Middle East Reality Check.
Knowing what Israel is up against and proceeding with due caution.
It is becoming increasingly clear that the Arab-Israeli conflict has nothing to do with a division of the land or the issue of Jewish settlements; it is essentially a war of civilizations.
The main Islamic powers, though in conflict among each other, are united in their pledge to liquidate or subjugate all “infidels,” Jews, Christians, Buddhist, Atheists – and even moderate Muslims – to create a worldwide Muslim Caliphate that is governed under Sharia Law.
Currently there are four main Islamic powers:
- The Islamic Republic of Iran wants to establish a caliphate based upon the Shia tradition.
- The oil-rich Saudis would like the caliphate based upon the Wahhabi (Salafii) tradition.
- The Muslim Brotherhood, which recently took over Egypt, would like the caliphate based upon the Sunni tradition.
- Turkey has essentially ceased being secular and is now seeking to reassert their influence on Mideast territory which used to be the Ottoman Empire.
When we look at the development of the Middle East map following the crumbling of the Ottoman Empire in World War I, many of the modern regional countries – Iraq, Kuwait, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen – were created at that time.
Following the Balfour declaration in 1917 and with the consent of the League of Nations, a small percentage of Ottoman land was designated to reestablish Jewish sovereignty in their ancestral homeland.
In 1922, due to problems in the territory of Saudi Arabia, the British violated their Mandate – confiscating about 80% of the land designated for the Jewish people, to create the Hashemite Kingdom of Trans Jordan. This was in order to separate the Hashemite family from the family of Ibn Saud, which ended up controlling Saudi Arabia.
In 1937, the Peel Commission presented new proposals for a two-state solution on the remaining 20% of the land. The Jews accepted it; the Arabs rejected it.
In 1947, the United Nations again recommended a two-state solution. Again the Jews accepted it and the Arabs rejected it.
In multiple cases of a two-state solution, the Jews accepted it and the Arabs rejected it.
When the British mandate ended on May 14, 1948, the Jewish people declared independence in the State of Israel, which was recognized by the United Nations. Arab neighbors immediately invaded Israel – not with intent to create a new Arab Palestinian State, but with the intent to destroy the Jewish state.
Fast forward to more recent history. Israel left the Gaza Strip in 2005, hoping for peace. Instead, the terrorist group Hamas, which is currently ruling Gaza, has fired thousands of rockets onto the Israeli civilian population.
The Palestinian Authority, created following the Oslo accords in 1993, remains in conflict with Hamas, and governs about 95% of the Arab Palestinian population of Judea and Samaria – the West Bank of the Jordan River.
Hamas and the Palestinian Authority continue to exploit Christians and others, continue to support terrorism with global implications, continue to deny the rights of Israel to exist, continue to educate their children that Israel should be destroyed, and continue to demonize Israel across the globe.
At this juncture, giving more power to terrorists will not bring peace. It will only embolden the radicals, to continue their plan to liquidate Israel and potentially other dangerous moves against the free world.
Moving Toward Peace
Should the Arab Palestinians desire peace, they can start by:
- Declaring that a peace treaty will end the conflict.
- Accept that a peace treaty will end all claims.
- Recognize that Israel is not occupying Arab land, but that Israel is the Jewish homeland.
- Cease denying the 4,000-year-old connection between Judaism and the Land of Israel, and acknowledge Jewish rights to live on their ancestral land.
- Acknowledge the experience of Jewish refugees, as well as Arab Palestinian refugees.
- Most importantly, educate their children for peace, cease all forms of anti-Israel propaganda and Holocaust denial, and dismantle all terror infrastructures.
Until then, Israel must continue to act according to its good conscious, for the benefit of all people of good will.
At the end of the day, a durable peace is definitively better than a shaky pseudo-agreement.