The End of the Peace Process… Again?


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A year ago, veteran American Mideast negotiator Aaron David Miller wrote a much-talked about article for Foreign Policy magazine in which he disavowed any hope for the Arab-Israeli peace process. Called “The False Religion of Mideast Peace: And Why I’m No Longer a Believer,” the piece detailed his disillusionment with what began with the Clinton administration’s Mideast peacemaking, of which he was a participant, in the 1990s. The main casualty of the failure of the administration’s efforts throughout that decade, Miller had written, was hope. “And that has been the story line ever since: more process than peace.”

But that line, buried 3,000 words into the 5,000-word cover story, should have been featured more prominently. It’s the point. Because if there’s one thing that has been proven time and again in the course of Arab-Israeli negotiations, it’s that you cannot have both peace and the process; it’s one or the other.

Just in time for the first anniversary of the FP story, Miller has another one striking similar themes. The main difference this time is that Miller now exhorts President Obama to join him in hopelessness. Called “The Virtues of Folding,” Miller’s message is simple: give up—at least for now.

“Thirty months in, a self-styled transformative president with big ideas and ambitions as a peacemaker finds himself with no negotiations, no peace process, no relationship with an Israeli prime minister, no traction with Palestinians, and no strategy to achieve a breakthrough,” Miller writes.

To be sure, the process of which Miller was a part caused so much damage to the lives of Israeli Arabs and Jews that we should be perfectly content to let him retire without protest. But Miller has still—unbelievably—refused to learn the primary lesson from all his years of failure: the peace process was over before Miller ever got involved.

That doesn’t mean that neither side wants peace. Most Israelis have always wanted peace, and if the polls are accurate many Palestinians want peace as well. It’s the process that has always stood as the principal hindrance to peace. The process allows the Palestinian leadership to soak up foreign money. It allows the United Nations—via its Relief and Works Agency—to keep generations of Palestinian families mired in poverty by assigning them a nonsensical “refugee” status that encourages the Arab leaders of their country of residence—Syria, Lebanon, Jordan—to preserve their identities as second-class citizens. And it forces Israel to make tangible concessions in return for promises.

Contrary to popular mythology, the peace process didn’t begin with the Paris peace conference and the Oslo accords; that’s where it ended. Here is Yitzhak Rabin—the symbol of the peace process for many, especially on the left—speaking to the Knesset in 1992: “From this moment on, the concept of a ‘peace process’ is irrelevant. From now on we shall speak not of a ‘process’ but of making peace.”

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  • Yossi

    Seth, as usual, is right on the money! There never was a genuine peace process, only a piece process where Israel would make great concessions to her own detriment!

  • sedoanman

    “Thirty months in, a self-styled transformative president with big ideas and ambitions as a peacemaker finds himself with no negotiations, no peace process, no relationship with an Israeli prime minister, no traction with Palestinians, and no strategy to achieve a breakthrough,…”

    That's why the first letter of his name is not a letter at all but a number.

  • StephenD

    Your neighbor has stated emphatically that he wants to destroy you and take all your land. Folks in other states tell you to negotiate with him and demand you make concessions of land for their promise of not killing you…yet. Do you "negotiate" with your neighbor in good faith? How could you? He has never sidled away from his original premise calling for your demise. You would be a fool deserving of your fate should you go along with such nonsense.

  • Anonymous Guest

    Keep telling it like it is!

  • steven l

    Sorry. With Muslim everything is possible and it is called Taqiyya and the person who wrote this article should know better. Peace and process are deception or taqiyya. Very simple.
    It is a major "Koranic weapon". They will play this game until Israel is off guard.
    Only one solution: to annex J & S.

  • Rochmoninoff

    Remember in the good old days before the U.N. when you could fight and win a war?
    After the war you could sign a peace treaty with your former enemy and end it.
    But the U.N.'s attempts to prevent war instead prolong them for generations (Jeremiah 6:14 "They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.")

