Telegraph Timeline of Israel-Palestinian conflict omits Palestinian terrorism

Anti-Israel journalism

Biased journalism

Today’s Daily Telegraph published a Timeline of the Israel-Palestinian Conflict which was shocking in its incompleteness and by definition its one-sidedness.  I reproduce it here in full so that you can judge for yourselves.  I have inserted the events omitted in between the Telegraph’s timelines, mentioning only “major” terror attacks, i.e. not those which had “only” 1 or 2 people killed.   I formatted it this way so that the context of events become much clearer.  This way you can see how Israel capitulated to “peace processors” under intense fire and terror attacks, and how those capitulations and concessions have only led to ever more terror.

I have included links to the sites where the terror attacks are recorded. The Telegraph’s text is in teal, my additions are in red.  Other events and my own commentary are in black.

1991: – Nov 1: The Madrid Peace Conference sets a framework for the peace process.

1993: – Sept 13: Israel and the PLO sign Declaration of Principles on autonomy after months of secret negotiations in Oslo.

The following attacks noted in red are all from here:

6 Apr 1994 8 killed (one died 25 Apr), 44 injured by car-bomb attack on a bus in Afula

13 Apr 1994 5 killed (including 1 soldier), 30 injured by suicide bombing on bus in Hadera

 1994: – May 4: Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat sign the autonomy accord in Cairo.

1994: – May 4: Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat sign the autonomy accord in Cairo.

– July 1: Arafat returns from a decade in exile in Tunisia to establish the Palestinian Authority, which was to oversee the road to statehood.

14 Oct 1994: 3 soldiers killed, one who had been kidnapped (an American citizen) and two members of the team attempting to free him

19 Oct 1994: 22 killed (including one Dutch), 75 injured by suicide bombing (one terrorist killed) on bus in Tel-Aviv

11 Nov 1994: 3 soldiers killed, 6 people injured by suicide bomber on a bicycle at Netzarim junction

22 Jan 1995: 22 killed (including 20 soldiers), 69 injured by two separate suicide bombers (both terrorists killed) at the Beit Lid junction near Netanya (three of the soldiers killed died after the bombing of injuries, one of whom died 16 December 1996)

9 Apr 1995: 8 killed (including 7 soldiers and 1 American), 50 injured (including 3 Americans) by a van-bomb attack on a bus near Kfar Darom in Gaza

24 Jul 1995: (0845) 6 killed, 30 injured by suicide bombing on bus in Ramat Gan

21 Aug 1995: 5 killed (including 1 police officer and 1 American), over 100 injured by suicide bombing on bus in Jerusalem; those killed include 1 Israeli paralyzed by the bombing who died 30 May 2005

1995: – Nov 4: Rabin is assassinated by a Jewish extremist.

25 Feb 1996: 26 killed (including 9 soldiers and 3 Americans), 80 injured (including 3 Americans) by two suicide bombings on buses in Jerusalem; first bombing killed 23 (including 3 Americans) and injured at least 50; second bombing 30 minutes later killed 3, injured at least 25

3 Mar 1996 (0627) 19 killed (including 3 soldiers, 1 Ethopian, and 7 Romanians), 7 injured by suicide bombing (one terrorist killed) on bus in Jerusalem; one of the Romanians died on 9 Mar of wounds

4 Mar 1996: (1610) 13 killed (including 1 soldier and 5 teenagers), 163 injured (including 2 Americans) by suicide bombing at Dizengoff Center in Tel-Aviv

30 Jul 1997: 16 killed (including 1 American), 178 injured (including 2 Americans) by two suicide bombings in Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem; three of those killed died subsequently of wounds (on 11 Aug, 29 Aug, 3 Oct)

4 Sep 1997: 5 killed (including 1 American teenager), 181 injured by three suicide bombings in Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall in Jerusalem

2000: – July 11-25: US president Bill Clinton hosts talks with Arafat and Israeli premier Ehud Barak at Camp David that collapse over the issues of Jerusalem and Palestinian refugees.

The talks did not simply “collapse”. The major concessions offered by Ehud Barak were rejected outright by Yasser Arafat who returned home and launched the Second Intifada, another euphemism for a terror war against Israeli civilians.

Prime Minister Barak offered the most substantial concessions and far reaching proposals, going beyond all the long-standing Israeli “red lines”, especially as regards Jerusalem. The US team called Barak “courageous” for these offers. When these terms were later revealed in Israel, people were stunned at the extent of the concessions Barak offered and it is unclear whether the Israeli public were prepared to support the deal. However they were never given the opportunity to endorse or reject the proposals; Arafat rejected them out of hand.

The details were not disclosed formally, but according to media reports Barak’s offer included:

  • Israeli redeployment from 95% of the West Bank and 100% of the Gaza Strip
  • The creation of a Palestinian state in the areas of Israeli withdrawal
  • The removal of isolated settlements and transfer of the land to Palestinian control
  • Other Israeli land exchanged for West Bank settlements remaining under Israeli control
  • Palestinian control over East Jerusalem, including most of the Old City
  • “Religious Sovereignty” over the Temple Mount, replacing Israeli sovereignty in effect since 1967

In return Arafat had to declare the “end of conflict” and agree that no further claims on Israel could be made in the future. Despite the considerable concessions by Israel, Arafat chose not to negotiate, not to make a counter-offer but to just walk out

US President Bill Clinton was furious at Arafat and criticised his historic mistake in rejecting Barak’s offer.

