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Is the United States still a Moral Power?

We’ve all heard that the Palestinian bid for full United Nations membership has to go to the Security Council first. We also all know that the United States has threatened to veto this bid.

What is a disturbing footnote to this story is that the US is attempting to avoid using it’s veto power.

However, officials in both Israel and in Washington have affirmed that the U.S. was hard at work to prevent itself the possible embarrassment of being forced to use its veto power in order to thwart the Palestinian vote, by attempting to assemble enough council members to either vote against the proposal or abstain as to make the veto unnecessary.

Why is the United States trying to avoid using their veto? Perhaps they are trying to keep the Arab world happy with them by not throwing their wholehearted support behind Israel? But then again, wasn’t the “Arab Spring” all about replacing totalitarian dictatorships with “freedom” and “democracy”? Shouldn’t the Arab world show their appreciation to the United States for bringing those basic concepts to the world at large?

Rather, what we see is the United States’ public face turning away from the principles that have made us great. We see a fearful stance – trying to have it both ways – keeping the Arab world happy by attempting not to use their veto, and keeping the Israelis happy by stating their support for the Jewish state.

Where is the United States’ clear support for an ally of 60+ years? Words are cheap. Statements of support are easy to make. The US should be clear that they are vetoing this Palestinian bid without any attempt to find a way out of it.

Since when has the United States become a “follower” rather than a “leader” in the moral-relativity zone known as the United Nations? The US has been the moral compass of the world for years and now it seems that our needle is broken. We’re willing to relinquish that leadership role.

Is this where we’re headed? Is the US the same as every other two-bit nation that holds a seat at the United Nations? Are we no longer the power that we once were – too afraid of Arab and world “opinion” to do the right thing?

I certainly hope not.

The “Palestinians” – A Fictional People

Everyone is in a tizzy over the Palestinian bid for United Nations’ recognition of “Palestine” as a member state. Will they go through with the bid? Won’t they? Can the United States stop them? Should they?

What no one is doing is challenging the Palestinian claim to the lands known as the “West Bank” – or in fact their claim to ‘peoplehood’. The only thing being challenged is the timing and the road being taken to statehood. “Palestinian” legitimacy is being assumed… and we know where assuming takes us.

The idea that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an old one – centuries or millenia old is a pure fiction… but it is repeated over and over again.

Let’s take a few minutes to get our facts straight.

Where does the name “Palestine” come from?
In 135 AD, the Roman Empire attempted to break the strong connection between the Jewish People and the Land of Israel by renaming the area “Palestine” after the Philistines that had lived in the area during Biblical times.

The Philistines were a Greek-like people, not Arabs, like the “Palestinians” like to claim. The Philistines disappeared from the area by the 1st Century AD.

Ever since the Romans renamed the area – the name “Palestine” stuck. Jews and Arabs were both referred to as “Palestinians”.

The “Palestine Mandate” given to the British to administer after the First World War included both what are now the countries of Jordan and Israel.

In 1922, the British broke off 80% of the Palestine Mandate and gave it to the Hussein family – creating the country of Jordan. The Palestinians living in that area became Jordanians.

The rest of Palestine – which is now Israel – was then to be divided by the United Nations in 1947 into two states – one Arab, one Jewish. The Jews said ‘yes’, the Arabs said ‘no’ – unable to tolerate any Jewish presence in the area.

Israel declared independence in May 1948. The Jewish Palestinians then became Israelis. The Arabs in Israel had the option of becoming citizens of the Jewish state – some did and some did not. Those that did became Israelis and those that did not kept the denomination of “Palestinian”.

What needs to be understood is that these “Palestinians” are Arabs with no special claims to the Land. They chose not to be part of Jordan or Israel. There is no longer “Palestine” on the map. It is either Jordan or Israel – to claim a ‘Palestinian’ state is disingenuous.

The “Palestinian People” are a creation – a way of delegitimizing the Jewish claim to Israel. If, as they claim, the Palestinians were there first, then any Jews living in the land must be “occupiers” and do not belong there. We first see the “Palestinians” in 1964 when Yasser Arafat created the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), a terrorist organization with the goal of destroying Israel. (Please note that the PLO was established before the 1967 war in which Israel captured the “West Bank” and the Gaza Strip – not in response to the so-called occupation.)

That these “people” are refugees is a joke. They chose not to become citizens of either Jordan or Israel. During 1948, these Arabs left their homes in response to the invading Arab armies telling them they would be allowed to return to their homes after the Jews were driven into the sea.

It’s 60+ years later and they’re still sitting in camps bemoaning their fate. Who’s fault is it? Saudi Arabia and the oil rich Arab countries are unable to take in and care for their brothers? Guess so – but it clearly shows that that the Palestinians are there as willing pawns in the battle against Israel.

The accepted wisdom is that since the “Palestinians” occupy the same land as the Jews we must have negotiations to settle our differences – creating a two state solution, but why?

The “Palestinians” are an historical fiction. They are a tool of the Arab world, which has never accepted a Jewish presence, to destroy Israel. It is time to challenge the legitimacy of the “Palestinians” as a ‘people’ and certainly their right to a state at Israel’s expense.