WASHINGTON. Israel is unlikely to bar entry to US Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashid Tlaib from visiting next month, even though the anti-BDS law gives the government the authority to do so. This is one of many elements most Americans should learn with regard to Israel-Palestine history. BDS is the acronym for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS), a movement Omar vociferously supports.
Omar has introduced a BDS resolution in Congress. And she ramped up the rhetoric, defending boycotts of Israel, likening it to boycotts of Nazi Germany, Soviet Union. This puts her in direct conflict with U.S. laws banning the boycott of Israel. But Omar demands the right of Americans to organize boycotts of foreign countries if they so wish. Even if they are US allies.
On the same day that she introduced the bill, Omar announces that she and Rashida Tlaib, both of whom have made virulent anti-Semitic remarks, would both visit Israel.
According to the dry law in Israel that has been on the books for some two years, Omar – whose legislation implicitly calls for the boycott of Israel – could be denied entry. This law has only been used sporadically since being passed by the Knesset.
Israel is an ally of the US and President Donald Trump
Since becoming president, Donald Trump has taken action not only to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He also ordered the United States embassy moved there from its former location in Tel Aviv.
Some believe that President Trump’s actions have been radically favorable to Israel, much to the chagrin of the Palestinians.
Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, held a view more empathetic towards the Palestinians. According to an account of the former President Barack Obama’s speech in the New York Times in March 2013, Israel did not do enough to broker or facilitate peace in the region:
“Put yourself in their shoes — look at the world through their eyes,” he said. “It is not fair that a Palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of her own, and lives with the presence of a foreign army that controls the movements of her parents, every single day. It is not just when settler violence against Palestinians goes unpunished.
It is not right to prevent Palestinians from farming their lands; to restrict a student’s ability to move around the West Bank, or to displace Palestinian families from their homes. Neither occupation nor expulsion is the answer,” he said. “Just as Israelis built a state in their homeland, Palestinians have a right to be a free people in their own land.
It is impossible to have a Jewish, democratic state and at the same time to control all of Eretz Israel,” Mr. Obama said, quoting Mr. Sharon. “If we insist on fulfilling the dream in its entirety, we will lose it all.”
Which position is more honest and straightforward? President Obama’s or President Trump’s? Consider the following:
1. The ancient Ottoman Empire once dominated the Middle East region
The remnants of the Ottoman Empire are all or parts of the following modern-day countries: Albania, Algeria, Bahrain, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia (Federal Republic of), Malta, Moldova, Qatar, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
2. The Jewish people fled the land in the 1st Century A.D.
Being under Roman domination and facing the subsequent destruction of Jerusalem, the Jews fled. From the 1st Century A.D. until the beginning of the 20th Century, no recognized people established themselves in the region.
In 1917, the British Foreign Secretary (Lord Balfour) issued a document called “The Balfour Declaration” (which was officially recognized by the world council League of Nations.
The British designated a portion of the fallen Ottoman Empire with the name “Palestine.” It is explicitly annexed for the Jewish people.
Consider the verbiage from the document:
“His Majesty’s government (i.e., Great Britain) view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, …”
Here is a map depicting the original division of land under the British Balfour Declaration:
Keep in mind that the term “Palestine” referred to the geographic region recognized as the rightful homeland for the Jewish people.
Unfortunately, in 1922 and 1923, the British modified the original lines designated by the Balfour Declaration and renamed territory east of the Jordan River “Trans-Jordan” (aka Arab Palestine). Note that the League of Nations did not sanction this action, nor did they have legal authority or precedent.
The remaining portion west of the Jordan river now redesignated “Jewish Palestine.”
3. In 1947, the United Nations unanimously agreed to accept the original League of Nations redistribution of the old Ottoman Empire
This action including the designation of Palestine, without modification. In other words, the 1947 motion adopted by the United Nations fully recognizes Palestine as the “homeland for the Jewish people.” The Trans-Jordan area had its control ceded to Emir Abdullah of the Hashemite tribe, and the area was eventually called Jordan.
4. The Jewish Palestinians accepted the 1947 United Nations ruling (Resolution 181, a validation of the original Balfour Declaration).
However, the Arab representatives rejected Resolution 181.
As a result of the new British Mandate, the new nation of Israel declared its independence on May 14, 1948. Enraged by this action, an Arab coalition (Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen) attacked the new nation of Israel.
5. History tells us that the Jews were able to repel the Arab attack, defeating their forces.
History also lacks any evidence of there ever having been an indigenous Arab Palestinian society, culture or language.
While it is true, there have been Arab Jordanians, Arab Syrians, Arab Lebanese, and Arab Egyptians in the region time immemorial, that in and of itself does not constitute a nation or a distinct people.
Yasser Arafat (who was born an Egyptian) seized upon this opportunity to promote the notion of a “displaced Palestinian Arab nation” who was being occupied by an oppressive Israeli occupation.
6. The Trans-Jordan was part of the original “Palestine” designated for the Jewish people.
Despite that Jordanians could have established all or part of this region for transient Arabs in the region, there was no way this would happen. Why not? It is because the issue of a Palestinian homeland is not about land. It is about the annihilation of the nation of Israel (and the Jewish people). That is what led to the Arab-Israeli conflicts in 1948, 1967, and 1973.
Egyptian President Anwar el Sadat’s efforts to make peace with Israel led to his assassination in 1981.
The Palestinians Via peace negotiations undertaken in Oslo, Norway the Palestinians were offered a treasure trove of concessions (and territory). But Arafat rejected the pact outright.
Those who think there can be peaceful negotiations to resolve this artificial crisis is living in a fool’s paradise. Hamas, the controlling Arab power throughout much of the Palestinian territory, vows to “never recognize Israel as a legitimate nation.” Much less Israel’s right to exist.
How is it possible to negotiate with any entity that embraces such an ideology?
Israel-Palestine history: The Peace Dilemma
If the radical Arabs lay down their arms in the region, there will be peace; if the Israelis lay down their arms in the region, Israel will cease to exist. Israel is between the proverbial rock and a hard place.
The nation of Israel always maintained their right to the land in which they now reside. USA, Great Britain, and France all acknowledge the Balfour Agreement of 1917 proclaiming Israel legitimate.
The following video succinctly and straightforwardly intimate this fact:
The historicity of the Balfour Agreement of 1917, and United Nations’ Resolution 181 of 1947 reaffirm the Balfour Agreement. And it requires objective consideration.
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