I News item from The Jewish Press, August 2, 2013, Week in Review by Jason Maoz, Editor
II Commentary below news item by Jerome S. Kaufman, Editor, Israel Commentary
III Historical Revisionism by Former Ambassador Alan Baker. Link below
I LAND WITHDRAWAL REFERENDUM PASSES CABINET
By Jason Maoz
The Israeli Cabinet approved a measure that would require a public referendum or vote on any peace agreement that involves withdrawing from land Israel captured in the 1967 Six Day War.
The legislation was to be brought to a vote of the full Knesset by midweek for a first reading.
“It is important that every citizen have a direct vote on what will determine the future of the state,” Benjamin Netanyahu told the Cabinet before the vote.
But, the legislation only refers to land under Israel’s sovereign control, meaning a referendum will not have to be held in order to give away areas of the West Bank to the Palestinians. Any peace deal that requires giving away parts of Jerusalem or the Golan Heights, or land swaps, will have to be put to a popular vote.
II Commentary by Jerome S. Kaufman
But, what about the so-called West Bank, a misnomer deliberately created by the British and adopted by an anti-Semitic world and a totally naive unaware and arrogant Israeli government that has refused to recognize the lethal effect of this terminology obscuring the irrefutable truth?
The West Bank is rightfully called Judea and Samaria and was supposed to have been part of the Jewish Homeland in the first place. The ownership dates to numerous references and declarations, by G-d himself, in the Hebrew Bible (The Torah) and far less significantly — endorsed by the San Remo Conference of 1920, the League of Nations and the obligatory assumption by the United Nations of the binding resolutions of the League of Nations.
The biblical Jewish Homeland was designated originally to extend all the way to the Euphrates River in present day Iraq! The League of Nations initially designated a similar area and gave it to the British as a temporary mandate as part of the spoils of World War I from the defeat of the Ottoman Empire. France was given the mandate over Syria and Lebanon.
Britain, under then Secretary Winston Churchill, almost immediately ripped off 78% of the Mandate in 1922 and created a separate entity they named Transjordan. As titular head they appointed Abdullah I, the grandfather of Jordan’s present ruler, Abdullah II.
Emir Abdullah soon succeeded in loosening the British mandate over Transjordan with an Anglo-Transjordanian treaty. On May 15, 1923, Britain formally recognized the Emirate of Transjordan as a state under the leadership of Emir Abdullah. This angered the Zionists, as it effectively severed Transjordan from Palestine and so reduced the area of any future Jewish national home in the region. The treaty stipulated that Transjordan would be prepared for independence under the general supervision of the British high commissioner in Jerusalem, and recognized Emir Abdullah as head of state.
Judea and Samaria (West Bank) were thus never part of the ripped off territory of Jordan. When Israel finally declared an independent nation after the British were driven out in 1948, Five Arab armies — Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Egypt immediately attacked with one goal in mind — to extinguish completely the re-born Jewish State.
They partially succeeded with Jordan occupying Judea and Samaria and 1/2 of Jerusalem. So, in fact it was Jordan that became the “Occupying Force” on “Occupied Territories.” This state of affairs continued from 1948 to 1967 with nary a word about a Palestinian Arab people or a Palestinian State. The Palestinian people and nation, as Newt Gingrich so accurately described, is indeed an “Invented People.”
In the Six Day War of 1967, Israel again defeated invading Arab armies, regained Judea and Samaria and re-united Jerusalem from Jordan, all of which should have been Israel’s in the first place. It is this hard earned, G-d given territory that Netanyahu, under the pressure of Obama, appears to be giving up despite all history, logic, religious observance, geo-politics and military due diligence, to the contrary.
Unfortunately this whole indisputable narrative has never been properly presented to the world or for that matter to the Israeli public. Israel has cursed itself with any number of far left Members of the Knesset (MKs) who have been given the supremely important portfolio of National education. These appointees have taken full advantage of the position, denigrating their own glorious Jewish faith, obscuring their biblical and temporal claim to all of the Jewish Homeland and doing whatever they could to eliminate the G-d given glory of Jewish exceptionalism!
Does that sound familiar to Americans, who may finally understand what Barack Obama has been doing? He has been waging a singularly dedicated and sickeningly successful campaign to eliminate our own American exceptionalism. And, where has that got us and where will this self-immolation, ably assisted by Benjamin Netanyahu, get Israel?
May the Israeli people and the Members of the Knesset beware — Read the small print and do not be a party to passing further readings of this atrocious bill and thus become an enabler to Netanyahu’s perfidy.
Jerome S. Kaufman
III Historical Revisionism by Former Ambassador Alan Baker
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