Accept Us As a Jewish State
by Nadene Goldfoot
Why was Israel created in 1948? It was created as a Jewish state, something we haven't had since 70 A.D. We've been the perpetual "Wandering Jew" without a home, living in other's countries only to be kicked out as we became comfortable, wrongly thinking it was also our country.
There is no other Jewish state. After the Holocaust where 6 million of us were slaughtered, we finally agreed that we sure could have used a state of our own where there wasn't any anti-semitism.
Getting the Arab countries to agree with us has turned out to be impossible. Here they were, on Hitler's side of WWII, agreeing that we should all be killed, and now we expect them to not try to kill us all just because we hold the deed to our old piece of land again.
They continue to not recognise Israel as a Jewish state. This would interfere with their claim in a peace process of the right of their refugees to return to the area. Remember that when Israel was declared a state in 1948, the surrounding Arab states attacked in force to drive us into the sea. While their men were attacking, they told the few Arabs living there to flee and when they won they could return and have the homes of the Jews.
The fact is that they have not been living there for 62 years. They were few in number. The British even stooped so low as to cook the books, making the Arab numbers even bigger than they actually were. The adults have most likely died by now and the refugees are the children and have multiplied greatly. They haven't been working but have remained in Palestinian refugee camps, supported by the UN as the biggest needy group of all people ever. If they were given permission to enter Israel, and I'm not saying returning as they most likely never lived there, they would flood the teeny country and it would no longer have a Jewish majority. We'd be right back to square one only worse as these people hate us and want us dead. Israel is already made up of 20% Arab now with Arabs in the Knessset.
For this reason, Netanyahu has to be given the word that Palestinians must recognize Israel as a Jewish state. After all, there are already 48 states with 50% or more majority of Muslims. Can't we have one Jewish state in this world? We are only about 1% of the population in the United States. We are a noticable but wee group of people, most likely shrinking daily as it is in the U.S.
I'll throw a big party in my neighborhood if Abbas agrees to recognition, but even at that, he doesn't control the extremely hateful terrorist group, Hamas, who vow to never recognize Israel. They get their notoriety from their hatefulness and continuing attacks on Israel. In fact, Hamas still has control of some of Abbas's people, shown by the recent slaughter of four people traveling in the Judea/Samaria area in a car last week.
The 2nd round of talks will take place Tuesday in Egypt with Hillary Clinton present. "Just as we are asked to recognise the Palestinian national state...we also demand and expect the Palestinians to recognise a Jewish state," Netanyahu said at the start of a weekly cabinet meeting. Don't hold your breath, but I won't be far from my TV set Tuesday. Will they or won't they? If they can't do this, why bother discussing the other sticky core issues about the conflict? This would certainly mean that they are not truly serious about any intention for Fatah at least to put an end to the conflict.
Book: From Time Immemorial by Joan Peters-The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine.