Contrary to what Muslim/Arab propagandists would have we non-Muslims believe, the Arab-Israeli conflict has never been a territorial dispute for establishing a Palestinian state. If it was, Arabs would have set up the Palestinian state when they exercised sovereignty over the supposedly occupied territories for first two decades after Israel attained independence (1948-67). Jordan had the West Bank, while Egypt controlled Gaza.

Not only did the so-called Palestinians not agitate for a Palestinian state during this period of Arab occupation; Fatah/Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) which were formed during this period of Arab occupation, renounced all claims to both Gaza and the West bank in article 24 of their founding charter in 1964. The only “Palestine” PLO was interested in “liberating” was Israel itself.

Even today the charters of both Hamas and Fatah are pledged to Israel's destruction, not to the hyped but misguided “two-state solution”.

Herein lies the crux of the intractable conflict – Muslim Arabs refusal to acknowledge the right of Jews to a nation in the ancestral Jewish homeland of Judea & Samaria (renamed Palestine by Roman colonizers to spite rebellious Jews), which Muslims now consider Dar ul Islam – Muslim territory.

Only the long extinct biblical Canaanites (Perizites, Hittites, Jebusites, Philistines, Amalekites etc) might have a better claim to Palestine than Jews who not only built a kingdom there, but have inhabited the area continuously for over 3000 years.

Certainly not the Muslim Arabs who invaded and occupied Palestine in 638 AD, almost 2000 years after the Jews had established a kingdom there. Nor their local Muslim convert quislings.

Even the Quran acknowledges that Palestine belongs to Jews (Q 5:21, 7:137) with the Jewish Kings of Israel, David (Daud) and Solomon (Suleiman) as Muslim prophets. Mohammed concocted these favourable verses when he was sucking up to the Medinan Jews for their endorsement of his bogus prophethood. Early Muslims even joined Jews in praying towards Jerusalem.

The prophet wannabe craved Jewish endorsement because this whole business of prophets was hitherto a Jewish tradition which he hijacked for megalomanic self-glorification. But the Jews refused to massage Mo's narcissist ego with the sorely desired endorsement; so he changed the Qibla (direction of prayer) to Mecca then gradually ethnically cleansed Jews from most of Arabia with an order for Muslims to exterminate Jews:

Allah's Apostle (Mohammed) said, 'You Muslims will fight the Jews till some of them hide behind stones. The stones will betray them saying, “O servant of Allah, there is a Jew hiding behind me; so kill him.”- Sahih Bukhari 4:5:176, 177

Muslims are thus piqued that Jews who should be grateful for not being wiped out as their “prophet” commanded and should have been contented with their subjugated Dhimmi status under Muslim rule, now have the temerity to establish a nation in Dar ul Islam where they even rule over Allah's chosen race – Arabs. What impudence? How dare these insolent apes & pigs - as the Quran derides Jews (Q 2:65, 5:60) ?

It is this Islamic anti-Semitism that has made the peaceful resolution of Arab-Israeli conflict impossible. Hence, in a moment of uncommon clarity devoid of the usual Taqiyya spin for non-Muslim media, the late Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat declared:

“We (Palestinians) don't want peace, we want victory. Peace for us means Israel's destruction and nothing else. What you call peace is peace for Israel…For us it is shame and injustice. We shall fight on to victory. Even for decades, for generations, if necessary.” (Interview with Italian writer/journalist Oriana Fallaci, New Republican 1974).

Hassan Nassrallah, Hezbollah's Shiite terror leader agrees, “there is no solution to the conflict in this region except with the disappearance of Israel.” In another hateful outburst he blurted “If Jews all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.”

Consequently in 2000, Arafat rebuffed Ehud Barak's proposal in which the then Israeli Prime Minister offered Palestinians most of the territories they asked for – West bank and Gaza with significant concessions on the hotly disputed East Jerusalem.

Nothing but the destruction of the Jewish nation would do. Or as Iran's holocaust denying Ahmedinajad puts it “wipe Israel of the map”. With Iran's ongoing nuclear programme, it would appear that Teheran is planning to make good on Ahmedinajad's threat of decimating the Jewish nation.

In a December 2001 interview, Ahmedinajad's predecessor, former Iranian president Hashemi Rafsanjani stated that "the use of even one nuclear bomb against Israel will destroy everything. However (in the unlikely event of Israel retaliation), it will only harm the Islamic world (not destroy it)”.

Just two months ago (Jan' 2010), Mohammad Hassan Rahimian, a representative of Iran's maximum tyrant Ayatollah Khamenei declared on Al Manar TV - “We have manufactured missiles that allow us, when necessary, to replace Israel in its entirety with a big holocaust."

Never mind that Israeli Arabs and Palestinians - for whom Israel is supposedly to be destroyed - would also be wiped out by such “big holocaust” or nuclear strike. This goes to confirm that the Arab-Israeli conflict is primarily driven by Islamic Jew hatred rather than feigned Muslim concern about Palestinians.

Ehud Barak's 2000 offer included all of Gaza, concessions on East Jerusalem and 97% of West bank with the remaining 3% to be made up by ceding parts of Israel to the Palestinians. This is consistent with the hyped but often misquoted UN resolution 242 that never called for Israel to return to pre '67 boundaries as erroneously propagandized, but rather to secure defensible borders through peace negotiations.

As Britain's Lord Caradon - one of the authors of resolution 242 - explained, the pre '67 boundaries were not proper borders but arbitrary armistice lines of the 1948 war. Even the Saudi monarch castigated Arafat for rejecting that deal.

Arafat's rejection of Ehud Barak's deal wasn't the first time Arabs spurned an Israeli peace offer. Soon after the 1967 war (the 3rd unsuccessful Arab attempt to destroy the Jewish nation), Israel offered to return West bank & Gaza in return for peace and full recognition of the Jewish state by Arab nations.

They rejected it at the 1967 Arab League Khartoum conference with the infamous three No's – “no peace, no negotiation, no recognition. We (Arabs) have lost round 3 (1967 war) and can lose 40 rounds but Israel can lose only one”.

Only when it later dawned on Arabs that they would never defeat Israel militarily, did they begin the deceptive agitation for a Palestinian state in order to demonize the Jewish nation as the villain. But as Zahir Muhsein, a former member of PLO executive committee and Palestinian National Council candidly explained in another moment of uncommon clarity, the agitation for Palestinian state is just another ploy to destroy Israel:

“Palestinian people do not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. Only for tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct 'Palestinian people' to oppose Zionism” - Interview with James Dorsey published in Trouw (Dutch Weekly) – March 1977.

Early last year, Egyptian Islamic cleric Muhammad Yaqoub spoke the minds of many Muslims when he publicly declared on TV: “The Jews are the Enemies of Muslims regardless of the occupation of Palestine; we will fight, defeat and annihilate them until not a single Jew remains on the face of the earth”.

During World War II, Palestinians under the leadership of Hajj Amin Al-Hussein collaborated with Nazi Germany to exterminate Jews. Israel didn't even exist then, talk less of “occupying” Palestinian land. Up till this day, Jews are barred from Saudi Arabia.

Nafata Bamaguje

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