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“PALESTINE”: ANOTHER “ARAB STATE?

We present the latest essay from Paul Merkley. Paul discusses whether a new democratic Arab state of Palestine is possible in the sense of what we consider democracy and a modern state to be. This new essay is reprinted by permission of Paul and from The Bayview Review. See the links at the end for direct access to the rest of Paul’s work that we have published.

Making Sense of “Palestine Politics”

Herein Paul analyses the complexity of Palestinian politics.  We present this essay reprinted by permission of Paul and from The Bayview Review. See the links at the end for direct access to the rest of Paul’s work.

The “ChickensXXt Moment” in U.S-Israel Relations.

Scarcely had the ceasefire settled upon the latest Gaza war than President Obama and his State Department began bad-mouthing the Netanyahu government for its “illegal” building in the “West Bank” and its refusal to renew negotiations with the Palestine Authority that might lead to Peace Forever in the Middle East.

The Deeper Meaning of the Campaign for “Recognition of Palestine”

In this essay, Paul returns to the ongoing effort to establish a Palestinian state.  We present this essay reprinted by permission of Paul and from The Bayview Review. See the links at the end for direct access to the rest of Paul’s work.

Origins of the Present Campaign to Achieve Immediate Global Recognition of a “State of Palestine.”

When, back in the 1890s, the first generation of Zionists proposed the creation of a Jewish State somewhere in “Palestine,” Arabs everywhere united in a declaration of eternal opposition. Then, after the State of Israel became a fact of life in 1948, this refusal to accept Israel’s creation was immediately replaced by an undying vow to remove it from the face of the earth.

The campaign to achieve a State of Palestine is relatively new in the world, however, and can be traced back to November 15, 1988, when the Palestine Declaration of Independence was proclaimed in Algiers at an “extraordinary session in exile of the Palestine National Council.” The Declaration was promptly acknowledged by a range of countries, not limited to Arab and/or Muslim ones; and indeed by 1989 ninety-four Member States of the United Nations – about one-half of the membership at that time – had formally recognized the “State of Palestine.”

Zionism versus Nakvaism

This essay by Paul contains his reflections on the recent Gaza war.  We present this essay reprinted by permission of Paul and from The Bayview Review. See the links at the end for direct access to the rest of Paul’s work.

Pondering the Wreckage from the Latest Gaza War.

As President Obama proceeds with his courtship of “moderate Arab governments” for active roles in his anti-IS coalition, he is again ringing the changes on the long-disproved notion that a more hostile American posture towards Israel is needed in order to smooth the path towards ultimate peace in the Middle East.

Again, President Obama and his team are screaming that Israel’s government is poisoning the wells of diplomacy by building more housing for all of its citizens — Arabs Jews and others — in areas that the PLO insists have belonged exclusively to Arabs since time immemorial. Once again we are being told that surrender by Israel of its position on this and other disputed matters will win goodwill for Israel – that this goodwill will radiate in all directions, smoothing the way to solution of all the differences between Israel and its neighbours. In due course, as Israel surrenders her narrow Zionist vision in favour of grander possibilities, throughout the Arab world the grievances upon which ISIS feeds will be removed or vastly mitigated in the minds of all clear-thinking denizens of the region and the spirit of accommodation will reign. The lion will lie down with the lamb. (For a particularly egregious sample of this logic see “Kerry Links ISIS Recruiting Success to Israel,” www.investigativeproject.org. IPT News, October 17, 20114.)

What Was Accomplished by the Still-unfinished Gaza War

Below is a new essay by Paul: What Was Accomplished by the Still-unfinished Gaza War.  We present this essay reprinted by permission of Paul and from The Bayview Review. See the links at the end for direct access to the rest of Paul’s work.

Has Israel Gained on the Public Relations Front?

Most commentators seem to accept that, for all the suffering that Israel has had to endure on the surreal battlefield that is Gaza; for all the massive demonstrations against her around the world; for all the pain that she has had to endure on hearing echoes of the kristallnacht of over seventy years ago coming from parts of Europe regarded until recently as safe again for Jews – nevertheless, Israel has probably come out of the bloody Gaza adventure with more friends, high and low, and fewer dedicated enemies than she had before the war began a month ago.

Gaming Israel and Palestine

By George Friedman

We have long argued that the Arab-Israeli conflict is inherently insoluble. Now, for the third time in recent years, a war is being fought in Gaza. The Palestinians are firing rockets into Israel with minimal effect. The Israelis are carrying out a broader operation to seal tunnels along the Gaza-Israel boundary. Like the previous wars, the current one will settle nothing. The Israelis want to destroy Hamas’ rockets. They can do so only if they occupy Gaza and remain there for an extended period while engineers search for tunnels and bunkers throughout the territory. This would generate Israeli casualties from Hamas guerrillas fighting on their own turf with no room for retreat. So Hamas will continue to launch rockets, but between the extreme inaccuracy of the rockets and Israel’s Iron Dome defense system, the group will inflict little damage to the Israelis.

