by Ted Belman
One hundred years ago the British government published the Balfour Declaration which stipulated,
“His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”
In 1920, the WWI victorious allies met in San Remo for the purpose of drawing up boundaries for the captured territories. It was decided, among other things, to put Palestine under British Mandatory rule. Thus the Allies confirmed the pledge contained in the Balfour Declaration concerning the establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine and made it a legal obligation on Britain and a legal entitlement for the Jews...
The Mandate provided,
“The Administration of Palestine, while ensuring that the rights and position of other sections of the population are not prejudiced, shall facilitate Jewish immigration under suitable conditions and shall encourage, in co-operation with the Jewish agency referred to in Article 4, close settlement by Jews on the land, including State lands and waste lands not required for public purposes.“
The first betrayal of that promise and right came in 1921 before the Mandate was signed. The Arabs had rioted and Britain decided to reduce Jewish immigration to “absorptive capacity” and told Chaim Weizmann that the mandate wouldn’t be signed if the Jews didn’t agree to delete temporarily, the east bank of the Jordan. The Jews had no choice but to agree and the Palestine Mandate was signed in 1922. This territory amounted to 78% of what was promised to the Jews and it ultimately became Jordan. The deletion of the east bank became permanent contrary to Article 5 which prohibited any removal of land from the Mandate...
FOOD for THOUGHT by Steven Shamrak
Sometimes I am asked to make my letters more positive and balanced. What does it mean? Must I ignore the ugly nature of Islamic terrorism and the intent of international anti-Semitic hypocrisy to destroy Israel? There are many “balanced” publications about Middle East conflict. Their politically correct approach only facilitates the demise of Israel. This editorial is not one of them!
The U.N. Commission on the Status of Women has adopted an Israeli-sponsored resolution. It also marks the first Israeli-backed initiative centered on human rights, and the first in the UN with a specific focal point on denouncing sexual harassment in the workplace. But hours later the same commission approved a draft resolution blasting Israel for allegedly oppressing Palestinian women.
Israel to Slash Payments to the UN
The Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu directed it to slash the $2m to the United Nations as a result of the anti-Israel resolutions passed last week in the UN Human Rights Council. This cut is in addition to the $6m that Jerusalem slashed in January in the aftermath of the passage of anti-settlement Resolution 2334 in the UN Security Council.
Last week Russian-made air defenses were compromised by Moscow, leaving Iran and its allies defenseless against Israeli airstrikes. An engineer with Tehran's Ministry of Defense alleged that codes forcing anti-aircraft missiles to treat hostile Israeli fighters as friendly were sold to Tel Aviv, effectively neutralizing Syria and Iran's S-300 surface-to-air missile systems. Israel has flown dozens of air raids over Syria, and despite advanced air defenses, only the latest raid, flown last Friday, involved an
actual missile launch.
PA pollution of a river which flows into central Israel resumes two months after Civil Administration said it had been stopped. The PA is dumping illegal waste near Givat Ze'ev! The pollution is being carried out along the Ayalon river outlet, and the resulting waste water reaches the center of Israel.
The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process (UNSCO) suspended its missions to Gaza Friday after Hamas authorities partly closed the key border crossing into Israel. UNSCO is the key UN agency working on the Israeli-Palestinian Authority peace process, and the restrictions will apply to its head, UN envoy for the Middle East Nickolay Mladenov. (No ‘big’ official announcement and UNSC condemnation of Hamas, unlike Israel!)
The Israeli security cabinet has unanimously voted to approve construction of a new town for the residents of Amona, a Jewish community demolished in February under Supreme Court orders. The residents have been homeless since their town was demolished, waiting for the government to keep the promise to rebuild their town elsewhere. This is establishment of a new settlement in the West Bank for the first time in 25 years. Israel’s government approved the establishment of a new settlement in the West Bank for the first time in more than two decades. (There were no international protests when Jewish homes were demolished!)
