It’s disgusting that it happened, but don’t blame the Arabs or the Jews, blame the British, or the other colonial powers that made this kind of
thing possible. And say what you want about international finance capital and its role in starting the world wars, but there was very little financial
support for Israel in the run up to 1948. Most of their money came in the form of private donations from American Jews fundraised by Golda Meir on her
trip around the United States. No “big bankers” were funding the Jewish League, I can tell you that much. Such a notion is pure fantasy. The
Zionist Jews were scraping spare dollars from Jewish Diaspora around the world through fundraisers, and buying spare parts from junkyards to assemble
their own armoured vehicles.
What needs to be remembered is that because Israel wasn't a country at this point, the Jews didn't just get to "buy guns" from arms manufacturers.
They had to smuggle stuff in, defying international law and smuggling them past real blockades of Arab vessels. Their exploits included smuggling an
entire disassembled munitions plant into Israel disguised as industrial textile manufacturing parts, and then re-assembling it on the other side. They
also managed to buy a bunch of small arms from the Czechs by using fake Angolan government notarized papers to order arms, and then bribing a ship
captain to take them to Tel-Aviv. Their air force was a single recent immigrant British Jew flying a vintage British fighter plane out of an abandoned
In all fairness, the Palestinians weren't much better. They had plenty of access to weapons and ammunition through Egypt and Jordan, which meant they
were better armed than the Jews, but they were badly organized, and poorly trained. Many of them were nothing more than young Arab men who had heard
about what was happening, and ridden off to Palestine with nothing more than a water skin and an antique rifle, ready to fight for the holy land.
The most disciplined military organization to fight on the Palestinian side was the Arab League. These were the premier Arab soldiers; stationed in
Jordan and trained and commanded by British officers. But they were ordered only to fight for territory expressly given to the Palestinians by the UN
Partition plan, so they concentrated on Jerusalem and the West Bank. The rest of the Palestinian fighters were commanded by various tribal chieftains
Many village youths were pressed into service by militia groups, but this happened on both sides. Many young Jewish immigrants to Palestine, fleeing
persecution in Europe - literally right off the boat - were handed weapon and uniform, and thrust onto buses for Jerusalem and the front lines by the
Haganah. There are accounts of buses full of 15, 16, and 17 year old boys, all from different countries in Europe, who all spoke different languages,
literally being handed a rifle and sent into battle with no idea what was going on, and no one who could explain it to them.
When the British withdrew from Palestine, they did so to the sound of bagpipes. On both sides of the British dividing position, Jewish and Palestinian
fighters waited, ready. The moment the British positions were vacated, Jews and Arabs alike rushed to the British posts from their respective lines,
and the fighting started immediately. Most of them didn’t even have weapons; they fought with Molotov cocktails, homemade grenades, and with
whatever else was at hand.
The same night that the UN voted to accept the Palestine Partition Plan, David Ben Gurion read the announcement of the Declaration of the State of
Israel on the radio from Tel Aviv. In Audio recordings of this address, preserved to this day, you can still hear the sound of bombs going off in the
background, and Ben Gurion’s apology, as he says they must cut the address short – the Egyptians are bombing Tel Aviv.
I’m not going to spend a whole lot of time talking about the war of 1948-49. I’ve written academic papers on it, and I don’t feel like
reproducing them here. It was a fascinating conflict, and I encourage anyone who is interested in military history to study it thoroughly. If you have
only a casual interest I highly recommend the book “Oh Jerusalem” : en.wikipedia.org...
! It is one of the finest, most
objective; historical and personal explorations of the 1948 War and the founding of Israel.
I was originally going to expand this post to the Suez crisis, 1967, 1973, and beyond, but I now feel no need. I imagine this post will generate
controversy enough. And there Is little I can say to sway anyone’s opninion.
All I can say is this:
Do your own research. And I don’t mean reading ATS or David Icke – I mean reading an honest to God book – like the kind you find at a public
library or academic institution. If you’re able, preferably stick to primary historical documents, though there are many good collections of these
you can find at Universities.
So much anti-Israel-ism these days is just instititutionalized anti-Semitism. I know that sounds cliché and apologetic in our current political
climate, but that doesn’t make it any less the case. I have yet to meet a single “Palestinian Freedom” protestor who actually knew anything
about the history of Israel and the 1948 war. They all seem like mindless zombie clones spouting the same old propaganda – completely oblivious to
the historical reality. I’m not saying the Jews are blameless – good Lord, the treatment of the Palestinian people has been appalling! – But
people need to have an appreciation for what’s actually been going on, and it isn’t anything like the “myth” that the modern
leftist/conspiracy movement has presented.
I really want people to read about this conflict and come to their own conclusions. This demonization of either party needs to stop. Both sides did
terrible things; both sides continue to do terrible things.
It needs to end, and It won’t end so long as we perpetuate violence with hatred.
[edit on 3-6-2010 by RedBird]