    But what can you expect from an organization set up by a KGB spy to undermine the West?

    The Israel/Palestinian Peace Process is the poster child of the U.N. approach.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    The peace farce is idiotic, Islam wants the Jews dead and the process
    is part of the Israeli demise, there will never be peace. What we see is
    the politicians never ending delusions and those who look to make a
    deal for self advancement at any cost. Better to say no to Islam and
    dig in……………………………………………………………………………William

  • g_jochnowitz

    Two historical events need to be mentioned again and again until the world learns that they happened. The first is the 1959 decision of the Arab League to pass Resolution 1457: “The Arab countries will not grant citizenship to applicants of Palestinian origin in order to prevent their assimilation into the host countries.”
    The second is the Three No's of Khartoum, passed in 1967:
    1.NO peace with Israel
    2.NO recognition of Israel
    3.NO negotiations with Israel.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Most Israelis have always wanted peace, and if the polls are accurate many Palestinians want peace as well.

    Yet, they voted for Hamas over Fatah because Hamas was far more aggressive than Fatah. Indeed, most Palestinians that are also Muslims only want peace after Israel has been obliterated. Anything less would be blasphemy, which is a capital offense under Islam. One should be very cautious when interpreting polls conducted in the Islamic world, as they can be very dubious and misleading.

    It’s the process that has always stood as the principal hindrance to peace. The process allows the Palestinian leadership to soak up foreign money.

    Go buy a clue! That’s utterly absurd nonsense. The jihad of conquest being waged against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel is permanent like all other jihads waged in the past and exactly like all other jihads being waged today against other unbelievers around the world such as the Hindu unbelievers in Kashmir and Jammu, the Buddhist unbelievers in Thailand, the Christian unbelievers in the Philippines, the atheist and Orthodox Christian unbelievers in Chechnya and Russia, the animist and Christian unbelievers in the Ivory Coast, the Orthodox Christian Serb unbelievers in Bosnia and Kosovo, and on and on ad nauseum.

    In fact, regardless of any and all so-called peace processes used to weaken Israel and to dupe gullible useful idiots, the jihad being waged against Israel will continue to be waged perpetually as long as Israel continues to exist. Just like the greater global jihad at large will also continue to be waged perpetually as long as unbelievers continue to exist that haven’t been forced to submit to the authority of Islam.

  • http://apollospaeks.blogtownhall.com/ ApolloSpeaks

    The author sites Palestinian polls which say that most Palis like Israelis want peace. And it's true, both peoples do want peace. The problem is that both peoples radically differ in their idea of peace. For most Palis peace means victory over Israel. For most Israelis it means resolution: resolving the conflict with the Palis in a two state solution. Until the Palis grow out of their Koran inspired 7th century mindset of having divine ownership of all Israeli lands-until they accept the unalterable fact and reality of Israel's existence-the conflict will continue.e!

  • 1000roses

    All who wish to reproduce my comment on mailing lists, repost on other blogs, or send to congress, senators and state representatives, or use for lobbying are welcome to do so. Let justice be served:

    The only solution for a lasting peace is absolute democratic process (that we Americans cherish so passionately) for the entire territory in question, otherwise, the peace will not last. All people who lived there without regard to religion, race, etc. should vote on how they would like their one country to be run. I favor one state solution because two states would only attempt to “legalize” Zionist occupation that will be remembered in history until it is corrected by future large scale conflicts, so no lasting peace will result.
    The only issue with the fair democratic process is what to do with all manipulated Jewish people who the Zionist regime imported for decades to increase the Jewish population from around 100,000 to over 5 Million since the start of the occupation. This is obviously an attempt to unjustly manipulate any future democratic process by forcefully increasing the occupier’s population at the expense of others. Any compromise other than the absolute fair democratic process with no manipulated population will be temporary with terrible conflicts looming to correct it in the future.
    The truth is that the Zionist regime will not accept any democratic process even if the manipulated Jewish population is included because it cannot exist as a democratic country as Zionists will be outvoted by all others who live there (Zionists were in an infinite minority before the occupation). The Zionist regime can only temporarily exist through the force of its arms as a one people country where only select ones can vote and where different laws apply to different people.
    The world must stand up against the Zionist regime by cutting all diplomatic and economic relations with it. Many countries have already stopped all relations with the Zionist regime and others are in the process of doing the same. We Americans need to completely distance ourselves from this oppressive regime through urging our state representatives and senators to do what the rest of the world is doing.

