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Mona Darling, another piece of homework for you!

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Submitted by Moshe (Israel), Jul 27, 2006 at 14:39

Dear Mona,

Your questions indeed do not deserve to be answered if only for the following two reasons:

a. Besides being insincere, they are pathetically ....

b. Till now you were not able to answer any of my previous questions.

Nevertheless, just for the sake of demonstrating that it is possible to find reasonable and civilized answers even to such questions, here they come. I will do it slowly and gently so that you won't misss the point.

1. You are asking me about "the UN resolutions since 1947". Well first of all, as you also know very well, UN resolutions are not the Holy Scripture; even not the Koran. The Arabs were the first to violate the UN resolution of 1947 regarding the partition of the western Palestine. Just to remind you, as I already informed you earlier, till the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 there were no dislocated Arab refugees (at least not in our region), and there were no "occupied territories".

All the lands inhabited by the Jews till that stage in the history of the region, were legally and lawfully purchased lands (mainly marshlands and deserts, which were subsequently transformed by the Jewish settlers into prosperous lands). The Jews came back to their ancient homeland with the dream to build a new life of freedom and peaceful coexistence with their Arab neighbors. But this dream was not so easy to fulfill even in those relatively "serene" times. The traditional Arab intolerance found its expression in murderous pogroms and terrorist activities against a peaceful Jewish population.

But the worst came when immediately with its establishment (in line with the UN partition resolution of 1947), Israel was attacked by all its neighboring Arab states with the declared objective to "push the Jews back into the sea". The attackers called upon the local Arab population to evacuate temporarily the fighting areas to make easier for them to wipe out the "invading" Jews. But at the price of a terrible death toll, through desperate heroic fighting of a Jewish People who has learnt through some very very harsh lessons the deadly meaning of being a "homeless" people in the Diaspora, and with the help of God, Israel managed to beat and stop the Arab armies. That war, our Independence War, ended in armistices with the neighboring Arab states in the framework of which the "Arab refugee problem" was born. In subsequent years, Israel absorbed millions of homebound Jewish refugees from all over the world (about 50% of them from Arab states) while at the same time the Arabs meticulously kept their Palestinian refugees in miserable refugee camps, using them as a breeding ground for terrorism against Israel. It is very important to remember however, that in those days there was no Arab demand for satisfying the "legitimate" right of the "Palestinian People" for an "independent" state.

In those days the Arab agenda was limited only to trying to destroy the young Jewish state by absurdly demanding from it to commit suicide by allowing the return of the Arab refugees, and of course by their routine terrorist attacks. The reason for this Arab indifference towards the "legitimate rights of the Palestinian people" is obvious when we recall that in those days the Gaza strip and the West Bank were "unoccupied territories", i.e. they were not occupied by Israel but rather by the peaceful Egyptian and Jordanian brothers. The "occupied territories" became an issue only after the second massive Arab failure to wipe out Israel in 1967.

So if you pay attention Mona dear, what I am trying to explain to you is very simple: When you start a war for wiping out Israel and you miss, you cannot accuse Israel for not being considerate enough to go back to the starting point and give you another shot. That's too much to ask even from a silly Jew!

2. No, I don't think that we are superior to anybody. But I believe that we also have the God given right to live in peace on our Land. And we have every right to defend ourselves against aggression, terrorist violence, or violence of any kind. And yes, another very important relevant point: in this conflict with the Arab world, in spite of not being "superior", we are a formidably powerful rival because we are fighting the most just and most legitimate war conceivable. We are fighting for our right to exist, for our only spot under the Sun, against an enemy who is determined to destroy us just for saving his national/religious pride. While we are fighting for life, our enemies take their pride in being in love with death.

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