‘Some facts on Israel that make sense’
1. Nationhood and Jerusalem: Israel became a nation in 1313 B.C., 2,000 years before the rise of Islam.
2. Arab refugees in Israel began identifying themselves as part of a Palestinian people in 1967, two decades after the establishment of the modern state of Israel.
3. Since the Jewish conquest in 1272 B.C., the Jews have had dominion over the land for 1,000 years, with a continuous presence in the land for the past 3,300 years.
4. The only Arab dominion since the conquest in 635 A.D. lasted no more than 22 years.
5. For over 3,300 years, Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital. Jerusalem has never been the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity. Even when the Jordanians occupied Jerusalem, they never sought to make it their capital, and Arab leaders did not come to visit.
6. Jerusalem is mentioned more than 700 times in Tanach (the Jewish Holy Scriptures). Jerusalem is not mentioned once in the Quran.
7. King David founded the city of Jerusalem. Mohammed never came to Jerusalem.
8. Jews pray facing Jerusalem. Muslims pray with their backs toward Jerusalem.
9. Arab and Jewish refugees: In 1948, the Arab refugees were encouraged to leave Israel by Arab leaders promising to purge the land of Jews. Sixty-eight percent left without ever seeing an Israeli soldier.
10. The Jewish refugees were forced to flee from Arab lands due to Arab brutality, persecution and pogroms.
The Palestinians want their own country. There’s just one thing about that. There are no Palestinians. It’s a made-up word. Israel was called Palestine for 2,000 years. “Palestinian” sounds ancient, but is really a modern invention.
Before Israel won the land in war, Gaza was owned by Egypt, and there were no Palestinians then, and the West Bank was owned by Jordan, and there were no Palestinians then. As soon as the Jews took over and started growing oranges as big as softballs, what do you know, say hello to the “Palestinians” weeping for their deep bond with their lost “land” and “nation.”
So for the sake of honesty, let’s not use the word “Palestinian” any more to describe these delightful folks who dance for joy at the deaths of Jews until someone points out they’re being taped. Instead, let’s call them what they are: “Other Arabs from the same general area who are in deep denial about never being able to accomplish much in life and would rather wrap themselves in the seductive melodrama of eternal struggle and death.”
The Palestinians don’t want their own country. They could have had their own country any time in the last 30 years, especially a few years ago at Camp David. But if you have your own country, you have to have traffic lights and garbage trucks and chambers of commerce, and worse, you actually have to figure out some way to make a living. That’s no fun.
Why do the Arab nations surrounding Israel want to destroy the only democratic nation in the Middle East? For one thing, trying to destroy Israel – or “The Zionist Entity,” as their textbooks call it – for the last 50 years has allowed the rulers of Arab countries to divert attention of their own people away from the fact that they’re the blue-ribbon most illiterate, poorest, and tribally backward on god’s earth. You must remember the Arab world is a closed feudal society.
Five hundred million Arabs; 5 million Jews. Think of all the Arab countries as a football field, and Israel as a pack of matches sitting in the middle of it. Now, these same folks swear that if Israel gives them half of that pack of matches, everyone will be pals. Hey. What about the string of wars to obliterate the tiny country and the constant din of rabid blood oaths to drive every Jew into the sea?
After Sept. 11, our president told us and the world he was going to root out all terrorists and the countries that supported them. Beautiful. Then the Israelis, after months and months of having the equivalent of an Oklahoma City bombing every week (and then every day) start to do the same thing we did, we told them to show restraint. If America were being attacked with an Oklahoma City every day, would we be listening to fair weather “friends” screaming for the administration to show restraint?
William “Bill” Kroot is a retired educator from the Los Angeles United School District and is a resident of Rough and Ready.
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