by Nadene Goldfoot
How many politicians know that Israel is slightly smaller than New Jersey. even with the 1967 gain after a war precipitated by an attack of all Arab countries against it. The population is about 7,026,000 as of a 2006 census. According to the CIA, the population was 6,353,117 including 187,000 Israelis living in the West Bank and 20,000 living in the Golan Heights and 177,000 living in East Jerusalem which would be our Arab citizens.
76.4% are Sabras, or Israeli-born Jews.
22.6% are European/American Jews.
5.9% are African born, probably those from Ethiopia
4.7% are Asian born (Israel took in boat people who had no place to go)
23.6% are non Jewish which would be mostly Arabs, and Christians.
How big an area are the Muslims occupying?
There are 44 Moslem states with 1 billion people in an area 672 times the size of Israel.
Yet Obama and our government are pressing to divide and give part of tiny Israel to an Arab population that has been warring against it since 1948 .
22 of these Moslem states are in the Middle East including Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. They refuse to absorb the "Palestinian refugees". They have been keeping them on refugee status as political pawns to put blame on Israel for their situation.
21 Arab states have an area greater than the USA. None are democracies. Only Israel, the only Jewish state in the world, is a democracy in the Middle East.
They are taught by their Koran that they are destined to lead the world and see Israel as mocking their insufficiency of their inability to carry out their heaven-ordained mission. Obama thinks he can sway them to stop attacking Israel and settle down, but he's fighting something much larger than he is. I read where he's even planning on going on Israeli television to tell Israelis why he wants communities to not add on any more buildings; "settlements" are what he calls them.
Yasser Arafat had said,, "We don't want peace, we want victory. Peace for us means Israel's destruction and nothing else. What you call peace is peace for Israel and for the imperialistic America. For us it is shame and injustice. We shall fight onto victory, even for decades, for generations if necessary. " Fatah, the group now living in Judea and and Samaria that many call West Bank, is Yasser Arafat's movement. They haven't changed their outlook, just their tactics which sometimes bubble over the pot.
Many Americans are surprised to learn that Arabs live in Israel and are citizens. They have their political groups and a few have made it into the Knesset. Yet Jews are not allowed in Arab countries today, and the planned "Palestine" is to be free of Jews though it would be sitting right next door to Israel! An exception is Egypt who has signed a peace treaty with Israel.
Israel has absorbed millions of Jewish refugees from the Holocaust, the former Soviet Union and the Ethiopian black Jewish community. Most of the more than 850,000 Sephardic Jews were expelled from their homes in Arab lands where they had lived for generations. They left without any compensation for their property. In fact, it was confiscated.
It all looks pretty dismal to the younger American generation. They seem to lack the fortitude to see the way for Israel to live in peace and some may even contemplate giving up the fight. I see Netanyahu as revitalizing Israelis as he thinks out of the box and is finding ways of getting Arabs to come to terms with an Israel in their midst. What America should do is not meddle but back Israel in its good endeavors for peaceful coexistence. What's right is right and what's wrong is wrong. Who is ever going to see the difference?
Reference: My notes from my speech about Israel.