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How It Really Is With Jerusalem

Op-Ed Contributor

Leon de Winter

Leon de Winter

What’s the deal with Jerusalem?

On 29 November 1947 Resolution 181 was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly and the British mandate of Palestine was to be divided into a Jewish and an Arab part, and Jerusalem was placed under international governance.

The Jewish leaders agreed. But all of the Arab leaders refused to accept Resolution 181 and promised a war if the Jews were to declare their own country.

So do not forget this: if the Arabs had accepted Resolution 181, there would have been a Jewish and a Palestinian state and Jerusalem would be a city under international governance. What has happened to the Palestinian Arabs, until today, is the direct consequence of that rejection.

In May 1948, four Arab armies, plus the so-called Arab Liberation Army rallied against 700,000 Jews, with the intention was to driving them into the sea.

The Arab Legion lead by King Abdullah of Jordan and British officers, was victorious. The old town was cleansed of Jews.

Israel buried 6,000 dead, the Arab armies counted 12-15,000 dead. Resolution 181 was also dead, as was the international governance of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem became a city divided by walls, fences, barbed wire, like Berlin After 1961. Israel had the West, Jordan annexed the neglected East, together with the old town and they banned Jews from entering.

Wars create facts. Borders are re-routed, people are driven out or fleeing. Like the so-called ‘ethnic Germans’, who were driven out of central and Eastern Europe after 1945, over 30 million people, of whom more than 2 million people died, were fleeing, like Pakistan’s secession from India, which caused 14 million refugees and over a million deaths.

In comparison, the Israeli revolutionary war was a small dispute with relatively few deaths on a relatively small slip of land. About 700,000 Arabs fled the Jewish country, about 800,000 Jews were forced out of the Arab countries.

But what other conflicts apply does not apply to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Palestinians felt that they were perfect and were going to use popular left-Wing terms: Colonialism, Imperialism, Apartheid to describe their plight. The Palestinians succeeded in raising public awareness of their situation describing it as the ultimate tragedy of the Middle East.

Arabs in the region get the most aid in the world, complemented by money from Western aid organisations, and the sick tribal and religious Palestinian violence is excused in the western media with regular reference to what is described as “Jewish occupation”. The widespread Anti-Semitic propaganda is also concealed in the media; I believe that this conflict is religious in nature, not a conflict over land.

Journal

Last weekend, the mainstream media reported that in Lebanon 450,000 Palestinian refugees live. The news said that they are descendants of refugees. The Palestinians have the right to inherit refugee status. The tens of millions of descendants of runaway ethnic Germans, Indian Hindus and ‘Arab’ Jews do not have that right, the more than 700,000 Arab refugees of 1948 who now have more than 5.2 million ‘recognised refugees’ as descendants.

During the six-day war of 1967 King Hussein, despite warnings from Israel, could not resist the temptation to interfere in the war. His Army was crushed by Israel. Jerusalem was reunited.

And now? The City has been renovated under Israel’s administration. The markets are lively, the restaurants are busy and full of delicious dishes, the infrastructure modern. Any faith can be practiced in freedom. But that’s not enough for the haters.

A few days ago, I heard on the radio how a critic was in charge of President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, with the formula: “the Jews have suffered very badly in the war, but that does not mean that…”

I hear that a lot. It has the following rancid meaning: the Jews have apparently learned nothing from the war and are now doing with others that they themselves have suffered. And at antizionisten, a demonizing comment on Israel.

Demonised

Why is Israel, the only successful nation-State in the violent jungle of the middle east, so demonised in the West? I am thinking of Western shame with regard to the extermination of European Jews. When Israel is made an evil state (‘Israel is a apartheidsstaat full of Nazis who kill children’) can solve the shame – so the fate of the Palestinians, partly by hundreds of foreign correspondents, is magnified to epic dimensions: the Palestinians are The eternal victims of evil Jews. It is the continuation of the demonization that Jews have endured for centuries in Europe. Antizionism is the new mask of ancient anti-Semitism.

The hysteria surrounding Jerusalem fits that phenomenon. It is an intense and thriving city in which no one is starving, no one’s freedoms and rights are affected, a unique place for middle eastern conditions. Never have so many have been so good in Jerusalem, including divided Arabs, as under the current Israeli administration.

These are the facts. The rest is commentary.

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Leon de Winter is a Dutch writer and columnist.

President Trump’s Decision To Recognize Jerusalem As Israel’s Capital

Rex W. Tillerson

Rex W. Tillerson

President Trump‘s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital aligns U.S. presence with the reality that Jerusalem is home to Israel’s legislature, Supreme Court, President’s office, and Prime Minister‘s office.

We have consulted with many friends, partners, and allies in advance of the President making his decision. We firmly believe there is an opportunity for a lasting peace.

As the President said in his remarks today, “Peace is never beyond the grasp of those willing to reach it.”

The President decided today, as Congress first urged in the Jerusalem Embassy Act in 1995, and has reaffirmed regularly since, to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The State Department will immediately begin the process to implement this decision by starting the preparations to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The safety of Americans is the State Department’s highest priority, and in concert with other federal agencies, we’ve implemented robust security plans to protect the safety of Americans in affected regions.

WireNews Applauds President Trump’s Decision To Recognize Jerusalem As The Capital Of Israel

President Trump Signs Order

President Trump Signs Order

WireNews Limited applauds President Trump’s bold decision for the United States to correct a 69 year-old denial of reality and to finally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.