    • MixMChess

      "The only solution for a lasting peace is absolute democratic process (that we Americans cherish so passionately) for the entire territory in question, otherwise, the peace will not last."

      This is probably the dumbest thing I have ever heard. There is no historical precedent for coercing groups with different political, religious or ethnic identities to form into one nation. Creating new national borders to separate hostile groups has been the accepted solution. You are essentially asking Israel, a UN nation state for over 50 years, to vote on its right to exist and essentially eliminate itself.

      "I favor one state solution because two states would only attempt to “legalize” Zionist occupation that will be remembered in history until it is corrected by future large scale conflicts, so no lasting peace will result."

      Of course you favor a one-state solution, because it pairs with your racist goals of destroying Israel. There are no legal, historic, geographic or moral grounds on which to advance a one state solution. A single-state is simply a continuation of the 1948 War through demographics instead of militarism-imperial conquest by another means. It would pave the way for Palestinians to dominate demographically and destroy the Jewish character and the purpose of the state itself. A one-state solution would be unjust. It would deny the right of self-determination to both the Palestinian and Jewish national movements.

      Besides, over 75% of Palestinians and Israelis don't want a one-state solution, according to recent polls. Your thuggish "FINAL solution" would have to be imposed against the will of both Palestinians and Israelis, a clear violation of both their rights to self-determination.

    • MixMChess

      "The only issue with the fair democratic process is what to do with all manipulated Jewish people who the Zionist regime imported for decades to increase the Jewish population from around 100,000 to over 5 Million since the start of the occupation."

      This is a blatant LIE. First of all, Jews who came to the land never upset any local Arab populations. Jews built there state on VACANT and TENANT-FREE land LEGALLY purchased from Arab landowners. Arabs were never displaced by this process, in fact the Jews brought economic opportunities which led to an increase in Arab immigration. A few Arab communities were displaced during this time, but due to economic conditions that had nothing to do with the Zionists.

      You are also conveniently forgetting that Jewish immigration to Israel was actually very restricted under British rule whereas the Arabs were given open immigration which enabled the importation of hundreds of thousands of Arabs into the land during the Mandate period. Only after 1948, was Jewish immigration allowed to return to full capacity, at which time Israel began accepting the approximate 850,000 Jewish refugees deported from Arab countries.

    • MixMChess

      "Any compromise other than the absolute fair democratic process with no manipulated population will be temporary with terrible conflicts looming to correct it in the future."

      What you speak of isn't democracy but tyranny by the majority, where Arab interests would be placed far above Jewish interests so that Jewish interests would be actively oppressed, "just like the oppression by tyrants and despots." No wonder you support it.

      Of course you ignore the FACT that Arabs have had the opportunity for a fair solution countless times. In 1947 Jews voted to partition the land and have peace with their Arab neighbors – the Arabs voted against it and chose to go to war with their Jewish neighbors. Israel has sought peace with its neighbors countless times, 1967, 1973, 1979, 1982, 1988, 1993, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2009… just to name a few. Each time Arab belligerence has prevented a true and lasting peace. Its time for the Arabs to get with the program and live in peace and stop the xenophobia and imperialist conquests.

