In my recent reading of articles and Talkback commentaries I am amazed that there are individuals and even journalists who write items that have no grasp whatsoever of reality and truth. I sit here reading this constant drivel, inspired by revisionist history and utter distortion of facts and I shake my head in absolute total amazement.
Allow me to clarify the "Right of Return" and what it REALLY means, and do feel free to enlighten the masses......
"The Palestinians' problem is not with a settlement or a checkpoint or a fence. They have a problem with the existence of Israel in any borders. Palestinians have still not come to terms with Israel's right to exist, period; this is the essence of the Israeli-Arab conflict. They see Israel as one big settlement that needs to be ripped out." Bassem Tawil
Since the start of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in the early 1990s, the Palestinian leadership has consistantly demanded two major concessions; that Israel accept responsibility for the creation of the refugee problem and accept the "right of return", as embodied in UN general assembly resolution 194 of December 1948.
Those two demands on Israel are ludicris to say the least since the resolution itself was adopted by a majority of 35 countries from among the 58 members of the United Nations at that time; however all six Arab League countries (then represented at the UN) voted against it. ALL of six whom; Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen, had called on the Arabs of the Mandated aras to evacuate so their armies could "sweep in and exterminate the Jews!!
Israel had not been admitted to the UN yet.
The Israeli policy has not changed since the early days before the declaration of the State during the period of June to August 1948 after the "Partition Vote".
And this policy MUST be understood in the context under which David Ben Gurion and the leaders of the Zionist Movement - the predessors of the Israeli cabinent made it.
The very large number of Arab Palestinian refugees and creative manipulation of history have given rise to charges that Zionist leaders planned to expel the Arabs from Palestine. Other than doctored quotes from Israeli leaders, notably David Ben Gurion, there is no evidence for any such plan.
Frequently cited in such charges, is "Plan Daled" which called for temporary evacuation of strategically placed towns that could not be held.
The majority of Palestinian Arabs who fled, fled voluntarily. This was certainly true in Haifa, where Jewish leaders pleaded with the inhabitants to stay, in Tiberias, and in many of the villages of the north that had been occupied by the Arab Liberation Army. In Beersheba and Safed, all the Arabs left before Jewish forces had entered the towns.
In Isdood and Majdal most of them left when the Egyptian army departed.
Most significantly, towns that did not resist the Israelis or cooperated with them, including Abu Gosh, Nazareth and all the Druze villages of the Galilee, remained intact.
If inhabitants were expelled, it was not because of racist considerations, but because they were seen as a security threat.
Eye-witnesses deny specific allegations of expulsions and massacres, though of course, no eye-witness could have seen everything as the Arab apologists claim.
Here is one EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FACT to be noted!!! It is always glossed over and NEVER mentioned!
Before the British Withdrawal and under the Mandate, Jews were forbidden by law and punishment of DEATH to carry ARMS to possess weapons for defense!
Whereas the Arabs were allowed by the Mandatory government to freely carry and use weapons!
US Secretary of State George C. Marshall, an experienced soldier, told Moshe Sharrett, Jewish Agency Foreign Secretary on the eve of independence that the CIA had estimated that the Jewish side would lose the war, even without taking into account the participation of the Arab states:
Believe me, I am talking about things about which I know. You are sitting there in the coastal plains of Palestine, while the Arabs hold the mountain ridges. I know you have some arms and your Haganah, but the Arabs have regular armies. They are well trained and they have heavy arms. How can you hope hope to hold out?" (Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre, O Jerusalem!, Pan books 1973, page 315).It was during this perion in particular BEFORE the creation of the the nascent state and the "Official British" withdrawal that Arab villagers, who were inspired and inflamed by the Grand Mufti Muhammad Amin al-Husayni and his own kinsman Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni, as the commander of the Army of the Holy War and the Arab Liberation Army (ALA) led by Fawzi al-Qawuqji. These Arab fedayeen swarmed against nearly defenseless Jewish defenders of; Kibbutzim, Moshavim, villages and towns. These two major "Irregular Forces" inflicted terrible loses on the Jewish forces in brutal vicious fighting, Convoys which attempted to bring supplies of food and weapons were ambushed and massacred by the crazed Arab villagers egged on to "Exterminate the Jews".
This policy to "bar the return of "Fifth columnists" is as valid today as it was in 1948. The mass return of those who had fought and tried to exterminate the populace of the Jewish state would mortally threaten the state's existence.
