The Six Day War: myths, facts and legalities

The iconic photograph of Israeli soldiers gazing at the Western Wall, in Jerusalem, after entering the city as Israel beat the invading Arab armies in 1967. Photo: Israel Knesset.

The 48th anniversary of the Six Day War was marked in Israel a few weeks ago on Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, and it’s civil anniversary, June 10th, was noted in several press reports both in Israel and overseas.

As the years go by it seems that Israel’s “crime” of winning the war and not allowing itself to be destroyed is the source of the “Original Sin” of which certain elements of the world community and media consider us guilty.

Robert Liebman in The Algemeiner has a very perceptive article on The Six Day War and the origin of the Left’s hatred for Israel:

Although Israel neither welcomed nor wanted this conflict, the Left declared that Israel, not the invading Arabs, had been ‘militaristic,’ ‘colonialistic,’ and ‘fascistic.’

Was Israel really that bad, or was the Left biased, twisting or ignoring inconvenient facts to fit a prepackaged verdict – and has been biased ever since?

By 1967, Vietnam-war, civil-rights, and feminist protestors joined with hippies, yippies, flower-power pacifists, and not so pacifistic Hells Angels to form a vast anti-Establishment counterculture. The 1960s had become the Sixties. It was not the most rational of times.

Facts – such as who actually started the war, and why – were irrelevant. The left was Manichean, pitting the evil West against the good Third World. Israel – a western nation and ally of America – was on the wrong side. It was guilty on all counts.

But international conflict is not a team sport, using crooked umpires is not cricket, and these dodgy methods would result in the Palestinians being not winners but losers over the long term.

Militarism? If Egypt’s President Nasser had not blockaded the Straits of Tiran, replaced UN peacekeepers with his own troops, and allied with several Arab countries, the Six Day War would not have occurred. In 1967, Egypt was guilty of  militarism. The left pinned the rap on the wrong side.

Colonialism? After the 1948 war of independence, Egypt occupied Gaza and Jordan occupied and then annexed the West Bank, denying Israeli Jews access to Jerusalem’s holy sites. The left accepted these racist and illegal occupations. Colonialism can be committed only by Israel.

In the same month as the Six Day War, a Black Panther magazine waxed poetic: “We’re gonna piss on the Wailing Wall/…That will be ecstasy, killing every Jew we see in jewland.”

Radical leaders and the majority of the rank and file membership did not – dared not – censure the Panthers. These radicals similarly failed to criticize Arab threats to drive the Jews into the sea.

The Left seemingly did not care – may not have even noticed – that in its tacit acceptance of militarism, racism, and worse, it was subscribing to values it normally derided as repulsive.  The movement was progressive in name only. Had it looked in the mirror, it would have labelled itself “fascistic.”

Fast forward to the Camp David peace talks in 2000, which failed, according to the Left, because Israel was ungenerous. This was plausible, initially; the talks had not been minuted and details were lacking. But the left stuck to this position even after numerous first-hand accounts highlighted Yasser Arafat’s astonishing one-word vocabulary: “No.”

In last summer’s Gaza fighting, Hamas fired thousands of rockets into civilian areas in Israel and, in the ensuing ground fighting, used human shields and positioned weapons in schools and hospitals. The Left – in a repeat of 1967 – put only Israel in the dock.

Gaza pales compared with Yarmouk, where Syrian soldiers and ISIS decapitators inflicted unspeakable horrors on Palestinian refugees – to no outcry from the Left. Israel was not involved in this catastrophe. If it had been, her critics would have gone ballistic.

Here Liebman drills down to the essence of the Left’s anti-Israel passion:

This post-1967 anti-Israel left is propelled less by compassion than by anger – hatred of America and western capitalism in the Sixties, which was then redirected to Israel after the Vietnam War ended in the 1970s.

And the Palestinians? They are still stateless, stuck in a hole they dug for themselves by their own obstinacy. But the left helped them dig it, encouraging the Palestinians in their demand for all of mandatory Palestine

For nearly fifty years, the anti-Israel left has been committing crimes not just against Israel but against the Palestinians – and the entire peace process.

It is most gratifying to see the Left’s self-righteousness punctured so neatly.

On a similar theme, David Harris, the Executive Director of the AJC, explains why history matters when it comes to explaining the sequence of events around the Six Day War: (emphases are mine). Apologies for the long excerpts but the whole article is so important.

Mention the word “history” and it can trigger a roll of the eyes.

Add “Middle East” to the equation and folks might start running for the hills, unwilling to get caught up in the seemingly bottomless pit of details and disputes.

Yet without context, some critically important things may not make sense.First,in June 1967, there was no state of Palestine. It didn’t exist and never had. Its creation, proposed by the UN in 1947, was rejected by the Arab world because it also meant the establishment of a Jewish state alongside.

