Jacob Edelstein

Palestinian State Symbolically Recognised by Britain

The House of Commons voted tonight to recognise a state of Palestine by a majority of 262.

It will only bring violence to the region. Abba Eban called the pre 67 lines ‘holocaust lines’. It would take an enemy jet three minutes to cross the width of Israel with these borders. It would provide the Arabs with the (physical) high ground of Judea and Samaria. It would make Israel 9 miles wide. From a military perspective, considering Israel is still at war with Lebanon and Syria and the threat of IS to Jordan which may eventually spill into Israel due to the Wests inability to react to any truly genocidal menace, these borders are not safe and not acceptable.

The British House of Commons wishes Israel to give up something tangible (land) for a return of something intangible (a promise that the Palestinians will stop all violence and hatred of Israel), to give the Palestinians the reward of recognition, in return for absolutely nothing. The Palestinian government is made up of Hamas, a group who’s charter article 7 says Muslims should kill Jews because it will lead to the redemption,

“The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (evidently a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.” (related by al-Bukhari and Moslem)

and Fatah, who’s leader, Abu Mazen, denied basic facts of the holocaust in his dissertation at university and claimed Israel was committing genocide in Gaza (if Israel was, there would be no Arabs left in Gaza today, it is that simple) Fatah have also failed to hold elections in nearly 10 years, whilst being accused of numerous counts of corruption by many, including Palestinians. Therefore the British government is endorsing a government that is non democratic and holds elements of violence and terrorism.

The vote itself came in the aftermath of an Israeli documentary aired on BBC2, ‘the gatekeepers’ in which 6 former chiefs of the Shin Bet discussed their views on the Israel’s security issues, focusing on the Occupied territories. It portrayed an establishment that is anti establishment, glossing over context and the fact it only addressed the ultimate dilemmas of the service. The uncomfortable question is: was the documentary aired by the BBC to influence the vote and has the BBC, in this case, exceeded it’s duties vis-a-vis politics.

The knowledge displayed by some of the politicians during the debate was extremely lacking. Mike Hancock, for example, said the UK should have voted in favour of a two state solution in 1948, completely ignoring/being ignorant of the 1947 partition plan. Another politician claimed Israel was not in danger during the lead up to the 6 day war – despite Rabbis in Israel at the time praying against a second holocaust and Cairo radio reporting, May of 1967, “This is our chance Arabs, to deal Israel a mortal blow of annihilation, to blot out its entire presence in our holy land”

Israel will not risk the lives of it’s own citizens in order to pander to Britain or any other nation. Israel gave up the Sinai, there was a power vacuum, and now it is a hotbed for terror. Israel gave up Gaza, there was a power vacuum, and the most radical group got in to power (with Islamic jihad also having a considerable amount of power). Israel left Southern Lebanon, there was a power vacuum, and Hezbollah now have over 100,000 rockets facing Israel. Israel left parts of the West Bank, there was a power vacuum, and it resulted in an intifada and 1000 dead Israelis blown up on buses and in shopping centres in tel aviv and other cities.

Mark Twain once said: ‘history doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes’; giving up land is a symbol of weakness and encourages radical groups to seize control. If Israel retreated from the West Bank tomorrow, as most in the West would like to see, Hamas, or even worse, IS would get in to power.

About the Author
Jacob Edelstein is studying Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Manchester, UK.
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