"The State of Israel has a population of approximately 8,855,000 inhabitants as of first half-2018. Some 74.5% percent are Jews of all backgrounds (about 6,556,000 individuals), 20.9% are Arab of any religion other than Jewish (about 1,837,000 individuals), while the remaining 4.6% (about 400,000 individuals) are defined as "others".Should some 3.5 to 4 million Palestinian refugees - the number supposedly listed in the rolls of UNWRA be empowered to return to Israeli territory, there could arise widespread anarchy and violence as in 1947.
Even if the return were to bespread over a number of years or even decades, the ultimate result, given the Arabs' far higher birth rates, would be the conversion of the country into an Arab-majority state and the reinstitution of the Moslem status of "Dhimitude."
This immediate degrading of the Jewish populaton into second class citizens, would cause a massive "transfer" of the (remaining) Jews, who would steadily emigrate. Even those fools who work for Haaretz , I am referring to two specific journalists come to mind with their utter hatred, who try to "outdo" themselves in their attitudes of hatred of the "Jewish" part of the state and with their "Matzpen", pro-Falestinian B'tselem, "Breaking (the BS) Silence kiss ass group. Well even these LOSERS may wake up and smell the Humous.
As to "WHY?" Jews would leave merely take a look at any of the surounding Arab countries.
Would any normal Jew really wish to live as a second-class citizens in an authoritarian Muslim-dominated, Arab-ruled state? As Hillel Neur of UN Watch recently stated in the UN "Where are your Jews" to several Moslem Arab countries? So where are the Jews of Lebanon? Of Egypt? Syria? Algeria? Morocco? Libya? Iraq? Iran?
This also applies to that "enlightened" idea of replacing Israel and the occupied territories with one, unitary binational state, a solution that some blind or hypocritical western intellectuals have been trumpeting.
To many in the west who have come to "champion" the Arabs of the Mandated Areas -aka the Palestinians position, the right of "Nachba refugees"(and their descendants) to return to their homes seems natural and just.
In truth it would be what the Arabs of the Mandated Areas -aka the Palestinians have planned for all along since it has finally sunk in that they lost and it is time to "Negate Israel".
This drastic move of the "right of return for Nacba refugees" (read their descendants) needs to be weighed against the right to life and well-being of the more than six and a half million Jews who currently live in Israel.
As for those historical revisionist haters I am not refering to the "Khazarim Jews". Oy what bovine excrement!
More than half of the current population of Isarel are- Sephardic Jews- who are also "refugees" descendants of Jews ethnically cleansed from Arab lands during the post creation of Israel period, who were born in Israel.
In is NEVER mentioned in the world media that the Arab side practiced ethnic cleansing systematically.
No Jews were allowed to remain in any territories conquered by Arab forces in 1948, or to return to those territories after the war.
This was true in Gush Etzion and Jerusalem, and in all the villages conquered in Gaza. That was not all. In 1947, the Arab League prepared a plan for systematic persecution of Jews in all Arab countries. The provisions of this plan included special levies, confiscation of properties and abridgement of civil rights (see Draft Arab League Law Against Jews) . This plan was carried out by many of the Arab states, resulting in mass migrations of Jews from them. Over 800,000 Jews fled Arab lands.
So do these Israelis of Sephardic Jewsish families ethnically cleansed have rights to a homeland?
And what of those "stateless displaced" "Ashkenazic Jews of Europe made refugees during the mass extermination plan endorsed and encouraged by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, whose homes in Europe- primarily Eastern Europe Poland and Russia and the Ukraine were expropriated and stolen during the Holocaust? These same survivors of death camps who had tried to immigrate to pre-state Palestine but were denied and shoveled into the crematoriums by those demanding "their right of return"?
When many of these same surviving Jews of Europe who tried to "return" home were set upon and massacred in Pogroms by their Christian neighbors who thought that "THEIR" Jews were finally gone.
Most Israelis have known no other country and have no other homeland. So wouldn't the destruction or, at the least, the forced displacement of more than 5 million Jews which would be the foregone conclusion of a massive Palestinian refugee return?
So when one attempts to side with the "Haters of Zionism" and demand "Justice" for- the Arabs of the Mandated Areas aka the Palestinians try to consider that the "Negation of Israel Peace Plan" and how it would constitute a graver injustice than the resettlement of fewer than 4 million Palestinians in Arab League countries?
But hey it's just Jews right.....