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November 5, 2015 6:35 pm

Think Tank Says New Mideast Geopolitical Situation Means Israel Needs America Less

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Israeli President Shimon Peres at the Weibo company, in Beijing, China. Photo: Amos Ben Gershom / GPO.

Israeli President Shimon Peres at the Weibo company, in Beijing, China. Photo: Amos Ben Gershom / GPO.

The shifting geopolitical reality in the Middle East has led Israel to seek allies beyond its traditionally close relationship with the US, said a new analysis by the Washington DC think tank, the Council on Foreign Relations.

One of those changes has been Israel’s increasing difficulty reconciling pressure from Washington over the peace process, especially as the Israeli public continues to elect strong right-wing governments.

The other shift happened as many of Israel’s longtime foes — Muammar Qaddafi’s Libya, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, Bashar Assad’s Syria, for the most part — have become irrelevant or embattled, allowing Israel to square in on the threat emanating from Iran.

The authors noted that Israel has developed deeper relationships with other powers like India, Russia and China.

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In China, for example, the analysis noted China’s increasing engagement with Israeli tech through cooperation on cybersecurity.

“The notorious disagreement over Israel’s attempt to sell the Phalcon early warning system to China in 2000, as well as more recent reports that Israel’s head of defense exports sold US missile technology to China, demonstrate the conflicts that are likely to arise as Israel grows closer to China,” the CFR report said.

“Beyond shared democratic values, Israel’s relationship with the United States depends on shared strategic interests. Consistently voting with Russia on key issues at the United Nations or developing cozy military ties with China may, in the long run, cause a true break between the United States and Israel,” they said.

Obama will meet with the Israeli prime minister at the White House on November 9, for their first face-to-face meeting since the Iran nuclear deal was announced last July.

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  • Dan Friedman

    As long as the Left is in power in the USA, this is excellent news for Israel. The Left already controls the USA Jewish community, so what does Israel have to lose?

  • Raymond Gork

    Mr(?) Y.J Draiman has written an impressive post on the history of British involvement in Palestine post WW1. Is it possible to get a print copy? More importantly, how can the “Mainstream” Press be persuaded to publish that history? I know of at least one candidate in Toronto; The National Post. The major problem, as I see it is that it is “preaching to the converted”.

  • Rabbi Menashe Bovit

    The CFR has a general bias against Israel as it follows for the most part a strategy of striving to enable what works best to keep the most countries doing business. Israel is the “fly in the ointment” that in this type of view complicates matters. To appease Israel’s opponents through damaging Israel is perhaps regular item agenda in that foreign policy establishment.
    To drive a wedge between the U.S. and Israel is a wonderful tactic to completely isolate Israel and lead it to it’s demise.
    The relationship between the U.S. and Israel is unique in the world as it isn’t dependent upon “mutual interests”. the relationship is based primarily upon a kind of moral and spiritual bond that is part of both the American and Israeli psyche.
    The “mainstream” media seems to work overtime to degrade that bond in the way they report news of the so-called “Israeli/Palestinian” conflict.
    Encouraging Israel into dalliances with such nations as China and Russia, which have no moral or spiritual attachment to Israel’s continued existence at the expense of the relationship with the U.S. would be advise from the CFR that Israel would be be incredibly foolhardy to accept.
    That is not to say that Israel shouldn’t do business with China and Russia when it is beneficial. However it should not be damaging to the “special relationship” that Israel enjoys with the U.S.
    Obama and his jaundiced perceptions of Israel will soon be out of office and hopefully his successor will make efforts to repair the damage that Obama has done to that “special relationship”.

    • orange

      rabbi, please don’t so casually write about the demise of Israel. I am a strong advocate of the American-Israeli partnership. However having improved relations with India, China,Russia, and other nations is in the long term national interest of Israel. In fact, Israel has only one truly reliable ally…the almighty!

    • Galit Chantrell

      Well said Rabbi Bovit. Australia also has a special bond with America, while at the same time it does good business with China. And lets remember, China voted in favour of ‘Palestinians’ against Israel at th UN.

  • Mordecai Beb Natan

    Time for Israel to tell USA to stop telling Israel what and how to do.

    With the Muslim in the White House, the ties between Israel and USA has never been as bad as it is now.

    HOPEFULLY, the Dems will get the biggest hiding ever, and the Republicans will take over the White House.

    The ties will then improve tremendously.

    I hope that the next president will be brave, and move the US Embassy to the correct city, the Capital of the Jewish state, Jerusalem.
    That JLM will never ever again be divinded.
    NO PA FLAG IN JERUSALEM.

    THE ONLY TIE THAT THE mUSLIMS HAVE WITH JLM IS THAT THEY DESECRATED THE HOLY JEWISH TEMPLE, BY BUILDING THEIR MOSQUES ON THE HOLY JEWISH TEMPLE MOUNT