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Gaza Situation Report

By George Friedman

The current confrontation in Gaza began June 12 after three Israeli teenagers disappeared in the West Bank the month before. Israel announced the disappearance June 13, shortly thereafter placing blame on Hamas for the kidnappings. On June 14, Hamas fired three rockets into the Hof Ashkelon region. This was followed by Israeli attacks on Palestinians in the Jerusalem region. On July 8, the Israelis announced Operation Protective Edge and began calling up reservists. Hamas launched a longer-range rocket at Tel Aviv. Israel then increased its airstrikes against targets in Gaza.

At this point, it would appear that Israel has deployed sufficient force to be ready to conduct an incursion into Gaza. However, Israel has not done so yet. The conflict has consisted of airstrikes and some special operations forces raids by Israel and rocket launches by Hamas against targets in Israel.

From a purely military standpoint, the issue has been Hamas’s search for a deterrent to Israeli operations against Gaza. Operation Cast Lead in late 2008 and early 2009 disrupted Gaza deeply, and Hamas found itself without any options beyond attempts to impose high casualties on Israeli forces. But the size of the casualties in Cast Lead did not prove a deterrent.

Palestine: What a Country’s Boundaries Really Mean

 

We wrote The Ukraine: What a Country’s Boundaries Really Mean as an attempt to counter the colossal ignorance of the West concerning the historical and current significance of the country now called Ukraine. Its current borders and in fact its very existence in any form do not extend back even a century. This is particularly true of the Crimea. Yet we blather and bluster about the Ukraine as if it has existed for a thousand years or more. The same can be said for the notion of a Palestinian state which is even more ephemeral than Ukraine. Yet a large amount of the current anti-Israeli rhetoric falsely proceeds as if it were a country with aboriginal claim and history.

We asked our friend Dr. Paul Merkley if he could put together a timeline on the historical referents and claims to a Palestinian state. His contribution follows with emphasis added by us where we wished to make a point.

A Brief History of Palestine

Here is Part 2 of the series, Zero-Sum Historiography: The Palestinian Assault upon History. Reprinted by permission of Paul and from The Bayview Review. See the links at the end for direct access to the rest of the series. This is an important series as Palestine and the myths and misunderstandings around it propagated by the mainstream media (MSM) and the Western intelligentsia (to use an oxymoron) are rampant.

What is “Palestine”?

The last edition we have of the Encyclopedia Britannica prior to the Balfour Declaration defines “Palestine” as follows:

PALESTINE: … conventionally used as a name for the territory which, in the Old Testament, is claimed as the inheritance of the pre-exilic Jews … We may describe Palestine as the strip of land extending along the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea  … Eastward there is no such definite border.  The river Jordan, it is true, marks a delimitation between western and eastern Palestine; but it is practically impossible to say where the latter ends and theArabian desert begins.

In the record of all of the deliberations of the British and the French and the Americans leading to the Balfour Declaration it is taken for granted that what is being proposed is a homeland for the Jews in some part of what has always been defined as that part of the world where the Jews once had their inheritance. There was no other way of defining this area.

The Muslim Came to Jerusalem

Here is Part 3 of the series, Zero-Sum Historiography: The Palestinian Assault upon History. Reprinted by permission of Paul and from The Bayview Review. See the links at the end for direct access to the rest of the series. This is an important series as Palestine and the myths and misunderstandings around it propagated by the mainstream media (MSM) and the Western intelligentsia (to use an oxymoron) are rampant.

 “Islam’s Third Holiest Site”

Every day we are reminded by our media, our intellectuals, our politicians, and (most fervently of all) by our church leaders that Jerusalem, al-Quds, is “Islam’s Third Holiest Site.” And we are given to understand by these same authorities that this consideration is somehow a sound basis for a claim by the Arabs to a sovereign State of Palestine, with its capital at al-Quds.

Those who have not looked closely at Muslim attitudes towards other religions may be puzzled that Muslims would not concede that their Third Holiest Site (on a long list whose length no one truly knows) might, at least out of courtesy, co-exist in the vicinity of the Only Holy Site of the Jews. This zeal for al-Quds becomes more problematical still when one discovers in the pages of Islam’s own Holy Book that Muhammad, disappointed by the Jews’ rejection of his claims to inspired prophecy, turned his backs upon the Jews and their history.

In the early days of his mission (610 CE until 623), Muhammadestablished it as a Muslim duty to pray exclusively towards Jerusalem, and he ordered a Qibla, a mark pointing in the correct direction, to be set in every mosque; but then he changed the policy and the Qibla was re-oriented towards the Kaaba in Mecca.  Mainstream Islamic teaching today is that when the Qibla moved to indicate Mecca, Jerusalem did not cease to be an Islamic site. This conforms to the fundamental premise that nothing that has ever belonged to Islam can ever be considered surrendered.

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