Second, the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem were in Jordanian hands. Violating solemn agreements, Jordan denied Jews access to their holiest places in eastern Jerusalem. To make matters still worse, they desecrated and destroyed many of those sites.

Meanwhile, the Gaza Strip was under Egyptian control, with harsh military rule imposed on local residents.

And the Golan Heights, which were regularly used to shell Israeli communities far below, belonged to Syria.

Third, the Arab world could have created a Palestinian state in the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip any day of the week. They didn’t. … It was viewed as an Arab backwater.

Fourth, the 1967 boundary at the time of the war, so much in the news these days, was nothing more than an armistice line dating back to 1949 – familiarly known as the Green Line. That’s after five Arab armies attacked Israel in 1948 with the aim of destroying the embryonic Jewish state. They failed. Armistice lines were drawn, but they weren’t formal borders. They couldn’t be. The Arab world, even in defeat, refused to recognize Israel’s very right to exist.

Fifth, the PLO, which supported the war effort, was established in 1964, three years before the conflict erupted. That’s important because it was created with the goal of obliterating Israel. Remember that in 1964 the only “settlements” were Israel itself.

Sixth, in the weeks leading up to the Six-Day War, Egyptian and Syrian leaders repeatedly declared that war was coming and their objective was to wipe Israel off the map. There was no ambiguity. Twenty-two years after the Holocaust, another enemy spoke about the extermination of Jews. The record is well-documented.

Here are some quotes from Arab leaders at the time:

Here too are some vicious cartoons in the Arabic media (via Elder of Ziyon):

Al-Farida, Lebanon, showed Nasser kicking the “Jew,” Israel, into the sea, with the armies of Lebanon, Syria and Iraq supporting him.

he mouths of the guns of eight Arab countries: Sudan, Algeria, United Arab Republic, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. Al Jarida , Beirut, May 31, 1967

The article continues with Israel’s plea to Jordan to stay out of the fight – which they ignored – and Egypt’s war-mongering by expelling the UN from Sinai, leaving no buffer zone between Israel and Egypt, and blockading the straits of Tiran, an outright casus belli. Despite its promises, the US did not come to Israel’s aid. France too betrayed Israel by imposing an arms embargo despite its being Israel’s principal arms supplier.

And then, the Three Noes of Khartoum:

And finally, after winning the war of self-defense, Israel hoped that its newly-acquired territories, seized from Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, would be the basis for a land-for-peace accord. Feelers were sent out. The formal response came on September 1, 1967, when the Arab Summit Conference famously declared in Khartoum: “No peace, no recognition, no negotiations” with Israel.Today, there are those who wish to rewrite history.

They want the world to believe there was once a Palestinian state. There was not.

They want the world to believe there were fixed borders between that state and Israel. There was only an armistice line between Israel and the Jordanian-controlled West Bank and eastern Jerusalem.

They want the world to believe the 1967 war was a bellicose act by Israel. It was an act of self-defense in the face of blood-curdling threats…

They want the world to believe post-1967 Israel settlement-building is the key obstacle to Arab-Israeli peacemaking. The Six-Day War is proof positive that the core issue is, and always has been, whether the Arab world accepts the Jewish people’s right to a state of their own. …

And they want the world to believe the Arab world had nothing against Jews per se, only Israel, yet trampled with abandon on sites of sacred meaning to the Jewish people.

In other words, when it comes to the Arab-Israeli conflict, dismissing the past as if it were a minor irritant at best, irrelevant at worst, won’t work.

Can history move forward? Absolutely. Israel’s peace treaties with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994 prove the point. At the same time, though, the lessons of the Six-Day War illustrate just how tough and tortuous the path can be.

I would go one step further and say that the rewriting of history is the basis of the Left’s hatred of Israel (as seen in the first article quoted above) and forms the basis for the persistent efforts at delegitimization and demonization of Israel in the media, the UN, and in all the hundreds of NGOs working for human rights for everybody except Israelis.

Furthermore, as regards the “root cause” of the settlements in the conflict, Israel’s poorly-conceived, badly executed and ill-fated “disengagement” from Gaza, whose 10th anniversary is approaching, demonstrates more clearly than any other example what happened and what is likely to happen again when Israel withdraws from territory. The terrorists take over and immediately (within 24 hours in the case of Gaza) start firing rockets and missiles at Israeli civilian communities. If the settlements were such an irritant, why did Hamas use the territory to attack Israel even more?

On a related subject, we have recently seen that the world does not accept Jerusalem as Israel’s capital because they reject the idea of acquisition of territory as a result of force. Eli Hertz of Myths and Facts explains, in a very detailed article, the legality of Israel’s actions and its acquisition of territory as a result of the Six Day War. Here are just a few excerpts. Read it all:

International law makes a clear distinction between defensive wars and wars of aggression. Egypt’s blockade of the waterway known as the Strait of Tiran, which prevented access to Israel’s southern port of Eilat, was an act of aggression that led to the Six-Day War in 1967. More than six decades after the 1948 War and four decades since the 1967 Six-Day War, it is hard to imagine the dire circumstances Israel faced and the price it paid to fend off its neighbors’ attacks.

