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Myths and Facts Regarding the Arab-Israeli Conflict propgated on indymedia (english)
27 Jan 2003
Modified: 28 Jan 2003
Myth: Israeli withdrawal from disputed territories in the West Bank and Gaza Strip will lead to peace in the Middle East.
Myths and Facts Regarding the Arab-Israeli Conflict propgated on indymedia

Myth: Israeli withdrawal from disputed territories in the West Bank and Gaza Strip will lead to peace in the Middle East.
Fact: In southern Lebanon, the world surmised that attacks by Syrian and Iranian backed Hezbollah guerrillas would cease if only Israel would pull back from the security zone it put in place in 1982 to stop attacks on its northern border. In June of 2000, Israel withdrew to the so-called "Blue Line" drawn by the United Nations and sanctioned by the international community. Ostensibly, this action satisfied the terrorists' goal of expelling Israel from Lebanon. But the withdrawal has not stopped the attacks. Constant rocket, mortar, and anti-tank missile attacks across the border have killed or wounded dozens of Israeli soldiers and civilians. Hezbollah has continued to import weapons on a large scale for use in terror attacks on the Israeli border. Hezbollah guerrillas recently kidnapped and killed three Israeli soldiers and are presumed to still be holding prisoner Israeli reserve Col. Elhanan Tenebaum, kidnapped in Europe in late 2000. Hezbollah, according to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, has "pledged on several occasions to continue attacking Israel 'until the liberation of Jerusalem.'" In short, in response to the unilateral Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon, anti-Israel terrorists have not moderated their behavior at all. There is no reason at this point to believe that a unilateral withdrawal from disputed territories in the West Bank and Gaza Strip would produce any more encouraging results.

Myth: United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 calls for immediate Israeli withdrawal to pre-1967 borders.

Fact: Resolution 242 makes two points in relation to drawing borders in the Middle East. First, it calls for a "withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict." Notably, there is no article or modifier applied to the word "territories." This is in fact not a semantic detail; the omission was deliberate and meant to highlight the fact that there was no expectation that Israel would be forced to resume the pre-1967 borders. Efforts by Soviet First Deputy Foreign Minister Vasily Kuznetsov failed to convince the council members that adding the word "all" would be productive; the Security Council rejected the Soviet draft and unanimously adopted the British-drafted text as Resolution 242. Moreover, Resolution 242 calls for "Termination of all claims or states of belligerence and respect for and acknowledgement of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area, and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force." Such recognition by the Arab powers of Israel's right to peaceful existence has never occurred. Eugene Rostow, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law and Public Affairs at Yale University and Chairman of the Interdepartmental Control Group responsible for shaping U.S. policy in the Middle East at the time, wrote, "until the states concerned in the dispute make peace in accordance with Resolution 242, the Security Council decided, Israel could remain in the territories it held after the Six Day War as occupying power. The legality and legitimacy of its presence as occupying power is thus certified by the Security Council."

Myth: If only the Palestinians were offered a state, there would be peace in the Middle East

Fact: The repeated offering of a sovereign Palestinian state has not brought peace to the region. On at least three occasions, the Palestinian people were offered the creation of a state of their own. On each occasion, the offer was rejected. In 1937, the British Peel Commission, tasked with recommending a solution to the problems in Palestine, recommended a partition of the land between Arabs and Jews. David Ben Gurion accepted; the Arabs launched a revolt that was ultimately put down by the British. In 1948, the United Nations partitioned the land again. While the Jews were offered only a fraction of the land for which they hoped, they again accepted. But the Arabs rejected the partition once again, choosing instead to attack the newly born state of Israel. Most recently, in 2000, Yasser Arafat chose to reject the Israeli offer of building a Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip and over 95% of the West Bank, including a capital in East Jerusalem, without so much as a counteroffer. The Palestinians have been offered a state three times; three times they have rejected the idea of living side by side with the state of Israel. It is not sensible, at this point, to believe that the simple offer of statehood will be sufficient to end Palestinian terrorism against Israel.

Myth: The Palestinian Authority and its Tanzim, Al Aqsa and Fatah terrorists, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad were forced into suicide attacks on civilians by Israeli actions.

