A State of Terror
Vol: 142 Issue: 24 Wednesday, July 24, 2013
A reader took exception to my characterization of a Palestinian state as a ‘terrorist state’ and emailed me to tell me so.
The Palestinians, he explained, were only using terror because they have no other weapon with which to fight against Israeli ‘occupation’ of Palestinian lands.
The Israelis bring the terror upon themselves, argued my correspondent. Palestinian terror is the result of resistance to Israeli occupation. Remove the occupation and the resistance will end. Etc., etc., ad nauseam.
The argument sounds plausible enough. It seems to be the logic behind the shift of US support to a return to the 1949 armistice lines as a final solution to the conflict under the terms of the US-inspired Road Map to Peace effort.
End what the Arabs define as ‘the occupation’ ie; a return to the 1949 Armistice lines, and there will nothing for the resistance to resist. Peace at last! Simple.
In reality the argument breezes right by ‘simple’ — not stopping until it gets to ‘stupid’. The argument is ‘stupid’ — but it is built on what would more rightly be termed willful ignorance.
In the years between 1949 and 1967, Israel stayed within the 1949 Armistice lines now being championed as the solution to terrorism against Israel. There was no ‘occupation’ to resist.
The 1949 Armistice lines gave what is today called ‘occupied Palestinian territory’ in what the Jews call Judea and Samaria to Jordan. Jerusalem was divided into Jordanian East Jerusalem and Israeli West Jerusalem.
The Gaza Strip was, according to the agreed-on 1949 Armistice lines, given to Egypt. Jordanians settled in their territory and Egypt sent settlers into theirs to establish possession. There was no territory under dispute that was ‘occupied’ in any meaningful sense.
The world had accepted the 1949 lines and the existence of the State of Israel as a legally established member state of the United Nations, whether the Arabs accepted it philosophically or not.
Remember, the issue under discussion is the removal of the ‘occupation’ as a solution to Arab ‘resistance’.
In the years 1951-1955, while Israel was inside the 1949 Armistice lines and there was neither an ‘occupation’ nor a ‘resistance’ 503 Israelis were killed in terrorist attacks emanating from the Jordanian West Bank.
Another 358 Israelis were killed in terrorist attacks emanating from Egypt’s Gaza Strip.
Terrorist attacks launched from Lebanon and Syria killed another 61 Israelis. Then, as now, the majority of the attacks were launched against population centers and the majority of the targets were innocent Israeli civilians.
For example, on June 11, 1953 terrorists attacked a young couple in their home in Kfar Hess, and shot them to death. The victims weren’t collateral damage of a ‘legitimate act of resistance’ to some ‘illegal occupation’ — they were a young couple planning a life together in their own country who were deliberately targeted and murdered.
On March 17, 1954, terrorists ambushed a bus traveling from Eilat to Tel Aviv, and opened fire at short range when the bus reached the area of Maale Akrabim in the northern Negev. In the initial ambush, the terrorists killed the driver and wounded most of the passengers.
The terrorists then boarded the bus, and shot each passenger, one by one. Eleven passengers died in the attack. Survivors said the terrorists spat on the bodies of their victims. The attack was launched from Jordan’s West Bank.
In 1957, a kibbutz farmer was killed and two others wounded by a Jordanian landmine; another was killed from ambush as he worked in the fields.
In 1958, two fishermen were shot and killed as they fished; a motorist was ambushed near Sharon. . . this wasn’t resistance to an ‘occupation’.
It was a ‘resistance’ to the existence of the State of Israel.
In 1965, TWO YEARS BEFORE the Six Days’ War that created the so-called ‘occupation’ that is the alleged justification for Palestinian ‘resistance’, Yasser Arafat’s Fatah attempted its first terrorist operation against Israel when it tried to bomb Israel’s National Water Carrier.
Israel was in 1965 still within the 1949 Armistice lines, the so-called ‘occupied territories’ were part of Jordan, but the “Palestine Liberation Organization” was already in existence.
Here’s a brain-teaser. If Jordan and Egypt were in possession of the so-called ‘occupied’ territories in 1965, and if the Palestine Liberation Organization’s first attack was against Israel and NOT Jordan, then where is the ‘Palestine’ that Fatah was created to ‘liberate’?
I’ll wait and give you a few seconds to think about it.
Ready? I want you to get this, so I am typing slowly. . . the ‘Palestine’ that the PLO was created to ‘liberate’ — the ‘occupied territory’ against which the Palestinians are ‘resisting’ . . . is the Israel that existed as defined by the 1949 Armistice lines.
We return, for a moment, to my original assessment that the ‘simple’ solution slid past ‘simple’ and all the way to ‘stupid’ — it doesn’t sound so harsh anymore.
The ‘occupation’ created by the capture of the West Bank and Gaza in 1967 is a smokescreen.
That isn’t to say that the PA doesn’t want the ‘occupied territories’ of Judea, Samaria and Gaza — but they are a means to an end, not the end itself.
The ethnic cleansing of Jews from the territories outside the 1949 Armistice lines is only the first step in the greater historical goal of the ethnic cleansing of Jews from the “Palestine” the PLO was created to ‘liberate’. Israel.
