The streams of blood flowing through the streets of Jerusalem and into our living rooms via television numb the mind. Pictures of buses shredded by the vicious blast of Islamic suicide bombers leaving human body parts on the streets and shreds of flesh plastered two stories up on the sides of public buildings are beyond belief.
Palestinian mothers lovingly embrace their small children on network television telling a worldwide audience it’s her dream for her child to die a martyr killing the Jews.
This kind of demonic hatred is foreign to the Western mind. What mother’s hatred for other people is so all consuming she’s willing for her child to be splattered into bloody pulp?
What do Yasser Arafat and the Palestinians want? Is this a war over land? Absolutely not!
“Land for peace” has not worked in the past and it will not work now or in the future. There are times in moral fogs and spiritual twilights when the highest intellectual duty is to restate the obvious in the pursuit of truth. Here are some historical facts about the Middle East that have been rewritten by the world press and forgotten by geo-politically ignorant Americans.
After World War I, the British assumed control of “Palestine” from the Ottoman Turks and promised in the Balfour Declaration to create a Jewish home in Palestine.
In 1922, the British sliced off four-fifths of Palestine and named it “Trans Jordan” and gave it to the Arabs. Trans Jordan was later called Jordan.
The point to remember here is that the Arabs got 4/5 of the land and the Jews got 1/5. The Arabs were furious that the Jews got any land!
In 1947, Palestine was roughly the size of New Jersey and the Jews were given one half of that. The Jews of the world agreed to live on this tiny piece of land to be called Israel.
On May 15, 1948, the United Nations officially recognized the state of Israel. On that day, the Jewish state was attacked by five Arab armies trying to murder the Jewish state in the birth canal.
Arab leaders told the Arab citizens to leave their homes and farms and as soon as the Jews had been driven into the sea, they could return and take both their homes and the land the Jews left behind.
The Arabs lost the War of 1948. The War of 1948 produced the “Palestinian refugee” problem. When you declare a war and lose that war, you must be prepared to live with the consequences of that war. As soon as the Arabs lost that war, they started yelling for the Jews to give back the land.
During the Menachem Begin administration, another “land for peace” deal was offered to Israel from Egypt. Israel, ever eager for peace, gave up the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt.
Israel lost billions in producing oil wells, homes, schools, synagogues and social infrastructure. It did not bring peace.
Yasser Arafat, at the Camp David Accord, during the Clinton administration, was again yelling, “land for peace.”
Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered Arafat a Palestinian state with part of East Jerusalem as its capitol. He offered Arafat control of 97 percent of the West Bank. He offered the release of political prisoners and gave Arafat everything he had ever demanded. What was Arafat’s reaction? He stormed out of the room enraged.
It was everything Arafat had ever asked for and he turned it down cold. The answer is very clear! Arafat and other Arab leaders don’t recognize Israel’s right to exist. They refuse to recognize Israel’s right to any of the land.
Arafat’s PLO Charter calls for the extermination of Israel. The following news excerpts give us an indication of Arafat’s unrelenting goals concerning Israel:
- “The goal of our struggle is the end of Israel, and there can be no compromise.”
(Washington Post, March 1970)
- “Peace for us means the destruction of Israel.”
(El Mundo, Caracas, Venezuela, February 1980)
- “The jihad will continue … You have to understand our main battle is Jerusalem … It is not their capitol. It is our capitol.”
(Arafat’s speech in Johannesburg, South Africa, May 1994)
- “By Allah I swear … that the Palestinian people are prepared to sacrifice the last boy and the last girl so that the Palestinian flag will be flown over the walls, the churches and the mosques of Jerusalem.”
(Arafat, Jerusalem Post, September 1995)
In her book, “My Life,” the late Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir wrote, “I have never doubted for an instant that the true aim of the Arab states has always been, and still is, the total destruction of the State of Israel and that even if we had gone back far beyond the 1967 lines to some miniature enclave, they would have tried to eradicate it and us.”
What does Arafat want?
He wants what every Arab leader wants: the total and absolute destruction of the state of Israel. He wants to see the last living Jew in Israel driven into the Dead Sea.