To the Victor Belongs the Spoils, Unless it is Israel

Victori sunt spolia is the earliest known mention of the victor getting the spoils. The winner gets the spoils, which is from ancient Rome. Prior to Rome was the belief the victor took the spoils of war, but it was the Romans who came up with the phrase still used to this day.

Throughout recorded history, nations have risen and fallen through the use of military force. For most nations in existence today, it was the use of force that carved out their borders. There are a few exceptions, but those represent a small minority of nations.

The Belfour Declaration of 1917 promised what is currently Israel and Jordan to be a national home for the Jewish people. Prior to the Declaration, there was concern that violence against Jews living in what Britain called Palestine would increase by the Arabs. Violence against Jews by Arabs was happening before the announcement of the Declaration and did increase after. To say there was no violence prior to 1917 is to not know history.

Britain reneged on her promise and took the horrors of the 2nd World War to bring about the creation of a Jewish state. Rather than uphold the Belfour Declaration, the United Nations created a two-state solution. Israel and Jordan were created from the land that had been promised to the Jews by Britain some 30 years prior.

During those 30 years, the 1st World War came to an end and the 2nd was fought. Both resulted in the loss of land taken in war. No nation who has lost a war has ever had a case for reclaiming the land without another war to take it. To the victor belongs the spoils, which has been the case throughout all recorded history.

Skirmishes started before Israel declared independence between Arabs and Jews living in what would become Israel. The same day independence was declared, 5 Arab nations attacked Israel along with Arabs living within the borders. Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Yemen all sought to bring a quick end to the Jewish state.

Israel defended herself in a costly war that resulted in land lost by the Israelis. Israel lost the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, which was originally part of Israel. Jerusalem had been split, but using an old Roman road, Israelis were able to feed the Jews who otherwise would have been starved out. The losses were considered part of war.

In 1956, Egyptian President Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal. France and Britain worked out a deal with Israel, whose port of Elat was being blockaded by Egypt. The blockade of the port was legitimate grounds to invade Egypt, since it was a response to military action taken by them. The agreement was for Israel to invade Egypt before England and France entered to intervene.

5 days of fighting resulted in Israel taking Al-Arish, Gaza Rafah and most of the peninsula east of the Suez Canal. Thousands of prisoners were taken. Egypt’s military suffered defeats on every front. Israel could have kept the land taken, which included control of the Suez Canal, but withdrew after a UN force was in place. The Egyptian blockade of Elat was brought to an end.

In 1967, in response to Syrian forces attacking Israeli villages from the Golan Heights, and Egyptian President Nasser’s blockading of Elat after dismissing the UN force, the 6-Day War started. Jordan had already signed a mutual defense pact with Egypt. The bombardment, blockade and defense pact were legitimate reasons to go to war.

Egypt’s military was decimated in the air and on the ground. Syrian forces were forced out of the Golan Heights. Jordan was forced out of the West Bank. Jerusalem fell under total Israeli control. The victory was so overwhelming that Israel could have made any demand for land they wished, but settled for what had been taken, all of which was originally part of Israel from the UN’s original 2-state solution.

In 1973 the Yom Kippur War broke out after sporadic fighting that hadn’t stopped following the official end of the 6-Day War. Egypt and Syria launched another war, which resulted in Israel taking Syrian and Egyptian land. Rather than keeping the land, which had been rightfully won in war, they withdrew.

As a result of the losses, Egypt signed a treaty with Israel in 1979, which it has not violated since. Israel agreed to give up the Sinai Peninsula in exchange for peace. By the traditions of warfare, Israel never had to give up anything. They could have taken all of Egypt had they been interested in expanding her borders as others had in the past and continue to do so to this day.

Those who are called Palestinians today have never been the victor of a single war. Israel’s borders today are pretty much the same as when the UN partitioned the British territory between Arab and Jewish states. One of the smallest countries in the world has never lost a war, yet they are the ones who are told to give up land in the name of peace; a peace that is only wanted by one side.

Only Israel is expected to negotiate with people who are raised to hate Jews. BDM was started by people raised on propaganda reminiscent of Goebbels; propaganda that continues to be used to this day. The side that does not want peace with Israel is the side who does not believe Jews are human and have no right to live.

Those who call on Israel to give up land do so either from a position of anti-Semitic hatred of the Jews, or ignorant of the facts.

About the Author
Bob Ryan is a science-fiction author and believes the key to understanding the future is to understand the past. As any writer can attest, he spends a great deal of time researching numerous subjects. He is someone who seeks to strip away emotion in search of reason, since emotion clouds judgement. Bob is an American with an MBA in Business Administration. He is a gentile who supports Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state.
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