“The Jews who will it shall achieve their State. We shall live at last as free men on our own soil, and in our own homes peacefully die. The world will be liberated by our freedom, enriched by our wealth, magnified by our greatness. And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind.”
This was said by Theodor Herzl, father of modern Zionism, from his book Der Judenstaat, (The Jewish State), published in 1896.
His words were meant for Israel, but their message is equally true for America. Both have willed and struggled for a homeland. The Jews settled in and fought for survival in Palestine. Waves of immigrants crossed oceans and struggled in new land to form America. Both have been a blessing to the world. Each today faces a dire threat.
The nations of the world seek to deny Israel their legitimacy; the extreme ones their very existence. In America, leftist propaganda rewrites history and claims America is built on a foundation of theft. The children and grandchildren of immigrants must pay the price. So goes the narrative. If they succeed, America as conceived will pass forever.
Here is a snapshot recent history of the state of Israel. First, a summary:
Arabs living in Israel and Palestine today are all recent descendants of settlers and immigrants from neighboring states such as Egypt and Jordan. The “Palestinian” identity was CREATED in order that the Arab League has an excuse not to grant rights to their brethren AND to enable them to condemn Israel in various forums, including the UN.
Source … Israel Video Network: http://www.israelvideonetwork.com/they-let-the-truth-slip-out/
“In 1917, the British Foreign Secretary, Arthur Balfour, wrote a private letter to Baron Rothschild in which he declared British support for the creation of a Jewish National home in the area that is now Israel. The National Home included the land east of the River Jordan, then called the Transjordan, and now called the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. (This changed in 1923 at the Treaty of Lausanne when the British made diplomatic concessions to Emir Faisal and his brothers after they lost control of the Hejaz to Ibn Saud)
This dream gained support from the Arab leader, Emir Faisal. The agreement was that Faisal and the Arabs would support the creation of a Jewish state in the now British controlled area, and the Jews would support an Arab state in the majority of the rest of the area. It is reported that Faisal said “A Jewish state would be good for the area.”
What happened next was an outbreak of anti-Zionist, anti-Jewish violence by the Arab residents of the area, many of whom were second or third generation immigrants themselves. This eventually turned into all out war between the two populations, with the British caught in the middle. At various times, the British Army and diplomatic staff supported one side or the other and many soldiers and civilians were killed in direct confrontation, or more often, in crossfire while trying to restore calm.
Eventually this led, in 1947, to the UN agreement to partition the British Mandate of Palestine with the Jews getting 0.01% of the land, and the Arabs getting the rest, including the Transjordan, Syria and Lebanon. The Arabs rejected this and following Israel’s War of Independence, Israel came into being and many Arab residents fled of their own accord.
What became of these Arabs? They had NEVER had a national identity as such, but for political reasons one was fabricated between 1964 and 1967. Former PLO member Walid Shoebat even said: “We considered ourselves to be Jordanian until the Jews returned to Jerusalem in 1967. Then all of the sudden we were Palestinian – they removed the star from the Jordanian flag and all at once we had a Palestinian flag.”
Most Arab countries where the descendants of these so -called “Palestinian Refugees” originate are denied many basic rights, including citizenship. The Arabs who are under PA or Israeli control tend to have better rights than their cousins in neighboring countries. Many of these rights are provided them by the Israeli State despite many not recognizing Israel’s right to exist.
The “Palestinian” identity was created in order that the Arab League had an excuse not to grant rights to their brethren. It also enables them to criticize Israel in various international forums, including the UN, UNHCR, OECD, international Press and many other organizations. Israel wants to find a solution and provide them with a home, but the Arab leadership does not want to reciprocate. Leaving the “Palestinians” in the status quo is the best option for the Arab League to reach its true wish – the destruction of the state of Israel. Published: December 20, 2015″
Here is an excellent response by Alan Dershowitz on Palestinian grievances. “Many people in the world have grievances. Respond by building your own state. Be productive. Get over it. “http://www.israelvideonetwork.com/alan-dershowitz-went-off-on-this-anti-israel-student-and-it-was-epic/