    • MixMChess

      "The Zionist regime can only temporarily exist through the force of its arms as a one people country where only select ones can vote and where different laws apply to different people. "

      More nonsense. Israel is a secular democratic country which guarantees equal rights for its Arab citizens (which make up approximately 20% of the population), including the power to vote. The W. Bank and Gaza are not governed by Israel, and Israel has never extended its laws to those territories, they are governed by the P.A. and Hamas respectively. Get a clue.

      • MixMChess

        BTW… please feel free to copy my responses to blogs, newspaper websites, Facebook, Twitter, or anyplace, and include it in any correspondence/lobbying with senators, state representatives and any other public officials so the public learns the truth… or not (I'm not that big of an egotistical douche). :-)

    • ObamaYoMoma

      All who wish to reproduce my comment on mailing lists, repost on other blogs, or send to congress, senators and state representatives, or use for lobbying are welcome to do so. Let justice be served:

      Excuse me but why would we want to add your comment to mailing lists, blogs, or send it to Congress, Senators, and State Representatives? So that we could impress them of how unhinged, narrow-minded, and dumb we are? With all due respect dude, you couldn’t be a bigger ignoramus are a bigger useful idiot.

      By the way loon, out of the 57 Muslim majority countries in the world, how many of them are real democracies? The answer is only one of them Turkey. However, with the recent election victory of Erdogan, Turkey will soon be turned into another Islamic totalitarian hellhole.

      Now out of those 57 Muslim majority countries in the world, how many of them don’t violently oppress and systematically persecute when not outright slaughtering them altogether all Christians and other unbelievers unfortunate enough to reside in a Muslim majority country? The answer is none of them, as they all do. Yet, like a mentally incompetent narrow-minded loon, you propose to make the Jews violently oppressed and systematically persecuted dhimmis like all other unbelievers living in Muslim majority countries.

      In addition, why do you single out only Jewish unbelievers for your bigoted and unhinged opprobrium, when by far they are not the only unbelievers in the world the Islamic world is waging a permanent and perpetual jihad against, as the Islamic world is also waging permanent and perpetual jihads of conquest against Hindu unbelievers in Kashmir, against Buddhist unbelievers in Thailand, against Christian unbelievers in the Philippines, against atheist and Orthodox Christian unbelievers in Chechnya and Russia, against animist and Christian unbelievers in the Ivory Coast, against Christian Serb unbelievers in Bosnia and Kosovo, and on and on ad nauseum? Why single out Jews and only Jews and then like an unhinged bigot use lies, libels, and innuendos to incite hatred and violence against them?

      Finally, the version of history you apparently swallowed lock, stock, and barrel like a fool is little more than an absurd fairy tale used by Muslims to dupe gullible useful idiots like you. Fortunately, most people that post on this website aren’t nearly as gullible, narrow-minded, or as dumb as you. Hence, get lost you loser, the people that post on this website will tear you a new a-hole.

  • GreySky

    If it is ever reached, the current and any other artificial “peace agreement” will be illegitimate before it is ever signed because (1) all people living in Palestine regardless of religion, race, origin, etc. (hereinafter “All People of Palestine”) were never given a choice on how they want their land to be governed, and (2) all contracts signed under duress are null and void.
    The biggest problem in Palestine is that the Zionist regime never offered a choice to All People of Palestine on how they want to govern their land because the Zionist regime cannot exist as a democratic entity. If there was ever any democratic process in Palestine, Zionists would have been outvoted and the Zionist regime would have never existed. That is why the Zionist regime is the occupier because it does not offer choice (i.e. democracy), but instead imposes its regime (i.e. occupies). Imagine if Russians would simply occupy a town in the U.S. where they are in significant numbers and attempt to create a Russian state there without giving the rest of the Americans living there a choice. Imagine then if they would try to institute a “peace agreement” that would attempt to legitimize their occupation. The “peace agreement” would logically and legally be illegitimate because the Americans were not given a choice.

