This essay is an important complement to the one published in February, 2009. Several words have been used by the media and even by Israel’s far left and post-zionist individuals vis-à-vis Israel’s defensive conflicts, especially the still unchallenged term “occupation.” No matter how many people are slaughtered in cafes, pizza parlors, buses and hotels, and the incessant rocket attacks against civilians in the South, the word “occupation,” seems to take center stage as an apologetic excuse for despicable massacres with an accomplice world. This word goes hand-in-hand with terms such as “freedom fighters” and “resistance.”
For those of you who are still clinging to the word “occupation” for lack of historical knowledge, Palestine has never existed as a sovereign state before Israel’s defensive “Six Day war” in 1967 or even when the State of Israel was created in 1948. Indeed, Resolution 242, highly proclaimed by all Arab states, does not promise a State of Palestine. In 1948, following the War of Independence against five Arab countries, the so-called West Bank (Judea and Samaria) was illegally controlled by Jordan, and Gaza by Egypt. However, the Arab countries did not lift a finger to create a Palestinian state in these territories. After Israel’s unexpected and miraculous victory against warring Arab states in 1967, there was no sovereign entity to which the territories gained by Israel could be returned. Moreover, the idea of Palestinian self-determination did not emerge until after the 1967 war.
What is the origin of the word “Palestine?” For starters, prior to 1948, Arabs and Jews were called Palestinians. Two thousand years ago, the Roman Empire under Hadrian named Israel Palestine, and the Greeks and Romans called it Palastina, not an Arabic name. Currently, the Arabs pronounce it as “Falastin”, an imaginary entity, never a nation or state.
It is also worth mentioning a very important fact: the PLO, under Arafat, was founded in 1964, three years prior the 1967 war. Thus, which “occupied” territories did the PLO try to recover? It is plainly obvious that it is not just the liberation of Judea and Samaria, but of the entire land of Israel. The Oslo accords which calls for “land for peace” and the “Road Map” leading to a two-state solution “living peacefully side by side with Israel,” is a suicide pact meant to severely threaten the very existence of the Land of Israel.
The new liberal Obama administration and its Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, compounded by the UK, the EU and the UN have already initiated their relentless pressure on Israel to withdraw from land which would mean uprooting many thousands of Jewish families from their homes and carve in their place a terrorist enclave eager to exterminate what they falsely claim is their land, a suicidal pact.