In the thirty years from 1960 to 1990, 704 Israelis died from terrorist attacks, including terror attacks against Israeli targets abroad.
In 1993, Israel signed its ‘memorandum of understanding’ with Yasser Arafat that resulted in Israel’s disastrous policy of trading portions of the captured territory to Palestinian control in exchange for peace with the Palestinians.
Over the course of seven years, the deal expanded until what began as a deal to give the PA limited autonomy over Jericho became all the West Bank, the Gaza strip, and a demand that Israel withdraw to within the pre-1967 borders.
How much peace did Israel get in exchange for trading away half its territory? From the signing of the Declaration of Principles outlining the exchange of land for peace until Arafat launched the Oslo War in September 2000, 256 Israelis were killed in terrorist attacks. That’s a period of precisely seven years.
In the preceding thirty years of terror that brought Israel to its knees, 704 Israelis were killed. Averaged over the decades, ummm, 704 divided by three decades . . . that’s an average of 234 victims of terrorist attacks per decade.
‘Peace’, therefore, killed more Israelis in seven years than war did, on average, in the preceding thirty years!
The ‘peace’ for Israel ended when Arafat rejected a settlement that was tantamount to an Israeli surrender to demands that were beyond his wildest dreams when Oslo was first signed in 1993.
Arafat’s rejection of the Camp David Accords, a virtual surrender to Palestinian terror, has, as of April, killed more than 1,058 Israelis, again, mostly innocent civilians deliberately selected as targets.
The Oslo formula of trading land for peace has therefore resulted in more Israeli deaths from terrorism since September 1993 than all the terrorist attacks from 1949 to 1993 combined.
Here is the interesting thing about this whole thing. At least, it is the thing that stands out as the most inexplicable part of it. It isn’t selective propaganda — it is recent history.
Sixty years isn’t that long a period of time, but it is evidently long enough for selective propaganda to create a mythical Palestinian people out of displaced Jordanian and Egyptian terrorists.
But Oslo was only twelve years ago. And the terrorism continues unabated. And somehow, history is being revised as it happens.
The Palestinian intentions are clear and unmistakable. They are borne out by history, year by year, for each of Israel’s fifty-seven years of continual conflict against an enemy whose goal is Israel’s annihilation.
During the 1967 War, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir stood before the global press corps to defend the war, saying, “the Arabs can fight, and lose, and come back to fight another day. Israel can only lose once.”
I’ve yet to hear anybody mount a logical argument to the contrary.
None of this is unknown to the leaders of the European Union. Or the leaders of the Russian Federation. Or the diplomats at the United Nations.
One would think that even the United States government might have analysts clever enough to detect a pattern here and realize the objective isn’t Palestinian statehood but Israeli annihilation.
So it can’t be chalked up to ignorance in the usual sense. It is willful ignorance. Deliberate, willful ignorance adopted by a conscious choice to ignore the facts and participate instead in what is, in the final analysis, a global conspiracy against Israel’s existence.
The chosen target for the coming flashpoint is Jerusalem. Since there isn’t a world leader on the planet who doesn’t have analysts who can see the same thing we can, they know that forcing Israel back behind 1949 lines won’t end the terror. And they also know that Israel will not surrender East Jerusalem by accepting the imposition of the 1949 Armistice lines.
Two thousand, five hundred years ago, (think of it!) the prophet Zechariah described the events that would lead up to the coming of Israel’s Messiah.
“And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me Whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.” (Zechariah 12:10)
Zechariah was probably born in Babylon and was among those priests who returned to Jerusalem after the Captivity in the group led by Zerubbabel. This would place the beginning of Zechariah’s work as a prophet around the month of November, 520 BC.
In his lifetime, ‘Israel’ had not existed for two hundred years. Judah was under Persian occupation. The Temple had been destroyed and Jerusalem was in ruins.
From that vantage point in history, Zechariah described Israel’s political situation in the last generation before the coming of the Messiah.
“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.” (Zechariah 12:2-4)
Jerusalem as a burdensome stone, a place that causes all the people around to tremble. Check.
All the nations that ‘burden’ themselves with Jerusalem to be cut into pieces. Hmmm. . . . US support for Israel is the stated cause of 9/11 and the subsequent war on terror. Check.
‘All the people of the earth gathered against it.’ Sadly, that now appears to be true. Check.
Zechariah predicted God would smite those who ride against Jerusalem with madness. Hmmmm. (again)
The Palestinian Authority has more or less global support for the creation of an openly terrorist state dedicated to Israel’s destruction existing side by side with Israel.
Provided Israel surrenders Jerusalem, the Temple Mount and the rest of Judaism holiest places. Madness? Check again!
There are two conclusions one can draw. The first is that this is quite a coincidence. Simply amazing. What a great guess! If the coincidence theory leaves you flat, that leaves only one remaining conclusion.
Jesus is coming. And He is coming soon.
Note: This Omega Letter gives us a point by point history lesson of terror in the Middle East up till this brief was originally published in 2005. Pete Garcia’s commentary today covers more of the signs of the last days; our days.