On June 5, 1967, Israel launched a pre-emptive war against the combined militaries of Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, and Syria. Within six days, the Israeli Defense Forces had scored a decisive military victory. The Arabs lost East Jerusalem, containing the third holiest shrine of Islam, in addition to losing the West Bank, the Golan Heights and the Sinai.
In November 1967, the UN Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 242. This laid out two primary conditions for the establishment of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East. First, it called for the "withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict." Second, it called for the "termination of all claims or states of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgment 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."
Israel did not withdraw from the occupied territories. The Six Day War led to the Yom Kippur War in 1973, and Israel ultimately made peace with Egypt and returned the Sinai. It also made peace with Jordan, but did not return East Jerusalem. To this day, Israeli occupation of this holy site continues to fuel strong resentment against Israel in the entire Muslim world. It remains a key impediment to the establishment of peace in the Middle East.
An entire generation of Palestinians has grown up in the West Bank and Gaza under Israeli occupation. Seeing no hope for their future, some of them have resorted to carrying out suicide bombings since September 2000. The bombings have killed hundreds of Israelis and brought on Israeli retaliation, killing thousands of Palestinians. This cycle of violence shows no signs of letting up, even after President Bush's landmark visit to the region.
In accepting the Roadmap put forth by the White House, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon conceded that Israel couldn't indefinitely continue to hold millions of Palestinians under occupation. Many regarded this as a breakthrough, since "occupation" was a word that had thus far only been used by Gush Shalom, the Israeli peace block. Sharon also acknowledged that the time had come for Israelis to accept the reality of Palestinian statehood. However, peace will only be achieved if he matches his words with deeds.
So far there has been no evidence of his sincerity. Yesterday's pre-emptive attacks in Gaza by Israel against Dr. Abdel-Aziz Rantisi, the number two man in Hamas, will weaken the hands of Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas who had promised to put an end to terrorism in the Aqaba Agreement. President Bush publicly rebuked Israel, "The attacks will make it more difficult for Palestinian leadership to fight off terrorist attacks. I also don't believe the attacks helped Israeli security." However, Israel offered no apology for its action, and seemed determined to carry out missile and other attacks against militant Palestinians, who it considers to be "ticking time bombs."
The strategic myopia of this policy should be evident by now. Israel has learned that it cannot eliminate terrorism by killing the terrorists. For every one that is killed, another two are created. After the latest attack, the spiritual leader of Hamas, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, declared there would be a violent response. "The Israelis have sent a message," he said. "Now they have to wait for our reply. Our answer will be of the same caliber. The Israelis don't want peace. They only want to humiliate the Palestinians."
The time calls for boldness and courage on the part of the Israeli leadership. The Arab states pose no credible military threat to Israel. The best defense against the suicide bombers is to take away their rallying cry, which is the illegitimacy of Israeli occupation. Israel should declare a unilateral cease-fire with the Palestinians, and stop carrying out attacks against the militants. Ultimately, it should withdraw from all remaining occupied territories and eliminate the illegal settlements from the West Bank, as it committed to doing during the Oslo Accords of 1993. It should also release the 9,000 Palestinians who are being held in Israeli jails and detention centers. So far, only 200 have been released.
These actions will bring legitimacy to Israel in the Arab and Muslim worlds. Only then will it acquire the peace and security that has eluded it since its "decisive" military victory 36 years ago.
Ahmad Faruqui, an economist, writes frequently on security issues in the Middle East and South Asia.
needless to say the treatment isreal has metted out to arabs, muslim or christians since occupying their lands illegally and againt all UN rules. I want to ask you honestly: if this was done to you and your family and your race (like it was done in Germany) would you still love the perpetrators or hate their guts? from how individual nazis and swiss banks are being hunted down systematically, i don't have to wait for your answer.
don't think that for one minute i condone such action against innocent jewish families who lost ehir lives in germany or even mock them. but if you had a heart you would at least not treat another race in a similar manner as you were treated by the germans. why punish those who harboured no hurt against you and steal their lives, just because some religious idea that you are the chosen race and god gave you the land some 3000 years ago. are those born in foreign lands to generation of foreigners, from kazars to falashas to panamanians have more right to the land than palestinians who have lived there equally as long - even Torah tells of natives being there before the 12 tribes arrived there to carry out their orgy of killing the natives enmass: read the account of joshua.
Perhaps if your race started following your true teaching in respecting thy neighbour, we would not be in this dillema. Shalom bro.
Alzazul, I will tell you what is up. Now that the United States has strategically got it's foot into the door, meaning, it has its installation, its military front situated in the heart of the arab peninsula...this means that now that the US military is in the region, it no longer needs its rogue sister-state, Israel, to be the watchdog/mobster of the neighbourhood. Therefore, in order to appease the Arab people, the Bush Administration is developing this strategic plan to win over hte hearts of the doubtful Muslims who have not believed that peace is possible in the region for hte last 75+ years. Let's look at it this way in a chain of events:
1. US Military captures oil reserves in Iraq, and is strategically situated in the region to monitor all Arab nations through cross-border threats.(Something that Israel previously did
2. Palestinian olive plantations and other parts of land have been confiscated further, as the giant fence Israel built around the Gaza Strip and West Bank is enclosing hte Palestinians into a sort of West Germany, East Germany circumstance
3. The pipeline from Iraq, through Syria, into Israel, is in the works to be developed, while other American companies such as Bechtel, Exxon-Mobil, and Haliburton group win oil contracts for in Iraq, and Bush Administration throws threats to neighbouring Syria, and Iran.
