Establishing 2nd Palestinian state west of Jordan River would be great folly.
by Haim Misgav
The Jewish State was established in the Land of Israel. Not in Uganda, not in South America and not in any other area offered to the Jews at one time or another as a response to their distress. The League of Nations, which granted Britain the mandate to form the Jewish people’s national home, referred to the entire territory on both sides of the Jordan River.
One should be aware of the following: There was no “Jordanian people” to the east of the Jordan River that sought independence there, just like there was no “Palestinian people” west of the Jordan River.
Hence, When David Ben-Gurion drafted the Declaration of Independence he did not determine the State of Israel’s borders. He too knew that at the end of the war forced upon the small Jewish community by Arab states, the borders will be different than the “partition boundaries.”
The Jewish state’s first prime minister also knew that any territory to be conquered by the IDF will remain part of the state, and will not be called “occupied territory.” The Jewish state will become its legal owner based on the international conventions that designated the whole of the Land of Israel, on both sides of the Jordan River (yes, Mr. Jordanian King) for a Jewish home.
Unfortunately, only parts of Judea and Samaria, east Jerusalem and the Jordan River Valley were conquered in that just war. These parts were overtaken by members of the Hashemite Kingdom. No nation in the world recognized this Jordanian takeover, as it was clear to everyone that the real sovereign of these territories is the Jewish people. When the Brits ended their mission in the Land of Israel in 1948, after being defeated by the Jewish people’s fighting forces, they in fact returned the land to its natural sovereign: The Jewish people.
Annex Judea and Samaria
Jordan’s king, who heads a state that in fact does not comprise a nation, but rather, a hodgepodge of tribes that arrived from across the desert coupled with what is known as “Palestinian refugees,” is certainly right to be concerned about the fate of his puppet state. This state has a family known as the “royal family,” which rules the country, and nothing else. One of these days we may be able to view it as the “Palestinian state” the whole world is so eager to see.
Establishing yet another Palestinian state west of the Jordan River would certainly be a great folly. Firstly, because such state would seek to unite with its sister-state across the River. Secondly, because the many Arabs in the Galilee and northern Israel would also seek to connect to their sister state.
Hence, if the Jewish residents of our country seek life, we should quickly annex the territories freed from foreign control in the Six-Day War, just like David Ben-Gurion did at the end of the War of Independence when he applied Israeli law to all the territories conquered in that war. Any other solutions would raise question marks over our right to live in Beersheba or Eilat or Lod or Jaffa, not to mention many other communities in the Galilee, on the Coastal Plain and in the Negev.
Further withdrawals are certainly not an option. “Land for peace” is a false formula. The Oslo Accords, which now mark their 18th’s anniversary, were no more than one huge folly, as were the other withdrawals - from south Lebanon, from Gush Katif, from northern Samaria, and from our Sinai communities. Those who fail to understand it now may end up finding themselves drinking the Mediterranean Sea’s water one of these days, as Arafat wished for us in the past.
Dr. Haim Misgav is a law lecturer at the Netanya Academic College
LET THEM SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES!!!!
1) "The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel. For our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of Palestinian people, since Arab national interest demand that we posit the existence of a distinct 'Palestinian people' to oppose Zionism". (~ Zahir Muhse'in, Member PLO Executive and the hoax of "Palestinian" identity - March 31, 1977 interview with the Amsterdam-based newspaper "Dagblad de Verdieping Trouw"~)
2) Throughout his authorized biography (Alan Hart, Arafat: terrorist or peace maker) Arafat asserts at least a dozen times: "The Palestinian people have no national identity. I, Yasser Arafat, man of destiny, will give them that identity through conflict with Israel."
3) 7/67, Yassir Arafat & Khalad Hassan re Israel's post-war peace initiative.