Who Starts Wars Does Matter

UN Charter Article 51 clearly recognizes “the inherent right of individual or collective self-defense if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations” by anyone.

Arabs would like the world to believe that in 1967, Israel simply woke-up one morning and invaded them, and therefore Israel’s control of the Golan Heights, West Bank and Sinai is the illicit fruit of an illegal act – like Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1991.

Arab leaders ‘bundle’ the countries who fought Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War into one “entity” in order to cloud the issues. They point to Israel’s surprise pre-emptive attack on Egypt as an act of unlawful aggression, and add that this “unlawful aggression” prevents Israel from claiming the Territories under international law.

Professor, Judge Stephen M. Schwebel, past President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) states the following facts:

“The facts of the June 1967 Six Day War demonstrate that Israel reacted defensively against the threat and use of force against her by her Arab neighbors. This is indicated by the fact that Israel responded to Egypt’s prior closure of the Straits of Tiran, its proclamation of a blockade of the Israeli port of Eilat, and the manifest threat of the UAR’s use of force inherent in its massing of troops in Sinai, coupled with its ejection of United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF). It is indicated by the fact that, upon Israeli responsive action against the UAR, Jordan initiated hostilities against Israel. It is suggested as well by the fact that, despite the most intense efforts by the Arab States and their supporters, led by the Premier of the Soviet Union, to gain condemnation of Israel as an aggressor by the hospitable organs of the United Nations, those efforts were decisively defeated. The conclusion to which these facts lead is that the Israeli conquest of Arab and Arab-held territory was defensive rather than aggressive conquest.”

…In fact, Jordan was an illegal occupier of the West Bank from 1948 to 1967, and the undisputable aggressor in the Six-Day War of 1967. Thus, Israel acted lawfully by exercising its right of self-defense when it redeemed and legally occupied Judea and Samaria, known also as the West Bank.

Judge Sir Elihu Lauterpacht wrote in 1968, just one year after the 1967 Six-Day War:

“On 5th June, 1967, Jordan deliberately overthrew the Armistice Agreement by attacking the Israeli-held part of Jerusalem. There was no question of this Jordanian action being a reaction to any Israeli attack. It took place not with-standing explicit Israeli assurances, conveyed to King Hussein through the U.N. Commander, that if Jordan did not attack Israel, Israel would not attack Jordan. Although the charge of aggression is freely made against Israel in relation to the Six-Days War the fact remains that the two attempts made in the General Assembly in June-July 1967 to secure the condemnation of Israel as an aggressor failed. A clear and striking majority of the members of the U.N. voted against the proposition that Israel was an aggressor.”

Professor, Judge Schwebel’s writings lead to the conclusion that under international law, Israel is permitted to stay in the West Bank as long as it is necessary to her self-defense.

Defensive Wars and Wars of Aggression

International law makes a clear distinction between defensive wars and wars of aggression. All of Israel’s wars with its Arab neighbors were in self-defense.

Professor, Judge Schwebel, wrote in What Weight to Conquest:

“(a) a state [Israel] acting in lawful exercise of its right of self-defense may seize and occupy foreign territory as long as such seizure and occupation are necessary to its self-defense;

UN “Inadmissibility of the Acquisition of Territory by Force”

Most UN General Assembly Resolutions regarding Israel read at the start: “Aware of the established principle of international law on the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force.”

Professor, Judge Schwebel, a former President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), explains that the principle of “acquisition of territory by war is inadmissible” must be read together with other principles: “… namely, that no legal right shall spring from a wrong, and the Charter principle that the Members of the United Nations shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State.”

Simply stated: Arab illegal aggression against the territorial integrity and political independence of Israel can not and should not be rewarded.

Professor Julius Stone, a leading authority on the Law of Nations, stated:

“Territorial Rights Under International Law. … By their [Arab countries] armed attacks against the State of Israel in 1948, 1967, and 1973, and by various acts of belligerency throughout this period, these Arab states flouted their basic obligations as United Nations members to refrain from threat or use of force against Israel’s territorial integrity and political independence. These acts were in flagrant violation inter alia [among other things] of Article 2(4) and paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) of the same article

Sadly I don’t expect the UN to pay attention to any of these legalities any time soon. Similarly I have no expectations that the international media, anti-Israel organizations and “human-rights for everyone except Jews” NGOs will take a closer look at the facts – not the myths – surrounding the Six Day War.

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13 Responses to The Six Day War: myths, facts and legalities

  1. Brian Goldfarb says:

    I shall try not to repeat myself, given my writings and comments here over the past few years. Probably the most contentious point of mine will be to say that accepting Judge Schwebel’s argument on occupying the West Bank (whatever label you want to give it) is not the same as condoning Israeli citizens deciding to build themselves living accommodation beyond the “Green Line”.