4. The real *prize* for the American superpower, is not to capture Jerusalem...this is the hope of the ISraeli's, as they dig under Al-Aqsa Masjid in search of the Arc of the Covenant (the casing containing the ten commandments), the AMERICANS are looking to buy the souls of the Iranian people...they want to capture the province and region surrounding "KHURAZAAN". I cannot prove it, but if you did a little bit of analysis and study into this matter, you can see the motives of the Americans as I do...the USA is MUCH MORE Interested in getting Iran than in getting Syria...
army,my experience is up close and personel,not dependant upon the media and propoganda [from either side].in israel [like them or not]it is a true demacracy where even the 1 million israeli arabs are represented in government.many even serve in the israeli army.it is a country where evreybody has the freedom of protest AGAINST the government without fear of personel safety.can that be said of any other country in the middle east.do the jews living in any arab countries [if there are any left]have the same rights as the muslim and christian arab citizens of israel.israel looks after its own.jewish refugees were brought from all over the world and integrated into what is today a free and vibrant[altho.not perfect]society.i still cannot understand why the very wealthy arab countries did virtually nothing for their palastinian brothers over the last 50 years.there are no refugee camps in israel.the corrupt wealthy arab countries and the very corrupt palestinian authority owe the palestinian people a huge debt.the palestians if they had decent politicians
the could aleady have a nation of their own trading agricultural products and other goods instead of bullets
I have been sitting here reading article after article each one is more sad than the previous. What's more sad is that the causalities are young and innocent. You could never compare the forces of rock throwing to the mighty tanks of Israel. And all the talk about peace in the middle East seems like a waste of time or just more time for Israel to keep on killing. This supposedly peace process should happen and be in acted not just tabled and say we are going to plan a peace process. If you are planning to win a gold medal in the Olympic you have to start practicing right away and run the race end of story. You don't procrastinate for eternity you'll never accomplish anything. Get the best coaches, the best players and start the show. That is what the peace in the Middle East needs to work. And please make sure that we have neutral reefers none that are a bunch of begot or bias. And offer the medal to the right person even though the Americans always like to win.
Muslims should NOT depend on the American government to help with the struggle that has been going on for over a century. America does not understand the Muslims or the Middle East. It's like saying (to Americans) that the solution to the growing raping and sexual assaults is by putting on the hijaab on the men and women. It is literally like that. Why? Because Palestine/Israel have a totally different way of life. America should stop giving Israel the weapons. And the Muslim governments FOR ONCE should stand up against this -- but no...They are too scared of them.
pray for the world!!
Two state concept in the current boubdaries of Israel/Palestine is nonesensical because it is not workable; it will neither provide peace nor security to anybody.
So, I expect continous warfare until one of the parties to the conflict (Jews or Palestinians) is completed defeated and kicked out (or accepts to live under total humiliation like natives in US/Canada).
Read the Holy Qur'an:
"Those in whose hearts is a disease - thou seest how eagerly they run about Amongst them, saying: "We do fear lest a change of fortune bring us disaster." Ah! perhaps God will give (Thee) victory, or a decision according to His Will. Then will they repent of the thoughts which they secretly harboured in their hearts."
(The Table Spread)(5:52)
"If only they had stood fast by the Law, the Gospel, and all the revelation that was sent to them from their Lord, they would have enjoyed Happiness from every side. There is from among them a party on the right course: But many of them follow a course that is evil."
Al-Maida (The Table Spread)(5:66)
we have to accept the fact that things were not handled correctly in 1948-67, and now the state of Israel is here to stay. But most of all, what ever is done, remember that in the end only god knows. of course western medias promote propaganda but what about our medias! lets try to think who pulls the strings and why...
inshallah israel-palestine will become a muslim state with a very strong jewish community, and there is no doubt that side by side they'll accomplish great things... bslama
39 - Israeli military checkpoints surround every Palestinian population center in violation of the Oslo Accords
40 - The right to self-determination is guaranteed to every human being under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (DECEMBER, 1948), yet Palestinians were/are expected to negotiate for that right under the Oslo Accords??
Palestinians have the highest ratio of PhD's per capita in the world.
10 - More than 90% of arabs live in "security zones" under martial law, restricted freedoms to travel, children denied equal opportunities for education; denied decent opportunities for work, and the right to receive "equal pay for equal work?"
