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A short synopsis of Jewish History and the Arab Israeli conflict r6

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Submitted by YJ Draiman (United States), May 9, 2016 at 12:43

A short synopsis of Jewish History and the Arab Israeli conflict r6

Jews have the absolute right for their homeland. Zionism the movement itself was created during the second half the 1800′s. Jews purchased a substantial amount of territories in Palestine-Israel (see testimony of the Mufti of Jerusalem in front of the British Peel Commission - 1937) from local sheikhs and lords and built settlements there. This dates as early as 1860; that is 79 years before WWII.

During all of this time Jews kept migrating back to their historic homeland which comprised of two kingdoms: the Kingdom of Israel and the Kingdom of Judah (the Jewish population at those times is estimated to be about 10 million). Many Jews were driven out of the Kingdom of Israel by the Assyrians in 720, B.C.E. The Babylonians in 586, B.C.E., drove many of the Jews out of the Kingdom of Judah, Including Jerusalem. It was followed by the Persians in 536, and the Hellenistic Syrian Seleucid Rulers in 332 BCE. Jews - The Maccabees re-conquered Israel in 166 BCE.
Romans conquered Israel in 63 C.E., and in 70 A.D. destroyed the Jewish second Temple.
Which was followed by these conquests:
Byzantines in 313; (During the era of 400 – 550 CE Yemen was ruled by a Jewish king), Persian in 614; Arabs Muslims 636 CE; Crusaders 1099; and the Mamluks in 1291.

Then came the Ottoman Empire in 1517. In 1564 the Ottoman Empire encouraged and stimulated Jewish immigration which added over 10,000 new Jewish returnees to the existing Jewish communities in Palestine-Israel (The Ottoman land records for Palestine showed that the government owned over 90% of the land) and the British Mandate Rule 1918-1948.

During the time of the Roman rule of the land of Israel, the Jews in the kingdom called Judea revolted against the Roman rule. The Romans crushed the rebellion, exiled many Jews out of the country, seized many others and turned them into slaves deporting many of them to Rome and other places. Not only that, they changed the name of the land from Provincia Judea to Palestine to humiliate the Jews. The Romans also renamed Jerusalem Aelia Capitolina.

For 600 years or so, Arab Muslims imperialism spread throughout the Middle East and Spain from Arabia. Among other conquests, the Arabs conquered Judea-Palestine, killing many of the local Jewish population, and converting many into Islam. The story of how the Arabs got to Palestine is the story of conquest, imperialism, violence and brutal occupation.

During the 19th and 20th century, when Arabs had little to no interest in the land of Israel, Jews bought massive amounts of land and resettled there. After WWI the Allied Powers allocated over 5 million sq. mi. of territory to the Arabs, and the Supreme Allied powers also allocated Palestine to be reconstituted as the Jewish National Home, approved by the international community and the implementation by The League of Nations under the San Remo Treaty of 1920 which assigned the British "The Mandate for Palestine" as trustee over the land so that a Jewish state would be created in that Jewish historical land, confirmed by the 1920 Treaty of Sevres and Lausanne. The British had their own agenda in mind and violated the Treaties and the terms of the Mandate.

The original Mandate territory (as agreed to, which is stated in the official minutes of the conference) included what is today Israel; Gaza, Parts of Sinai, West Bank (Judea and Samaria), Jordan and the Golan Heights. The British had their own agenda and divided the country up. They gave to the Arabs the allocated land which had been Mandated to the Jewish people in violation of the 1920 San Remo Treaty and the 1919 Faisal Weizmann Agreement: everything East of the Jordan river. This land which was intentionally given to the Arabs constituted 78% of the land allocated to the Jewish people. The British gave the land to the Hashemite Kingdom for the Arab population in order to create a new State: Trans-Jordan. The British also traded the Golan Heights to the French who ruled Syria for oil in Iraq. Thus, after already separating the country into one Arab state Trans-Jordan (a new state in history), which is present day Jordan, they intended to break up the remaining Jewish land West of the Jordan River, present day Israel and in violation of international agreements, wrongfully give it to the Arabs.

In the meanwhile the Arabs were not content with the over 5 million sq. mi. of territory and a conflict emerged over territorial boundaries between the Jewish inhabitants of Palestine-Israel and the Arabs. The U.N. which is an advisory board only, proposed a deal to split the remaining land of the British Mandate for Jewish Palestine (yes, split yet again) into an Arab state and a Jewish state. The Jewish leadership accepted the proposal, provided the Arabs also accept it. The Arabs declined. Thus the 1948 war began. A war in which the Arabs with 6 armies from Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and local militias of Arabs, and help on a smaller scale from the armies of Algeria and Libya attacked the new Jewish entity. The Arab military coalition had the weapons, a large army and were confident on victory, to the extent, that they asked the local Arab inhabitants in Palestine to vacate the land while they decimated the Jews. But fate had other plans. Through divine intervention, the Arabs lost that war. Many Arab civilians fled their homes because their Arab leadership told them to evacuate. Some were panicked by rumors. There were only a few incidents with civilians. (It is an important fact to note that during the war of 1948, Jewish settlements that were seized by Arab forces were razed to the ground – Kfar Etzion for example and the remaining population there killed, men women and children).

The true and detailed facts and history is much more voluminous and complex. The problems Israel faces is that it is not as quick to explain the 4000+ years of Jewish history in Israel to counter the Arab lies, obfuscation and propaganda. Lies are easier to spread. However, upon close examination of the historical facts, the lies are exposed as baseless propaganda and should be dismissed as such.

It should be understood that only a small segment of history is being presented here. I did not enumerate anything about how Arabs used terror and violence since the beginning of the conflict. I did not mention that before Arab nationalism and Muslim radicalism took over. The small Arab community was glad that the Jews were coming back to their ancestral homeland, providing an economic boost and jobs to the region, (even king Faisal was delighted.) I did not enumerate or discuss in detail the Arab-Palestinian refugees without telling how and why they became refugees.

Many of the Jewish communities in the Arab lands have existed for over 2,500 years, which preceded Islam. I might also mention that the Arab countries terrorized and expelled over a million Jewish families and their children; confiscated all their assets, businesses, homes and Jewish owned Real estate property (120,440 sq. km. or 75,000 sq. miles, which is six times the size of Israel and valued in the trillions of dollars). About 750,000 of those Jewish refugees from Arab countries and their children were resettled in Greater Israel and today comprise over half the population. It is time for the Arab countries that expelled the million Jewish families and their children to resettle the Arab-Palestinian refugees in their own countries, and or Jordan, and put an end to this conflict and end the misery and displacement of the Arab Palestinians. This will bring about peace and coexistence which the people so rightfully desire and deserve. It will bring economic prosperity and an increase in the standard of living for all the people.

YJ Draiman


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