Hebron strongman Sheik Farid Khader el-Ja’abari is one of the Palestinian Authority's most outspoken opponents • He rejects the idea of a Palestinian state and keeps close contact with the IDF and Jewish settlers.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Chapter 1: Israel's Roots
“The Jews have no claim to the land they call Israel."
“Palestine was always an Arab country.”
“The Palestinians are descendants of the Canaanites and were in Palestine long before the Jews.”
“The Balfour Declaration did not give Jews the right to a homeland in Palestine.”
“Arabs in Palestine suffered because of Jewish settlement.”
“Zionism is racism.”
“The Zionists could have chosen another country besides Palestine.”
“Herzl himself proposed Uganda as the Jewish state as an alternative to Palestine.”
“The Arabs saw the Balfour Declaration as a betrayal of their rights.”
“The Zionists were colonialist tools of Western imperialism.”
“The British promised the Arabs independence in Palestine.”
1 Dan Bahat, ed. Twenty Centuries of Jewish Life in the Holy Land, (Jerusalem: The Israel Economist, 1976), pp. 61–63.
2 New York Times, (November 18, 1981).
3 Yehoshua Porath, The Emergence of the Palestinian-Arab National Movement, 1918–1929, (London: Frank Cass, 1974), p. 4.
4 Max Dimont, Jews, God and History, (NY: Signet, 1962), pp. 49–53.
5 Moshe Kohn, “The Arabs’ ‘Lie’ of the Land,” Jerusalem Post, (October 18, 1991).
6 Randall Price, Fast Facts on the Middle East Conflict, (Harvest House Publishers: 2003), p. 25.
7 Moshe Kohn, “The Arabs’ ‘Lie’ of the Land,” Jerusalem Post, (October 18, 1991).
8 Avner Yaniv, PLO, (Jerusalem: Israel Universities Study Group of Middle Eastern Affairs, August 1974), p. 5.
9 Al-Qibla, (March 23, 1918), quoted in Samuel Katz, Battleground-Fact and Fantasy in Palestine, (NY: Bantam Books, 1977), p. 126.
10 British Government, Report of the Anglo-American Committee of Enquiry, 1946, Part VI, (April 20, 1946).
11 Howard Sachar, A History of Israel: From the Rise of Zionism to Our Time, (NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1979), p. 129.
12 Ben Halpern, The Idea of a Jewish State, (MA: Harvard University Press, 1969), p. 108.
13 Palestine Royal Commission Report, p. 233.
14 Neville Mandel, The Arabs and Zionism Before World War I, (University of California Press: 1976), p. 8.
15 Al-Qibla, (March 23, 1918), quoted in Samuel Katz, Battleground-Fact and Fantasy in Palestine, (NY: Bantam Books, 1977), p. 126.
16 Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad, (London, 1881).
17 New York Times, (January 7, 1985).
18 Jordanian Nationality Law, Article 3(2) of Law No. 6 of 1954, Official Gazette, No. 1171, January 1, 1954.
19 Chaim Weizmann, Trial and Error, (NY: Schocken Books, 1966), pp. 246–247; Howard Sachar, A History of Israel: From the Rise of Zionism to Our Time, (NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1979), p. 121.
20 From an open letter from Martin Buber to Mahatma Gandhi in 1939, accessed at GandhiServe.com.
21 Yehoshofat Harkabi, Palestinians And Israel, (Jerusalem: Keter, 1974), p. 6.
22 Paul Johnson, Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties, (NY: Harper & Row, 1983), p. 485.
23 Naomi Comay, Arabs Speak Frankly on the Arab-Israeli Conflict, (Printing Miracle Ltd., 2005), p. 8.
24 George Kirk, A Short History of the Middle East, (NY: Frederick Praeger Publishers, 1964), p. 314.
25 “Report of a Committee Setup to Consider Certain Correspondence Between Sir Henry McMahon and the Sharif of Mecca in 1915/1916,” U.K. Parliament, March 16, 1939.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Of course Ya’alon is right. The negotiations between Palestinians and Israeli’s are not about peace, they are about John Kerry’s presidential ambitions. The guy had plastic surgery done on his face as soon as he became secretary of state last year. What kinda guy has his face reconstructed at age 70? You think he wants to go dating?
This is about him becoming president, it’s always been. In the sixties he spent 3 months as an officer in Vietnam. Just enough time so he could get the hell out at first opportunity and make a political career out of denouncing the soldiers who served with him. Of course this is about him becoming president. And he’s perfectly willing to sacrifice others to get there.
Despite not making any progress Kerry is declaring at every opportunity that peace is at hand. That’s his desire talking, not his common sense. There is no chance Palestinians and Israeli’s will ever agree on the core issues of Jerusalem and the refugees. But here he is happily declaring a peace agreement will be signed soon. Why? Because he doesn’t care about Israel or the Palestinians. He cares about being president. He’s even willing to suggest a third intifada if things don’t work out. The personal ambition of this entire undertaking is just breathtaking.
So is his desire for revenge.
To prove what kind of guy he is -how he rolls- Kerry is not only hinting to Palestinians that they should resume killing Israeli’s. He is also pushing European countries to boycott Israel in case those damn Jews prove to be unwilling to destroy themselves to advance his presidential ambitions. Yeah, there’s a man you can trust. All he needs is a scar on his face and an Italian accent.
Oh I forgot, that’s going to ruin his face job.
What a team. While Obama blows up the Middle East, Kerry sacrifices small nations to himself. Hey if they ran a TV show they could call it “No survivors”!
So? Should Israel go along with it? Signing peace with Abbas does not mean peace with Hamas or any of the various Palestinian groups in Lebanon. It achieves nothing, it doesn’t halt Iran’s nuclear bomb, it doesn’t end hostility to the Jewish state. Israel will have to vacate Judea and Samaria, accept thousands of Palestinian refugees, decapitate itself by giving up Jerusalem, evacuate hundreds of thousands of settlers and for what? A promise of peace no Arab is willing to keep and an endless stream of Jihadi’s from all over the world who will attack Israeli civilians at any opportunity.
Oh but we’ll get a President John Kerry! And here I was thinking peace had an upside. But that’s of course not what the peace process is about.
If you think that’s a good deal I have a few other suggestions for you. How about letting a rabid dog gnaw off all your fingers for just € 25,95? Special deal, just for you. You’ll get a free decapitation thrown in as well. How ’bout that ey?
Well at least over at Haaretz they think it’s all worth it, because after all John Kerry has great hair. Seriously. Money quote: “Kerry’s height and great shock of hair are reminiscent of some of the early U.S. presidents: Upright, full of energy”. Geez, get a room.
By the way, dear reader, if you accidentally clicked on the link please don’t get a subscription at Haaretz. Just kill yourself ok? It’s less painful.