    There, Anne, I’ve said it!

    Now to other points. I don’t know about anyone else around here, but I was just, in ’67, into my first paid employment after graduation, and I was sitting in the Common Room of my alma mater on the first day of the war (and my later to be wife was in Israel, driving an ambulance – tho’ we hadn’t yet met), waiting for the first reports of the hostilities. I was sitting with my former Prof and a senior researcher of the University, both Jewish emigres from Eastern Europe (they had got out before WW2) and an Iraqi Jew (who turned out, decades later, and ironically, to be a non-Zionist Jew…with that background!).

    Then the first edition of the local paper appeared, with the reports of the IAF destruction of the Egyptian air force…and the atmosphere noticeably lightened. They (but not me) could go back to pretending not to care about Israel and the Middle East, because Israel’s future had been secured…for now.

    I spent the rest of the week as a news junkie: listening to every report that Michael Elkins, the American-born Israel correspondent for the BBC, filed. Remember, back then, the BBC was genuinely liberal, as was The Guardian, hard though that is to believe. The most amazing was Elkins’ report of the first day of the ground offensive: words to the effect of “the events of today will be familiar to those who remember the first week of the 1956 Sinai Campaign”: he was saying, evading the censor, that the IDF was carving through the Egyptian army like a hot knife through butter.

    And I was reassured.

    And I remember, towards the end of that momentous week, sitting in my parents’ home, watching the news and seeing and hearing Brigadier Peters, a retired British army expert, talking of watching film of the IDF tanks driving up onto the Golan Heights, supposedly impassable to tanks, as though it was a level road.

    What was interesting was that my parents, both born in the UK, but of parents who had escaped, in their own ways, the Czar and military conscription, and themselves strong anti-fascists (they had lived through the 1930s in East London), were just as strong Zionists as I was (and am). They were more prepared to practice, for example, kashrut (the Jewish dietary laws) than I was, but then, we all, I’m sure, felt more Jewish than we had done for a long time.

    Clearly, I haven’t lost that feeling! And we still have both editions (in English and Hebrew) of the classic cartoon and commentary work by Kishon & Dosh “So Sorry We Won”. This includes an absolute classic: Nasser phones Kosygin, then President of the Soviet Union, and urgently requests more tanks, planes, rifles..,”Sure”, says Kosygin, “What types do the Israelis want?”

    Despite the loss of lives, oh happy days!

    • anneinpt says:

      Brian, at least we can both agree on the legality of Israel’s acquiring and holding the “territories”, aka Judea and Samaria (I will not call it the West Bank. That was a denigrating name given by the Jordanians to the area). As to the wisdom of building settlements there, well, we are Jews and are allowed to hold at least 3 opinions between us! 🙂

      Seriously, I don’t see the problem of building settlements on areas that were previously unoccupied – literally – by anyone. If the local Arabs had wanted to build there, no one would have stopped them over the previous 19 years. There are many other reasons why Israel not only has the right, but IS right, to build settlements, but that is a whole other story.

      Your memories of the Six Day War are wonderful! I’m not wishing that I was older, but I only vaguely remember the war, being only 9 years old. I knew there was a war of course, and that we wanted the Israelis to win, and we had a map on the kitchen wall where we followed the action. But I was too young to understand the terror felt by the Israelis in the lead-up to the war and I couldn’t really appreciate the utterly miraculous nature of their victory.

      So thank you for describing the events and your feelings at the time. It brings it all to life in a way that news reports can’t.

  2. Pete says:

    ISREAL can only exist in a true state of peace – if your country is surrounded on ALL sides by neighbors who are law-abiding, respectful, and committed to resolving differences through peaceful means i.e. legal agreements and treaties. BUT such a situation has never really existed.

    The alternative is … a VERY active defense. Israel cannot sit back and “absorb punishment” during wars. Israel cannot fight a long war of attrition. The size of your country and the limited resources make this impossible. Therefore, your best strategy is a defense – that is a preemptive attack! Under the theories of war, this makes perfectly good sense. But politically, and in the media, the strategy is constantly portrayed as aggressive dictatorial “power play”.

    Few people seem to grapple with Israel’s reality … except of course … Israelis.
    Pete, USA

    • anneinpt says:

      Very good points Pete, thank you. Yes, nowadays it’s political correctness that does not allow for a preemptive attack – though when Israel held back before the Yom Kippur War and did not attack preemptively, even though there were plenty of signs and warnings, Israel was still castigated for being the aggressor. The Americans withheld their urgently needed airlift, I think the French may have embargoed us too, and altogether we ended up being the bad guys for being the root cause of the Arab oil embargo on the West.

