posted on Nov, 22 2005 @ 02:52 PM
There has been an awful lot of revisionist history on this site about Israeli actions and the States right to exist. I would like to tell the story
as it was.
The Zionist movement to reclaim Israel began between 1880 and 1900; its founder was an Austrian Jew, Theodore Hertzl, who believed Jews had no place
in Europe. The first Zionist Congress was held in Basil Switzerland in 1897, at this congress the delegates agreed to fund settlement and an eventual
Jewish homeland in Palestine.
At this time Palestine had been occupied by the Ottoman Turks for 550 years. The last independent state based in Palestine had been the ill-fated
Crusader Kingdom, before that it had been the Jewish state of antiquity. No other verifiable states have existed there in the past 3100 years.
Palestine was a depopulated land, partially owned by absentee landlords, who employed impoverished Arab tenet farmers to till the land. More
commonly the coastal plane was swamp or desert, totally untilled. The chief Arab population centers were near the Jordan River, the city of Gaza, and
The Jews began a small scale migration into Palestine in the early 1900’s, they settled in along the coast and in Jerusalem, they began
agriculture. They bought the land under the Turkish law in full legality and settled in areas with no Arab population building their own cities and
settlements. These Jews were primarily socialists, immigrants from Russia. They were not extremely religious; they simply believed in the Jewish
people and wanted to farm the land of their ancestors.
This is not to say that there were no Jews in Palestine before 1900. Indeed, according to Karl Marx, then a reporter for the NY Times, in 1854
2/3rds of the population of Jerusalem was Jewish. Jews had maintained a constant presence in Palestine since the Roman kicked them out.
In 1917 the British conquered Palestine and were initially favorable to Jewish immigration. The Balfour declaration signaled their support for a
Jewish homeland in the land. At the time of the British take over it Jews made up 10-15% of the population of Palestine west of the Jordan.
After the British takeover Jews increased immigration, the first wave came from Russia, these Jews started the Kibbutzim, and they were generally a
continuation of socialist farmers. In the late 20’s a wave of Polish Jews began to settle in and expand cities such as Tel Aviv, Haifa, and
Jerusalem. In the early and mid 30’s a wave of German Jews began coming to escape Nazi oppression; these Jews were highly educated and further
contributed to society.
During this period improved economic conditions brought many Arab immigrants into the British mandate areas in search of work. These Arabs were
stirred by nationalist movements to resent the Jews, anti-Jewish violence broke out in 1921, 1929, and 1936. This was totally unprovoked as Jews were
not stealing Arab land, they were simply immigrating into the region establishing their own communities, and there is no record of violence against
Arabs in this time period.
The British not wanting to antagonize the Arab population ended Jewish immigration, and split Palestine, by removing all land east of the Jordan
River, creating trans-Jordan. The British turned back thousands of Jewish refugees fleeing Hitler, back to Europe and to their deaths in Hitler’s
extermination camps. The Jews formed three organs of self defense. The centrist official Haganah, and the rightist terror groups Irgun and Stern
After the war the Jews the Arabs and the British committed violence and terror against each other. The violence culminated in the Irgun attack on
the King David Hotel, after which the Brits decided they had had enough and turned the issue over to the UN. During this time the British had also
kept thousands of holocaust survivors in concentration camps on Cyprus.
In 1947 the UN voted to partition Palestine into two states, the Jews instantly accepted, but the Arabs were vehemently opposed to any partition,
they wanted the Jews out.
The Jewish state was considerably smaller then the current Israel, the Arabs received a larger West Bank, a larger Gaza Strip, and the western
Galilee. Jerusalem was to be an international city. The Jews numbered 510,000 in their part of the partition; the Arabs numbered 300,000, the Jews
had a clear majority. The Jews also outnumbered Muslim Arabs in Jerusalem 100,000 to 80,000. There were also a further 650,000 European Jews many of
them holocaust survivors waiting to immigrate into Israel. Had the Arabs allowed it, there would have been no problems, all the current problems stem
from their decision to illegally oppose the UN resolution.
The Palestine Arabs immediately launched a war of aggression under the command of the Nazi Mufti of Jerusalem. They blockaded Jerusalem attacking
convoys carrying food, attempting to starve the city. They also attacked Jewish settlements, while the British did nothing.
In May 1948 the British finally quit Palestine, Israel was officially declared on May 14th that same day 5 Arab countries declared war and invaded
Palestine and Israel. There has been much comment on the reasons as to why so many Palestinians fled their homes. One side claims that Jews forced
them out. They site the atrocity committed by the Irgun at Deir Yassin. Others state that they left at the behest of the Arabs expecting to come
back after the Jews were exterminated, and claim the entire country. The answer must lie somewhere in the middle. Deir Yassin was committed in an
environment of atrocities on both sides, the Arab population was in resistance with the stated aim of destroying Israel, Arab armies were advancing
toward Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Despite this the Irgun was directly confronted by the Haganah over the massacre and was dismantled, in stark contrast
to the current Palestinian actions against terror groups. Many Arabs fled in fear, but many also left to join the Arab irregulars fighting Israel,
and simply to get out of the way of the fighting expecting to come back in short order. The main culprit in their suffering to this day is the
stubborn refusal of Arabs to recognize Israel. They are to blame, for using their fellow Arabs as a propaganda front, to throw attention off their
own corrupt regimes. They have nothing to gain from the conflicts resolution.
Israel ended up winning the war, and surviving with more land then was initially given it. The Arabs nations did not give the Palestine
Arabs a state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Palestinians did not seem to care about this occupation of their land by Jordan and Egypt. Their
violence was focused on Israel even then, despite occupation by other powers. They committed terrorist attacks against Israeli school children.
Their aim was always the destruction of Israel, and the majority of Arabs still want that destruction.
Furthermore I would like to comment on the belief that Israel destroyed the USS Liberty intentionally. Since no one has ever provided evidence of
this, I would like to know what was Israel’s motivation in this action? Why would they intentionally destroy a US ship, there must be some
Debate, and if my history is wrong please tell me were if you prove it incorrect I will gladly change my view to fit the facts.