The Lie That Broke Israel's Back

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    The Lie That Broke Israel's Back​



    By Steve Apfel
    December 9, 2012



    Israel now has a quasi-state to contend with. "A victory for the values of truth," exclaimed Sudan's U.N. diplomat after the General Assembly voted to admit Palestine as a non-member observer.

    It's a victory for the Palestinian camp, perhaps, but in truth it was a defeat -- of historic proportions. Recalling one thing and reaffirming another, the resolution the GA voted on was packed with lies. Most were blatant. One lie -- you could say the catchphrase of the Palestinian perpetual show -- enjoyed the sanctity of accepted wisdom.

    "The Palestinian territory occupied since 1967" appeared, in one form or another, some dozen times in the U.N. resolution. This whopper of an old lie, told so often and for so long as to merge fantasy with reality, made Israel's defeat at the U.N. a long time coming. One might say that it made Israel's defeat historically inevitable.

    "Occupied Palestinian Territory" (OPT) is a thing of smoke and mirrors. Historically, it never happened; legally, there never was Palestinian territory for Israel to occupy. Israel took the territories from Egypt and Jordan in 1967, and there's no getting away from that. So today Israel has more right than Jordan to be occupying the West Bank, and more right than Egypt to be occupying Gaza (if Israel's blockade may be called occupation). "Palestine" never enters the equation. Turn Middle East wars and laws upside-down and any way you like, but if the territories belong to any U.N. member, or quasi-member, they belong to Israel.

    Not even the famous U.N. Resolution 242 can help. It told Israel to withdraw from territories once held by Jordan, illegally, and Egypt, and it envisaged those territories' return to those two countries. "Palestine" never got a mention in Resolution 242 -- for a couple of good reasons.

    Palestinians were not among the belligerents involved in the Six-Day War. Anyway, the people who were going to stake claim to a nation they would call Palestine were a year away from being born.

    More than anyone, King Hussein of Jordan understood perfectly that a cart before the horse never gets off the blocks. So he told the 1988 Arab League summit in Amman: "The appearance of a distinct Palestinian national personality comes as an answer to Israel's claim that Palestine is Jewish."

    The Hashemite monarch was explaining to fellow potentates why a Palestinian nation had to be conceived in 1968. If it were not, then the West Bank and Gaza would be Israel's by dint of war and law. Arab armies had been vanquished in six days, the territories lost to Israel. That made it imperative for the PLO to revise its covenant, which it did on July 17, 1968. The PLO meddled with Article 24, erasing the old declaration that the West Bank and Gaza were not occupied and now insisting that they were. With that sleight-of-hand, a newborn nation came into the world -- with a newborn bastard illegal occupier.

    Armed with nothing but chutzpah, the PLO lost no time cementing the lie that the Jewish state had usurped the foundling's heritage. From there to the accepted wisdom of "Occupied Palestinian Territories" took no more than a quick step.

    For all that, "Palestinian territory occupied by Israel" is more than a risible lie of history. It has had the power to alter history. For one thing, the international community took to the idea. For another, a goodly proportion of American, and even Israeli, Jews nailed their colors to that mast. For a third, an economic bubble has OPT to thank. Monthly pay slips for untold hundreds of U.N. staffers depend on that fallacious real estate. Hundreds of NGOs and staffers would be the poorer without it. And remember, OPT is the article of faith on which anti-Zionists peg their zeal. Their god demands little: hate Zionism and revere OPT. Hence the daily invocations. Label products from "occupied territories." Boycott Israel and divest because of OPT.


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    Given that Israel was an invention of the United Nations,

    don't you see the irony here??
     
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    No, why don't you explain this to us?

    Many countries were inventions of other countries. The U.S. for example.
     
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    ... and Palestine. If everything is an invention, why can't Palestine be considered a country?
     
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    Why can't your computer be considered a country?

    That wasn't a serious question, right? I mean, the answer is pretty damned obvious.
     
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    You just said countries are invented. What you posted doesn't address that at all. I'm not going to accept a side step. My computer has nothing to do with the subject. I can only assume that you have no counter to my argument, so you had to try a distraction tactic. FAIL!!!
     
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    Because DERP DERP evil Mooslims or something.
     
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    No, I did not say countries are invented. So the basis of your question is an error.
    Try again.
     
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    Only in it's modern form jack ass.
     
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    Israel invented itself. The U.N. simply acknowledge reality.
     

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