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A Palestinian State Is Not in America’s Interest

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with US President Donald Trump at Wednesday's White House press conference. Photo: Screenshot.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with US President Donald Trump at Wednesday’s White House press conference. Photo: Screenshot.

In 1948, the conventional “wisdom” at the US State Department was that the reestablishment of a Jewish state would damage US interests because the Jewish state would be aligned with the USSR, undermine US-Arab relations, intensify regional instability and be militarily devastated by its Arab neighbors, thus causing a second Holocaust.

That “wisdom,” of course, was wrong.

The State Department’s views were also wrong when: the US appeased Egyptian President Nasser (1950s); facilitated the toppling of the Shah of Iran (1977-78); embraced Saddam Hussein, and inadvertently encouraged his August 1989 invasion of Kuwait; proclaimed Yasser Arafat to be a messenger of peace (1993); welcomed the Arab Spring (2011); supported the anti-US Muslim Brotherhood against Egyptian President Mubarak, and turned a cold shoulder to pro-US President al-Sisi (2011-2017); and toppled the Qaddafi regime, thus transforming Libya into a major platform of Islamic terrorism (2011).

In 2017, the conventional “wisdom” maintains that the Palestinian issue is at the crux of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and that the US can reset the Middle East by forcing peace on the Israelis. According to this view, the proposed Palestinian state is an integral part of the Israeli-Arab peace process, and would ultimately benefit US security interests.

But this view flies in the face of 14 centuries of Middle Eastern history, the Jordan-Palestinian conflict and the track record of the Palestinians since the 1920s.

All attempts to introduce democracy and peace into the Arab Middle East have been defeated by deeply-rooted intra-Arab violent violence (which has nothing to do with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict).

Furthermore, while the US — rightly so — invests billions of dollars to bolster Jordan’s current regime, a Palestinian state would actually endanger the pro-US Hashemite monarchy.

In October 1994, during the Israel-Jordan peace treaty ceremony, top Jordanian military and intelligence officers reportedly cautioned their Israeli colleagues: “Don’t allow the establishment of a Palestinian state west of the Jordan River, because it would doom the Hashemite regime east of the River; and, be aware that agreements signed with the Palestinians in the morning are violated by night time.”

The Palestinian Authority and the PLO claim to represent all Palestinians, including those in Jordan. The conflict between that Palestinians and the Hashemites in Jordan led to the pre-1948 clashes between King Abdullah (who was murdered by a Palestinian in 1951) and the Palestinian Mufti Haj Amin al-Husayni; the 1970-71 Jordan-PLO war of “Black September”; the 1985-87 clashes in Jordan, and the current unrest among many Jordanian Palestinians. Creating a Palestinian state would clearly undermine the security interests of Jordan — a key US ally.

The creation of a Palestinian state would also trigger destabilizing ripple effects in pro-US Saudi Arabia and all of the other pro-US Arab Gulf states, providing a robust tailwind to Islamic terrorism. A Palestinian state would also advance the Iranians’ goal of dominating the Persian Gulf, and the broader Middle East.

Furthermore, most Arab states do not view the Palestinian issue as a true or important concern. As the January 25, 2017 edition of the prestigious Saudi weekly Asharq al-Awsat stated, “Due to the destruction and displacement that has affected the Middle East in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, the Palestinian cause is no longer central. We do not forget how extremists succeeded in exploiting the Palestinian tragedy to serve unscrupulous regimes….” And contrary to the conventional “wisdom,” none of the traumatic developments that led to the Arab Spring and its aftermath had anything to do with Israel.

Moreover, it’s easy to see the adverse impact that a Palestinian state would have on the US and the world if we simply examine the Palestinians’ track record: waves of anti-Jewish and anti-Arab Palestinian terrorism during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s; the Palestinians’ World War II alliance with Nazi Germany; their alliance with the rogue Soviet Bloc; their 1970s-1980s training camps for Asian, African, European and Latin American terrorists; and their warm ties with Iran, China, Russia, and North Korea. And don’t forget the endless Palestinian incitement to terrorism, which is, of course, completely counter to US interests and values.

A Palestinian state in the mountain ridges of Judea and Samaria would reduce Israel to a 9-15-mile sliver of land — and transform Israel from a unique national security asset of the United States into a liability.