      So we have learned our lessons well. Whatever we do we will get condemned and slammed and smeared. So in that case we might as well do what we need to do in our own interests, and let the world be damned. If the world had hoped to “teach us a lesson” (as if we need teaching) they’ve gone about it the wrong way.

      We never get any credit for anything good that we do, whether that is withdrawal from Gaza (not that I think it was a good idea, but it seems that’s what the world would want) to taking extraordinary measures to protect Gaza civilians (we were condemned for war crimes abuses) to treating Syrian enemy fighters who are injured in their civil war. (Israel was singled out for not providing enough health care to Syrian citizens!!) that it makes me wonder why the hell we still oblong to that corrupt cabal known as the UN. Or why we should give one damn hoot about what the world thinks of us.

  3. The Jewish heart and mind is eternally connected to Jerusalem and Israel for thousands of years

    “For over three thousand years, Jerusalem has been the center of Jewish hope and longing. No other city has played such a dominant role in the history, culture, religion and consciousness of a people as has Jerusalem in the life of Jewry and Judaism. Throughout centuries of exile, Jerusalem remained alive in the hearts of Jews everywhere as the focal point of Jewish history, the symbol of ancient glory, spiritual fulfillment and modern renewal. This heart and soul of the Jewish people engenders the thought that if you want one simple word to symbolize all of Jewish history, that word would be ‘Jerusalem.’ “

    “Every Jew has a spark in his soul from the light of God above that illuminates his way during difficult times. And when it seems to him that he is lost and that there is no way out, the spark flares and lights his way. This is the little jug of oil that is revealed in time to save the Jew in times of despair and to light up his life in desperate times.”

    “Let the world know that we were granted our right to exist by the God of our fathers at the glimmer of the dawn of human civilization 4,000 years ago. The Jewish people have a historic, eternal and inalienable right to the whole of the land of our forefathers. And for that right, which has been sanctified in Jewish blood from generation to generation, we have paid a price unprecedented in the annals of nations.”

    How many holidays do the Arabs-Muslims celebrate due to historical events in the land of ancient Israel and Jerusalem.
    The Jewish people celebrate most of their holidays and fast days in memory of Jerusalem and Israel.
    and the goal and aspiration to return to Israel and rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem – where it was before it was destroyed and desecrated by the enemies of the Jews. Many of the Jewish prayers for thousands of years recite the love of Israel and the Jewish aspirations to return to their ancestral land and bring back its glory and holiness.
    At Jewish weddings they break a glass in memory of Jerusalem and the aspiration to return and build the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.
    YJ Draiman

  4. Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria is Jewish territory – No annexation is required
    If anything it may need to be re-incorporated or re-patriated.
    Let me pose an interesting scenario. If you had a country and it was conquered by foreign powers over a period of time. After many years you have taken back you country and land in various defensive wars. Do you have to officially annex those territories. It was always your territory and by retaking control and possession of your territory it is again your original property and there is no need to annex it. The title to your property is valid today as it was many years before.
    Annexation only applies when you are taking over territory that was never yours to begin with, just like some European countries annexed territories of other countries.
    YJ Draiman

    Jews hold title to the Land of Greater Israel even if outnumbered a million to one.
    The fact that more foreigners than Jews occupied the Land of Israel during certain periods of time does not diminish true ownership. If my house is invaded by a family ten times larger that mine does that obviate my true ownership? The Land of Israel was given in perpetuity to the Jews by The Almighty, Creator of the World. While man made laws are subject to change the Laws of The Almighty are eternal. We are here because G-d Hashem keeps His promises.