"Horrific! If the Arab states made peace with Israel, the Palestinian cause would be lost forever" (quoted in Alan Hart, Arafat - Terrorist or Peacemaker)
4) "We are the Government of Palestine, the army of Palestine and the refugees of Palestine." (~ The Prime Minister of Jordan, Hazza' al-Majali, August 23,1959 ~)
5) "Palestine and Transjordan are one, for Palestine is the coastline and Transjordan the hinterland of the same country." (~ King Abdullah, at the Meeting of the Arab League, Cairo, 12th April 1948 ~)
6) "There is no such country as Palestine. 'Palestine' is a term the Zionists invented. There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries part of Syria. 'Palestine' is alien to us. It is the Zionists who introduced it". (- Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, Syrian Arab leader to British Peel Commission, 1937 -)
7) "Palestine is Jordan and Jordan is Palestine; there is one people and one land, with one history and one and the same fate." (~ Prince Hassan, brother of King Hussein, addressing the Jordanian National Assembly, 2nd February 1970 ~)
8) "We consider it necessary to clarify to one and all, in the Arab world and outside, that the PALESTINIAN PEOPLE with its nobility and conscience is to be found HERE on the EAST Bank The WEST Bank and the Gaza Strip. Its overwhelming majority is HERE and nowhere else." (~ King Hussein, quoted in An-Hahar, Beirut, 24th August 1972 ~)
9) "The new Jordan, which emerged in 1949, was the creation of the Palestinians of the West Bank and their brothers in the East. While Israel was the negation of the Palestinian right of self-determination, unified Jordan was the expression of it." (~ Sherif Al-Hamid Sharaf, Representative of Jordan at the UN Security Council, 11th June 1973 ~)
10) Past "President Bourguiba (of Tunisia) considers Jordan an artificial creation presented by Great Britain to King Abdullah. But he accepts Palestine and the Palestinians as an existing and primary fact since the days of the Pharaohs. Israel, too, he considers as a primary entity. However, Arab history makes no distinction between Jordanians, Syrians and Palestinians. Most of them hail from the same Arab race, which arrived in the region with the Arab Moslem conquest." (~ Editorial Comment in the Jordanian Armed Forces' weekly, Al-Aqsa, Amman, 11th July 1973 ~)
11) "With all respect to King Hussein, I suggest that the Emirate of Transjordan was created from oil cloth by Great Britain, which for this purpose cut up ancient Palestine. To this desert territory to the bast of the Jordan (River)., it gave the name Transjordan. But there is nothing in history which carries this name. While since our earliest time there was Palestine and Palestinians. I maintain that the matter of Transjordan is an artificial one, and that Palestine is the basic problem. King Hussein should submit to the wishes of the people, in accordance with the principles of democracy and self-determination, so as-to avoid the fate of his grandfather, Abdullah, or of his cousin, Feisal, both of whom were assassinated." (~ Past President Bourguiba of Tunisia, in a public statement, July 1973 ~)
12) "How much better off Hussein would be if he had been induced to abandon his pose as a benevolent 'host' to 'refugees' and to affirm the fact that Jordan is the Palestinian Arab nation-state, just as Israel is the Palestinian Jewish nation-state." (~ Editorial Comment in the publication The Economist of 19th July 1975 ~)
13) "Palestine and Jordan were both (by then) under British Mandate, but as my grandfather pointed out in his memoirs, they were hardly separate countries. Transjordan being to the east of the River Jordan, it formed in a sense, the interior of Palestine." (~ King Hussein, writing in his Memoirs ~)
14) " There is no Palestinian nation! There is an Arab nation, but no Palestinian nation. This was invented by the colonial powers. When are the Palestinians mentioned in history? Never!" (~ Azmi Bishara, former Arab Knesset member, on Israel television. ~)
15) "Palestinian Arabs hold seventy-five per cent of all government jobs in Jordan." (~ The Sunday newspaper The Observer of 2nd March 1976 ~)
16) "Palestinian Arabs control over seventy per cent of Jordan's economy." (~ The Egyptian newspaper Al Ahram of 5th March 1976 ~)
17) "There should be a kind of linkage because Jordanians and Palestinians are considered by the PLO as one people." (~ Farouk Kadoumi, head of the PLO Political Department, quoted in Newsweek, 14th March 1977 ~)
18) "Along these lines, the West German Der Spiegel magazine this month cited Dr George Habash, leader of one of the Palestinian organizations, as saying that 70 per cent of Jordan's population are Palestinians and that the power in Jordan should be seized." (Translated by BBC Monitoring Service ~ From a commentary which was broadcast by Radio Amman, 30th June 1980 ~)
19) "Jordan is not just another Arab state with regard to Palestine but, rather, Jordan is Palestine and Palestine is Jordan in terms of territory, national identity, sufferings, hopes and aspirations, both day and night. Though we are all Arabs and our point of departure is that we are all members of the same people, the Palestinian-Jordanian nation is one and unique, and different from those of the other Arab states." (~ Marwan al Hamoud, member of the Jordanian National Consultative Council and former Minister of Agriculture, quoted by Al Rai, Amman, 24th September 1980 ~)
20) "The potential weak spot in Jordan is that most of the population are not, strictly speaking, Jordanian at all, but Palestinian. An estimated 60 per cent of the country's 2,500,000 people are Palestinians ... Most of these hold Jordanian passports, and many are integrated into Jordanian society." (~ Richard Owen, in an article published in The Times, 14th November 1980 ~)
21) "There is no moral justification for a second Palestine." (~ The Freeman Center - September 3, 1993 ~)
So the concepts "Palestinians" and "Palestinian People" and "Palestinian nation" and "Palestinian national self-determination" and "historical Palestine" are all hoaxes to facilitate the Arab terrorist destruction of Israel. What does that tell us about what possible solutions to the conflict may work?..and what does it tell us about what will NOT work?
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