With that, the United Nations passed Resolution 181 which called for the partition of the British-ruled Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state. It was approved on November 29, 1947 with 33 votes in favor, 13 against, 10 abstentions and one absent (see the end of the post for who voted what). It might have been the last time France voted in favor of Israel at the UN. It wasn’t the last time Great Britain didn’t have the guts to vote in favor of Israel (they abstained).
And on that very same day, November 29th, 1947 the Arab world declared war on the nascent Jewish State, sixty-four years later they still refuse to acknowledge that Jewish State’s existence, nor will they allow her citizens to raise their children in peace:
Even as we look toward the horizon, we must be firmly connected to reality, to the truth. And the simple truth is that the root of the conflict was, and remains, the refusal to recognize the right of the Jewish people to a state of their own, in their historic homeland.
The Arabs rejected any Jewish state, in any borders.
Those who think that the continued enmity toward Israel is a product of our presence in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, is confusing cause and consequence.
The attacks against us began in the 1920s, escalated into a comprehensive attack in 1948 with the declaration of Israel’s independence, continued with the fedayeen attacks in the 1950s, and climaxed in 1967, on the eve of the Six Day War, in an attempt to tighten a noose around the neck of the State of Israel.
All this occurred during the 50 years before a single Israeli soldier ever set foot in Judea and Samaria. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu May 2009
Despite being the treated as the scapegoat for all the world’s problems, Israel has spent much of the past 64 years as the Middle East version of Reagan’s shining city upon the hill, that may be one of the reasons she is hated so much: Despite what you may hear from the Anti-Israel mainstream media, the US/Israel relationship is not one-sided. Israel has been invaluable in the war against Islamist-Terrorism
Today, Israeli contributions to U.S. national interests cover a broad spectrum. Through joint training, exercises and exchanges on military doctrine, the United States has benefited in the areas of counter-terrorism, intelligence and experience in urban warfare. Increasingly, U.S. homeland security and military agencies are turning to Israeli technology to solve some of their most vexing technical and strategic problems.
This support includes advice and expertise on behavior al screening techniques for airport security and acquisition of an Israeli-produced tactical radar system to enhance force protection. Israel has been a world leader in the development of unmanned aerial systems, both for intelligence collection and combat, and it has shared with the U.S. military the technology, the doctrine and its experience regarding these systems. Israel is also a global pacesetter in armored vehicle protection, defense against short-range rockets, and the techniques and procedures of robotics, all of which it has shared with the United States. .
In Fact, the Jewish State has made contributions to the entire world:
In the last 60 years, the UN’s partition decision has been overwhelmingly vindicated. In a region plagued with religious extremism, tyranny and economic stagnation, Israel stands as a model of democratic pluralism, economic growth and human progress. The Jewish state has contributed to the global community in myriad ways, including an entrepreneurial social sector and a cutting-edge high-tech economy. It has also generously offered its assistance to all countries in need. Yet Israel’s right to exist is still under attack, often by the same forces that rejected the two-state solution six decades ago. …..In an Orwellian twist contrived by Arab countries, the UN in 1977 declared Nov. 29 a “Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.” This distorted the original UN decision beyond recognition – using it to undermine, rather than promote, the cause of peace. Last year’s “Day of Solidarity” UN event, for example, featured a large map of “Palestine” on which Israel did not appear. The official explanation was that it was simply that the map predated Israeli independence – but the implication of a Palestine without Israel was clear.
Diane Steinman wrote the words above four-years-ago on 60th anniversary. When she said, “it’s time for UN member states to reclaim the moral high ground and to once again allow the United Nations to become a relevant player in the quest for peace,” she was only partially right.
Amos Oz’s father told his young son on Nov. 29, 1947, “From now on, from the moment we have our own state, you will never be bullied just because you are a Jew and because Jews are so-and-so’s. Not that. Never again. From tonight that’s finished here. Forever.”
Unfortunately, Amos Oz’ dad was wrong ..Israel and Jews all over the world are bullied and just because we are Jewish. President Obama, the Muslim world, and the Organization that helped to birth the Jewish State, the United Nations are doing their best to lead the rest of the world to make Mr. Oz a liar.
It is immoral the way our President has thrown Israel under the bus every opportunity he can, the way he tries to force Israel to agree to Abbas’ terms without making Abbas agree to Israel’s most important term.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu outlined it brilliantly in his speech before Congress at the end of May. He talked about how Israel has been ready to establish a Palestinian State for decades, but there has been one hold-up.
“You see, our conflict has never been about the establishment of a Palestinian state. It has always been about the existence of the Jewish state. This is what this conflict is about….
They were simply unwilling to end the conflict. And I regret to say this: They continue to educate their children to hate. They continue to name public squares after terrorists. And worst of all, they continue to perpetuate the fantasy that Israel will one day be flooded by the descendants of Palestinian refugees.”
My friends, this must come to an end. President Abbas must do what I have done. I stood before my people, and I told you it wasn’t easy for me, and I said… “I will accept a Palestinian state.” It is time for President Abbas to stand before his people and say… “I will accept a Jewish state.”
The United States must also regain the moral high ground which it held for much of the Bush Administration. Terrorism is evil no matter who does it Mr. Obama. It is disingenuous for us to continue to reward and “prop up” President Abbas a man who leads an organization Fatah, still trying to destroy Israel through terror, which still refuses to recognize Israel as a Jewish State, or recognize any of the Jewish holy sites as Jewish.
And at times Israel has been her own worst enemy, negotiating with terrorists like Arafat and Abbas, even though peace has always been the furthest thing from their minds.
It is incredible what political simpletons Jews are. They shut their eyes to one of the most elementary rules of life, that you must not “meet halfway” those who do not want to meet you.
–Ze’ev Jabotinsky, The Iron Wall November 4, 1923
Here’s one thing about Israel that the UN doesn’t understand. We were first there in the time of Abraham, over 4,000 years ago. He even purchased land there in Hebron, his grandson Jacob (Israel) purchased land at Shechem. Though the numbers have varied, there have been Jews living in the Holy Land since Joshua crossed the Jordan River (its more like a creek) 3,500 years ago. The top of the Temple Mount was purchased by King David from Araunah the Jebusite, for the precise purpose of building Jewish Temples about 3,000 years ago. Jews lived in Jerusalem ever since.
The part that the UN doesn’t understand, neither does the EU, the Arab League or even the United States. The UN that didn’t gave the Jews the right to live in the holy land, neither did any country or the land purchases by biblical heroes. The landlord was never the Arabs, and before the partition in 1947 there was never a state of Palestine, the partition created two Palestines, one was to be Jewish. No, Jews have lived in the Holy Land continuously for the past 3,500 years because of an unbreakable contract with the real landlord, God, who at times punished us with exile but always promised us return. The UN may have voted for partition, but they were simply acting as the agent of God, and if they didn’t pass that resolution, he would have found another way.
About 2,600 years ago the prophet Jeremiah was sitting in prison as the Armies of Nebuchadnezzar were about to invade the Kingdom of Judea. At the time his cousin Hanamel visited him and asked the prophet to buy his land in the field in his hometown of Anathoth. Needless to say property values were not great and as Jerusalem was being besieged, it didn’t seem as if it would be a good investment. But God told Jeremiah to buy the land, not because the prophet would ever get to enjoy it, but as a symbol, that one day the Jews would return to the land. Somewhere buried under the ground in the biblical city of Anathoth the bill of sale is buried, as an everlasting symbol to the Jewish people’s eternal covenant with God, which the UN reconfirmed 64 years ago.
In favor: 33
Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Byelorussian S.S.R., Canada, Costa Rica, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Haiti, Iceland, Liberia, Luxemburg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Sweden, Ukrainian S.S.R., Union of South Africa, U.S.A., U.S.S.R., Uruguay, Venezuela.
Afghanistan, Cuba, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, Yemen.
Argentina, Chile, China, Colombia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Honduras, Mexico, United Kingdom, Yugoslavia.