In recent weeks media and think-tank outlets in the United States have been pushing the canard that Israel has been the aggressor in its war with the Arab world and the Palestinians. Nothing could be further from the truth. But exactly like the Hitler propaganda machine, the pro-PLO left-wing in America knows that if you spread lies for long enough and far enough, these lies could very likely become regarded as truth by uninformed and lazy people. This has always been true, especially with regard to the Jewish diaspora in both the Christian and Muslim worlds.
The major assertion of Palestinian propaganda has been that Israel believes that “might makes right”. While a strong military is (and always has been) essential in world politics, the notion that Israel has been the aggressor in its wars with the Palestinians and the Arab world is nothing less than a complete fabrication — fake history.
The truth is that the Arabs have always believed in “might makes right”. That’s why they attacked a nascent Israel in 1947 and 1948. They were foolish then not to accept the UN’s Partition Plan for Palestine; just as they were foolish in 1967 to think that Israel would not respond to Palestinian and Arab state calls for Israel’s total annihilation (“throw the Jews into the sea”). And they have been foolish for the last fifty years to believe that those very same Jews would ever completely relinquish the most strategic military territory on earth — the West Bank.
In military affairs, geography matters supremely. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been nothing if not a military confrontation. The US Joint Chiefs of Staff has recommended that for Israel’s security necessities, that it hold on to at least 40% of the territory between the Jordan River and the Green Line. Israel’s security rights have been enshrined in UN Security Council Resolution 242. This resolution states emphatically that NOT all territory be returned to Egypt, Syria and Jordan. The resolution does this by never mentioning the vital word — all — when describing any territory which Israel might eventually relinquish through direct negotiations. This point was debated intensively by the Security Council, which finally agreed to leave out any specific amount of territory to be kept or relinquished by any particular party through direct negotiations.
Now the left in Europe and America believe that the West Bank totally belongs to the Palestinians and they have conveniently forgotten the international law and history behind UN Security Council Resolution 242. But the Madrid International Conference leading to the Oslo Agreements and eventually the Palestinian Authority itself, are all based on 242. In fact, there cannot be a peace process or peace negotiations without 242. Of course, for the left, international law is only important if it aids in the quest for the complete return of the West Bank to Palestinian control.
Now we are at the cusp of a great regional war, as Iran has become the new champion of the Palestinians. Islamic Iran believes in the elimination of the Jewish state and its replacement with a Muslim Palestine. However the Arab Sunni governments seek Israel’s help in stopping Tehran and its allies. The Palestinians continue to gravitate toward their long-term goal of either a military or diplomatic victory over Israel. Hence they have become in alignment with Iran. The Palestinians will accept no peace solutions other than a complete demographic victory over the Jews — the One-State Solution. Or equally as devastating for the Jewish state, the Two-State Solution — providing a complete and total withdrawal of all Israeli soldiers and citizens from the strategic West Bank be attained. Of course neither scenario is even remotely realistic; that is, unless Israel is forced to give up its international law rights to security through direct negotiations, based on UN Security Council Resolution 242.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict will continue until a true, stable compromise can be reached. Absent such a compromise, the Palestinians will continue to seek a diplomatic victory with the help of their left-wing American allies. Such a diplomatic victory would push the Israeli military off the strategic West Bank. Both the PLO and Hamas agree that diplomatic victory over control of the West Bank will be merely a stepping stone to an eventual military victory. This victory could be accomplished once a West Bank state can organize the placement of millions of Palestinian refugees throughout the territory as a magnet for the eventual overthrow of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. In other words, a Palestinian demographic weapon, fully established and militarily endowed, on both the East Bank and West Bank of the Jordan River.
Of course, Israel and Jordan would never agree for this to happen. But history can be distorted and history can be faked. This is the great hope of the Palestinians and their left-wing European and US supporters. In fact, an Iranian presence in either Jordan or on the West Bank is the ultimate dream of Palestinian nationalists and Palestinian political Islamists — the PLO, Hamas and other Palestinian members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan. In such an eventual scenario, the initial diplomatic pressure from a left-wing US government is certainly not out of the question. These US political forces believe that Israel has been the aggressive party to the conflict and that its removal from the West Bank is the vital missing link for a peaceful Middle East.
However the opposite is true. In such a scenario (a West Bank Palestinian state) diplomacy would not be an effort toward peace; but instead, the continued actions of an aggressive war that has been waged against Israel. In this respect, nothing has really changed since 1947, 1948 or 1967. And nothing will change unless the US, with a New-Left style government, comes into power and allows the Palestinians and Iran free rein. However before that could happen, the entire Levant would escalate into a winner-take-all, Sunni Arab-Iran-Israel regional war. Such a war could permanently uproot either the Jewish or Palestinian populations of the area; and turn, what has been a seemingly frozen diplomatic struggle into something very different.
Let us hope that before this happens, the Palestinians come to their senses and allow for a true and stable compromise involving a shared Jerusalem and a shared West Bank, along with a real democratic constitutional monarchy in Jordan.
A US left-wing government in the next presidential election could also mean the end of both Sunni Arab state and Israeli cooperation with Washington. Israel will never leave the West Bank and never allow Palestine and Iran freedom of action throughout the Levant. It is time that the US Democratic Party spell out specifically the nature of its policy toward Palestinian and Iranian aggression in the Middle East. President Donald Trump will make this a big issue in the next election with his tens of millions of Christian Zionist supporters.