The Apartheid Lie Against Israel

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Where does the primary responsibility for the Palestinians’ plight lie? Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas finally conceded – 64 years later – that the Arab world made a mistake in rejecting the United Nations’ 1947 partition plan that would have created two states, one of which would have belonged to the Palestinians. “It was our mistake. It was an Arab mistake as a whole,” he admitted on Israeli TV. But then he lapsed into the customary Palestinian victimhood narrative when he asked: “But do they [the Israelis] punish us for this mistake for 64 years?”

The answer to Abbas’s question is that the Palestinians have punished themselves with help from Arab nations such as Jordan.

For the first twenty years after the UN partition resolution rejected by the Palestinians, the West Bank and Gaza were controlled by Jordan (a majority Palestinian state) and Egypt respectively. Israel had no military presence in either territory. There were no Israeli checkpoints or security walls. There was no settlements issue because there were no Israeli settlements. Yet during those twenty years, the Palestinians made no concerted effort to establish their own state in the West Bank and Gaza. They continued to rely on their Arab neighbors’ promise of help to drive the Jews into the sea.

At the outbreak of the 1967 Six-Day War, Israeli appealed to Jordan to stay out of the conflict, in return for which Israel would not enter the territories under Jordanian control. In other words, if Jordan had heeded Israel’s plea, the West Bank and even the part of Jerusalem which Jordan illegally occupied would not have come into Israeli hands. The Palestinians would still have been able to establish their independent state if Jordan had been willing to give them the land. Instead, Jordan attacked Israel and lost control of the West Bank and the eastern sector of Jerusalem.

Let’s not forget that Jordan itself is a Palestinian majority state, but ruled by the Hashemite minority.

King Hussein, quoted in An-Hahar, Beirut, said on August 24, 1972: “We consider it necessary to clarify to one and all, in the Arab world and outside, that the Palestinian people with its nobility and conscience is to be found here on the East Bank (of the Jordan River), The West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Its overwhelming majority is here and nowhere else.”

Yet Jordan, which is host to the largest population of Palestinian refugees, has not integrated the refugees within Jordan or on the West Bank into its Palestinian majority society as full-fledged citizens. And then there was the armed confrontation between the Jordanian regime and the PLO in 1970/71, which ended very badly for the PLO. In essence, the Jordanian minority party rulers created their own apartheid conditions against the Palestinian majority.

Nevertheless, Jordanian Queen Noor, the fourth wife of the late King Hussein, without showing a shred of concern about the Jordanian role in helping to cause the suffering of the Palestinian refugees in Jordan itself and the West Bank, placed all the blame on the Israelis during a speech she delivered in New York to UN correspondents on November 2nd.

Since the 1967 Six-Day War, the Palestinians have muffed repeated chances for peace with Israel and for the establishment of their own state. In 2000, for example, Israel offered the Palestinians a contiguous state in 97% of the territory of the West Bank as well as Gaza. Saudi Arabian ambassador Prince Bandar Ibn Sultan said, “If Arafat does not accept what is available now, it won’t be a tragedy, it will be a crime.” Yassir Arafat rejected Israeli’s offer, which former President Bill Clinton said was a “colossal historical blunder.”

Abbas is continuing the blunders, avoiding real negotiations with Israel altogether in favor of a theatrical end-run at the United Nations. He adamantly refuses to accept Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state, even though a Jewish state was specifically envisioned in the UN partition plan that he now wishes the Palestinians had accepted in 1947.

In sum, Richard Goldstone’s op-ed piece hit the nail on the head. Israel is certainly not perfect, but the Israelis are a good people who want to live in peace with their neighbors. Self-defense against jihadists who are determined to liquidate the Jewish state is not apartheid. To say that it is, in an effort to delegitimize Israel’s right to exist, is slander.

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  • Cynic

    “Yet Jordan, which is host to the largest population of Palestinian refugees, has not integrated the refugees within Jordan ”

    and don’t forget that the “refugees in the Balata Camp in Nablus, under PA control (Abbas & co.), refuse to integrate them into Palestinian life in Nablus.

    The Israelis don’t punish them; it is because the Arab League in its Khartoum “3 No’s Resolution” resolved not to permit any peaceful outcome.
    As early as the 1950s British General Galloway, in charge of UNWRA, told a senate committee that the Arab States were sacrificing the refugees on the political altar in not allowing a resolution to the conflict.

    “It is perfectly clear than the Arab nations do not want to solve the Arab refugee problem. They want to keep it as an open sore, as an affront against the United Nations, and as a weapon against Israel.”

    “Committee on Foreign Relations, Palestine Refugee Program, Hearings before the Subcommittee on the Near East and Africa of the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, Eighty-Third Congress, First Session on the Palestine Refugee Program, May 20, 21, and 25, 1953 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1953), p. 103.”

  • Flipside

    Israelis were offended at the insinuation that they would let Palestinians live beside them as second class, or even first class citizens. And they were positively infuriated at the idea that they would place Palestinian toilets anywhere near Israeli toilets.

    • Ben Cohen

      This Apartheid allegation is completely unfair. Israel has no desire to rule over Arabs, they have on many occasions offered the Palestinians their own independent state.

      I strongly disagree with the settler movement and those who want to annex the west bank (it would be a disaster for Israel), but it is absolutely false to claim that Israel desires hegemony over the Palestinians.

      Peace is obviously in Israel's best interests, the Palestinians have the combined diplomatic, military and economic clout of 1.5 billion Muslims on their side. This is why Arafat felt he could walk away from the negotiating table and launch the second intifada. It would be criminally stupid for Israel, a tiny nation in the heart of the Arab world to abuse it's Arab minority.

      So no Israel whatever her faults is not an Apartheid state.

      • Flipside

        I agree with your statement. I consider this to be the reasonable ground in the debate. I think if this became the commonly held view, and also people satisfied themselves with statehood and a little road connecting the West Bank to Gaza that would be a giant step.

        • Ben Cohen

          Glad to hear it!

  • aspacia

    FP Trolls are large, dull, particularly ugly creatures that live in caves or other subterranean dwellings along with slugs and other slimy creatures.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Beastly vermin destroying sanity and peace of mind, repugnant, defiling all
      they come into contact with, smelly and foul of spirit, dead souls without any
      light. I think we are almost there except for a fitting dunce cap with and Obama
      smiley face…………….a real bunch of charmers………………..William

  • Ben Cohen

    I don't agree with the South African comparison, obviously Israel is not an Apartheid state. It does face concerted pressure from the 1.5 billion strong Muslim world, and the international left that sees the anti-apartheid struggle as a template for their own efforts. As such I think it behooves Israel and her supporters to consider the factors that led both F.W DeClerk and Ian Smith to enter into agreements that left the whites in such a vulnerable position.

    The major problem was that the leaders of those two countries lacked both resolve and realism. They lacked the resolve to stand up to the international community and the realism to realize that the situation that existed was unsustainable.

    Permanent occupation is going to be a constant headache and a drain on Israel's resources. Realistically it could be sustained for a long time, but it isn't in Israel's best interest to do so. This is why I told David Horowitz that even though I agree with his assessment of Muslim/Arab attitudes toward Israel if the chance for a stable agreement with Abbas exists he has to take it.

    • aspacia


      If Israel does as you hope, Israel will have more rockets raining down on her. The UN is composed of hopeless oil whores who are easily purchased. Regardless of any concessions Israel makes, Muslims will continue attacking and the UN will be silent during any Muslim atrocities, just as they were silent during the Fogel family massacre.

      Appeasers never survive, and Ben, you are an appeaser.

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