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Take a number! The British first "raped" Israel more than 85 years ago.

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Submitted by DrRJP (United States), Jan 13, 2008 at 16:49

First, I have to express my dismay at the lack of responses to George Bush/s comments in Ramallah. Sounding more like the Leader of Fatah than the Free world, Bush called for "and end to Israeli occupation" and a redrawing of Israel's 1948 "borders." Those vile suggestons should have brought swift condemnation instead of the collective yawn from columnists and bloggers (present company included).

When it comes to their knowledge of world history, especially of the Middle East, Americans stand proudly at the bottom of the heap, and their President did little to change that perception.

In 1917, after defeating the former Ottoman Empire, the British divided up hhthe land into our present Arab states, and along with the League of Nations (the precursor to the UN) mandated that the land located on both sides of the Jordan River was to be set aside as the Jewish National Homeland. The US also approved the mandate. Why was this little chunk of real estate given the temporary title of, "Mandated Palestine?" Because, my friends, "Palestine" was "Mandated" to be the Jewish National Homeland.

The British, however, out of their "love" for the Jewish people, carved out 75% of that land and gave it to the brother of King Faisal as a consolation prize. You see, the poor Hashemite king thought that he was going to get Iraq, and when it went to Faisal, the Brits said, "Ah, forget about the Mandate. Your oil is more important than what the rest of the world wants." And, so Jordan (aka Trans-Jordan) was born -- the illegitimate child of British-Arab collusion.

That widely-known historical event was Britain's first "rape of the Jews," and the beginning of many more during the first half of the 20th Century. When it came to enacting and enforcing anti-Semitic policies in the Middle East, not even the Nazi sympathizers in Arabia surpassed the jolly old English. If you want to point a finger at the primary cause of the current Arab-Israeli conflict, the British government are deserving of the whole hand.

In 1922, after the British disregarded their own Mandate and gave 75 percent of it to Jordan, Jordan would go on to grant full citizenship to all Palestinians living on both side of the Jordan river -- Plaestinian ARABS, that is. Not a single Jew was allowed so much as the right to visit their holy sites. Given that over 70 percent of Jordan's population consists of Palestinian Arabs, Jordan became the de jure Palestinian state.

The Arabs, in a classic case of chutzpah, decided that 99.5% of the Ottoman Empire was not enough, that 75% of the Jewish homeland was not enough, and that the little sliver of land along the coastline should be made into yet another Palestinian state.

Ah, but history beckons again! Darn those inconvenient truths.

This all-out push for Palestinian statehood is nothing more than a geopolitical invention, compliments of the PLO. These terrorists decided in the wake of defeat after the Six-Day War, to create this Palestinian state straw man as a political way to eliminate Israel given that all-out warfare had failed.

Between 1921 and 1948, the British restricted Jewish immigration into what was left of Palestine to only a trickle while simultaneously allowing the unrestricted (and unreported) migration of hundreds of thousands of Arabs into and around existing Jewish settlements.

What's worse is the Arab's so-called, "Right of Return" whereby any Arab claiming to have lived in Israel only two years before the 1948 War is considered to be "an indigenous resident of the land for generations." Furthermore, this "Right" is also extended to every member of their family regardless of where or when they were born!

Finally, had Bush read anything about the resettlement of Israel, he would have discovered that, in the late 1800's, Jews were purchasing land in sparsely-populated areas at exorbitant prices, and that no permanently-settled Arabs were ever displaced by them in the process.

Bush prides himself on understanding Arab terrorism, but he knows nothing about the terrorism inflicted on the Jewish population a century before it became the modern state of Israel. He should have learned how every act of Arab terrorism against the resident Jews was met with further British intransigence against Jewish immigration into their own settlements.

Instead of being the informed leader he should be, Bush is blindly making policy decisions on the basis of false propaganda fed to him by the enemies of Israel, and is just as eager as they are to carve up what little is left of the original Jewish homeland, leaving Israel with totally indefensible borders.

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