  • BRITISH BIAS AGAINST THE JEWS IN PALESTINE

    An analysis of land purchases from 1880 to 1948 show that 76 percent of Jewish plots were purchased- from large landowners, not poor fellahin. Those who sold land included the mayors of Gaza, Jerusalem and Jaffa. As’ad el-Shuqeiri, a Muslim religious scholar and father of PLO chairman Ahmed Shuqeiri, took Jewish money for his land. Even King Abdullah leased land to the Jews. In fact, many leaders of the Arab nationalist movement, including members of the Muslim Supreme Council, sold land to Jews. “The British helped the Palestinians to live peacefully with the Jews.” In 1921, Haj Amin el- Husseini first began to organize Fedayeen (“one who sacrifices himself”) to terrorize Jews. Haj Amin hoped to duplicate the success of Kemal Atatürk in Turkey by driving the Jews out of Palestine just as Kemal had driven the invading Greeks from his country. Arab radicals were able to gain influence because the British Administration was unwilling to take effective action against them until they finally revolted against British rule. Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen, former head of British military intelligence in Cairo, and later Chief Political Officer for Palestine and Syria, wrote in his diary that British officials “incline towards the exclusion of Zionism in Palestine.” In fact, the British encouraged the Arab-Palestinians to attack the Jews. According to Meinertzhagen, Col. Waters-Taylor (financial adviser to the Military Administration in Palestine 1919–1923) met with Haj Amin a few days before Easter, in 1920, and told him “he had a great opportunity at Easter to show the world . . . that Zionism was unpopular not only with the Palestine Administration but in Whitehall, and if disturbances of sufficient violence occurred in Jerusalem at Easter, both General Bols [Chief Administrator in Palestine, 1919–1920] and General Allenby [Commander of Egyptian Force, 1917–1919, then High Commissioner of Egypt] would advocate the abandonment of the Jewish Home. Waters- Taylor explained that freedom could only be attained through violence.” Haj Amin took the Colonel’s advice and instigated a riot. The British withdrew their troops and the Jewish police from Jerusalem, allowing the Arab mob to attack Jews and loot their shops. Because of Haj Amin’s overt role in instigating the pogrom, the British decided to arrest him. Haj Amin escaped, however, and was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in absentia. A year later, some British Arabists convinced High Commissioner Herbert Samuel to pardon Haj Amin and to appoint him Mufti. By contrast, Vladimir Jabotinsky and several of his followers, who had formed a Jewish defense organization during the unrest, were sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment. Samuel met with Haj Amin on April 11, 1921, and was assured “that the influences of his family and himself would be devoted to tranquility.” Three weeks later, riots in Jaffa and elsewhere left Jews dead. Haj Amin consolidated his power and took control of all Muslim religious funds in Palestine. He used his authority to gain control over the mosques, the schools and the courts. No Arab could reach an influential position without being loyal to the Mufti. His power was so absolute “no Muslim in Palestine could be born or die without being beholden to Haj Amin.” The Mufti’s henchmen also insured he would have no opposition by systematically killing Palestinians from rival clans who were discussing cooperation with the Jews.
    As the spokesman for Palestinian Arabs, Haj Amin did not ask that Britain grant them independence. On the contrary, in a letter to Churchill in 1921, he demanded that Palestine be reunited with Syria and Transjordan.
    The Arabs found rioting to be an effective political tool because of the lax British attitude and response toward violence against Jews. In handling each riot, the British did everything in their power to prevent Jews from protecting themselves, but made little or no effort to prevent the Arabs from attacking them. After each outbreak, a British commission of inquiry would try to establish the cause of the violence. The conclusion was always the same: the Arabs were afraid of being displaced by Jews. To stop the rioting, the commissions would recommend that restrictions be placed on Jewish immigration. Thus, the Arabs came to recognize that they could always stop the influx of Jews by staging a riot. This cycle began after a series of riots in May 1921. After failing to protect the Jewish community from Arab mobs, the British appointed the Haycraft Commission to investigate the cause of the violence. Although the panel concluded the Arabs had been the aggressors, it rationalized the cause of the attack: “The fundamental cause of the riots was a feeling among the Arabs of discontent with, and hostility to, the Jews, due to political and economic causes, and connected with Jewish immigration; and with their conception of Zionist policy. . . .” One consequence of the violence was the institution of a temporary ban on Jewish immigration. The Arab fear of being “displaced” or “dominated” was used as an excuse for their merciless attacks on peaceful Jewish settlers. Note, too, that these riots were not inspired by nationalistic fervor—nationalists would have rebelled against their British overlords—they were motivated by racial strife and misunderstanding. In 1929, Arab provocateurs succeeded in convincing the masses that the Jews had designs on the Temple Mount (a tactic that would be repeated on numerous occasions, especially in 2000, after the visit of Ariel Sharon and others including the recent violence in October 2015). In a Jewish religious observance at the Western Wall, that forms a part of the Temple Mount, served as a catalyst