The Facts Behind the Middle East Conflict
1. There were as much Jews as Arabs in Palestine of 18th Century
2. Jordan is already the Palestinian state.
3. Israel’s population is composed of 60% of Jewish people that emigrated/fled from Arab lands, thus minimizes the issue of Palestinian “Refugees”.
4. Islam does not prevent Arabs from recognizing any sovereign right of Jews over Israel. Jerusalem is not mentioned even once in the Koran.
5. The West use Israel as their Shield and use the conflict as the Anger Deflector of the Muslim World. The West has interest in keeping the conflict alive. The Muslim world started to wise up against all the dictators supported by the west and rebelled. Now they should wise up and realize that Israel is not their enemy.
6. Iran, the Shiite Aryan state (Yes Aryan…, it is their country’s name) is the biggest threat to all the Semitic Sunni states of the middle-east.
7. In framework of the Israeli-Arab conflict (all the wars from 1948 to now) the total count reaches about 60,000 Arabs fatalities and about 20,000 Israelis killed. Several million Muslims are victims of other wars
In the 19Th century, Israel was occupied mostly by Jews and Christians Arabs and was desolated bare, and contained large swamps in the north and large desert land in the south.
In 1832 Palestine was conquered by Muhammad Ali's Egypt, but in 1840 Britain intervened and returned control of the Levant to the Ottomans in return for further capitulations. The end of the 19th century saw the beginning of Zionist immigration and the Revival of the Hebrew language. Jewish immigration throughout the century created relatively large Jewish concentrations in Jerusalem, Safed, Tiberias and Jaffa.
The area was a geopolitical entity under British administration, carved out of Ottoman Southern Syria after World War I. British civil administration in Palestine operated from 1920 until 1948. This administration was formalized with the League of Nations' consent in 1923 under the British Mandate for Palestine which covered two administrative areas. The land west of the Jordan River, known as Palestine, was under direct British administration until 1948, while the land east of the Jordan was a semi-autonomous region known as Transjordan, under the rule of the Hashemite family from the Hijaz, and gained independence in 1946. Thus Palestine is also Jordan and that should be included in the map.
In 1917, during the First World War, Britain defeated the Ottoman forces and occupied and set up a military administration across the former Ottoman Syria. The land remained under British military administration for the remainder of the war, and beyond. The British sought to set up legitimacy for their continued control of the region and this was achieved by obtaining a mandate from the League of Nations in June 1922. The formal objective of the League of Nations Mandate system was to administer parts of the defunct Ottoman Empire, which had been in control of the Middle East since the 16th century, "until such time as they are able to stand alone."
The British government issued the Balfour Declaration of 1917 during World War I. The British captured Jerusalem a month later, and were formally awarded a mandate in 1922.
The Arab Palestinians revolted in 1920, 1929 and 1936. In 1947, following World War II and the Holocaust, the British Government announced their desire to terminate the Mandate, and the United Nations General Assembly voted to partition the territory. The Arabs rejected the UN partition plan, and a war began immediately, with the State of Israel was declared in 1948. The 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were driven from their homes, while more than 1,000,000 Jewish refugees from Arab land fled to Israel. There was unwritten agreement regarding their propoerties, Jewish proporites cannot be claimed as they fled and so were the Palestinian’s properties. Jordan captured the region today known as the West Bank and the Gaza Strip was captured by Egypt. Israel did not control these lands until 1967 and Jordan was the seat of most of Palestinian population
After Jordan (with most of Palestinian population) was established . Many attempts have been made to broker a two-state solution, involving the creation of an independent Palestinian state alongside an independent Jewish state or next to the State of Israel (after Israel's establishment in 1948). Israel’s population is 60% of people that emigrated/fled from Arab lands
Some Angle from the Islamic Faith
First, I would like to underline that the idea of considering Jewish immigration to Israel as a western "invasion" and Zionists as new "colonizers" is very recent and has no relation to the basic features of Islamic faith.
According to the Koran, no person, people or religious community can claim a permanent right of possession over a certain territory, since the earth belongs exclusively to God, Who is free to entrust sovereign right to everyone He likes and for as long as He likes:
Say: O God, King of the kingdom, Thou givest the kingdom to whom Thou pleasest, and Thou strippest off the kingdom from whom Thou pleasest. Thou endurest with honor whom Thou pleasest, and Thou bringest low whom Thou pleasest. All the best is in Thy hand. Verily, Thou hast power over all things. (Koran, Sura 3:26, "The Imrans")
From this verse one can deduce a basic principle of the monotheistic philosophy of history: God can choose as He likes as to relationships between peoples and countries. Sometimes He gives a land to a people, and sometime He takes His possession back and gives it to another people.
In general terms, one might say that He gives as a reward for obedience and takes back as a punishment for wickedness, but this rule does not permit us to say that God's ways are always plain and clear to our understanding.
