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History – Learning from it – Israel and Lebanon

I have spent a little while trying to learn who the author of the quote (or part was) – "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" – I found it to be George Santayana

We lets look at what is happening in the world at the moment. I am not a historian so please forgive me any inaccuracies.

Israel – I have tremendous respect for the Israelis -their absolute tenacity and the right of the Jewish Nation to exist – however lets go back into history of the Jewish nation. When The Balfour declaration stated that a Jewish Nation was to be founded – and we can look at the tactics that were played out by the then British Empire.

 In his November, 2002 interview with the New Statesman magazine, the UK Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, has blamed Britain’s imperial past for many of the modern political problems, including the Arab-Israeli conflict.

"The Balfour declaration and the contradictory assurances which were being given to Palestinians in private at the same time as they were being given to the Israeli’s – again, an interesting history for us, but not an honorable one," he said.

In 1947, following increasing levels of violence together with unsuccessful efforts to reconcile the Jewish and Arab populations, the British government decided to withdraw from the Palestine Mandate. The UN General Assembly approved the 1947 UN Partition Plan dividing the territory into two states, with the Jewish area consisting of roughly 55% of the land, and the Arab area roughly 45%. Jerusalem was planned to be an international region administered by the UN to avoid conflict over its status.

Immediately following the adoption of the Partition Plan by the UN General Assembly on November 29, 1947, David Ben-Gurion tentatively accepted the partition, while the Arab League rejected it. Scattered attacks on civilians of both sides soon turned into widespread fighting between Arabs and Jews, this civil war being the first "phase" of the 1948 War of Independence.

The State of Israel was proclaimed on May 14, 1948, one day before the expiry of the Palestine Mandate.

Israel was admitted as a member of the United Nations on May 11, 1949.

However – back in the 1920’s, and onwards until the UN declaration, terrorism attacks by the Zionist organizations against their enforced British masters was a part of their reason for the British Empire (aside for the obvious economic ones) to withdraw from the then area known as Palestine.

Now we are in the position where Israel – is being attacked by the terrorists organizations as they once attacked the British Empire.

The attack by Israel on Lebanon – in particular against the people of Lebanon is unacceptable – although there is a case for the attack against the terrorist organization Hezbollah. (see wikipedia) Hezbollah is widely believed to be responsible for multiple kidnappings, murders, hijackings, and bombings – but has not claimed responsibility for any of these acts. It is viewed by many Muslim countries, who do not recognize Israel’s right to exist, as an organization of legitimate resistance against Israel. Russia and the EU do not consider Hezbollah a terrorist organization. Other countries, including the US, Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, and Israel consider Hezbollah to be -completely or partly- a terrorist organization.

However this is not the point. The point is that any peace can be achieved only on the basis of putting some kind of immediate wall, whether that be of 15,000 UN troops – which do not seem enough – walls are relatively easy to walk around or shot over – there has to be some kind of long term political settlement – which must include Hezbollah as well as the recognition of the right of Israel to exist

I will continue along with my view of Afghanistan and of course Iraq in my next Blog.

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