for rioting by Arabs against Jews that spilled out of Jerusalem into other villages and towns, including Safed and Hebron. Again, the British Administration made no effort to prevent the violence and, after it began, the British did nothing to protect the Jewish population. After six days of mayhem, the British finally brought troops in to quell the disturbance. By this time, virtually the entire Jewish population of Hebron had fled or been killed. In all, 133 Jews were killed and 399 wounded in the pogroms. After the riots were over, the British ordered an investigation, which resulted in the Passfield White Paper. It said the “immigration, land purchase and settlement policies of the Zionist Organization were already, or were likely to become, prejudicial to Arab interests (the British wanted to control the oil in the Middle East). It understood the Mandatory’s obligation to the non-Jewish community to mean that Palestine’s resources must be primarily reserved for the growing Arab economy. . . .” This, of course, meant it was necessary to place restrictions not only on Jewish immigration but on land purchases. All the while the British turned a blind eye while hundreds of thousands of Arabs entered Western Palestine.
    “The Mufti was not anti- Semitic.” In 1941, Haj Amin al- Husseini fled to Germany and met with Adolph Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Joachim Von Ribbentrop and other Nazi leaders. He wanted to persuade them to extend the Nazis’ anti- Jewish program to the Arab world. The Mufti sent Hitler the drafts of declarations he wanted Germany and Italy to make concerning the Middle East. One called on the two countries to declare the illegality of the Jewish home in Palestine. Furthermore, “they accord to Palestine and to other Arab countries the right to solve the problem of the Jewish elements in Palestine and other Arab countries (from about 1940 to date the Arab countries terrorized and expelled over a million Jewish families and confiscated all their assets including over 70,000 square miles of Jewish owned land), in accordance with the interest of the Arabs and, by the same method; that the question is now being settled in the Axis countries.” In November 1941, the Mufti met with Hitler, who told him the Jews were his foremost enemy. The Nazi dictator rebuffed the Mufti’s requests for a declaration in support of the Arabs; however, telling him the time was not right. The Mufti offered Hitler his “thanks for the sympathy which he had always shown for the Arab and especially Palestinian cause, and to which he had given clear expression in his public speeches. . . . The Arabs were Germany’s natural friends because they had the same enemies as had Germany, namely. . . . The Jews. . . .” Hitler replied: Germany stood for uncompromising war against the Jews. That naturally included active opposition to the Jewish national home in Palestine. . . . Germany would furnish positive and practical aid to the Arabs involved in the same struggle. . . . Germany’s objective [is] . . . solely the destruction of the Jewish element residing in the Arab sphere. . . . In that hour the Mufti would be the most authoritative spokesman for the Arab world. The Mufti thanked Hitler profusely. In 1945, Yugoslavia sought to indict the Mufti as a war criminal for his role in recruiting over 20,000 Muslim volunteers for the SS, who participated in the killing of Jews in Croatia and Hungary. He escaped from French detention in 1946, however, and continued his fight against the Jews from Cairo and later Beirut. “The Irgun bombed the King David Hotel as part of a terror campaign against civilians.” The King David Hotel was the site of the British military command and the British Criminal Investigation Division. The Irgun chose it as a target after British troops invaded the Jewish Agency on June 29, 1946, and confiscated large quantities of documents. At about the same time, more than 2,500 Jews from all over Palestine were placed under arrest. The information about Jewish Agency operations, including intelligence activities in Arab countries, was taken to the King David Hotel. A week later, news of a massacre of 40 Jews in a pogrom in Poland reminded the Jews of Palestine how Britain’s restrictive immigration policy had condemned hundreds of thousands of Jews to death. Irgun leader Menachem Begin stressed his desire to avoid civilian casualties. In fact, the plan was to warn the British so they would evacuate the building before it was blown up. Three telephone calls were placed, one to the hotel, another to the French Consulate, and a third to the Palestine Post, warning that explosives in the King David Hotel would soon be detonated. On July 22, 1946, the calls were made. The call into the hotel was apparently received and ignored. Begin quotes one British official who supposedly refused to evacuate the building, saying: “We don’t take orders from the Jews.” As a result, when the bombs exploded, the casualty toll was high: a total of 91 killed and 45 injured. Among the casualties were 15 Jews. Few people in the hotel proper were injured by the blast.
    In contrast to Arab attacks against Jews, which were widely hailed by Arab leaders as heroic actions, the Jewish National Council denounced the bombing of the King David. For decades the British denied they had been warned. In 1979, however, a member of the British Parliament introduced evidence that the Irgun had indeed issued the warning. He offered the testimony of a British officer who heard other officers in the King David Hotel bar joking about a Zionist threat to the headquarters. The officer who overheard the conversation immediately left the hotel and survived.
    After WWII; the British actually blew-up Holocaust refugee ships bound for Palestine-Israel known as “Operation Embarrass”.