    Under all countries’ laws, any contract is null and void if it is signed under duress. The current Palestine “peace agreement” process reminds me of The Godfather movie where the mafia boss (i.e. the Zionist regime) made a guy “an offer he could not refuse” by placing a gun (i.e. Zionist conventional and nuclear arsenal) to his head and making him sign the contract. Like the mafia boss’ offer, any “peace agreement” other than the choice for All People of Palestine is a crime, and the contract is legally null and void.

    The bottom line is that All People of Palestine never wanted to divide their land into artificial two states the way the occupation and this “peace agreement” attempt to divide it. From the beginning of the Zionist regime to its unavoidable end, All People of Palestine and the region never wanted the Zionist regime and they do not want it even more after all the atrocities the Zionist regime committed. I just cannot believe how the Zionist regime can be so ignorant to think that this or any other “peace agreement” that does not allow people to choose how they want to be governed will last and ensure its people’s survival. The Zionist regime fails to realize that no matter if it succeeds in muscling this “peace agreement” by unspeakable historic coercion tens of millions of moral people around the world will oppose it until it is corrected, and until justice and free choice prevail. Also, ever increasing number of Jewish people are realizing that Zionism is becoming a destructive force for them and are leading the global resistance to it.
    P.S. feel free to copy this comment, email it to other bloggers, and repost it on other blogs, newspaper websites, Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking websites, and include it in any correspondence/lobbying with senators, state representatives and any other public officials so the public learns the truth…

    • flowerknife_us

      You really think that what you typed is worth sending to others?

    • MixMChess

      "If it is ever reached, the current and any other artificial “peace agreement” will be illegitimate before it is ever signed because (1) all people living in Palestine regardless of religion, race, origin, etc. (hereinafter “All People of Palestine”) were never given a choice on how they want their land to be governed, and (2) all contracts signed under duress are null and void."

      You are a LIAR. (1) The Arabs were given countless choices for peace with Israel starting in 1947. Each time the Arabs chose a racist war of extermination rather than Peace. This is a hard FACT

      (2), Contract law has nothing to do with international affairs, but nice try at "inventing" international law. Arab states have never recognized Israel, even Jordan only signed a peace with Israel, but does not recognize its right to exist. Israel came to existence through legal jus cogens under International Law and was subsequently recognized by the UN. There are no other international "laws" that govern Israel's existence.

    • MixMChess

      "The biggest problem in Palestine is that the Zionist regime never offered a choice to All People of Palestine on how they want to govern their land because the Zionist regime cannot exist as a democratic entity."

      This is sheer nonsense, considering Israel has given the Arabs countless opportunities for peace. Besides, you are forgetting that Israel has allowed the Palestinians to GOVERN THEMSELVES! The W. Bank and Gaza are not governed by Israel, and Israel has never extended its laws to those territories, they are governed by the P.A. and Hamas respectively. Recall, the Gazans voted in the Hamas terrorist organization (whose charter calls for the death of worldwide Jewry) as its government in 2006.

      "If there was ever any democratic process in Palestine, Zionists would have been outvoted and the Zionist regime would have never existed."

      LOL. Over 75% of Palestinians and Israelis don't want a one-state solution, according to recent polls. You speak of tyranny by the majority, so that you can place Arab interests far above those of Jewish interests, to drown-out and actively oppress Jewish interests, "just like the oppression by tyrants and despots."

    • MixMChess

      "Under all countries’ laws, any contract is null and void if it is signed under duress."

      Huh? You just "invented" an international law. The creation of states and statecraft under International law has nothing to do with contract law. Nice try tough…

    • MixMChess

      "The bottom line is that All People of Palestine never wanted to divide their land into artificial two states the way the occupation and this “peace agreement” attempt to divide it."

      Um, the Jews wanted to divide the land and live in peace. And many Arabs did too, but the surrounding Arab states (which are not people of the holy land) voted against it. I love how you ignore any Jewish interests and only care about the Arab interests. Yea, that's some "real democracy" (sarcasm).

