Saturday, November 13, 2004

Israel, Palestine and Yasser Arafat - Part I

posted by ShyK at 17:47

Some History

  • The British (Allies) won over some Turkish Land in 1916 (Palestine) and in 1923 divided this land into two parts – Tans-Jordan (later Jordan) and Palestine (25%).
  • The 1947 U.N. Resolution 181 partition plan was to divide this 25% of Palestine into Jewish and Arab Palestinian States based upon population concentrations. The Jewish Palestinians accepted... the Arab Palestinians rejected.
  • On May 14, 1948 the "Palestinian" Jews finally declared their own State of Israel and became "Israelis." On the next day, seven neighboring Arab armies - Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Yemen invaded Israel. The end result of this war was the creation of a Jewish State slightly larger than that which was proposed by the 1947 United Nations Resolution 181.

There have been three wars since then – 1967, 1973, 1982 and countless terrorist attacks and retaliations with allegations and counter-allegations being traded.

The question still simmers. Probably the best hope that these two communities had had of resolving this issue was during the
Oslo declaration of Principles in which Yasser Arafat and Yizhak Rabin participated and which was facilitated by the United states. These talks were opposed by both pro-Palestine Arabs and the Zionists who felt they were being cheated and let down. The peace process eventually floundered in 2000 with Palestine attacks on Israel.

Additional Reading

- to be continued -

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