The idea of Islam as a factor that prevents Arabs from recognizing any sovereign right of Jews over Palestine is quite recent and can by no means be found in Islamic classical sources. To see anti-Zionism as a direct consequence of Islam is a form of explicit misunderstanding which implies the transformation of Islam from a religion into a secularized ideology
This plan for the ideologization of Islam as an instrument of political struggle nevertheless encounters a significant obstacle, since both Koran and Torah indicate quite clearly that the link between the Children of Israel and the Land of Canaan does not depend on any kind of colonization project -- but directly on the will of God Almighty.
As we learn from Jewish and Islamic Scriptures, God, through His chosen servant Moses, decided to free the offspring of Jacob from slavery in Egypt and to make them the inheritors of the Promised Land. Whoever claims that Jewish sovereignty over Palestine is something recent and dependent on political machinations is in fact denying the history of revelation and prophecy, as well as the clear teaching of the Holy Books.
The Koran cites the exact words in which Moses ordered the Israelites to conquer the Land:
And [remember] when Moses said to his people: O my people, call in remembrance the favor of God unto you, when he produced prophets among you, made you kings, and gave to you what He had not given to any other among the people. O my people, enter the Holy Land which God has assigned unto you, and turn not back ignominiously, for then will ye be overthrown, to your own ruin. (Koran, Sura 5:22-23, "The Table")
The Western Shield and The Anger Deflector of the Muslim World– Use Israel
After achieving peace with its neighbors and then with the Palestinians, Israel may need to achieve a complete harmony with its neighbors by removing Arab and Muslim reasons for negating Israel’s right to exist. Is this really what the west wants? Is it possible?
Israel is the easiest target to direct the energy of pan-Arab nationalism and anti-west sentiments. Israel is also a subject that unifies the Arabs. Arabs see Israel as a western entity planted in the Middle East with western support. They do not consider the fact that most of Israelis were born in Israel and more than half of Israelis can trace their ancestry through Arab countries (Sephardic and Mizrachi Jews). They see Israel as a western plot, an idea of which interpreted differently, is in essence anti-west sentiment redirected toward Israel. Israel is used as a main motive to unite the Arab world and for the purpose of deflection of hostile anger emanating from the poor reality of most Arabs. All the Arab countries endure fledgling autocratic governments with unequal resource distribution and with a fundamental lack of accountability. What a better deflector for the anger for the Arab masses came into existence than the state of Israel?
The West’s interest was always to keep the flame in the Middle East so the Muslim’s anger and anti-west sentiments will be focused on Israel. Israeli leaders help achieve this objective without realizing it. In fact, part of Israel's problems now and in the past, stem from the failure of its successive leaders to steer the country clear of other middle-eastern quarrels, and the lack of understanding of western objectives in the middle-east (Suez canal crises, Iran-Iraq war, Iraq nuclear plans…).
The Western apparent declaration of support for the creation of Israel in 1948 includes:
· Guilt of the holocaust
· The apparent establishment of western entity in the middle east
· The establishment of homeland for the Jews which is not in Europe (Herzl wrote that Zionism offered the world a welcome “final solution of the Jewish question.” In his “Diaries”, page 19, Herzl stated “Anti-Semites will become our surest friends, anti-Semitic countries our allies.”)
The undeclared motives for Western support for the creation of Israel in 1948 include:
· Creation of a barrier between the Muslim world and the west (the permanent state of war between Israel and its neighbors is of a great interest to the west)
· Middle East policing (Suez canal, oil delivery…)
· Western entity overseeing oil
· Control expansion of communism in the Middle-East
The conflict in the Middle East - The Great Deception
Why and who tries to depict the conflict in the Middle East, between Israel and the Arabs as the central conflict in the world today? Why According to polls carried out in the European Union, Israel holds first place as “Danger to world peace”. In Holland, for instance, 74% of the population holds this view (Not Iran or North Korea). Israel is regarded as the country responsible for every calamity, misfortune and hardship. Is this is one of the biggest deceptions of modern times? Does the western media, for its own interest, tries to depict this conflict as a central one and keep the focus of Muslim anger on Israel?
Ben Dror Yemini of Maariv said:
“The tragedy is that in Arab and Muslim countries a massacre is happening. A genocide protected by the silence of the world. A genocide protected by a deception that is perhaps unparalleled in the history of mankind. A genocide that has no connection to Israel, to Zionism or to Jews. A genocide of mainly Arabs and Muslims, by Arabs and Muslims. This is not a matter of opinion or viewpoint. This is the result of factual examination, as precise as possible, of the numbers of victims of various wars and conflicts that have taken place since the establishment of the State of Israel up till this time, in which the massacre continues. It is, indeed, death on a massive scale. A massacre. It is the wiping out of villages and cities and whole populations. And the world is silent. The Muslims are indeed abandoned. They are murdered and the world is silent. And if it bothers to open its mouth, it doesn’t complain about the murderers. It doesn’t complain about the perpetrators of these crimes against humanity. It complains about Israel.
