Anti-Semitism in a Nutshell
Over and over again the United Nations and many of its Arab member states question Israel’s right to exist. They make claims that Israel is an apartheid state, a terrorist state and an illegal occupier of the land but the facts say otherwise. Israel’s five primary founding fathers were either lawyers or had extensive legal backgrounds from Theodor Herzl to Yitzhak Shamir and each one was determined to cross every “t” and dot every “i” making certain Israel’s birth was perfectly legitimate and absolutely legal. To use the word “birth” is actually a misnomer. Rebirth is a more accurate term as Israel existed twice before in history. The first time was from 1000 to 586 B.C.E. when King Nebuchadnezzar attacked Judah plundering Jerusalem, destroying Solomon’s temple and taking the Jews captive. The second Jewish state existed from 538 B.C.E. until the Roman Conquest in 63 B.C.E. At this time there was a civil war in Israel. A Roman general named Pompey was summoned to assist the Pharisees in defeating the Sadducees. As a result, Rome became the ruler of Judea.
Israel as we know it today was reborn in 1948. This rebirth began with the Balfour Declaration in 1917 and progressed to the San Remo Agreement in 1920, the League of Nations Resolution in 1922, the Anglo-American Convention on Palestine in 1924, the United Nations Partition Plan in 1947 and finally the declaration of a nation state for Jewish people and a nation state for Arab people in 1948.
Each of these declarations, agreements, conventions and plans are all proof of Israel’s legitimate right to exist as a Jewish state. The Balfour Declaration was a public statement made by the British government during World War I announcing support "for the establishment of a national homeland for the Jewish people in Palestine" which was then a part of the Ottoman region. Formal recognition of the establishment of a Jewish national homeland became binding international law in 1920 when all 51 members of The League of Nations, precursor to the United Nations, unanimously adopted and signed the resolution at the San Remo Conference. In 1922 The League of Nations officially recognized the “historical connection of the Jewish people to the land of Palestine” and agreed to the establishment of a national homeland for the Jewish people in the land of Palestine. At the Anglo-American Convention in 1924, the United States agreed to the British administration of Palestine. On November 29, 1947, the United Nations approved a plan to separate the British Mandate territory of Palestine into two states, one Jewish and one Arab.
History in a Nutshell
On May 14, 1948, Israel became a state in its own right declaring its independence. On that very same eve the newborn nation of Israel was attacked by all her surrounding Arab neighbors namely Egypt, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Transjordan (today known as Jordan), and Lebanon. Had this tiny baby faltered, Israel would not exist today but, thanks be to God, she did not falter. Against all odds, Israel emerged victorious defeating every well trained and well equipped Arab army that came against her despite the fact she had no formal or organized army and very few munitions. During this war Israel lost some of the land assigned to it in the Partition Plan but captured other land assigned to the Arabs. Following this war an Armistice Line was established which lasted until 1967 when Israel was again at war with Egypt and Syria due to no fault of her own. This became known as The Six Day War and just as the name implies, it lasted only six days again with Israel miraculously emerging the victor. Initially Jordan was not part of this conflict and Israel issued a warning for Jordan to keep out however Jordan chose otherwise. Consequently, Jordan lost territory, namely the west bank of the Jordan River, known today as simply the West Bank. Jordan also lost East Jerusalem and Egypt lost the Gaza Strip.
The 1948 war became known as the War of Independence. As mentioned in a previous article, during this time many Arabs voluntarily left their homes and land having been assured by Arab leaders that they could return once Israel was defeated. Other Arabs were forced to leave by the war itself and none were permitted to return. During this same timeframe, Jews were forced to leave their ancient homelands in Arab countries where they had lived since before the time of the Roman conquest. Those who fled to Israel were fully absorbed into the newly forming state of Israel where they became productive citizens. Conversely, those Arabs who became refugees were not welcomed into any Arab country. Arab leaders preferred instead to keep them as refugees and serve them up as political fodder in their public relations war against Israel.
Since the moment Israel took its first breath as an independent nation in 1948, she has repeatedly suffered illegal acts of aggression, infiltration, terrorism and outright war against the land and her people yet the world has remained largely silent. She is the only country in the world which must constantly defend its very right to exist despite its very legal foundation. In addition, the General Assembly of the United Nations is constantly calling Israel out for one trumped up violation or another lodged against it by one or more member nations. Israel is surrounded by enemies on every side to include in the diplomatic realm at the U.N. and Israel is held to a different and higher standard than any other country in the world. The cause for such anti-Israel bias and uneven treatment by the media, the United Nations and others is easily summed up in a nutshell – anti-Semitism, pure and simple.