Lately, some want to convince us that the blame for Palestinian terrorists massacring Israeli civilians lies with Israel itself.
What the magic wand of the two States ignores
That magic wand would consist, according to some, of establishing two States (Israel and Palestine) so that there is peace. A difficult solution to achieve, taking into account that the Palestinians themselves have broken up their territories (Hamas has kept Gaza and its enemies in Fatah have kept the West Bank). Furthermore, Hamas wants to erase Israel from the map, a fact that, together with its status as a terrorist group, makes coexistence impossible. How do you live together when you have a neighbor determined to invade your territory and murder your citizens? Hamas made it very clear with its terrorist attack on October 7.
A little history: the 1947 UN partition plan
However, as it is possible that many naive people fall into the trap of that simple and childish discourse of believing that with two States everything would be settled, it is worth remembering what some propose was already approved by the UN in 1947. On November 29 of that year, by 33 votes in favor, 13 votes against and 10 abstentions, it was approved a partition plan of the British Mandate of Palestine, which granted half of the territory to the Jews and the other half to those who then called themselves "Arabs", because pan-Arabism was very fashionable.
The Arabs rejected the partition and invaded Israel
That vote was a moment of joy for the people of Israel: after having suffered the horror of the Holocaust, they were finally going to have their own State in a land inhabited by Jews for thousands of years. of yearsand from which many of them were expelled by successive invasions (Persians, Romans, Mohammedans, Mamluks and Ottomans). However, in that UN assembly there was a piece of information that anticipated what would happen next: all the Muslim countries that participated in that vote rejected partition (Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Syria, Turkey and Yemen).
A year later, the Arabs of Palestine, supported by seven Arab countries (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Transjordan and Yemen), started a war to destroy the State of Israel and expel the Jews from the Middle East. It was a clear aggression against a United Nations mandate and against a sovereign country, but above all it was a clear manifestation of the Arabs' rejection of peaceful coexistence between Jews and Muslims in the Middle East.
Thanks to an extraordinary mobilization of the Jewish people for their defense, Israel won the war. Furthermore, both the US and the USSR rejected the Arab aggressionwhich was the first military aggression by one country against another since the end of World War II. Thanks to its military victory, Israel expanded its territory by 23%, something that cannot be blamed on the Jewish State, but on the Arabs who wanted to annihilate it. Because of their fanaticism, the Arabs ended up losing lands that they could have kept if they had wanted to live in peace with the Jews and had accepted the partition approved by the UN.
Wars continued because of pan-Arab fanaticism
To this we must add another detail that some supporters of the Palestinians overlook. The Arab countries were able to establish a Palestinian nation in the remaining territories, but they did not: Transjordan (renamed Jordan in 1952) occupied the West Bank and Egypt occupied the Gaza Strip. As I have already pointed out, pan-Arabism was very fashionable and Muslim Arabs dreamed of forming a great nation that spanned from Arabia to Morocco.
In 1956, Egypt, then governed by the nationalist Nasser, provoked a new war by supporting Arab terrorist groups in Israel and blocking access to the Israeli port of Eilat on the Red Sea. The thing ended with the Sinai War and a new Arab defeat, which made Egypt lose the entire Sinai Peninsula, a territory that Israel renounced due to pressure from the US and the USSR.
The problems did not end there: in 1967, Egypt - supported by Syria, Jordan and Iraq - accumulated troops in the Sinai for a new aggression against Israel, while blocking the access of Israeli ships through the Straits of Tiran . A new war broke out (the so-called Six Day War) that ended in a new Arab defeat and the occupation of the Sinai, the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights by Israel. They were dramatic territorial losses for the Arab countries, but they asked for it.
As it seems that they had not had enough with three defeats, in 1973 Egypt and Syria, instigated by the USSR, attacked Israel again, in what was known as the Yom Kippur War. This time the invasion caught Israel by surprise, but ultimately the war ended in a fourth Arab defeat. This new defeat and the rise of Palestinian terrorism ended up causing Egypt to distance itself from the USSR and Jordan to expel thousands of Palestinian terrorists from its territory, who settled in Lebanon. In 1975 Israel returned the Sinai to Egypt and in 1978 both countries signed peace. There have been no more wars between the two.
Palestinian terrorism does not want peace: it wants to destroy Israel
However, peace is still not possible in the area due to Palestinian terrorism, supported first by the USSR and Syria and now by Iran, Qatar and Turkey. Even Israel's efforts to appease its neighbors have not had the desired effect. In 2005, Israel evicted all Jews from Gaza and the northern West Bank in a unilateral move to try to achieve peace. The following year, the terrorist group Hamas, which seeks to destroy the State of Israel, took control of Gaza. Since then, the Palestinian terrorist groups installed in Gaza (as well as those installed in southern Lebanon and the West Bank) have continued to periodically attack Israel and provoked the displeasure of many Arab countries that previously supported the Palestinian cause strong>.
The fed up of some Arab countries with Palestinian fanaticism
This fatigue is what explains a fact that previously seemed unthinkable: in 2020, Israel established diplomatic relations with Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and Sudan, all of them members of the Arab League. In addition, Israel and Jordan have had a peace treaty since 1994, and the Jewish State also has trade relations with Oman.
These milestones have opened the doors to establishing relations with other countries, including Saudi Arabia. The Hamas terrorist attack of October 7, clearly inspired by Iran (the greatest enemy of the Jewish State), has served to cool relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia. Surely that was the political effect that Iran and Hamas were seeking.
The ball is in the court of Israel's enemies
So, if someone wants to end the violence in the Middle East, they only have to convince Iran and Palestinian terrorism to leave Israel alone, to stop sending terrorists to Israeli territory and to stop of murdering, raping, torturing and kidnapping Israeli citizens. Irrational fanatics like the ayatollahs of Itan and the terrorists of Hamas are not easily convinced, so until they come to their senses, Israel will have to continue doing the same thing that any civilized country should do when it is the victim of aggression: defend itself and ensure the safety of its citizens.
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