I don’t think I’ve written specifically on the Israeli-Palestinian permanent crisis before; mostly because I just don’t have the background on the various agreements, history, and grievances that make this continuing conflict such a stain on the planet. But as the latest Gaza War winds down, I’ve learned a few lessons that make it a lot easier to know which side to be on.
I’ve been on a web forum for politics for several years now that has an international flavor; there are posters from all over the world who show up to lodge their opinions. So the Gaza conflict naturally brought out people from all over the world to post their opinions, which, it’s no surprise, were almost uniformly anti-Israeli. Actually, I’m being kind by referring to the comments as “anti-Israel.” The real basis of it is good old fashioned anti Semitism.
That’s one of the sad things I’ve learned about the world. When I first started posting on this particular political forum, I was shocked by the amount of casual anti Semitism that was on display. That was something that was rarely seen on American political web boards. Or at least not that I’ve seen. But it really brought into focus one of those issues that confound students of history; namely, how could a civilized nation like Germany fall to such depths that it operated extermination camps for the purpose of mass murder of the Jews? After a few months on that board, the real question is why aren’t those camps up and running now, considering the depth of hatred that currently exist all over the world for Jews? It seems that outside of the United States (and I recognize that a slice of internet commentary isn’t the “real world”) that despite the various ranges of language, culture, class, ethnicity, and politics, the world is united in it’s antipathy for the Jews.
So during the Gaza conflict, I was enjoying a discussion thread with a Jordanian who, based on previous postings, was not in any sense, a fanatic. So I thought it would be enjoyable and enlightening to discuss the pros and cons. I admitted that I didn’t know every in and out of the conflict, but of the two combatants, one was clearly representing civilization, and one was representing barbarity, so in a world of limited information, I’m on the side of civilization.
It was enlightening anyway.
One of the problems in discussing this issue is that the pro-Palestinian side is never honest about their endgame. I’ve heard from foreign policy experts, diplomats, and pundits that everyone knows what peace will look like: A two state solution. The problem is that only one side really believes in a two state solution. That was the case for this Jordanian, who after saying he supported a two state solution, ended up opposing the best two state solution, the original UN Partition Plan for Palestine, and the second best one, which was the Camp David Summit that took place in 2000 under Bill Clinton where he got Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat to hammer out an agreement that Arafat ultimately rejected.
My Jordanian friend explained that the Camp David agreement would only provide 92% of the West Bank, therefore was unacceptable. I thought 92% was pretty good terms for the losing side. And that’s what the Palestinians and their apologists don’t seem to get. They not only lost the war at the partition and the declaration of Israel’s independence, they’ve lost every single war since then. Of course, if they had won even one, Israel would no longer exist and it’s likely they’re would be a scarcity of Jews in the area. For Israel, every war is an existential one.
But losing sides don’t dictate terms, they accept them. Every other side that has been on the losing end of a war they started and lost territory; at least understands why they lost the territory. Does Germany get to claim the Sudetenland or Danzig (now Polish Gdansk) back from the war they started and lost? Nope. Nor would the world tolerate ethnic Germans living in UN financed refugee camps in 2014 for a war they lost in 1945, whining to get those territories back. Germany makes a good example for another reason: The Arabs sided with the Nazi’s during World War II. There are no spoils of war for the losers.
The Palestinians have lost their war and don’t know it. Every other people who get defeated in war and lose territory…don’t get it back. The Mexicans are not getting the Southwest back. Nor were the Mexicans living on the US side of the border put in refugee camps for decades. They either became Americans or left for Mexico. Look how many times the borders of Europe have been changed due to war just in the past century. The losers don’t get do overs. Is the Ukraine getting The Crimea back? Nope. If the entire world was as crazy as the Palestinians, sitting in their refugee camps decade after decade, human life would be extinct. We would have nuked each other over and over until there wasn’t a human left. They should either accept the borders they have and declare themselves an independent state, or pack up and try to find a country to accept them. I don’t understand the entire world having to revolve around the genocidal ambitions of the Palestinians. There doesn’t seem a logical reason for it, unless virulent anti-Semitism counts as a reason.
If Israel isn’t legitimate than none of the Arab states are since they were all drawn up the same way, on the drawing board of Europe. And my Jordanian debater? He eventually admitted that the real occupied territories are the ones Israel took with them on independence. In other words, the entire state of Israel is an occupation. So you can see, there is no room ever for compromise in the Arab mind. The hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who live in refugee camps are not refugees from the West Bank, they are “refugees” from Israel, and their intention is to return home when there is no longer an Israel.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scored a good talking point in Western media when he said, “We are using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.” That’s the civilized side and that’s the side I’m on.