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Israel: not so peaceful after all

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“Islamic People desire world domination, thus, creating athreat to all civilization.” Step aside Hitler, there’sa new fascist in town.

I have a starkly different point of view than Knapp on Palestineand the Middle East. To be sure, there is no force greater thanignorance, and there are a few facts about Israel’s role infueling the Jew-Arab conflict that Knapp failed to mention.

On June 1, 1948, Israel was officially created by the UnitedNations. The indigenous Palestinians did not “flee,”unless you meant, “were forced out of certain cities byBritish Troops.” Fearful of any future conflict, the UnitedNations promised Israel military support as long as the army wasstrictly for defensive purposes, and not to move outside of theirborders.

Shortly after Israel was created, a cease-fire was negotiatedwith Egypt. Sadly, the Arab League continued to fight. Withtensions high in 1967, every nation in the Arab league summarilyinvaded Israel in what would later be known as the Six Day War.

The Israeli Army steamrolled Arab forces and quadrupledIsrael’s size. This augmentation was in direct violation witha U.N. mandate not to expand Israeli borders. It was finallysettled in a decision by the U.N. Security Council to passResolution 242 that stated two principles requiring the”withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupiedin the recent conflict,” “termination of all claims orstates of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgement of thesovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence ofevery State in the area.”

The resolution clearly stated as a goal the, “fulfillmentof Charter principles requires the establishment of a just andlasting peace in the Middle East.” This “lastingpeace” would find basis in the resolution’s twoprinciples, thus granting every state, “their right to livein peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threatsor acts of force.”

The Oslo Agreement was hailed in Knapp’s article as proofof Israeli’s desire for peace. The Israeli behind it, YitsakRabin, was the first Israeli Prime Minister to encourage thepeaceful co-existence with a Palestinian State.

But disaster was on the horizon.

While exiting his car to a political rally, Yitsak Rabin wasshot and killed by a Yidak Amir, a follower of the right wingIsraeli Likud party, of which current Prime Minister Ariel Sharonis a vehement supporter. Peace was in the grasp of the Middle East,and Likud party reacted by assassinating the one man capable ofbringing it together. How is that not terrorism?

Nowadays, the Israeli government orders assassinations daily. Anorder against the head of Hamas ended the longest cease-fire in adecade.

The religious facets of this conflict complicate negotiations tothe point of impossibility. In Talking Peace, Jimmy Carter himselfadmitted that, during the Camp David Peace accords, Palestinianpresident and Israeli leaders based all their political claims inreligious texts and referred to cities by the biblical names, whilethe PLO delegate and Egyptian diplomats referred to the areas interms of monetary value. Both Israel and Palestine have their fairshare of religious fanatics.

After the Six Day War, many Palestinians were forced to leavetheir homes, but voices around the world asked that they be allowedto return home. But Israelis objected to the return of theseMuslims because, as an anonymous Israeli citizen said in aninterview, it would challenge the Jewish majority.

As bad as you make Palestine out to be, at least they neverstole from the United States. Paul Findley writes in his book, TheyDare to Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israel’sLobby that, in 1986, Israeli diplomats admitted to spying andcollecting classified documents for the Israeli government. Inreturn for providing Israel over half their foreign aid, they stealour secrets and spy on us.

Moreover Israel has invaded our politics and flooded it withmoney. It is utterly impossible to support anything remotelyanti-Israeli and expect to win elections.

A perfect example of this is Adlai Stevenson. While inrepresenting Illinois in the U.S. Senate, he proposed a cut of $158million in the amount of money that Israel could use for militaryexpansion and new settlements, which are in violation of all rulesset forth by the United Nations. The Senate overwhelming voted downhis quest for peace. However, after voting, several Senatorspersonally expressed to Stevenson their support for the cut butfelt unable to vote with him. Lobby intimidation had producednegative votes.

Moreover, the media played a role in making sure Stevenson wasnot re-elcted. From the Jewish Chicago, to unidentified fliersdubbed “The Truth About Adlai Stevenson,” media outletsfocused on his proposed cuts to the Israeli military aid, andignored praise he had received early in his career from many Jewishdiplomats. They branded him as the next Adolf Hitler, and he losthis election.

As stated in a May 1999 addition of The Economist,”Israel’s Likud government has remained in power, andaggressively pursued expansion of Jewish settlements. Using ourmoney, they arm settlers who inhabit land, which [Israel] formallyagreed to give up only eight years earlier. Palestine is left withno way to respond.”

The Israeli lobby corrupts politics with enough money to makethe issue of Israeli foreign aid untouchable. Unable to negotiatewith Israel, Yasser Arafat must negotiate peace through diplomaticties with the terror groups, and in violation of the Oslo Peaceaccord, which Israel has not obeyed. Israel attempts to goad thePalestinians into waging war so that Israel’s Made-In-The-USAarmy can snap up more land. We’ve seen how a frustratedPalestine reacts.

Palestinians have seen their own families killed by thehelicopter raid of a military funded by the United States.

“Death to Israel, Death to America,” why are we onthe same Anthrax coated letter?

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