      • MixMChess

        BTW… please feel free to copy my responses to blogs, newspaper websites, Facebook, Twitter, or anyplace, and include it in any correspondence/lobbying with senators, state representatives and any other public officials so the public learns the truth… or not (I'm not that big of an egotistical douche).

    • ObamaYoMoma

      I just cannot believe how the Zionist regime can be so ignorant to think that this or any other “peace agreement” that does not allow people to choose how they want to be governed will last and ensure its people’s survival.

      Good you keep on wondering about that because most people here are wondering how you can be so dumb, stupid, narrow-minded, and gullible and all at the same time.

      Incidentally, you are obviously the same mentally handicapped conceited bigot that posted above. Indeed, you remind me of those unhinged fools that audition for American Idol who think they are God’s gift to the singing world, but when they audition it becomes very obvious that they are nothing but unhinged morons.

  • GoodEnemy

    The main Zionist claim is that they have a supreme right to some of Palestinian territory because they lived there thousands of years ago. Let’s examine the core and real nature of this claim.
    Firstly, this claim is mistaken and selfish in its core concept because Zionists fail to recognize that history is a continuum and that there were other people living in majority in Palestine before the Jews and also after the Jews. Zionists simply cut history at a convenient point for them and claim ancestral ties to the land as of that convenient point.
    Secondly, whatever the claim, it is beyond absurd to try to shape modern world based on thousands of years old maps. Imagine if the rest of the world would be reshaped by who was on the land thousands of years ago. It would cause horrific wars, countless refugees, and unimaginable human suffering, exactly what is happening in Palestine.

    Thirdly and most disturbing, Zionist goal was to establish a Jewish state wherever possible. Palestine may have been a preference, but Palestine was not the only location that Zionists planned as their state in modern times. Another location was Argentina where Jews have been migrating for hundreds of years for the purpose of establishing a state. Also, locations in Europe were on the list and that’s why the Catholic Church was killing/expelling Jews since Roman times (read the history of the Holly Inquisition). Whatever the location, Zionist plan was to simply occupy the people living on the land even if that would mean imposing a regime worst than Nazi Germany’s from which they escaped. And Zionists would just use a different ideological coloring than the one used in Palestine in the attempt to rationalize the occupation.

    In conclusion, the main claim on which the Zionist regime is built in Palestine is erroneous, selfish, and a lie. I am categorically against generalizing, and recognize that many Jews are against the crimes the Zionist regime is committing and that many Jews are leading the global resistance to it. They should be proud.

    • SpiritOf1683

      and unimaginable human suffering, exactly what is happening in Palestine.

      I suppose that means the eighth fattest people on the planet need to go on a strict diet. What a doofuss you are.

    • MixMChess

      "Firstly, this claim is mistaken and selfish in its core concept because Zionists fail to recognize that history is a continuum and that there were other people living in majority in Palestine before the Jews and also after the Jews."

      This is a LIE. The Jewish people have maintained CONTINUOUS ties to their historic homeland for more than 3,700 years. Even after the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, and the beginning of the exile, Jewish life in the Land of Israel continued and often flourished. Large communities were reestablished in Jerusalem and Tiberias by the ninth century. In the 11th century, Jewish communities grew in Rafah, Gaza, Ashkelon, Jaffa and Caesarea. The Crusaders massacred many Jews during the 12th century, but the community rebounded in the next two centuries as large numbers of rabbis and Jewish pilgrims immigrated to Jerusalem and the Galilee. Prominent rabbis established communities in Safed, Jerusalem and elsewhere during the next 300 years. In the two millenia since the destruction of the second temple Jews have continuously immigrated and settled the holy land. Zionists of the 19th century were merely an extension of this long-established pattern.

    • MixMChess

      "Secondly, whatever the claim, it is beyond absurd to try to shape modern world based on thousands of years old maps. Imagine if the rest of the world would be reshaped by who was on the land thousands of years ago.