  • IS THE UNITED NATIONS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CREATION OF THE MODERN STATE OF ISRAEL? Part 2 of 2

    Those who assert that Israel was created, rather than diminished, by the Palestine Partition Plan knowingly reverse Cause and Effect, as U.N. General Assembly Resolution no. 181 was the result — rather than the determinant — of Great Britain’s decision to quit and abandon its obligation for a sovereign Jewish National Home in Palestine; and to execute the remainder of Mandatory Palestine terms. This is because, in February 1947, Great Britain had already announced its intention to completely withdraw from the western portion of Mandatory Palestine by August 1948. Since this announcement was made some 9 months prior to — and, in fact, served as the direct impetus for — the United Nations’ recommendation and issuance of its Palestine Partition Plan, it is clear that the subsequent British withdrawal from the western portion of Mandatory Palestine in May 1948, and the consequent Arab war of annihilation against the Jewish population centers thereof (in rank violation of the Palestine Partition Plan and international law), and the ensuing emergence of the sovereign State of Israel there from all would have occurred regardless of the existence of the U.N. Palestine Partition Plan.
    Conversely, had the Jewish population centers of the western portion of Mandatory Palestine been destroyed by the Arabs, and had Israel thereby lost its War of Independence, then neither United Nations’ resolutions nor supranational remorse would have sufficed to reverse such a catastrophic denouement.
    Clearly, there is an enormous difference between endorsement and creation. While the United Nations certainly endorsed the establishment of modern Israel (at least within the tiny Partition Plan lines), that feckless endorsement (which was so violently rejected by the entire Arab, and larger Muslim, world) had no operative effect on the creation of the Jewish State precisely because it was stillborn.
    Nonetheless, that endorsement did bestow upon Israel a unique international legal status, namely, is that of being the only nation in the World whose establishment was officially endorsed by both the League of Nations and the United Nations.
    However, delving deeper into the realm of Cause and Effect, it may be cogently argued that the State of Israel presently exists in the biblical Land of Israel as a Jewish nation-state within defensible borders due only to a combination of the belligerence and the impatience of the Arabs. This denouement was portended by the prescient declaration of the biblical Joseph to his brothers: “ ‘Although; you meant [to inflict] Evil upon me, God meant it for Good, in order to accomplish — it is as [clear as] this Day — that a vast people be kept alive.’ ” (Genesis 50:20).
    In the absence of this belligerence and impatience, approximately 45% of the citizenry to be encompassed within Israel as defined by the 1947 Partition Plan lines would have been Arab, thereby constituting a demographic time bomb within the renascent Jewish State. In 2015 current affairs, we are witnessing the mushrooming time bomb, ready to explode in the whole of the Middle East.
    Now, let us hypothetically assume that neither the Arabs residing within the proposed Jewish State, nor the Arabs residing within the proposed Arab State, nor the Arabs residing within the surrounding Arab states had ever initiated a war of annihilation against the Jewish population centers of the western portion of Mandatory Palestine, but that they had, instead, simply acquiesced to the creation of Israel within the Partition Plan lines recommended by U.N. General Assembly Resolution no. 181.
    In these circumstances, a democratic Israel hosting such a substantial law-abiding Arab electorate (which, never having warred against Israel, would have remained in place from the outset) would not have enacted the exclusionist, but morally imperative, Law of Return (which, in implementation of Articles 6 & 7 of the Mandate for Palestine, grants automatic residency and appurtenant citizenship rights to any Jew in the World). For, it is this law, coupled with the voluntary exodus of some 600,000 Arab belligerents during Israel’s 1948 War of Independence, which has allowed the Jewish population of Israel to maintain, to the present time, its overwhelming demographic dominance over the extant Arab population thereof (at a historical ratio of 4:1), despite the fact that the Arab birthrate has traditionally been (until recently) substantially higher than the Jewish birthrate.
    Also in these circumstances, an Israel which was never invaded by the Arabs of the proposed Arab State and those of the surrounding Arab states would not have fought any War of Independence, and consequently would not have expanded from its 1947 Partition Plan lines to its 1949 armistice demarcation lines — let alone to its present post-1967 liberated defensible borders.
    Consequently, it is likely that such a demographically-challenged Israel (i.e., a country hosting a large peaceful Arab population that enjoyed a superior birthrate) would have quietly ceased to exist as a Jewish nation-state several generations ago.
    That the belligerent and impatient Arabs are themselves principally responsible for the State of Israel’s present entrenchment in the biblical Land of Israel as a Jewish nation-state within defensible borders is not only ironic but — more importantly — also constitutes a grand historic replay of the circumstances under which the Jewish people’s forebears, under the leadership of Joshua, originally conquered the Land. As is related in the Hebrew Bible: “Joshua waged war with all of these [Canaanite] kings for a long time. There was not a city that made peace with the Children of Israel except for the Hivvite inhabitants of Gibeon; they [the Hebrews] took everything in battle. For it was from HaShem, to harden their [the Canaanite nations’] hearts towards battle against Israel, in order to destroy them [the Canaanite nations] — that they not find favor [with the Hebrews] — so that they would be extirpated [by the Hebrews], as HaShem had commanded Moses.” (Joshua 11:18-20).
    In sum, modern Israel may credit its legal creation to the 1920 San Remo Conference which incorporated the 1917 Balfour Declaration as international law and its implementation of the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine, and its de facto existence to the impatient belligerence of its enemies and the consequent resolve of the Jewish people to survive.

    PS. It is interesting to note that the World at large is not questioning the State of Jordan and its territory, which has taken 78% from the international allocation to the Jewish land. The new Arab State of Jordan a State that has never existed in history prior to WWI. But, Israel that has existed on its ancestral land for over 3600 years which included; the land Jordan occupies, the Arabs and the world at large are questioning Israel’s sovereign territory. They do not mention that The Arabs received over 5 million square miles of territory and that the Arabs terrorized and expelled over a million Jewish families and their children, including the confiscation of all their assets, personal property, homes, businesses and Jewish owned land of about 120,000 sq, km. or 75,000 sq. miles (6 times the size of Israel, valued in the trillions of dollars) and that the majority of the Jewish families expelled from Arab countries were re-settled in Israel’s LIBERATED TERRITORY and currently comprise over half the population in Israel.

