Part 1: This portion will address only the first minute of the following video:
The Israel-Arab conflict – on one foot
After announcing his impressive credentials, this commentator, explains that the Middle East conflict is the easiest conflict to explain. With five minutes left in the video, I’m excited to know that all of the answers can be explained to so quickly. I continue to listen with anticipation. He starts off by stating that one side wants the other side dead. The graphics show that the Arab is bad and the Israeli is dead. Hmm…okay, this is obviously going to be the idea of this video. Next it shows a peace sign and declares that Israel simply wants to be a Jewish state and live in peace, while recognizing the Palestinian state and letting it live in peace.
This is a good place to check out the facts about recognitions of statehood:
In the following letter, Yasser Arafat, the Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) “recognizes the right of the State of Israel to exist in peace and security.”
September 9, 1993
Prime Minister of Israel
Mr. Prime Minister,
The signing of the Declaration of Principles marks a new era…I would like to confirm the following PLO commitments: The PLO recognizes the right of the State of Israel to exist in peace and security. The PLO accepts United Nations Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338. The PLO commits itself…to a peaceful resolution of the conflict between the two sides and declares that all outstanding issues relating to permanent status will be resolved through negotiations…the PLO renounces the use of terrorism and other acts of violence and will assume responsibility over all PLO elements and personnel in order to assure their compliance, prevent violations and discipline violators…the PLO affirms that those articles of the Palestinian Covenant which deny Israel’s right to exist, and the provisions of the Covenant which are inconsistent with the commitments of this letter are now inoperative and no longer valid. Consequently, the PLO undertakes to submit to the Palestinian National Council for formal approval the necessary changes in regard to the Palestinian Covenant.
Chairman: The Palestine Liberation Organization.
“As of 27 September 2013, 134 (69.4%) of the 193 member states of the United Nations have recognised the State of Palestine. Many of the countries that do not recognise the State of Palestine nevertheless recognise the PLO as the “representative of the Palestinian people”. On 29 November 2012, the UN General Assembly passed a motion changing Palestine’s “entity” status to “non-member observer state” by a vote of 138 to 9, with 41 abstentions.“
Israel has yet to recognize the state of Palestine.
Now comes an important note that is easily overlooked. The commentator has stated that Israel wants to be a Jewish state and live in peace while allowing the Palestinians to be a state and live in peace. What many don’t understand is that Israel considers itself to be only a Jewish state.”a state of the Jewish people throughout the world”. Where do we see one religion excluding all others anywhere else in the world?
One only needs to Youtube: “Israel and Christians” to see videos such as the following:
Israeli Persecution of Christians in the Holy Land – 60 Minutes
The commentator continues by restating that Israel recognizes the right of Palestine to have their own state and live in peace. Really? When has Israel ever recognized the state of Palestine? When have they allowed them to live in peace?
He again bashes the Arabic states for not recognizing the Jewish state of Israel to exist despite the 1947 UN agreement which split the land of Palestine into two.
Scholars from all sides have researched the actual events and are trying to educate the public about the truth. The following thirty minute speech is just one of many. The second half of the video addresses questions.
History of Israel: Stolen Land from Palestine by Ilan Pappe: