U.S. Theft of Mexican Territory… A Lesson For the Palestinians

The European Union, the “dis”-United Nations, European fascist and dictatorial regimes, and the American (former slave country) criticize us in Israel for “taking away” territories inhabited predominantly by Palestinian Arabs, but which had been the historic land of the Jewish people from Biblical days two thousand years before a Muslim foot touched the soil of this earth.

We owe no apology to any nation, government or people for holding on to territory that was captured from Palestinians who waged war against us and were defeated in 1967. Since there was no peace agreements between the victor and the vanquished, it was legitimately the right of the victor to hold the captured territory and to settle on the lands bequeathed to them by God.

If the U.N. opposes our settlements, let them sue God in the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

It is worthwhile for our critics to read a book which the New York Times Book Review wrote “this is a book which must be read”. Written by an American historian, Howard Zinn, the book’s title is “A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present”.

In it, he writes of the American theft of Mexican territories. Before 1882, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Colorado and Utah had been Spanish colonies until Mexico liberated herself from Spanish rule.

In the 1840’s America was seeking to expand her territories in the Pacific area and in 1845 the American President James Polk incited war by sending American soldiers into Mexico.

One year later, in 1846, President Polk urged Congress to declare war on Mexico. Numerous American politicians and leaders, among them Abraham Lincoln, opposed a war and denounced President Polk.

But eventually war was declared and lasted from 1846 to 1848. The United States captured Mexican territory of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California and incorporated them into American states.

Mexico surrendered to the United States in 1848 and never since regained the loss of their rich territory, “stolen by the gringos”.

The famous American General Ulysses S. Grant called the Mexican War “the most unjust war ever undertaken by a stronger nation against a weaker one”.

It is a fact of history that when nations wage war against one another, captured territories or lands are held by the victorious party until peace negotiations determine the final outcome.

There have been no peace negotiations with the Palestinians. There have been talks, meetings and attempts to resolve the problem of territory but the Palestinians have always refused to discuss peace.

Perhaps Palestinians should begin to learn Spanish in order to understand why Mexico lost its war against the United States.

Some people still speak of a two-state solution. Others have no belief that it will bring peace. Rather it will only create another warring nation on our borders. Peace is a beautiful thing. Everyone yearns for and dreams of peace. But on what terms? We will not allow a militarized state to be created only a few kilometers from our major cities.

We surrendered conquered Sinai territory to Egypt in exchange for a signed peace treaty. And it has been a good peace. We came to agreements via negotiations with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and we signed a peace treaty that has held.

If the day ever comes when an intelligent Palestinian leader extends an olive branch and pledges the end of our destruction, an agreed-upon peace treaty is a possibility.

But we Israelis waited for two thousand years for the return of our homeland. How many years must the Palestinian people wait for a return to lost territory if and when a peace treaty with us is ever signed?

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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