  • IS THE UNITED NATIONS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CREATION OF THE MODERN STATE OF ISRAEL?
    In reviewing historical facts, various actions and documents; it is clear that the U.N. did not create but endorsed the sovereignty of the State of Israel in 1948. The actual reconstitution of the Jewish National Home in Palestine was established in 1919-1920 under international laws and treaties, executed by the Supreme Allied Powers which included the United States, and the 1919 Faisal Weizmann Agreement.
    United Nations General Assembly Resolution no. 181 (II) of 1947 (commonly known as the “Palestine Partition Plan”) recommended (and I emphasize recommended which is advisory only) the creation from all of the lands of Mandatory Palestine west of the Jordan River, representing 22% of original Mandatory Palestine, a Jewish state (comprising slightly less than 11% of the Land), an Arab state (comprising slightly less than 11% of the Land) and an internationally-administered greater Jerusalem, which terminates after 10 years and becomes part of the sovereign state of Israel.
    It is often asserted that the modern State of Israel was created by this Resolution as a byproduct of Europe’s alleged guilty conscience over its complicity in the Holocaust.
    Although widely accepted as an unassailable truism, this assertion is quite false.
    Israel’s juridical birth certificate is the pre-Holocaust San Remo Resolution and its incorporation of the 1917 Balfour Declaration having the force of international law and its execution by the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine of 1922 (provisionally operative from 1920 international law and treaties) — not the post-Holocaust United Nations Palestine Partition Plan of 1947. Moreover, the Mandate was itself explicitly based upon the preexisting “historical connection of the Jewish people with the land of Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country” (Mandate for Palestine, Preamble, Paragraph 3).
    The Mandate for Palestine states, in salient part, as follows:
    MANDATE FOR PALESTINE
    The Council of the League of Nations:
    Whereas the Principal Allied Powers have agreed, for the purpose of giving effect to the provisions of Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations, to entrust to a Mandatory selected by the said Powers the administration of the territory of Palestine, which formerly belonged to the Turkish Empire, within such boundaries as may be fixed by them; and
    Whereas the Principal Allied Powers have also agreed that the Mandatory should be responsible for putting into effect the declaration originally made on November 2nd, 1917 (the Balfour Declaration), by the Government of His Britannic Majesty, and adopted by the said Powers, in favor of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, it being clearly understood that nothing should be done which might 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; and
    Whereas recognition has thereby been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country; and
    Whereas the Principal Allied Powers have selected His Britannic Majesty as the Mandatory for Palestine; and
    Whereas the mandate in respect of Palestine has been formulated in the following terms and submitted to the Council of the League for approval; and
    Whereas His Britannic Majesty has accepted the mandate in respect of Palestine and undertaken to exercise it on behalf of the League of Nations in conformity with the following provisions; and
    Whereas by the aforementioned Article 22 (paragraph 8), it is provided that the degree of authority, control or administration to be exercised by the Mandatory, not having been previously agreed upon by the Members of the League, shall be explicitly defined by the Council of the League Of Nations;
    Confirming the said Mandate, defines its terms as follows:
    ARTICLE 1 The Mandatory shall have full powers of legislation and of administration, save as they may be limited by the terms of this Mandate.
    ARTICLE 2 The Mandatory shall be responsible for placing the country under such political, administrative and economic conditions as will secure the establishment of the Jewish national home, as laid down in the Preamble, and the development of self-governing institutions, and also for safeguarding the civil and religious rights of all the inhabitants of Palestine, irrespective of race and religion.
    ARTICLE 3 The Mandatory shall, so far as circumstances permit, encourage local autonomy.
    ARTICLE 4 An appropriate Jewish agency shall be recognized as a public body for the purpose of advising and cooperating with the Administration of Palestine in such economic, social and other matters as may affect the establishment of the Jewish national home and the interests of the Jewish population in Palestine, and, subject always to the control of the Administration, to assist and take part in the development of the country.
    The Zionist Organization, so long as its organization and constitution are, in the opinion of the Mandatory, appropriate, shall be recognized as such agency. It shall take steps in consultation with His Britannic Majesty’s Government to secure the cooperation of all Jews who are willing to assist in the establishment of the Jewish national home.
    ARTICLE 5 The Mandatory shall be responsible for seeing that no Palestine territory shall be ceded or leased to, or in any way placed under the control of, the Government of any foreign Power.
    ARTICLE 6 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 cooperation 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.
    ARTICLE 7 The Administration of Palestine shall be responsible for enacting a nationality law. There shall be included in this law provisions framed so as to facilitate the acquisition of Palestinian citizenship by Jews who take up their permanent residence in Palestine.
    . . .
    Since the Jewish people’s right to reestablish their nation-state in the biblical Land of Israel became a pillar of international law decades before the advent of the Holocaust, and since this aspect of international law was merely a formal acknowledgment of the 4,000 year old aboriginal Jewish right to the Land, it is a gross misrepresentation of History to claim that the State of Israel instead emerged from the womb of the United Nations, impregnated by alleged European remorse over the Holocaust.
    Moreover, while the Holocaust did not create the State of Israel, the absence of the State of Israel did create the Holocaust. For, had the Jewish State already existed with its own sovereignty when Nazi Germany arose from the ashes of World War I, virtually all of those who perished in the Holocaust would, instead, have been forcibly expelled by Nazi Germany to a welcoming Israel; and, consequently, there would have been no Holocaust.
    Furthermore, if genuine European remorse over the Holocaust had really existed in 1947, then the United Nations General Assembly would never have issued its niggardly Palestine Partition Plan — a recommendation of the international community which (following the decades-earlier illegally severing from all of Mandatory Palestine allocated to the Jews, in all of its lands east of the Jordan River, representing 78% of original Mandatory Palestine, first in 1922, territory which later became the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in 1946, being 78% of the Land, and then again in 1923, territory which comprised the Golan Heights, being 1% of the Land) left the Jewish people with less than 11% of Palestine and of that which the League of Nations had originally allocated to them under the Mandate for Palestine, deprived them of any sovereignty over Jerusalem, and saddled them with a demographic and sectarian time bomb in the form of a population that was 45% Arab, virtually all of whom were hostile to the creation of a Jewish State. Rather — especially in light of the uncompromising language of Article 5 of the Mandate for Palestine — a penitent U.N., acting through its Security Council, would have issued at that time an authoritative resolution under Chapter VII of the U.N. Charter (which, unlike Chapter VI of the U.N. Charter, authorizes coercive enforcement measures): (1) affirming the continuing primacy of the Mandate for Palestine as the legal foundation for the establishment of a Jewish State in Palestine, (2) recognizing full Jewish sovereignty over the entire western portion of Mandatory Palestine, including Jerusalem, which constituted the remaining 22% of original Mandatory Palestine assigned as the National Home for the Jewish people, and (3) acknowledging that the Jewish people had the right to repatriate to their countries of origin the many hundreds of thousands of hostile Arabs who, from 1920 onward, had been permitted by Great Britain, as Mandatory trustee for the Jewish people, to inundate the western portion of Mandatory Palestine in rank violation of its fiduciary obligations to the Jewish people under the Mandate for Palestine. Furthermore, the British initiated and expanded restrictions on Jewish immigration into Palestine; in direct violation of the Mandate for Palestine. Moreover, the British restriction on Jewish immigration to Palestine caused the deaths of insurmountable number of Jews in Nazi extermination camps.
    Clearly, Israel exists neither due to Europe’s alleged guilty conscience nor due to the issuance of the meager Palestine Partition Plan, but due only to the fact that the renascent Jewish State outgunned and outnumbered militarily, defeated the seven Arab states (namely, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan aka Transjordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Yemen) which, together with the Arab League’s “Arab Liberation Army” and local “Palestinian” militias drawn from Arab population centers throughout the western portion of Mandatory Palestine, had sought to annihilate the Jewish State, thereby igniting Israel’s defensive War of Independence.

    continued in part 2

  • I am surprised at the shortsighted thinking of the Washington Council on Foreign Relations.

