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Thursday, November 8, 2012

At Birth, A Peaceful Partitioned "Palestine" Died

Nadene Goldfoot
Who was studying the Arab-Jewish problem in 1947?  Why of course, UNSCOP, United Nations Special committee on Palestine.  This group left for "Palestine" in June, 1947 to make a new study of the problem and after "endless wrangling, finally ironed out differences with the help of the British.

They forcibly prevented the refugee ship "Exodus" from allowing their load of Jewish passengers to disembark in "Palestine." They recommended on September 3, 1947, that the British  Mandate, which had begun in 1919 after the Turkish Ottoman Empire, which had been defeated in WWI and  lost control of the Arab world, be terminated and that "Palestine" be partitioned into sovereign Arab and Jewish states.  

Soon a White House aide, David K. Niles, telephoned Jewish officials and asked them to come quickly to his office.  He announced happily that the President, Harry S. Truman, accepts the partition plan.  Now there will finally be a Jewish state!

The Jews tried to win over the Arabs to the partition but all efforts to meet with them failed.  Finally Jon Kimche, a British journalist made a break-through and telephoned David Horowitz of the Jewish Agency asking him if he'd like to meet with Abdul Rahman Azzam Pasha.  He was an Egyptian and secretary-general of the Arab League, one of the most influential Arab leaders.  He had agreed to an interview.  Abba Eban of the Jewish Agency joined them.

This tall lean-faced Arab diplomat met them in the Savoy Hotel.  Pasha was taking a political risk as the atmosphere was explosive.  After a statement was heard asking about working together, Pasha responded: "The Arab world is not in a compromising mood.  It's likely, Mr. Horowitz, that your plan is rational and logical, but the fate of nations is not decided by rational logic.  Nations never concede;  they fight.  You won't get anything by peaceful means or compromise.  You can, perhaps, get something, but only by force of arms.  We shall try to defeat you.  I'm not sure we'll succeed, but we'll try.  We were able to drive out the Crusaders, but on the other hand we lost Spain and Persia.  It may be that we shall lose "Palestine."  But it's too late to talk of peaceful solutions."  ...." We have only one test, the test of strength..."

 This man had no hatred in his voice and continually called Jews as "cousins."  He was not using any hostile expression about the Jews.

The Jews had just viewed the terrifying character of the majority Arab position, a position founded unashamedly not on logic, not even the logic of rancor, but on a blind fatalism.  We are still facing this same position today,  65 years later.  Logic is not sitting in on any of the conversations.

Abbas will be asking that "Palestine" be a part of the United Nations any day now by asking for an upgraded status.  Then he plans to sue Israel for "crimes."  This two-faced man had put on an act when on Israeli TV talking about restarting peace negotiations.  The only hitch is that "Abbas urged Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to return to the negotiating table. His only condition was that Netanyahu declare his agreement to a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders, he said."  We have waited 65 years for a representative of the Arabs sit down and discuss peace terms with us.  Is it possible?  Really?  After all, they only respect force, not logic.  And still the Arabs are vying for power, setting the parameters of this first meeting  which Netanyahu can not agree to.  We're back to the same old--same old.

Resource: Jerusalem of Gold by Ofra Haza, English translation with pictures of Israel
Book: Genesis 1948 by Dan Kurzman  Movie about the ship, Exodus that was not allowed to dock, with Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, 

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