This great deception, that covers up the real facts, endures and even grows because of one reason only: The Media and Academia in the West participate in it. In endless publications, books, periodicals and websites Israel is portrayed as a state that perpetrates “war crimes”, “ethnic cleansing”, and “systematic murder”. Sometimes it is because this is fashionable, sometimes it is mistakenly, sometimes it is the result of hypocrisy and double standards. Sometimes it is new and old anti-Semitism, from the left and from the right, overt and covert. Most of the classic blood libels were refuted not long after they came into being. The blood libel of modern times, against the state of Israel, continues to grow. Many Israelis and Jews are accessories to the nurturing of the libel.”
Muslim Victims of wars:
Algeria 500,000 to 1 million in the war of independence (mostly by the French); 100,000 in the civil war in the 90’s
Sudan: 2.6 million to 3 million.
Afghanistan: One million to one and a half million, as a result of the Soviet invasion; about one million in the civil war.
Somalia: 400,000 to 550,000 victims in the civil war
Bangladesh: 1.4 million to 2 million
Indonesia: 400,000 killed, with an additional 100,000 to 200,000 in East Timor
Iraq: 1.54 million to 2 million victims (war with Iran and by Saddam Hussein’s reign)
Iran: 450,000 to 970,000 victims (war with Iraq)
Lebanon: 130,000 in civil war
Yemen: 100,000 to 150,000 fatalities
Chechnya: 80,000 to 300,000 fatalities
Turkey, Syria, Kosovo, Jordan: 120,000-200,000
In framework of the Israeli-Arab conflict (all the wars from 1948 to now) the total count reaches about 60,000 Arabs fatalities and about 20,000 Israelis killed.
The numbers speak for themselves. The Arab-Israeli conflict is one of the biggest deceptions of modern times, propagated by the media with the interest of the West and the fledgling Arab kingdoms.
Iran’s interest in keeping the flame against Israel
Most Arabs are Sonnies who do not like Shiites because they believe they are not true Muslims. Iranians are mostly Shiites, non-Arab (not considered real true Muslims by the sonnies Muslims, which are about 85-90% of Muslims). Iran is interested in having Israel as a cause to unite its own people and then unite the Muslim world while redirecting their anger toward Israel. Iran in realty does not want the destruction of Israel or its removal from the Middle-East. Israel’s existence is important for Iran. According to Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Jews have to return to their original countries. Iran really does not want the several hundred thousands of Iranian Jews returning to Iran. Furthermore, Iran’s President understands that without Israel, Arab anger would have been directed against Iran (and Turkey). Also, tough rhetoric against Israel (subconsciously against the west), will present Iran as a leader of the Muslims while causing the Muslim world to forget that Iranians are non-Arab Shiites. What he says in public is just “show business”.
Western and US Interests in keeping the flame
When John Foster Dulles returned fro the Middle East in 1953, he advised the American people "the Arabs fear Zionism more than Communism". In successive wars during the Cold War, Israel destroyed the Soviet-built arsenals of several Arab countries. That helped protect Washington's Arab allies against aggression by pro-Soviet Arab powers — and thus kept the Soviets from gaining indirect control of the region's vital oil resources. Israel also taught Washington ways to build new weaponry to fight Soviet hardware. In addition, Israel taught the Pentagon generals strategic modern fighting schemes against Soviet made hardware and fighting schemes against middle-east powers. The Arab-Israeli conflict provides jobs to hundreds of thousands of people in Europe and in the USA and in Russia. The Arab-Israeli conflict generates demand for arms not only in the Middle East but also in the whole world. During the cold war Russia and the US had strong interests in keeping the conflict going. Russia with its strong influence on the Arab world could end the conflict with one gesture. However, arms supplies provided income to Russians and in the same way to the US and the West. Israel was used as the slow burning stove to keep tensions from flaring between the Soviet Union and te West. The pawns were Arabs on the Soviet side and Israel on the West’s side. No one was interested in a checkmate, but in a continuous game.
The Western countries pretend to scold Israel following any action happening against the Arabs, but they are usually pleased of the situation. As an example, in 1981, when Israel knocked out the French-made Iraqi nuclear-weapons center, the West scolded the Israelis. Behind the curtains, everybody was very happy, including most of the Arab countries. To the west, Muslim nuclear programs bring the greatest nightmare ? WMDs falling into the hands of Islamic terrorists and a loose extremist state with nukes hoping to achieve its past glory as an Empire. Israel, at war with the Arabs is good to the west, because the first objective of these Islamic terrorists will be Israel. On the other hand, Arab countries with their autocratic governments prefer to keep the situation as it is. They really do not want peace; they need Israel as a deflector for the anger of the masses. In the meantime the West and several dictators of the Middle-East are happy; Semitic people are killing other Semitic people; the conflict is continued; the oil is flowing; arms are flowing; and communism is in check. If the West really wanted a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict they could have handle it long time ago, using economic, military and diplomatic pressures on the Arab countries.