    Israel and America have such a strong,deep, and respectful relationship which is felt by the vast majority of both it people.
    Democratic values, religious beliefs, Strategic co-operation, joint Scientific and business ventures etc.

    The rather woolly reply from Mr Florres aptly pointed out that only Israel, from among all the Nations, really appreciates this American relationship.

    It is immoral for the West and especially the EU to support the many Warmongering, Anti-Semitic or just Evil Nations in the world

    I believe that “all aid is useless and corrupting” especially Military aid to governments.

    Only “Humanitarian aid” has a short term benefit or the type of personal charity that Bill Gates and other celebrities do.

    Stop it America – Stop it all of you!

  • The shifting geopolitical reality has his cause. The cause is that USA did interfere in many countries intern affairs for many years before China did open her doors to the world. USA White House noisy cow boy political factory on Red Indian land got it very easy not been aware that when man does attacks other men’s minds, he does attacks his own mind in the same moment, bringing him self into living in his own divided mind, been and not been with any man, any country in the same time, ending behaving stupid which is the cause of a rising man in USA who did say that to day USA politician are stupid. A politician who does live in a divided mind, his brain does attack his own mind no been able to take the right political decision knowing that he is not trusted, ending living in a reality which does not exist! I mean living in a created political world of chaos which is not a true reality. USA will attack men’s mind and in the same time USA will like to have military cooperation under double and triple moral behavior games which drives men’s ( a country leader) to become suspicious under USA a pull – push psychology game to divide men’s minds. Once upon the time Picasso was asked to paint a portrait of Stalin by French communist, Picasso didn’t succeed to paint Stalin portrait! Guess why? It was a given political idea into production bringing a man into a situation to become something man is not. At that time politicians round the world had ideologies without real marked economy which did drive the world into straightforward conflicts. The reason of the cold war borders walls, not only physical borders walls but in mind, we no forget that in the 40c and in the 50s in USA communist were arrested and even people who were not communist were arrested, which is a fact evidence about politicians mind walls. At that time countries could hardly be attacked from within. With the oil rising economies in the 70c which did subsided products gave birth to market economy politics which gave men the power to attack countries from within without lifting a finger driving countries into civil war where millions of people did kill each other for nothing al all, which is the cause of driving innocents people and middle classes people into becoming mentally defenseless ending on the roads as refugees into Europe and USA. When a politician man does attacks other politician men’s minds, man does create a Global political situation out of control which becomes the opposite of what a politician man did want to achieve as a goal, becoming a weak political man as Obama is to day! Of course Israel a country which is a center for religious believes is easy to split, and many countries as China, Russia, India, Egypt and other countries a well in Europe can not accept the political games of USA. USA must change politically to gain back what USA stand for – Freedom! By doing so, in cooperation with Russia, China, India and the rest of the world the entire world will move on into a better future. USA must not fear to be attacked! No one, no country cares to attack USA! Why? Because USA contains people from the entire world, Attacking USA is like attacking one owns mind. The irony is that doing WW2 USA solders were the children of Europe fighting their own fathers, and Nazi Germany killing their own people in Russia, facing their own minds killing destroying their own image of men. If USA goes to war against any country! USA citizens will react because millions of people of USA have their souls roots in those countries which USA may think to fight. For USA intern stability and as well the rest of the world intern stability is but peace politics! It is over and out with the pull – push politics ideology, because it works against men’s own mind losing true friends from the entire world countries which has their own children’s living in USA and America! Peace among men is the way to save our planet!
    The pull – push political ideology is giving with one hand and trying to get back more of what man did give by another hand, giving financial support and weapon for political power interest by one hand to countries which are in conflict, keeping a conflict going on to sell more weapons getting back, more of what man did give, bringing the entire world into Global political and economical chaos by another hand which can not continue, we see that it does not work in the long run! We see that politicians do move from one country to another country in a quick tempo changing political positions in a world which is limited! The global political games becomes a theater TV and newspaper show where men mostly gets tired of, becoming confuse and skeptical to what ever politicians does says. We need a new generation of politicians who are able to see beyond what men was used to. A young women to day in some countries can do what a women never did before, a young boy knows better of what his parents knows because a boy mind do live in a world space which is not new to him but new for his parents.

    • Florres

      Why is this person’s 10 comments all off topic all printed?

  • The pull – push political ideology is giving with one hand and trying to get back more of what man did give by another hand, giving financial support and weapon for political power interest by one hand to countries which are in conflict, keeping a conflict going on to sell more weapons getting back, more of what man did give, bringing the entire world into Global political and economical chaos by another hand which can not continue, we see that it does not work in the long run! We see that politicians do move from one country to another country in a quick tempo changing political positions in a world which is limited! The global political games becomes a theater TV and newspaper show where men mostly gets tired of, becoming confuse and skeptical to what ever politicians does says. We need a new generation of politicians who are able to see beyond what men was used to. A young women to day can do what a women never did before, a young boy knows better of what his parents knows because a boy mind do live in a world space which is not new to him but new for his parents.

