Giving In and Giving Up
By: Patti Bankson
This week I’ve listened toSecretary of State John Kerry talk about bringing the parties together in the Middle East to talk Peace, and being lauded for doing a good job. Applause? Already? It’s not like bringing them together hasn’t happened before, after all. Remember the old phrase, “The Proof is in the Pudding”? Well, I don’t see any pudding, yet, so perhaps the media should hold off on the ovations, at least for awhile. I don’t pretend to be middle east savvy… in fact, I confess to being kind of puzzled about their situation, and have questions I’d like answers to… perhaps The Chief’s own Dick Corbeil could enlighten me? In the meantime…
I understand that the Arab-Israeli conflict is not new… and that this war was driven by the ongoing refusal by Israel’s neighbors to accept Jewish sovereignty in the Middle East. Jordan’s King Hussein admitted before the United Nations General Assembly shortly after the war, “Today’s war is not a new war, but part of the old war”, which he said would continue until Arab demands were met. (Associated Press). The old war, of which there are many, he was referring to is the first Arab-Israeli war of 1948, in which Israel fought off an invasion by Arab countries. The same cast of characters showed up for the 1967 war: Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, and other Arab states. Not surprisingly, the goal of the 1967 War was the same as the goal of the 1948 War, which was as announced by Arab League Secretary General Azzam Pasha, just one day before the Arab states carried out their attack on Israel: “This will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades.”Almost exactly nineteen years later, on May 18, 1967, Voice of the Arabs radio station (controlled by Egypt’s government) made this announcement: “the sole method we shall apply against Israel is total war, which will result in the extermination of Zionist existence.” Syrian Defense Minister Hafez Assad declared, just 2 days later, “I, as a military man, believe that the time has come to enter into a battle of annihilation.”
I guess that clears up any question I might have had about Arab motivation. Clearly, they hate Jews.
That brings me to my final, 2-part, question: The Arabs started the war, and the Israelis finished it. So, why does everyone think Israel should give back what was gained in that conflict? Here’s Obama’s answer: … “so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.” If that’s “The Dream”, here’s The Nightmare… the Arab goal is not simply, nor actually, a Palestinian state… their true goal is, as you read above, annihilation of the Jews. Does anyone really believe Israel should just give up their territories, much less their lives? Not I.
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