“Et Tu, Sarkozy?”

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Then, as I’m sure you know, when Israel declared a state in May of 1948 the surrounding Arab countries immediately attacked them.  During the ensuing war, which the new State of Israel surprisingly won, roughly half a million Arabs lost their homes; some fled from fear, some fled to make room for the Arab armies to wipe out the Jews, and some were forcibly removed by Israel.   Although the loss of one’s home during a time of war is truly tragic, unfortunately that’s what happens during a war.  As I’m sure you know it happened in much greater numbers in Europe during the same decade.  However perhaps less well known is that as a result of the events in Israel, approximately 700,000 Sephardic Jews were forcibly removed from the Arab countries where they had been living for many generations.

Nevertheless, while the war in Israel created both Jewish and Arab refugees, there is a major difference.  While the Jewish refugees managed to resettle, as do all refugees, the Arabs never resettled.  Moreover, as a result of the unique definition employed by UNRWA to define who is a Palestinian refugee, something that is different from that used to define any other refugee in the world, the number of Palestinian refugees has been greatly bloated.  Still worse however is that rather than solving the problem years ago and resettling the Arabs, UNRWA has simply maintained the situation and thus perpetuated the humanitarian crisis.

Of course UNRWA is not alone to blame for this, as the Arab countries have also been making cynical use of the Palestinian issue for years.  Rather than granting citizenship to the UNRWA-defined refugees who reside in their countries and in doing so close the issue once and for all, it’s been far more important for Arab rulers to keep these people stuck in refugee camps in order to keep the Arab-Israeli conflict alive.  This policy of course has been wildly successful as the conflict continues on and on.  However, do you honestly believe Mr. Sarkozy that Israel should pay the price for either this cynical Arab treatment of the Palestinians or for the damage done by UNRWA?

Returning to the 1948 war, one result of the conflict was that Jordan occupied Judea and Samaria.  This move of course was clearly illegal since this land legally belonged to the Jewish people for the creation of a Jewish state.  Of particular importance is that during the nineteen years that Jordan ruled Judea and Samaria and even part of Jerusalem, where, by the way, they managed to destroy nearly sixty synagogues in the Old City of Jerusalem, for the most part no one spoke about creating a Palestinian state.  So the question is, if the Palestinian Arabs were waiting for a state, as you claim Mr. Sarkozy, why didn’t they and their supporters speak up when Judea and Samaria was under Jordanian control?

Finally, even if you say let’s not talk about what happened years ago but let’s look at the present generation, that’s fine with me.  Let’s talk about what happened eleven years ago when Prime Minister Barak offered the Arabs more than 95% of Judea-Samaria-Gaza and even part of Jerusalem.  What happened then Mr. Sarkozy?  You got it, the Arabs once again said no.

In light of the above and in light of a century of endless hostility towards the Jewish people, to say that for sixty years the Palestinians have been waiting for a state they deserve is a somewhat dubious, if not false, claim.  Moreover, to imply that Israel is to blame for this supposed injustice and therefore should pay by relinquishing more land for the creation of an Arab state that will undoubtedly pose a threat to the very existence of Israel is nothing short of ludicrous.


Yoel Meltzer

Yoel Meltzer is a freelance writer living in Jerusalem. His personal blog is http://yoelmeltzer.com.

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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/