  • Mickey Oberman

    Florres has said it all very eloquently and comprehensively.
    Has spelled it out so even the dimmest of dimwits can understand.
    Perhaps even the Americans will now be able to grasp what deceit and bzckstabbing Obama has perpetrated against its “closest allies”.

  • The shifting geopolitical reality has his cause. The cause is that USA did interfere in many countries intern affairs for many years before China did open her doors to the world. USA White House noisy cow boy political factory on Red Indian land got it very easy not been aware that when man does attacks other men’s minds, he does attacks his own mind in the same moment, bringing him self into living in his own divided mind, been and not been with any man,with any country in the same time, ending behaving stupid which is the cause of a rising man in USA who did say that to day USA politician are stupid. A politician who does live in a divided mind, his brain does attack his own mind no been able to take the right political decision knowing that he is not trusted, ending living in a reality which does not exist! I mean living in a created political world of chaos which is not a true reality. USA will attack men’s mind and in the same time USA will like to have military cooperation under double and triple moral behavior games which drives men’s ( a country leader) to become suspicious under USA pull – push psychology game to divide men’s minds. Once upon the time Picasso was asked to paint a portrait of Stalin by communist, Picasso didn’t succeed to paint Stalin portrait! Guess why? It was a given political idea into production bringing a man into a situation to become something man is not. At that time politicians round the world had ideologies without real marked economy which did drive the world into straightforward conflicts. The reason of the cold war borders walls, not only physical borders walls but in mind, we no forget that in the 40c and in the 50s in USA communist were arrested and even people who were not communist were arrested, which is a fact evidence about politicians mind walls. At that time countries could hardly be attacked from within. With the oil rising economies in the 70c which did subsided products gave birth to market economy politics which gave men the power to attack countries from within without lifting a finger driving countries into civil war where millions of people did kill each other for nothing al all, which is the cause of driving innocents people and middle classes people into becoming mentally defenseless ending on the reads as refugees into Europe. When a politician man does attacks other politician men’s minds, man does create a Global political situation out of control which becomes the opposite of what a politician man did want to achieve as a goal, becoming a weak political man as Obama is to day! Of course Israel a country which is a center for religious believes is easy to split, and countries as China, Russia, India, Egypt and other countries a well in Europe can not accept the political games of USA. USA must change politically to gain back what USA stand for – Freedom! By doing so, in cooperation with Russia, China, India and the rest of the world the entire world will move on into a better future. USA must not fear to be attacked! No one, no country cares to attack USA! Why? Because USA contains people from the entire world, Attacking USA is like attacking one owns mind. The irony is that doing WW2 USA solders were the children of Europe fighting their own fathers, and Nazi Germany killing their own people in Russia, facing their own minds killing destroying their own image of men. If USA goes to war against any country! USA citizens will react because millions of people of USA have their souls roots in those countries which USA may think to fight. For USA intern stability and as well the rest of the world intern stability is but peace politics! It is over and out with the pull – push politics ideology, because it works against men’s own mind losing true friends from the entire world countries which has their own children’s living in USA and America! Peace among men is the way to save our planet!
    The pull – push political ideology is giving with one hand and trying to get back more of what man did give by another hand, giving financial support and weapon for political power interest by one hand to countries which are in conflict, keeping a conflict going on to sell more weapons getting back, more of what man did give, bringing the entire world into Global political and economical chaos by another hand which can not continue, we see that it does not work in the long run! We see that politicians do move from one country to another country in a quick tempo changing political positions in a world which is limited! The global political games becomes a theater TV and newspaper show where men mostly gets tired of, becoming confuse and skeptical to what ever politicians does says.
    We need a new generation of politicians who are able to see beyond what men was used to. A young women to day in some countries can do what a women never did before, a young boy knows better of what his parents knows because a boy mind do live in a world space which is not new to him but new for his parents.

    • Florres

      this is a Muslim

  • Still today it is America which vetoes for israel in the united Nations. But tomorrow we do not know whether America will vote for Israel because the immigrants and homosexuals and the muslims are capturing america. hence israel must rope in Britain . britain can demolish gaza to build the canal from mediterranean to red sea

  • steven L

    As long as the West refuses to understand the needs for Israel security, we are at an impasse. The West cannot count on IL to commit suicide.

  • And still support MR Abbas & the PA.

  • Eisenberg. Steven

    I have to say only one thing. Good Riddance!
    Don’t let the door hit you in the ass!!!! Israel has been
    sucking us dry for almost seventy years. It’s about time.

    • Florres

      Same tactic as anti-Semite below, pretend to be a self-hating Jew.
      This is not a new tactic, medeival Catholics did this, when not stealing Jewish babies, to colonize, as this Muslim is doing here.

      You can tell fascists as always, they all use the same brainwashed tactics.

    • Barry

      Sucking you dry! What nonsense.
      Who has given back the equivalence in Cold war intel and technology. Enabled American companies to amass billions with Israeli R&D. Go to Israel and see all those American sites of R&D.
      Why, even California has now gone to Israel for help to resolve its water problem.
      You wouldn’t be getting all those pictures of Pluto and its moons if it hadn’t been for those algorithms, to compact data transmission, R&D’d in Israel.
      All those medical advances (stent) to keep American blood flowing.
      Sucking you dry, what nonsense.
      Your illegals are sending back billions to Mexico and other places and all you’re getting are “short back and sides” for your California gardens.
      What a laugh!