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told this year’s annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington DC that at first, she didn’t expect the “Israel bashing session”. “I wanted to make sure that the United States starts leading,” said the former governor. “Leading is not saying things when it’s comfortable. It’s saying and doing things when it’s not comfortable.”
Quote of the Week:
"Don't threaten us with cutting off your aid. It will not work. I am not a Jew with trembling knees. I am a proud Jew with 3,700 years of civilized history. Nobody came to our aid when we were dying in the gas chambers and ovens. Nobody came to our aid when we were striving to create our country. We paid for it. We fought for it. We died for it. We will stand by our principles. We will defend them. And, when necessary, we will die for them again, with or without your aid." - Menachem Begin told Joe Biden on 22 June 1982 - The US is having huge problems: with Chinese expansion plans; North Korean nuclear and ballistic rocket program; Islamic State; illegal and Islamic immigration; Obama Care, just a few – but the main ‘concern’ is still where Jews are building their homes!
by Ted Belman
In 1967, Nasser again closed the Straits of Tiran and the Guarantors were nowhere to be found. Another betrayal!
In response to this cases belli and the massing of Arab armies on all Israel’s borders, Israel pre-emptively attacked and defeated Egypt, Syria and Jordan in 6 days.
Considering that this was the third time in 20 years that Israel was forced to defend itself, you would think that Israel would be entitled to keep all land conquered in such a defensive war pursuant to international law. But no, the best it could get from United Nations Security Council was Res 242 which began by “Emphasizing the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war“ - in total disregard to this war being a defensive war which permits it. It required Israel to withdraw from territories acquired (but not all territories) in exchange for “secure and recognized boundaries free from acts or threats of force”. Thus it was recognized that secure boundaries would necessitate Israel retaining some of the territories.
Subsequently, the international community has embraced the Arab Peace Initiative, which has no legal standing whatsoever, and which requires 100% withdrawal (and requires Israel to accept all the Arab refugees and their descendants). Another betrayal...
In 1973, on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack on Israel and in the first 2 or 3 days came close to destroying Israel... Russia threatened to intervene and Nixon stood up to them and ordered Kissinger to effect the resupply immediately and to arrange a ceasefire. The resupply was made more difficult as various European countries denied the resupply planes with landing rights on their way to Israel. I would say that Kissinger’s delay of resupply and Europe’s withholding landing rights were two more grave betrayals.
President GW Bush put a lot of energy into convening the Madrid Conference in 1991 in which peace negotiations could start. He tried to have the PLO included in the talks but PM Shamir insisted that only Palestinians from the West Bank could participate as part of the Jordanian delegation. Bush also insisted that Jerusalem be put on the table for final status negotiations. Shamir resisted this as well...
After this, Shimon Peres had an opportunity to negotiate with the PLO in secrecy to see what could be negotiated and PM Rabin gave his approval. This resulted in the Oslo Declaration of Principles for Interim Self Government being signed in 1993...
“The aim of the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations within the current Middle East peace process is, among other things, to establish a Palestinian Interim Self-government Authority, the elected Council (the “Council”), for the Palestinian people in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, for a transitional period not exceeding five years, leading to a permanent settlement based on Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973)”
What is important to note is that the Council was “for the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza” thereby excluding the refugees outside of the West Bank. Furthermore, it was intended to lead to “a permanent settlement based on Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973)”. Nevertheless, the entire world takes the position that the goal of the Oslo Accords is the creation of a Palestinian state. This is a lie and a betrayal.
Of further note, the Accords in no way limited settlement construction, though they did define the settlements as a “final status issue”. Nevertheless, the world demands a freeze on settlement construction because they imperil a two-state solution. But the Accords made no mention of a two-state solution. PM Netanyahu has always said that they are not an impediment because they can always be removed. Besides, the Palestinians have no right to a state.
From day one, the Palestinians have been in default of the Accords because that engaged in incitement and violence which they are committed not to do...
The Iran Deal requires special mention as a betrayal of major proportions... It remains to be seen whether President Trump will put an end to this 100 year betrayal.