Palestinians.
Enter Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (Chairlady of the DNC), who seized upon Obama’s UN comments as words that would return his declining Jewish base to the fold, and attempted to assure all who would listen that such was the case.
In the final analysis, Barack Obama’s UN oration most likely accomplished nothing – it failed to aid the Palestinians in their ill-advised quest for a state, nor did it really convince Israel or American Jews.