“Israel, like every other sovereign State, has the right to designate its capital city” said Bill White, CEO and Founder of WireNews.

“President Trump’s brave move should encourage other nations, such as the United Kingdom, Germany and France, to follow suit,” he added.

“Further, President Trump’s order for his Administration to relocate the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is long overdue and a welcome change in US Foreign Policy,” White concluded.

‘We Do Not Forget Or Forgive’

Golda Meir

Golda Meir

A recent Daily Mail article reminds us all that a past forgotten or ignored is one to be repeated. While Jews around the world were preparing to remember the Holocaust, the Grosvenor Hotel in London played host to a group of Neo-Nazis, Nazi sympathisers and Holocaust deniers, who gathered in the Nation’s capital to share their hatred toward Jews.

The article finishes with the statement issued by hotel management that ‘the room booking was made online and hotel staff were unaware of the nature of the meeting,’ a comment reminiscent of the guards, military personnel and many of the German public who claimed not to know Hitler’s plans. I am reminded of the often repeated phrase of Sergeant Schultz (Hogan’s Heroes) – “I see nothing…” and while the programme was very humorous and while many of us may enjoy a laugh at Germany’s expense, the subject is anything but funny.

In my view it is a short, baby-step, from meeting to promote shared hatred targeting a group of people who have repeatedly suffered unconscionable attacks and actually carrying out those attacks. Let’s not forget that Britain’s King Henry II casually asked about Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, “Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?” Result: Becket was assassinated by someone currying favour of the King.

But what can we do to prevent this type of behaviour? Is there anything we can do to prevent the past from repeating?

Yes, there is an example is our recent past, where one of our leaders took the necessary action.

Golda Meir was elected Prime Minister of Israel on 17 March 1969. She was Israel’s first woman and the world’s fourth woman to hold such an office and often described as the “Iron Lady” of Israeli politics years before the tag became associated with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. In fact, Former Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion used to call Meir “the best man in the government“.

So it should be no surprise that in the autumn of 1972, following the attack during the ’72 Summer Olympics in Munich, Meir authorised Mossad to track down and kill those responsible for what became known as the Munich massacre.

Operation “Wrath of God” (Mivtza Za’am Ha’el) was a very successful covert plan to assassinate those involved in the massacre in which 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team were killed. The operation continued for over twenty years.

In my opinion, that Operation should be restarted and it should divide its focus on two groups of people: first, those who are currently carrying out acts of terror against Jews should be assassinated, not in vengeance, but in order to prevent the repeat of terrorist attacks; and second, we should remove from our society those who would support these ideas one way or the other. I am perfectly happy to imprison those who would promote hatred and incite others to repeat the acts of the past.

A famous lawyer in Texas said ‘they hang horse thieves and let murders go free’. You see there are no horses in Texas that need stealing, but some people need to be killed.

Of course, Liberals around the world excuse such meetings, like the recent one in London, with the ‘free speech’ argument, but it is safe to say that King Henry’s reckless (but very likely intentional) speech resulted in the death of Thomas Becket. These meetings and the Daily Mail‘s article, unfortunately, have a tendency of drawing out and congealing those in our society who would support these despicable ideas and encouraging many who would commit the acts.

We cannot change the way these people think. We should not forget what they are capable of and we most certainly will never forgive what has been done to us.

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Footnote: Several hours before each assassination, each target’s family received flowers with a condolence card reading: “A reminder we do not forget or forgive.”

 

Originally published on LinkedIn

I Don’t Hate Arabs…

Dry Bones - Jewish State

Dry Bones – Jewish State

In the words of Rabbi Meir Kahane, “I don’t hate Arabs. I love Jews. And I wish the Arabs well, elsewhere.”

I feel as though Israelis collectively suffer from the ‘national amnesia’, Kahane warned us about many years ago. Some of us appear to have forgotten why this glorious State was founded. For far too long, these same people have listened to the Liberals among us and those other voices that are often loudest from outside our great country and they seem to have chosen a path of least resistance, one of pacification, one of acceptance bordering on resignation, which from any perspective has cost each of us dearly both in lives lost and some would say, our self-esteem as Jews.

Need I remind these same people that we are literally surrounded on three sides by a self-declared enemy of our people, who has sworn to destroy us?

The examples of terror against our people grows each day, but when children can be murdered in their beds at night and when lovers, couples, business men and women, each a member of our family can be executed while they enjoy a meal and while those on the Left offer apologies for the terrorists, attempting to justify these despicable actions on the basis of alleged personal hardship, I feel that we’ve lost our way, somehow.

I feel that a re-boot is needed.

I believe that we should step back and re-evaluate our integration policies as a nation.

We should remind ourselves that Israel is a Jewish state – the only safe harbor for Jews anywhere in the world – a home where each of us can return and flourish with our friends and family.

But one thing is for certain, continuing down the current political path will see Jews outnumbered by those who wish to harm us sooner rather than later. Granting non-Jews the right to vote, while progressive on paper is suicide in practice and akin to two wolves and a sheep voting on what’s for dinner.

Kahane’s methods were dramatic. He delighted in tapping the rage of poor Israelis-especially Jews from Middle Eastern backgrounds-against Arabs, but that’s no longer an effective plan.

Today we see anti-Semitic attacks on the rise. It isn’t only the poor that will understand that while Kahane’s methods were too radical then, something must be done now. Together we must encourage our leaders to rethink the current policies. In one voice we must demand the promise of a safe Jewish state.

Let the conversation begin here.

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