  5. Arab-Palestinians. Go ahead try and take my/our Jewish land if you want to try!
    There are laws that will stop you and than there is me/us the IDF that will stop you! We are done being pushed around by anyone. We will fight back and defend ourselves, we will not let the Holocaust repeat itself – NEVER AGAIN.
    As it is now, Israel has the Jewish land by right!
    That is just the fact!
    I am also telling the rest of the world to mind its own business and stay out of Israel’s internal affairs.
    They have their own problems to contend with.
    They were complicit during WWII when over 6 million Jews, men, women and children were exterminated. They were silent when the Arab countries persecuted and expelled over a million Jewish families and confiscated all their assets. Many of the Jewish families expelled from Arab countries have been living in those Arab countries for over 2,500 years . This will not happen again!
    There is a real status quo that requires positive energy to make the change!
    Are you going to put in the energy to try to change it???
    Maybe it is better to cut your losses and accept whatever generous package we the Israelis offer you the Arab-Palestinians, because quite frankly under the current conditions we do not owe the Arab-Palestinians anything and we can just unilaterally set our own legal borders insisting that viable land for real Arab-Palestinians self determination already exists in Jordan which is 80% of Jewish allocated land under the San Remo Treaty of 1920 which was confirmed by the 1920 Treaty of Sevres and Lausanne! (Also see the Paris conference of 1918). The terms of that agreement are valid in perpetuity. Neither the U.N. nor anyone else can change those terms. Article U.N. Article 51 just adds another additional dimension to Israel’s sovereignty over Greater Israel. If you going to inform me that Israel agreed to the terms. I can tell you it takes two to tango, since the Arabs rejected every proposed treaty or agreement, Israel has no obligation to adhere to a one sided agreement and that includes the Oslo Accord. Another dimension is – possession is nine tenths of the law, Israel is in possession.
    The Arab-Palestinians can also relocate to the Jewish land previously owned by the million Jewish families who were expelled and their land confiscated by the Arab countries, the confiscated assets and land which is at least five to six times the size of Israel and is valued in the trillions of dollars.
    Israel has resettled the million Jewish refugees and their children from Arab lands. It is time that the Arab countries resettle the Arab-Palestinians refugees, in Jordan which was suppose to be part of the Jewish state, or the 120,440 sq. km. or 75,000 sq. miles of land that the Arab countries confiscated from the Jews.
    The options we are proposing to the Arab-Palestinians is more than fair, considering you are constantly terrorizing and killing our people every chance you get. That is what you teach your Arab children and masses to do.
    It all depends on whether we can see the Arab-Palestinians as peaceful neighbors and there is nothing that they have ever done to date that can lead us to believe that they will be good peaceful neighbors!
    YJ Draiman

  6. Obama’s relations with Israel and other Nations
    Obama has no respect from many of the International community. Obama has no credibility, he has the least experience in real politics, he is the worst president the U.S. has ever had.
    Obama has alienated many nations and has caused foreign policy damage that is costing the American taxpayer trillions.
    Obama has abused his executive powers and should be prosecuted for his violations. Obama is ignoring the true sovereignty of the Jewish people in Israel and the various treaties and international agreements entered into after WWI and the various congressional resolutions on behalf of Israel and the Jewish people since WWI. Obama’s blatant disrespect of Netanyahu and Israel’s International legitimate rights shows his naivety in International matters and foreign policy.
    Obama’s lack of etiquette is an outright embarrassment to the United States.
    Natanyahu is trying his best, but he will not compromise the security of Israel and that is the way a leader should perform.
    It is interesting to note, that Jordan is a country that never existed in history before WWI and nobody is contesting its legitimacy or territorial sovereignty and control. The same powers that established 21 Arab States plus Jordan after WWI, Established the State of Israel based on the Balfour Declaration and the San Remo Treaty of 1920 which was confirmed by the 1920 Treaty of Sevres and Lausanne.
    On the other hand, Israel and its Jewish people have over 3500 year history.
    Many Nations and people are questioning Israel’s control of its liberated ancestral territory without merit. No one is mentioning that the Arab countries had persecuted, ejected and expelled over a million Jewish families from their countries, confiscated their assets, businesses, homes and Real estate properties and over 670,00 of these Jewish families and their children were resettled in Greater Israel. The Land the Arab countries confiscated from the Jewish people 120,440 sq. km. or 75,000 sq. miles which is over 5-6 times the size of Israel, and its value today is in the trillions of dollars.
    Let the 21 Arab countries resettle the Arab Palestinians (who came from the Arab countries) in the land they confiscated from the Jews which is 5-6 times the size of Israel. Provide them with funds they confiscated from the million Jewish people they expelled and let them build an economy. This will benefit both the Arab-Palestinians and the hosting countries. The other alternative is relocate the Arab-Palestinians to Jordan, (originally land allocated for the Jewish people) which is already 80% Arab-Palestinians, and give them funds to relocate and build an economy (instead of using those fund for weapons and terror). This will solve the Arab-Palestinians refugee problem once and for all, it will improve the standard of living and build a sound economy, instead of begging for money from the international community and defrauding the U.N. monetary fund. It will also reduce hostility and strife in the region. It will build confidence and pride of achievement in the Arab population.

    If this is not discrimination against Israel, I do not know what is.
    It seems like nobody cares about land violations in other countries in the world, but when it comes to Israel, everyone has a say. Israel’s rights in the terms of the treaty of San Remo of 1920 are in affect in perpetuity, it clearly states that the Jewish people are the only ones with political rights in the British Mandate of Palestine and that the Jewish people can live anywhere in the British Mandate of Palestine.
    If the U.S., Europe and other countries will stop meddling, and stop its criticism and involvement in the politics of Israel and the Arabs, than there will be a chance for peace.
    We know the great powers are only interested in the OIL and nothing else, that is the bottom line.
    A true and lasting peace in Israel will bring mammoth an unprecetended economic prosperity to The Israelis and The Arabs alike.
    An approach to peace starts by teaching your children and the people not to hate and condemn any acts violence that hurts civilian population and stop celebrating and rewarding the death and destruction of each other.

