“Et Tu, Sarkozy?”

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Recently, French president Nicolas Sarkozy came out with some surprisingly harsh statements against Israel while concomitantly expressing strong support for the justness of a Palestinian state.  Moreover, the French leader even claimed “the Palestinians have been waiting for a state they deserve for 60 years now.” Since many people in the world unquestionably believe that this claim is based upon historical facts and truths, I have written the following open letter to Sarkozy in order to debunk this historical falsehood.

Dear Mr. Sarkozy,

As part of your recent outburst against Israel in which you termed Abbas a “statesman” for his supposed willingness to come to the negotiating table as opposed to Netanyahu whom you described as being someone that “never fails to disappoint us,” you added a most interesting line.  While discussing your support for the creation of a Palestinian state you justified your stand by stating that “the Palestinians have been waiting for a state they deserve for 60 years now”.

I hate to burst your bubble but not everyone agrees with that sentence or the implicit accusation that Israel is to blame for not helping the Palestinians attain statehood.  History, in fact, seems to say otherwise.

As I’m sure you know, following World War 1 and the breakup of the Ottoman Empire the Middle East was divided up by the great powers of the day.   While most of the territory in the region was given to the Arabs for the creation of several new countries, one area, via the Mandate for Palestine, was set aside to be the national home for the Jewish people.  Based upon the recognition of Jewish historical rights in Palestine, the mandate charged the British with facilitating the creation of a Jewish state on both sides of the Jordan River.  However, despite the fact that the mandate was a legally binding document that was conferred at the San Remo Conference and approved by the League of Nations, the British disregarded their responsibility and in an act of duplicity transferred roughly 80% of Palestine to the Arabs for the creation of Transjordan, the forerunner of Jordan.

Moreover, even on the roughly 20% of Palestine that was left for the creation of a Jewish state, the British continued to betray the role that was assigned to them.  Rather than permitting Jews to easily settle in Palestine they actually limited the amount of Jewish immigration, even during the dark years of the Nazis, while simultaneously allowing the influx of large amounts of Arabs from the surrounding countries.  Not surprisingly years of such injustice by the British only increased the tension between Jews and Arabs, so much so that in 1947 an offer was made to partition the country.  The Jews accepted, even though this was only a tiny portion of the original area that had been promised them while the Arabs refused.  In other words Mr. Sarkozy, roughly sixty years ago the Arabs, not yet called the Palestinians as that name only came into vogue two decades later, rejected a state on land that legally had been granted to the Jews!  So do you still believe that the Arabs deserve a state on more or less the same land they rejected sixty years ago?

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  • mrbean

    Well like General Swartkopf once said, "Going to war without the French on your side is like going deer hunting without your accordian."

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    Imagined reply from Sarkozy:

    Dear Yoel,

    I hope you like swimming in the Dead Sea better than swimming in Lake George.
    Glad to hear that your disdain for intermarriage, integration, and Christmas is now alleviated. Please do not refer to a head of state's statements as outbursts. We like to call them press releases. In mock outrage, we are going to change the name of arson from "Jewish Lightning" to "Freedom Lightning." Thank you for allowing me to respond to you in this esteemed forum and not on Facebook.



    • UCSPanther

      Go on: Tell us exactly what you think of people with Jewish background.

      Come on…

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        Nothing wrong with it, really. Some of my best friends are Jewish.

        • mah29001

          For someone who sticks up to Palestinian terrorists….who want to kill Jews for just being Jews….not buying that lie.

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            Tell yourself whatever you need to.

        • UCSPanther

          Nice try. A lot of antisemites try that same trick. Another stunt to get the heat off.

          It doesn't work.

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            I don’t care if there’s heat on me.

    • mah29001

      Stop pretending how you're "patriotic".

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        I am patriotic. Just not for Israel.

  • montlasky

    We can only hope that Sarkozy watched Aljazeera's coverage of the Shalit release to jog him back to reality and make him start to study the history of the Middle East and develop some understanding of the realties of the Israeli situation. If a man in his position can talk about 1967 borders to help settle the dispute and believe that this will achieve anything, the sooner he is defeated at the coming polls the better.

  • StephenD

    I would love to be a fly on the wall when Sarkozy reads this. I think it ought to go worldwide. You never know, you may open some peoples eyes…and hearts to the truth.

  • Robert Haymond

    Zuhasir Muhsin, PLO leader had the following to say on 31 March 1977 in an interview with Dutch newspaper Trouw: "The Palestinian people does not exist." The construct of a "Palestinian" state is a strategic creation to continue the struggle against the state of Israel to develop Arab unity.

    Abbas Zaki, Fatah Control Committee member, said openly, on 23 September 2011, that voiding the settlements is just a prelude to wipe out the state of Israel but it's not yet safe to say so. The greater goal cannot be accomplished in one go.

  • JEM

    The Palestinians need to prove to the world, by word and deed, that they are worthy of a state of their own. So far they have failed to do so. They do not talk peace, and they do not walk peace, despite their clamor to claim victim status. The Arab hatred of the Jews is so loud and long that only fools would give them a state next to Israel.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Sarkozy must make concessions to the Muslim population in France or wind up
    with more Islamist thugs burning cars and businesses in Paris. Kick Israel down
    the road and do nothing about Islamist subversion in France, just make a fuss
    over what the Islamist women wear and call it good, you have done your job.

    The French have been cosy with Islamists forever and that they all do not
    convert to Islam is that they are mostly irreligious new age croissants. France
    can not fall, it just can not get up. And honest, truthful and just man must not
    exist in national politics today, all of it's leaders are cankerous charlatans
    evoking disgust worthy of true animosity………………………………William

  • http://www.jordanispalestine.blogspot.com david singer

    Great article Yoel. I have written an article that adds a little more to what you have written. You can read it at http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/