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Perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
by Jay Gutman
2019-04-18 09:06:50
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Israel suffers from two major image problems when it comes to the conflict: first, the blood libel attributed to Jews in general and Israelis in particular. Second, the post-1945 UN led liberal world order which posits that all peoples have a right to a state and that invasions of foreign land are a violation of international law.

First on the blood libel suits brought against Jews in general and Israelis in particular. The Jews having throughout the ages lived in the margins of Christian and Muslim populations, all kinds of rumors spread about what was actually going on in Jewish communities. Maybe the Jews had superpowers and controlled the world. Maybe they kidnapped children and cooked the children. Maybe they poisoned wells and caused the plagues. Today, perhaps the Jews invented AIDS, or were behind several wars being fought. Perhaps even the Jews asked the Nazis to send them to extermination camps to precipitate the creation of the State of Israel.

isra0001_400All these rumors are of course nonsense. But the blood libel does cause a great deal of countries to view Israel with suspicion, and to condemn Israel at various international forums.

The second image problem Israel suffers from is the post-1945 liberal world order where declaring war is frowned upon, all people are believed to have a right to their own state, and foreign invasions are illegal from an international law perspective.

There are two schools regarding how Israel invades foreign land. There's the first school of thought, which believes that the creation of the Jewish state itself in 1948 was an invasion of foreign land and a violation of international law, because the Jews had invaded Arab lands. The second school of thought is one that believes that anything that happened until 1967 was legitimate, but all post-1967 invasions are illegal from an international law viewpoint, and that all Palestinian lands confiscated after 1967 need to be returned.

The first school of thought believes that any aggression from the Palestinians is legitimate, and that Palestinian aggressions should only cease when the Palestinians have completely re-conquered the entire land of Israel. The code word the first school of thought uses is “the creation of a Palestinian state with Al Qods (Jerusalem) as its capital.” Note that they don't say East Al Qods or East Jerusalem as its capital, but Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, and that school of thought obviously wants Israel wiped off the map. The first school of thought tends to strongly believe in Jewish blood libel, and tends to believe that the creation of the state of Israel was a Jewish ruse to irritate and divide the Muslims and Arabs.

The second school of thought believes that Palestinian aggression against Israel is legitimate, because Palestinians want to take back the land that was confiscated in 1967. That is if Palestinians throw kite bombs and balloon bombs or murder Israelis, the murders are in a way legitimate because Palestinians are fighting to take back land that was confiscated in 1967. The second school of thought tends to believe that Israeli self-defense is illegitimate, and disproportionate, because Palestinians want to take back what's theirs.

The problem with both schools of thought is that they don't understand that since the mid-1940s there have been very few quiet days in Israel, and that the Palestinians tend to attack regardless of what the Israeli positions of offers for concessions are.

Finally, the liberal world order opposes invasions and opposes wars, but also promotes individual rights. Those very individual rights tend to be violated in most countries that vehemently condemn Israel for taking action against the Palestinians. Furthermore there are still several unresolved territorial disputes, and those very same Arab nations that promote the right of the Palestinians to have their state in the name of the rights of peoples to have a state, remain mum when it comes to the rights of the Kurds to have a state, and knew nothing about the Rohinggya until they found out a genocide was taking place. 


    
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