I originally aired this piece in November of 2011. Since then, I reblogged it once (in Nov 2012). However, there are STILL people who don’t seem to know how Israel came to be in the first place…anciently, or in modern times.  Here it is, with Part II coming next week. Enjoy!

ISRAEL, PART I, ORIGINAL

It makes me irritated when people say they are for peace with Israel, if ONLY they would go back to pre-1967 borders because they are OCCUPYING land now. It’s crap, and I’ll tell you why. This is a really short, truncated history, with links to get you up to speed in case you hunger for more details.

You need know about the 1917 Balfour Declaration in which, Britain, being in control of Palestine, said it should be a “national home” for Jewish people. This is after the horrors they (the Jews) endured during WWI (yes, WWI, too). Over the course of the 20th Century alone, they had tried just living where they ended up (as Helen Thomas indicated they should do again) after being ousted from the homeland lo these many centuries ago. It ended in governments starving millions of them, on purpose during peace time; torturing; gassing; and numerous other horrors, over the course of decades, repeatedly. Can you blame them for wanting to go back to congregating in Israel? Just sayin’.

So, a bunch of Jewish people, after being scattered during WWII, bought all that land that they lived on, pre-1948. The Israelis were, at this time, Jews with no country to call their own (yes, even though Britain said they could have it). They had just endured the horrors of the Holocaust, the Holodomor, and were essentially homeless.

In 1948, after the UN voted for the land to become Israel, and most nations on earth recognizing their government, the Arabs of Palestine, with the aid of Britain, and 5 other countries attacked the fledgling nation. (Note: See the link below about why Britain went from cheerleaders of Israel to terrorist sponsors.)

In the meantime, the Israelis, knowing that there were Arab people in the land that the UN allotted to Israel, in keeping with the Balfour Declaration, had already announced that anyone within their borders would be a citizen, regardless of race, creed, color, etc.

Just so there is no confusion, they were Arabs…not Palestinians.

“Indeed, there is no such a thing like a Palestinian people, or a Palestinian culture, or a Palestinian language, or a Palestinian history. There has never been any Palestinian state, neither any Palestinian archaeological find nor coinage. The present-day “Palestinians” are an Arab people, with Arab culture, Arabic language and Arab history. They have their own Arab states from where they came into the Land of Israel about one century ago to contrast the Jewish immigration. That is the historical truth.”

and

Walid Shoebat, a former PLO terrorist that acknowledged the lie he was fighting for and the truth he was fighting against:

“Why is it that on June 4th 1967 I was a Jordanian and overnight I became a Palestinian?
“We did not particularly mind Jordanian rule. The teaching of the destruction of Israel was a definite part of the curriculum, but we considered ourselves Jordanian until the Jews returned to Jerusalem. Then all of the sudden we were Palestinians – they removed the star from the Jordanian flag and all at once we had a Palestinian flag.
“When I finally realized the lies and myths I was taught, it is my duty as a righteous person to speak out”.”

These are from: http://www.imninalu.net/myths-pals.htm.

The Arabs, who were there because they had been exiled from other Arab nations, decided war and Jewish extermination was better idea. To put it lightly, this was not the best idea they had ever had, because…

The Israelis kicked their butts soundly and their country grew just a tiny bit. It was still, basically, just about the size of a Little Debbie’s snack cake.

Go here for more details: http://arabterrorism.tripod.com/FAQ/war1948.html.

Sadly, the world said to Israel, ‘Ummm, could you not win that war so much? Thanks. Oh, and will you give back some (read: most) of that land you just gained? Super,” and the Israelis, thinking they might not get thrown under the bus…again, agreed.

Stay tuned for Part II

**This post has been slightly edited since its original publishing.**