    YJ Draiman

    No Jew has the right to yield the rights of the Jewish People in Israel –
    David Ben Gurion
    (David Ben-Gurion was the first Prime Minister of Israel and widely hailed as the State’s main founder).
    “No Jew is entitled to give up the right of establishing [i.e. settling] the Jewish Nation in all of the Land of Israel. No Jewish body has such power. Not even all the Jews alive today [i.e. the entire Jewish People] have the power to cede any part of the country or homeland whatsoever. This is a right vouchsafed or reserved for the Jewish Nation throughout all generations. This right cannot be lost or expropriated under any condition or circumstance. Even if at some particular time, there are those who declare that they are relinquishing this right, they have no power nor competence to deprive coming generations of this right. The Jewish nation is neither bound nor governed by such a waiver or renunciation. Our right to the whole of this country is valid, in force and endures forever. And until the Final Redemption has come, we will not budge from this historic right.”
    at the Basle Session of the 20th Zionist Congress at Zurich (1937)

    “No country in the world exists today by virtue of its ‘right’.
    All countries exist today by virtue of their ability to defend themselves against those who seek their destruction.”
    “Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope”
    “The Jews are a peculiar people: Things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews.

    Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people, and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it. Poland and Czechoslovakia did it. Turkey threw out a million Greeks and Algeria a million Frenchmen. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese–and no one says a word about refugees.

    But in the case of Israel, the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single Arab. How about the million Jewish refugees and their children from Arab countries who lost 120,440 sq. km. or 75,000 sq. miles of land (5-6 times the size of Israel) and assets valued in the trillions of dollars. Other nations when victorious on the battlefield dictate peace terms. But when Israel is victorious it must sue for peace and sacrifice its security by conceding land for peace which makes the situation worse.

    Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real most honorable in this world.”

  7. Click here for the 1925 Temple Mount Guide.

    Click to access guide.pdf

    One of the most disturbing end times propaganda being promoted today is the absurd notion that the Jews never had a presence on the famous Temple Mount area in Jerusalem. Anyone who is knowledgeable about history and aware of the recent archaeological discoveries on the Temple Mount area over the years knows that the propaganda being perpetuated by the Islamics, United Nations, and other ungodly organizations is simply a political ploy to deny the Jews their historical capital of Jerusalem and the sacred Temple Mount area. The Temple Mount area is the holiest place in Judaism and the remnants of the Second Temple area visible in the form of the “Wailing Wall” where religious Jews flock from around the world in order to pray near the site of the First and Second Temples. Some of the outstanding quotes from the official Temple Mount Guide are as follows:
    “The site is one of the oldest in the world. Its sanctity dates from the earliest times. Its identity with the site of Solomon’s Temple is beyond dispute. This, too, is the spot, according to universal belief, on which David built there an altar unto the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings” (2 Samuel 24:25).

    Rather than the rules allowing non-Muslims to ascend the Mount being from 2006, as was cited in Wikipedia, the rules have remain unchanged since 1924, as can be seen in an online copy of “A Brief Guide to Al-Haram Al-Sharif,” published by the Supreme Moslem Council in Jerusalem, in 1924, with this copy from 1925.
    A link to the document can be found here:

    Posted by: YJ Draiman.

    Obama and the Muslims do NOT want you to read this well researched book. It destroys the whole myth of ‘The Arab-Palestinians’:

  8. anneinpt says:

    Thank you for your very informative comments Israel Draiman.

  9. YJ Draiman says:

    The reality of the US is that it has a weak and drifting Administration attempting to restore a world with borders that exist only in old textbooks. Its treatment of the Kurds is a good example – it continues to this day attempting to starve the Kurds of money and weapons in an effort to force the Kurds back under the control of Baghdad in order to placate the Ayatollah who controls Baghdad’s Shiite government.
    Why? So the Ayatollah will be more pliable during the final nuclear negotiations before meaningful sanctions are imposed (and the final negotiations after that and the final negotiations after that and now coming and concluding a nuclear agreement with Iran that will endanger the Middle East and the rest of the world). It is the U.S. trillions in taxpayer money wasted in Iraq and Afghanistan, what do we have to show for it but terror, death and destruction, mayhem and ISIS. In today’s Middle East Israel is the only power to stop Iran and that may mean using heavy drones to silently and secretly take out Iran’s leaders and facilities and or utilizing its fleet of submarines.