– September: Eruption of the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising, against the Israeli occupation.

See above. The intifada did not spontaneously erupt. It was planned and executed by Yasser Arafat himself.

2003:- June 4: Launch of the Middle East “roadmap” for the creation of a Palestinian state by 2005 at a summit in Jordan with US president George W. Bush, Israeli premier Ariel Sharon and his Palestinian counterpart, Mahmud Abbas.

2004:- Nov 11: Death of Arafat.

2005:- Feb 2: Sharon and Abbas – now Palestinian president – meet in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, and declare an end to hostilities.

This harmless word “hostilities” hides the over 1,200 Israeli murder victims of Arafat’s deadly Second Intifada.

– August: Israel carries out its unilateral disengagement plan, withdrawing all its settlers and soldiers from the Gaza Strip.

July 2006: Second Lebanon War

At this point in the timeline there should have been made some mention of the Second Lebanon War in July 2006 between Israel and Hezbollah. Even though this war did not strictly involve the Palestinians from the west Bank and Gaza, Israel’s actions and reactions cannot be divorced from the malign influence of that war.

This war made many Israelis feel that no matter what they did, no matter that they withdrew from Lebanon in 2000 and Gaza in 2005, the Arabs still want to destroy them.

2007:- Nov 27: Abbas and Israeli premier Ehud Olmert formally restart negotiations at Annapolis, Maryland.

There is no mention at all of Hamas’ deadly coup in Gaza, violently overthrowing Fatah and killing their rivals. There is no mention at all of the 12,000 rockets that were fired for 8 years onto Israeli civilian towns and communities from Gaza following the Israeli withdrawal from the territory in 2005. Without mentioning these, Israel’s operation Cast Lead makes no sense and paints Israel as an aggressive militaristic society instead of a country whose army is defending its citizens.

2008:- Dec 27: Israel begins a devastating 22-day military offensive in the Gaza Strip, prompting the Palestinians to suspend talks.

2010:- May 9: Indirect talks start.

– Sept 2: US President Barack Obama launches direct talks at a White House summit with Abbas and Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu.

– Sept 28: A partial freeze of West Bank settlement building expires, leading to the collapse of direct talks.

Again, no context is given. The talks didn’t “collapse”. They never started. The Israeli government imposed an intensely unpopular building freeze in the settlements for 10 months. Mahmoud Abbas didn’t consider coming to peace talks until 9 months were over. Shortly after the talks began, the building freeze expired and Abbas hypocritically declared he couldn’t possibly talk while building is continuing. But where was he during the freeze?

– November: Palestinian officials begin talking publicly about seeking UN membership for a Palestinian state on the lines that existed before the 1967 Six Day War incorporating the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem.

2011:- March 20: Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat says seeking UN membership for a Palestinian state is the official strategy although no date is set.

– Sept 21: Obama insists at the UN General Assembly that only negotiations can lead to a Palestinian state.

And now it looks like the Palestinians’ ploy might be rebounding in their face with President Obama’s insistence that only negotiations with Israel can lead to a Palestinian state. However minor issues like this have never deterred the Palestinian leadership from taking the wrong course in history. As long as they can put Israel in a negative light – and in the UN that is a given – they are happy.

As I said in a previous post, they don’t want a state for themselves. They don’t want Israel to have a state.

But most egregiously of all, shame on the Daily Telegraph for printing such a partial, and therefore one-sided, timeline. Either they have a political agenda or they have some very shoddy editors.

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5 Responses to Telegraph Timeline of Israel-Palestinian conflict omits Palestinian terrorism

  1. DavidinPT says:

    Veru good analysis, Anne. I think it is important that you send it, as is, to the Editor of the Daily Telegraph. Let’s see his reaction.

  2. Earl says:

    First rate, annie.

    For me, the defining moment of the unceasing jihad against IL was the (seemingly-now-long-forgotten) slaughter of the Hatuel family. Thereafter, it can be nothing less than containment and disengagement– Israel simply ignores the “Palestinian” claims and proceeds with its successful, modern, nation-state-building exercise. Let the Israel PM mouth the periodic platitude, but the “Palestinians” have had their state in Jordan since ~1922, and have only themselves to blame for their abject lack of any societal progression.

  3. floranista says:

    annie, hope you don’t mind if I go off topic for a moment.

    Bibi is now wrapping up his speech to the UN, it has been honest, inspiring, heart-felt…well, it is so powerful. He just spoke about Gilad Shalit; the membership applauded in support. I have felt so down about this latest Palestinian ploy with the United Nations but am uplifted by B. Netanyahu’s speech and the reception it received.

    • floranista says:

      He is now talking about Judea and the 2000 yr-old coin found by the Western Wall and it had the name of a Jewish official imprinted upon it: Netanyahu, it gave me goosebumps and put a lump in my throat.

      How I wish we had a president like Bibi.

  4. anneinpt says:

    Floranista, you don’t have to apologize at all. In fact I’m grateful for your live-blogging of the speech because we missed here because Shabbat had already started. We’ve all been plotzing, wondering how the speech went and what he said.

    I’m going to find an online version of his speech right now.

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