      You are conveniently ignoring the fact that Jews have had a continuous presence in the land for over 3,700 years. In fact, Jews are the only indigenous population to the Holy Land.

      Zionists of the 19th century LEGALLY settled and developed the land. Recall, they PURCHASED VACANT AND TENANT-FREE land from Arab landowners. Jewish settlements never disrupted or uprooted the few native Arab populations that existed in the 19th century.

      Based on the historical and legal ties to the land, the international community granted political sovereignty in the holy land to the Jewish people. Arabs currently occupy over 85% of the Jewish national homeland.

      "It would cause horrific wars, countless refugees, and unimaginable human suffering, exactly what is happening in Palestine."

      There is no suffering in "Palestine" at the hands of Jews. The W. Bank is experienced an unprecedented economic boom (8% growth from 2009-2010 alone). In Gaza, Israel ships over 1 million in tons of humanitarian aid and food supplies annually – that's one ton of humanitarian aid and food per Gaza resident. If Palestinians are suffering its due to their own belligerence, waste and mismanagement. Nice try at blaming the Jews though…

    • MixMChess

      "Thirdly and most disturbing, Zionist goal was to establish a Jewish state wherever possible. Palestine may have been a preference, but Palestine was not the only location that Zionists planned as their state in modern times."

      This is a LIE. The Zionist ideal of a return to Israel has profound historical and cultural roots. Many Jewish prayers speak of Jerusalem, Zion and the Land of Israel: "The injunction not to forget Jerusalem, the site of the Temple, is a major tenet of Judaism." The Hebrew language, the Torah, laws in the Talmud, the Jewish calendar and Jewish holidays and festivals all originated in Israel and revolve around its seasons and conditions. Jews pray toward Jerusalem and recite the words “next year in Jerusalem” every Passover. Jewish religion, culture and history make clear that "it is only in the land of Israel that the Jewish commonwealth can be built."

      In 1897, "Jewish leaders formally organized the Zionist political movement, calling for the restoration of the Jewish national home in Palestine, where Jews could find sanctuary and self-determination, and work for the renascence of their civilization and culture."

      As for your claim that Jews sought to establish a state elsewhere, that was only temporary until Jews could return to Israel. It was the British who suggested Jewish settlements elsewhere including in East Africa (Uganda). Theodore Herzl proposed the British Uganda Program as a TEMPORARY "emergency refuge for Jews in Russia in immediate danger." Herzl made CLEAR this program would not affect the ultimate aim of Zionism, "a Jewish entity in the Land of Israel." Of course, this proposal and any other was firmly rejected at the Zionist congress, which reiterated that only Israel could be the homeland of the Jews.

    • MixMChess

      "Whatever the location, Zionist plan was to simply occupy the people living on the land even if that would mean imposing a regime worst than Nazi Germany’s from which they escaped."

      This is a LIE and obvious DEFAMATION, considering that Herzl and every other Zionist leader stated that the Zionist movement must not upset or dispossess local populations.

      Why else did early Zionist leaders forge alliances with Emir Fiesal and other Arab leaders to create a Jewish homeland in peace and harmony with the local Arabs? Why else did Israel's charter call on peace with Arab neighbors and urge any Arabs in the new state to stay where they were and become EQUAL citizens under the new state of Israel? Why else is Israel still a SECULAR state that guarantees the EQUAL rights for all of its citizens including the Arab minority (20% of the population)?

      You are a fraud.

      • WilliamJamesWard

        Amen!…………………………William

  • ajnn

    Interesting fact: approximately 500,00 arabs from Syria immigtated INTO Israel in 1932-1947

    • MixMChess

      Yes, people conveniently ignore that most of the so-called "Palestinians" arrived after the Zionists. They came in droves because the British allowed the free-flow of Arab/Muslim immigration, but tightly restricted any immigration for Jews (sealing the fate of many to the gas chambers, much to the Grand Mufti's delight).