Monday, October 19, 2009
[1947 Partition of Palestine]
Recently there has been a great deal of discussion about the Israeli settlements in the West Bank. In fact, President Obama has committed himself to creating a Palestinian state. This Palestinian state would presumably include the West Bank more or less up to the 1949 armistice line also known as the Green Line. That would put the Palestinian state to within 14 miles of downtown Tel Aviv, within easy range of the type of 122 mm Katyusha rockets used by the Hezbollah against northern Israel in 2006. In other words, President Obama has committed himself to forcing Israel to accept indefensible borders.
The truth is that according to international law, the president seems to be correct. The State of Israel was in effect created in 1947 by UN Resolution 181. This resolution did not grant Israel the territory now known as the West Bank or Jerusalem. Following the Six Day War, the United Nations passed Resolution 242 requesting the “withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict”. Therefore, by law, Israel must evacuate the West Bank and Jerusalem.
By international law, Israel was created with indefensible borders and by law it must remain within those borders. Apparently, if this will lead sooner or later to the destruction of Israel, Israelis must simply accept this. This is international law according to the United Nations.
What occurred to me recently is: What exactly did the United Nations intend by creating Israel in the first place? Did the member nations sincerely believe that, like two peas in a pod, the Islamic state of Palestine and the Jewish state of Israel would co-exist peacefully now and forever? The 1936–1939 Arab revolt in Palestine, which cost about 5,600 lives, and was organized in protest against Jewish immigration, should have indicated that this would be impossible. Furthermore, Muslim reaction to Resolution 181 was uniformly negative. There does not seem to be any precedent for separating two belligerents with such a convoluted border. So what was the United Nations thinking?
I hate to ascribe malevolent motives to people unfairly, however it would almost seem as if the United Nations decided to resolve the problem of Holocaust survivors, who were in 1947 mainly residing in displaced persons camps in Germany and Austria, by herding them into a death trap in Palestine and then letting the Muslims finish them off. In reality, as we know, this horrendous outcome did not come to pass, however the United Nations remains committed to its original program, of locking as many Jews as possible into a situation where they will ultimately be killed off.
For the past 60 years, Israelis have hung onto survival by their fingernails, mostly by ignoring the United Nations. When and if the United States fully commits to implementing international law, it would seem that Israel will be in dire jeopardy.
As an aside, it was terribly irresponsible of the majority of Jewish leadership in 1948 to have accepted the partition plan. The wisest course would have been to embrace the UN trusteeship of Palestine as proposed by the United States. Anyone responsible for the partition, whether directly or indirectly, was guilty of criminal negligence at best, genocide at worst. Unfortunately, Zionist leaders, hungry for power, opposed the trusteeship. Blood is on their hands.
Today, we can only repent and pray fervently for a peaceful resolution and the speedy coming of the Messiah.
Posted by jewish philosopher at 4:07 PM