  • ART

    The missile technology was given by Litton Industries when Clinton turned to China as a “cheap” place to launch US satellites, Obama turned to Russia for the launches. Whenever the US wants to do something harmful to Israel they drag out the often refuted canard that Israel wrongly shares US technology. By the way the US has vilated assurances to Israel when it sold aircraft to Saudis, Egypt Jordan etc that had conformational fuel tanks, Heads up displays, Pave Nap, etc, as well as teh Patriot missiles, the Israelis corrected defective software during Desert Storm

  • jakob wasi

    Baruch Ha-Shem! It’s about time that Israel no longer hides behind Nanny America’s skirts. And the US should treat Israel like any other country no more privileged than the next. It is no more a victim than the vicious propaganda rich Zionists make it out to be. Let Israel stand on it own two feet, and get its arse whipped like it did in adventuresome wars in Lebanon led by that fool Ehud Barak.
    As Hannah Arendt opined that Israel mucked up the opportunity to break ground in international law concerning crimes against humanity. Instead, it chose to become like every other nation, free to commit crimes against humanity, as it does now against Palestinians. As Kant reasoned you turned into the opposite you pretend not to be…a criminal in international law!

    • Florres

      The new trick in antisemitic education on Universities, is pretend to be one of the self-hating Jews.

      There is zero Jewish heritage in this person, nor has this person ever done a single good thing for the Jewish community.

      All this Muslim did was steal Jewish ideas, which lead him to study for anti-Semitism other ideas. Anti-Semitic obsession is his whole education.

  • Jim Delaney

    Obama’s a lousy ally and EVERYONE with a brain cell knows it. I’m glad Israel has been able to strengthen other relationships in the world. Right now she CANNOT count on Obama’s USA. Occasioned by the insane Obama-Iran deal,let’s not forget the closer bonds Israel is necessarily forging with Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt who share the same fears.

  • Richard Wahl

    Mr. Obama is playing a dangerous game in supporting Arab interst. We need Israel on our side rather then Russia and China.I hope someone in Washington realizes that before it’s too late.

  • Florres

    This is the obsession with the Jews and nothing more. Everyone is doing what Israel is doing, more so. Everyone America gives billions to , turns around 5 minutes later and renegs on the US, Saudi Arabia buys its missiles from Chiina, Egypt buys its jets from France, these are never EVER EVER worded as it is for the Jews.
    It’s not even one case it is every case, South Korea has gotten a lot more from the US by infinity than Israel, you will not find a commenter or article in the style of EVERY ONE!!! about Israel.

    Egypt sided with the Soviets and received a billion a year in weapons in 1950s dollars, they switched to the US in the late 1970s and the US has done endless things for their protection for free, the aid to Egypt has been endless, first imagine what the media an anti-Semitic religion would have done, and the “historians” if Judea had been taken a billion a year from Stalin. second imagine if overnight Israel decided to be friends with the US (the US of course wouldn’t accept, because of the nature of the antisemitic obsession) but is there a media outlet or even human individua brain that believes Egypt owes the US anything, of course not, it is reversed. The US in all other cases is meddling, and colonialist, the Gulf the most treacherous act even boycotted selling the US and the CIA didn’t even respond, instead, we went to 2 wars for the Gulf, Saaudi Arabia which buys its missiles from China, not the US.

    China supplies Pakistan and Hezbolleh billions in weapons, Pakistan gets 11 billion a year in US aid for intellegence. Hezbolleh gets US aid from the billion a year we give to the Lebanese government.

    All of this doesn’t count the aid the genicidal antisemitic EU gives to every Islamist source you can imagine in every Euro style trick you could imagine to get it to them. 6.3 billion euros every few years the EU gives to the Muslim Brotherhood in known direct aid.

    We bought the Shia in Iraq a 28 billion doollar advanced army, in one lump sum. and give them 9-20 billion a year in weapons aid on top of that.

    • Jo Neace Krause

      If “this” is nothing but an obsession with Jews, there is a good reason for it. What other country has involved itself with controlling America like Israel has?

    • So what precisely is your point?

    • Vivienne Havalant (Leijonhufvud)

      I feel the US biggest problem has been its administration in the last few years. Saudi has never been a friend of anyone, totally untrustworthy. Why anyone is supporting Hezbollah I cannot understand, clearly Hezbollah is a terrorist organization. Our monumental problem today for the US and the rest of the world is ISLAM. Europe in its idiocy is finding out the hard way just as Scandinavia is. Not a single nation should support ISLAM at all. All moslems in the UN should be removed or alternatively the world no longer needs the corrupt Moslem run UN. Israel is surrounded by ISLAM what do you suggest she does? Whether Obama is a moslem remains to be proved, nevertheless, Obama has done no favors for the US. The EU is sick and there will be serious confrontation in Europe sparked off by Germany and this will simply escalate right across up to Scandinavia. Today’s scenarios are about ISLAM wanting to control energy production. Iran has large natural deposits of Uranium which it is keen to use for no good purpose other than to threaten and dominate the rest of world and impose Shiia Islam and Sharia. Islam is dangerous psychotic ideology, putting all nations at risk. Its no wonder Israel looks to Russia and China. The US alone cannot take on the monster of ISLAM but a coalition between Russia China and the US can. Forget the cold war look at what is in front of us today. A monstrous many headed beast, Hydra, if you like under the heading of ISLAM and all the insanity that goes with it.

      • Robert Kingsley

        Ms Vivienne Havalant (Leijonhufvud) has it exactly right!

        It is pity the West failed, in the Crusader wars a 1000 years ago, to destroy this evil religion.

        Islam should be tightly controlled as other ‘hateful’ cults!

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