A Palestinian state is not in America’s interest.

This article was originally published by Israel Hayom. 

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  • robert Davis

    This saudi daily’s analysis is far smarter than the state department’s analyses. Did this dept. ever come up with a clever analysis? The US needs a clever President to rein in the state depart’s fools.

  • It is the Arab Conflict, not Israel. The Arabs want what Israel has; which they built with blood sweat and tears; well they cannot have it.
    Israel is on its own historical territory, that with hard work and toil have turned the desert into green pastures with a first class technology and innovation that is helping all the people and nations in the world. The Arabs have over 12 million sq. km. of which 70% is vacant with a wealth of oil reserves.

  • Leslie Benjamini

    Agree. Brilliant article.

  • Israel is a land based Super-Large Aircraft carrier of the U.S. (no risk to U.S. personnel) with much more amenities and a sophisticated intelligence apparatus. Israel is one of the worlds leading in sophisticated and innovative weapons development of which the U.S. benefits greatly.

    Mahmmoud Abbas and his Arab Palestinian authority are a terrorist entity and anyone who condones them is supporting terror and violence. Mahmmoud Abbas is a convicted murderer who is an escaped convict and belongs in Jail. Stop patronizing Abbas and start applying what he deserves, to be put in jail. He gladly admitted for sponsoring the Munich massacre and other terror acts.
    The Arab PA is no different than Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

    There never was and will never be a second Arab-Palestinian State West of the Jordan River; they have Jordan which is Jewish territory. Anyone who thinks about putting another terrorist entity in Judea and Samaria aka West Bank, needs to have his head examined and any government considering such a proposal must be replaced. Such a move is suicidal to Israel in view of the results from Gaza with thousands of rockets attacking Israel. Judea and Samaria is Jewish territory. Israel does not need the consent of anybody to apply its sovereignty to Judea and Samaria. No country has the right to interfere and or dictate to Israel how to conduct its internal affairs and or its safety and security.
    YJ Draiman


    During all the period that the Zionists had been without benefit of Balfour Declaration or Mandatory ‘assistance the attitude of the Arabs toward the Jewish National Movement had been one of almost unanimous approval. In 1906, Farid Kassab, famous Syrian author, had expressed the view uniformly held by Arabs: “The Jews of the Orient are at home. This land is their only fatherland. They don’t know any other.” 28 A year later Dr. Gaster reported that he had “held conversations with some of the leading sheikhs, and they all expressed themselves as very pleased with the advent of the Jews, for they considered that with them had come barakat, i.e., blessing, since the rain came in due season.” 29 – Read the full article in the link below.

    (excerpt from – The Rape of Palestine by William Ziff)

    The British Steals The Legal Jewish Territory in Jordan
    TRANSJORDAN THE JUDENREIN – Practicing Apartheid

    No part of this discourages Whitehall from broadcasting the usual paean in 1936 to the beauties of existence in this “peaceful and contented country, blessed with an Arab Emir and Government, and being without a Jewish problem” 9 Calmly shifting gears a few short months later, it acknowledges that “the Emirate of Abdullah is poor, miserably poor, but it does not want the wealth of the Zionists.” 10 This in itself was flatly-contradicted by the British statesman, Herbert Morrison, who on returning from a visit to Palestine and Trans-Jordan in 1936, told the House that Jews were being kept out of Transjordan “by the wish of the British Government. ,, 11

    The fact is that Trans-Jordan is a colony which Great Britain got on the excuse that it was to be part of the Jewish Homeland. The Commander of the Arab Legion is a blue-eyed Englishman named Peake Pasha. The most prominent agent of the all-important British Intelligence Service, Major J. B. Glubb, is stationed there permanently in charge of the desert patrol which keeps the turbulent tribesmen under control. Here in itself is proof of the importance London attaches to ownership of this area. British officials rule as in any other colony, and the word of the British High Commissioner is final. Says the Encyclopedia Britannica: “A considerable increase in the number of British officials and the transfer of the Palestine gendarmerie en bloc to Trans-Jordan resulted in fact in the carrying on of the Administration on Crown Colony lines; and the local Government existing as a façade, exercised little or no independent authority.” 12

    Read the full article in the link below.

    (excerpt from – The Rape of Palestine by William Ziff)