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Submitted by Moshe (Israel), Aug 9, 2006 at 15:51

You seem to believe that "It's no secret that Fact (1) is a Fact. On the other hand, not acknowledging this basic fact, which the Palestinians already know, simple enrages them to violence."

This sentence briefly summarizes the essence of the misconceptions on which your arguments are based. Let me try to show you in detail where you are wrong.

First of all, Fact (1) is not a Fact. As already pointed out to you by Dr.Pipes, as well as by others, "no country can claim to have been established with the consent of the vast majority of the people living on the land." But more than that, I will show you that even in this respect Israel is an exception…

You have to recall first, that before the proclamation of the State of Israel there was a century long peaceful Jewish return home from the Diaspora to Palestine. And it is very important to recall also the following almost forgotten facts: At that stage of the Palestinian saga, i.e. before the establishment of the Jewish state,

1. There were no "Palestinian People". There were only Arabs, with no specific national aspirations. Till after the 1967 Six Days War, no one demanded an additional state for these people.

2. There were no "Occupied Territories"; even the State of Israel did not exist yet. There was a Jewish population with national aspirations, and after the Holocaust with an even more desperate need for a national haven.

3. There was no "Arab Refugee Problem". The home returning Jews settled exclusively on lawfully purchased lands, which as a rule were uninhabitable desert areas or swamps purchased from local Arab landlords who were happy to make good money from those unprofitable lands. The Jews subsequently transformed them into flourishing farms and settlements.

The home returning Jews came with the best of intentions to build a new life, in peaceful coexistence with their Arab neighbors. They brought new life and prosperity to a till then almost desolated region. The local Arabs greatly benefited of this new prosperity, and thus, the Jewish immigration created a parallel influx of Arab population from the neighboring Arab countries. But the Islamist Mullahs did not like the idea of this peaceful coexistence. They incited the Arab pogroms of 1929 and the subsequent murderous attacks against the till then most peaceful Jewish population. Then came all the political maneuvers to solve this Arab-Jewish conflict, which eventually yielded the famous 1947 UN Partition Resolution. In the framework of this resolution, a Jewish state was to be established on the territories inhabited by the Jewish population, and the rest of Western Palestine was assigned to a new Arab state (Eastern Palestine was already an exclusively Arab kingdom called Transjordan). This UN resolution was immediately accepted and cheerfully celebrated by the Jewish population of Palestine.

And here is the point where you Tom must note and acknowledge that on the territories designated for the Jewish state by this UN resolution, the vast majority of the people living on the land were Jews, who gladly consented. Therefore, as you can see, your Fact (1) which applies to probably most other countries, definitely doesn't apply to Israel. Unfortunately however, the Arabs rejected this peaceful resolution on the spot, and declared war on the newly born Jewish state. But fortunately they lost this war as well as the rest of the wars started by them with the constant objective of wiping out the hated Jewish State. These wars generated the new "aching Arab grievances" like the "Refugee Problem", the "Occupied Territories", and so on. All the rest is also well documented history; you have only to pay careful attention to the details. One can very easily get lost amidst all the false allegations and wild Anti-Semitic propaganda with which the Arabs are flooding us.

The bottom line is that the well documented historical facts clearly demonstrate that the Arabs do not need any additional "Facts" or "Non-Facts" of the kinds mentioned by you for enraging them to violence. They were "enraged to violence" well before the Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel, well before there were any "Occupied Territories" to be reclaimed, and well before they "discovered" that there was a poor, victimized "Palestinian People" which "has been robed of his land".

And the present raging Islamic terror all around the world, with far more ambitious objectives than just "liberating Palestine", further supports and demonstrates my arguments.

The main pitfall to avoid is to build theories on false "axioms".

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