Week 4 – Be careful what you wish for
His Majesty’s government views with favour …
One standard Palestinian claim is that to redeem themselves for their original sin of the Balfour Declaration of 1917 Britain is obliged to force the creation of the Palestinian State on Israel. It occurred to me after reading Uri Savir’s recent piece in AlMonitor that essentially said that Europe will do everything it can to manoeuvre the Americans NOT to veto in the Security Council that an important question has not been asked.
What is the responsibility of the nations who demand a Palestinian State when that state collapses and/or makes war on its neighbours?
A state is bought – spank the mother
The child was born so ugly that the doctors spanked the mother.
If we are to believe that Uri Savir of the Peres Peace Center doesn’t have an agenda, the Europeans and America both believe a Palestinian State is necessary to combat terrorism.
What if they are wrong?
- What if the 2005 withdrawal from Gaza is repeated in a civil war between the Islamists (mainly Hamas) and the nationalists (mainly Fatah)? What if Fatah loses? All of the compliments paid to Abbas as statesman and democrat won’t mean much.
- What if Palestinians in the new state want take over Jordan? After all between 60-80% of Jordanians are ‘Palestinians’. Don’t they deserve democratic rights?
- What if the Palestinian state is an irresistible magnet for the Self Declared Islamic State – in the process endangering just about everybody?
and although none of the states supporting a Palestinian state seem to care
- What if the Palestinian state attacks Israel? What if attacks come from ‘independents’?
- Hamas has consistently, openly and unambiguously stated it won’t accept Israel no matter what agreements are made.
- Fatah’s unrevised charter calls on members to destroy the Zionist Entity when they are able.
- Sixty-seven years of incitement.
- Continuing and ever-expanding non-negotiable demands from the Palestinians far beyond the demand for a state.
- An economy with far too many underemployed, angry, young men with guns.
- Islamic interpretation that sees Israel as a blasphemy.
- On a less violent plane. What if the Palestinian State having no real economic basis collapses? Just how long will the world have to keep propping it up?
Leaving aside that Arthur Lord Balfour only
viewed with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.
Israel was not created by Balfour. It takes its legal authority from the San Remo Conference of 1920 where the four Principal Allied Powers of World War I, represented by the prime ministers of Britain (David Lloyd George), France (Alexandre Mitterrand) and Italy (Francesco Nitti) and by Japan’s Ambassador K. Matsui(!) effectively began the process to creating Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Jordan. That in turn was accepted by Turkey in the Treaty of Sevres and confirmed by the League of Nations.
So arguably: Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Republic of China, Colombia, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, El Salvador, France, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kingdom of Italy, Empire of Japan, Liberia, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Persia, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Siam, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay, Venezuela, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, Austria, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Finland, Luxembourg, Albania, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Irish Free State, Abyssinia and the Dominican Republic (or their successors) are responsible.
Unsurprisingly none accept they are obliged to create Palestine – but they’ll do it anyway.
- Europe determined to prevent Israeli settlement policy, Amb. Uri Savir, AlMonitor, 25 January 2014
- Why Is Hamas Smiling?, Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute, 30 January 2015