DECLARATION FOR TRUTH IN U.S. ARAB-ISRAEL POLICY
The Jewish people’s right to a sovereign state, Israel, in the territory of Palestine, known as the Land of Israel for thousands of years until renamed “Palestine” by Roman Emperor Hadrian in 135 A.D., is founded on the multi-millennial “historic connection of the Jewish people with Palestine”, their ancestral homeland, affirmed in decisive international edicts: Balfour Declaration (1917), San Remo Conference (1920), League of Nations (1922), and U.N. General Assembly (1948). But in addition to the existential threat of a nuclear Iran, implicit and explicit attacks on Israel’s very legitimacy continue today,
1. Historically there has never been an Arab entity called “Palestine” and historically there were no separate Palestinian Arab people. In 1945, Philip K Hitti, the renowned Arab historian, asserted before the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry on the Palestine Problem: “Palestine does not exist in history-- absolutely not”. In 1947, the Arab representatives to the U.N. General Assembly affirmed that the Arabs of Palestine did not “constitute a separate Palestinian entity.”
2. At its base the Arab case against Israel is rooted in a delusional myth: “Palestine” was the peaceful homeland of the Palestinian people for 1000 years before the Jews came and "occupied" the land. This fabricated history attacks Israel’s right to exist and ignores the 1000 deadly, turbulent years of Arab dominance.
3. In 1973, defeated in their third war of aggression against Israel, the Arabs adopted the “Strategy of Stages”: (1) Establish a Palestinian State in territory vacated by Israel without recognizing Israel. (2) Intensify armed struggle from this advanced base, easing the way to (3) Israel’s annihilation. Politically, Arab propaganda turned to promoting a concocted Palestinian identity: “…it is in the interest of the Arabs to encourage a separate Palestinian identity…only for tactical reasons,” (Zuhair Mohsen, head of P.L.O. military operations. 3/31/1977)
4. Nevertheless, President Obama proposes a “Two State Solution” that would have Israel retreat to the 1967 Lines (1949 Armistice Lines), abandon Judea, Samaria and Gaza, and divide Jerusalem, Israel’s capital, to accommodate a "Palestinian" Arab capital. This proposal concentrates simply on issues of territorial division, and blindly ignores the Jihadist political religious theology that is at the core of the conflict. (The President did not call for any substantive Arab concessions for peace, e.g. dismantling the terrorist apparatus.)
5. The Arabs have manifested that they really do not want a Two State Solution. They want only one state, an Arab state stretching from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. Forcing Israel to withdraw to the indefensible 1949 Armistice Lines ignores the judgment of U.S. military and political authorities who stress that U.S. security interests are closely linked to a “potent Israeli military capability in the area." It also ignores all past experience with the utopian dream—Israeli “Land for Peace”—which still beguiles U.S. policy makers, even after hearing P.A. President Abbas forcefully declare that a Palestinian State and U.N. Recognition would not end the conflict—contradicting the core argument for Palestinian Statehood (N.Y. Times, 5/16/2011).
6. Those still pushing the delusive “Two-State Solution” perversely refuse to challenge the Jihadist political theology that frustrates hope for peace and undermines the many Arabs who courageously seek only reciprocal respect and accommodation with others. But U.S. policy still does not recognize that they, and we who are committed to freedom and human rights, stand at a great divide—opposing Islamic forces of intolerance, hatred, terrorism and war.
We the undersigned, convinced that a “Two-State Solution” is now untenable, urge the Obama Administration to desist from further pressuring Israel to make territorial concessions that will threaten its security and not bring peace.
We further request that the U.S. Government comply with the Jerusalem Embassy Act, overwhelmingly passed by Congress in 1995, and finally move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the eternal undivided capital of Israel.
Read The Two-State Delusion, by Arnold Soloway, PhD,
available online here -