11 - Notwithstanding the foregoing facts, Israel has always been, and still is, widely portrayed in the Western press as the "bastion of democracy" and the "champion of peace" in the Middle East
12 - Western powers have persisted in declaring their determination to ensure a so-called "arms balance" in the area, as between Israel, on hte other hand, and hte one-hundred million+ inhabitants of hte thirteen arab states on the other hand? This unilateral Western doctrine of so called "arms balance" is no more reasonable than the suggestion that, in the Cuba-USA conflict, there should be "arms balance" as between Cuba and the USA; or that the whole Continent of Africa should not be allowed to acquire more arms than South Africa...or that Mainland China should not be permitted to have more arms than Taiwan...or that the military allowed to acquire more arms than South Africa...and that only thus can peace be safeguarded in the Western Hemisphere, in Africa, in Asia, or in Europe?...
13 - Israel allots 85% of the water resources in the occupied territories for Jews and the remaining 15% is divided among all Palestinians in the territories? In Hebron, 85% of the water is given to about 500 settlers, while 15% must be divided among Hebron's 120,000 Palestinians??
22 - That the USA awards Israel $3 billion US in aid each year, more than to any other country in the world: US aid to Israel exceeds the aid the US grants to the wohle sub-Sahara Africa?
23 - That GDP, per capita, and consumption per capita in the Occupied Territories have dropped about 15% in the West Bank and Gaza since 1993 - even with large foreign assistance pouring in, from Europe mostly?
that is was important to post some facts while
this article is read.
1 - When Palestine was occupied by British forces in 1917, more than 90% of the population of Palestine were Arabs, and there were no more than 56,000 Jews in Palestine. No more than half the Jews living in Palestine at the time were recent immigrants escaping persecution in Europe; less than 5 percent of hte population of Palestine were native Palestinian Jews
2 - in 1917, Arabs owned 97.5% of the land, and the recent jewish immigrants owned 2.5%
3 - During the 30 years of British occupation, Zionists purchased only 3.5% of Palestine in spite of the encouragement from the British government; much of hte land was transferred to Zionist bodies by the British government directly, adn not sold by Arab owners!
4 - British passed the "Palestine Problem" in 1947 before the U.N., while Zionists owned no more than 6% of the total area of Palestine; notwithstanding these facts, the General Assembly of the U.N. recommended that a "Jewish state" be established in Palestine? And this proposal granted the "State of Israel" 54% of hte total area, from 6% to 54% !!
5 - Israel immediately occupied and continues to occupy 80.48% of the total land; territorial expansion took place for the most part before May 15th, 1948, before the formal end of the British forces from Palestine, before the entry of Arab armies to protect Palestinian Arabs, before the Arab-Israeli war!
6 - All attempts by Arab. Asian countries to have the assembly submit "the question of constitutionality" of its recommendation to the International Court of Justice for an "advisory opinion" by the Court were ignored by the UN Assembly?
True peace comes from justice not injustice.
Allah knows best.
What you have written is clear to all Muslims. However, Israelis & majority of developed (read non-Muslim) world have gone deaf, dumb & blind in their power & arrogance. This is on a moral & ethical consideration.
From a pure practical point, they can kill or destroy any group of people who are weak scientifically, technologically and not as smart as they are; if the weak has the audacity to demand equality or a fair deal.
Unless Muslims think logically how to acquire might that the adversary has, they will kill one and lose five of their own. Oppression will not stop or disappear just because the oppressed decided in favour of self immolation.
There is no leader among the whole Muslim world who has any clue where Muslims will end up in next 100 years. Muslims & their leaders are still busy cursing the mighty or singing and dancing about what we were 1000 years ago.
For now, nothing permits to state that if Israel would do what the author is suggesting, peace would come. There are good reasons to think that such attitude would be interpreted as a sign of weakness by Palestinians activists and that they would hit even harder.
There is no short answer to that kind of crisis. It needs a plan that can be carried on over many years, or dozen of years.
As-Salaam-U-Alaiykum Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatu,
Mash-Allah, well educated brother Ahmad Faraqui
has identified and summarized Israel's brutal
oppression of the Palestinians, and how there is
no military threat to Israel, as it is the only
country in the region to posess Weapons of Mass
Destruction, the world knows, the UN knows they
do, and while Bush runs around saying that Iraq,
Syria, and Iran have WMD, we know Israel has
used them (chemical weapons used on
Palestinians in April, 2001 as example), and the
United Nations has passed 68 Resolutions against
Israel. I loved reading this article, because
it gives me hope that people will see that
Israel unjustly established its state with the
assistance of other occupying powers (UK,France,
USA, etc.). So how can it be a legimate
nation? The answer is it cannot. In this day
and age, I find it astounding, that the so
called advanced people and advanced society
that resides in the West, many of them return
to trying to justify the existence of Israel,
especially when it comes to the occupation of
Al-Quds Al Arabi (Jerusalem), meanwhile Israel
has dug miles and miles of underground tunnels
beneath Al-Aqsa Masjid, possibly harming its
foundation, a site that is the third holiest
in Islam. There is no way that we will give
up on the right of return of Palestinians,
they were like a landlord being evicted by
the tenant, how would things be like if that
happened in the USA or Canada? What if the
tenant rented an apartment, and told the
landlord that now that he/she has rented it,
that the property no longer belongs to the
landlord, it belongs to the tenant, so the
landlord must leave....do you not find that
disturbing at all? Well it is EXACTLY what
has happened to millions of