Fact: Terror in general, and in particular suicide attacks against civilians, represent the chosen strategy of the Palestinian leadership. Far from being a last resort, the Palestinian Authority has in conjunction with various terrorist groups and Arab governments chosen terrorism as the weapon of choice against Israel. The effects are unmistakable. According to the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel, between the 1993 declaration of principles at Oslo and September, 1998-a period of five years-more Israelis died in terrorist attacks than died in the 15 years preceding the Oslo accords. In the same period from 1993 to 1998, 107 more people died in terror attacks than in the six years of Intifada between 1987 and 1993. Key statements verify that terror is a strategy, not a desperate measure. After the violence of the second Intifada began in late 2000, Palestinian Authority Communications Minister Imad Al-Faluji said "Whoever thinks that the Intifada broke out because of the despised Sharon's visit to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, is wrong, even if this visit was the straw that broke the back of the Palestinian people. This Intifada was planned in advance, ever since President Arafat's return from the Camp David negotiations, where he turned the table upside down on President Clinton." The Israelis cannot choose peace for the Palestinians. Only when the Palestinian leadership rejects terrorism and attacks on civilian targets as a strategy can peace in the Middle East be achieved.

FACT: Assigning blame only to Israel ignores undeniable Palestinian culpability for mass murder. It ignores the fact that there is an ongoing war in the Middle East, a war for Israel's very survival. Supporting efforts to convince indymedia readers that Israel is soley to blame -while ignoring Palestinian Authority, Syrian, Iranian, Saudi, and Lebanese financial support of homicide bombings and other terrorism suggests a fundamental anti-Israel bias that will never be helpful in bringing a just peace to the Middle East.



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More Zionist Lies and Propaganda (english)
27 Jan 2003
False assumption Number One: "Israel deserves peace."

As an occupying force that has invaded the homeland of an indiginous population, Israel deserves nothing but resistance. Until Israel withdraws from the West Bank and Gaza, there is absolutely no hope of peace for Israel.

False assumption Number Two: "Lebanese should thank Israel for pulling out of Lebanon."

Israel committed an act of aggression against Lebanon. Israel assisted in the slaughter of thousands of Palestinians in Lebanon. Pulling out of Lebanon is not enough. Israel must end all of its aggression against it's neighbors, change its attitude, and learn to live in harmony with its neighbors.

The fact is that Israel is an Apartheidist racist state. Until Israel changes, it will be the recipient of resistance.
AIPAC speaking,,,, (english)
28 Jan 2003
Bander presents the mythology long employed by the pro-Israel lobby to justify Israel's brutal occupation of Palestinian land and its never-ending war on Lebanon.

Contrary to AIPAC/Bander's statement. Hezbollah has NOT been shelling across the Israeli border, has not killed Israeli civilians, and has only launched attacks in the Shabba farms area of Lebanon which Israel still occupies and considers to be partt of the Syrian Golan Heights which, yes, Israel, still occupies.

The notion that three Israeli soldiers were "kidnapped" is part of the same Zion-speak that has denied the ugly history of Zionism from its inception, beginning with "a land without people..." nonsense. Children and civilians are kidnapped. Soldiers are captured. And while Israel seems to be exempted from every other law that applies to the rest of us, they still must be held to the same language.

Yes, I know, their settlements become "neighborhoods" and children throwing rocks against their tanks and jeeps, "terrorists" but people around the world know the truth.

As for the UN resolutions requiring Israel to vacate the West Bank, Gaza and the Golan Heights, the resolutions say that Israel will withdraw from "the territories." It doesn't say "some of the territories."

Recenly, a petition deploring the occupation as immoral and reminscent of the Nazi treatment of the Jews has been signed by "dozens" of Israeli Holocaust survivors including scholars of the period, and although this was reported in Ha'aretz, not a word has appeared in the mainstream US or Jewish press.

When we add to that the censoring of the stories on Israel's latest demand for more billions from the pockets of US taxpayers and immediately afterward, the UPI report that Mossad death squads will be carryying out their bloody killings in the US and other "friendly" countries, we are reminded once again of who controls the media.

Jeff Blankfort