    Its American values that caused Golda Meir to hold off on a pre-emptive strike causing the death of 2,000 IDF and 20,000 wounded and almost losing the country, in 73. Its American values that legalized Arafat and Abbas and legalized Oslo. Its American values that twisted PM Begin’s arm to give away the Sinai, and sign “camp David accords which eventually brought upon us “Oslo & Gush Katiff. Its American values that is keeping “Pollard” in prison even though he did not jeopardize “American security. This has already been acknowledged by the CIA. Its American values that keep pressuring Israel to return to the 67 boarders.., even though International Treaties guaranteed Palestine as the reconstituted Jewish State in its ancestral land. Furthermore, Judea & Samaria was acquired thru self defense. It is U.S. capitulating to Iran delusional nuclear agreement that endangers Israel and the rest of the world. The U.S. benefits greatly from Israeli intelligence, medical and other technology which more than pays back for the iron dome.” It is Israel as an obstacle to Muslim domination of the Middle East. Israel should have made it clear a long time ago. “This is our G-d given land as stated in the Bible.” The U.S. is our ally, but not our landlord.
    YJ Draiman

  10. YJ Draiman says:

    Arabs-Muslims declare ‘Death to the Jews’ in their Facebook profiles:

    This is not anti-Zionism. This is extreme racist anti-Semitism. If you replace “Death to the Jews” with “Death to the Buddhists”, or “Death to the Catholics”, or “Death to the Pagan worshipers” or “Death to the Kenyans or the Japanese”, what would these words mean other than menacing hate based in evil? This is a macabre, pure Nazi statement that these people gladly promote with the moronic mob mentality that they embrace. This brings only promises of chaos and fear and not respect, or a possible evolution toward a solution of coexistence.

    If the world destroys the Jews, which will never happen with the help of the almighty, the impact of losing the Jewish contributions to the world will be significant and catastrophic.
    The advances made in medicine, science, technology, law, philosophy and every corner of higher learning and progressive humanity as a direct result of Jewish contributions are etched in history and cannot be denied.
    Worldwide advances and progress will always be a reminder of what the Jews did and accomplished, unlike any other group in history. Non-Jews always have and continue to wonder how we did all that advancement.

    We the Jews being such a minute percentage of world population have been successful, and will continue so because we do not allow words, feelings or attitudes of hate in our children. Our children, and the generations to follow always come first. We raise our children with love of our traditions and cultures, and respect toward others who may differ. Our women mold the souls of our children and educate them in love and compassion, not hatred.

    Another factor of our success is we promote education as essential in the upbringing of our children. In addition, we lift ourselves up by hard work, dedication and innovation, not by taking others down.

    The Jewish people have survived and prospered even after thousands of years of unwarranted hate and persecutions throughout history. The world at large over the centuries has forced the Jewish people time and time again to liberate themselves from constant discrimination, hate and persecution in the Diaspora. We rose and responded by bringing about the rebirth of modern Israel in its ancestral land in order to survive, strive, thrive and control our own future and destiny.

    Remember, when the Jews and minorities were persecuted, killed and violated in the Arab and Islamic lands, (over a million Jewish families and their children expelled and all their assets confiscated), those countries never recovered from the loss.

    Differences in human composition and dedication are what make the Jewish people stronger. George Washington stated during his comments to the American people about appreciating how Haym Solomon, a Jew, helped in financing the American revolution, that the cultural differences are what make a nation stronger. Israel is the thriving America of Jews worldwide.

    After 2500 years of persecution in the Diaspora, Israel through hard work, determination to succeed, and dedication to survive with control of its own destiny was reborn by the Jewish people against all odds. It took extreme faith, dedication, hardship and consistent toil to rebuild Israel one grain of sand at a time, inch by inch, foot by foot, and mile by mile. The Jews of Israel never quit until all the swamps were gone and the land flourished; until the infrastructure and housing was built. Most importantly, all of these accomplishments by the Jewish people were achieved with limited resources, a hostile environment and Arab and British impediment to our freedom and independence. Nevertheless, we have succeeded in making the desert bloom and flowing with green valleys; we have turned the desert into a land of milk and honey.

    Furthermore, Jewish innovations and advances in all fields keep coming on a consistent basis. We built educational institutions and research facilities that are the envy of the world. Furthermore, overcoming the harsh treatment by the nations of the world, and to ensure we, or any other people are never again led as sheep to the slaughter of the Nazi gas chamber, Israel has morphed into a world military might to rightfully defend its people. Contrary to the efforts of many nations of the world, the State of Israel is alive and thriving! (“the nation of Israel lives”)

    History has proven hate begets hate, and nations built upon a premise of hate have all failed. If all the Jews were gone (not likely), the anti-Semitic promoters and facilitators would need to feed their hate, and would turn on each other. History has proven as such to always be the end result of hate.

    I challenge you. Try love and understanding, compassion and kindness, embrace and respect the differences, it will make living a celebration of life, it’s all very beautiful and content, furthermore, you will find the real true success and accomplishment. It will be hard to change the narrative, but go ahead, accept the challenge to heal instead of hate, to tolerate instead of intolerance, to endure instead of abhor.
    If you follow these ideals, narratives and behavior, you may finally see some success like many of the JEWS and forego your jealousy and intolerance!
    This will bring about a harmonious and thriving coexistence that will benefit society and humanity for generations to come.
    YJ Draiman

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