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Gerald Honigman is a Florida educator who has done extensive doctoral work in Middle East studies, has lectured on numerous university and other platforms. He has debated many of the best Arab and pro-Arab academics in public debates and on television. Mr. Honigman is widely published in academic journals, magazines, newspapers and other publications.


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PostMon Oct 11, 2010 7:56 pm     Oh, How The Mighty Have Fallen...    


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Oh, How The Mighty Have Fallen…
by Gerald A. Honigman


The above quote is from 2 Samuel, 1:25, in the Hebrew Bible. It's part of the account of the death of King Saul and his son, Prince Jonathan, fighting the Philistines on Mt. Gilboa, a prelude to the ascendancy of Jonathan's best friend, David, to the throne of Israel.

Over three thousand years later, in Florida, my own son (may G_d bless and preserve him) was born. His first name is in honor of Prince Jonathan and the current Prime Minister of Israel's heroic brother, Jonathan Netanyahu. The latter, a Harvard scholar in addition to an elite unit commando officer, led the daring raid on Entebbe Airport in Uganda in 1976 to free hundreds of people taken hostage on an Air France flight by Arab and other terrorists. He was killed freeing those people. Several movies were later made about this episode which unfolded on America's 200th birthday.

On October 9th, an AP article reported that the 22 members of the Arab league (21 states plus the PLO/PA with observer status) warned that they will give just another month for currently alleged peace negotiations to get back on track before dangerous consequences are set into motion.

According to the Arab League, the fault all lies with Israel…shocking (not)!

It's those settlements and lack of building freezes which prevent Arab and Jew from dancing the hora together. Not so?

Ah yes, the Arab League…that conglomeration of tyrannical and/or medieval despots whose members have all engaged (and continue to engage) in at least some of the following…

mass enslavement of black Africans; creating eunuchs of black Africans to guard harems; genocide against black Africans and Kurds; slaughter of Berbers, Copts, Kurds, native kilab yahud (Jew dogs); massacres of fellow Arabs ("Black September," the Hama Solution, and so forth); barbaric terror against Jews and others; outlawing scores of millions of native non-Arab peoples' cultures to the point of not allowing them to speak their own languages nor name their children non-Arab names; allowing rape a virtual free pass; treating women as mere property; etc., etc., etc.

Oh, that Arab league…the very one which conquered most of the over six million square miles of territory it now possesses and calls "purely Arab patrimony" from mostly non-Arab peoples whom are being forcibly Arabized to this very day (or who die resisting).

Yes, that Arab League…

I see. I needed to remind myself--the same one which is the United Nations' and much of the rest of the world's modern fountain of moral and ethical judgment and advice. Geez, how could I forget?

Give me a break…

There was a time when American leaders knew how to stand up and fight for justice--in its real, but relative, manifestation. The perfect variety rarely--if ever--exists in the human world.

Such justice does not demand twenty two or more states for Arabs while all others in the region remain subjugated and stateless. Yet that is the vision of the Arab League, defender of the Sudan's genocide against black Africans, Iraq's genocide against Kurds, etc. and so forth.

Since Arabs continue to fire off their demands, the latter must be repeatedly answered as well. We get tired of having to do this but have little choice in the matter.

After the renewed attempt on Israel's life backfired big time in 1967, Arabs tried very hard--especially with French and Soviet help--to force Israel back to its previous 9 to 15-mile wide armistice line (not border) existence. That combined attempt failed. Not to mention that rarely does a repeat aggressor not have to pay tangible consequences for its aggression. Territories exchange hands constantly over such stuff.

But in a rare moment, the UN adopted a different version of the resolution which was supposed to be the primary guide to Arab-Israeli peace making in the future--the final draft of UNSC Resolution 242. It stated that Israel was to get secure, defensible borders as a result of any future deals and withdrawals from territory, and was not withdraw to the suicidal armistice lines imposed upon it in 1949.

What the Arabs failed to achieve in 1967, they aim to accomplish in 2010…and this time with an American President's help.

But, back then, this is how it played out…

Lord Caradon, one of 242's chief architects…

We didn't say there should be a withdrawal to the '67 line; we did not put the 'the' in, we did not say 'all ' the territories deliberately. We all knew - that the boundaries of '67 were not drawn as permanent frontiers, they were a cease-fire line of a couple of decades earlier... We did not say that the '67 boundaries must be forever; it would be insanity.

As Ambassador Dore Gold and others point out, President Lyndon Johnson explained the situation this way on June 19, 1967…

A return to the situation on June 4 (the day before outbreak of war) was not a prescription for peace but for renewed hostilities.

Johnson then called for "new boundaries that would provide security against terror, destruction, and war."

Keep in mind that on the West Bank, Israel took these lands in a defensive war from an illegal occupier--Transjordan--which subsequently renamed itself Jordan as a result of its 1949 illegal acquisition of non-apportioned (not "purely Arab") lands of the original 1920 Mandate west of the Jordan River. Jews, as well as Arabs, were legally entitled to live on those lands. Indeed, they have thousands of years of history connecting them to those lands, they owned property and lived there up until the massacres by Arabs in the 1920s and 1930s. Additionally, many, if not most, of the Arabs themselves were relative newcomers, pouring in--as the Minutes of the Permanent Mandates Commission of the League of Nations and other documentation show--from Syria, Egypt and elsewhere in the region.

Here's what President Ronald Reagan had to say on September 1, 1982…

In the pre-1967 borders, Israel was barely 10-miles wide... the bulk of Israel's population within artillery range of hostile armies. I am not about to ask Israel to live that way again.

In 1988, Secretary of State George Schultz declared, "Israel will never negotiate from or return to the 1967 borders."

And in 2004, President George W. Bush gave Prime Minister Ariel Sharon two letters stating that Israel would not have to return to the '49 armistice lines (and he called them just that, not borders) and that any Arab refugees would have enter the new state Arabs would receive--not overwhelm Israel's Jews instead. Recall that more Jews fled "Arab" lands than vice-versa due to the fighting started because of the attack by a half dozen Arab armies on a nascent Israel in 1948.

So, from 1967 until recently, American leaders mostly held the high ground on these issues.

Any new, 22nd Arab state was not to be born by grossly endangering the tiny, resurrected one that Jews finally received.

The election of Barack Obama brought with it lots of promised "change."

Without getting into the long, sad tale again regarding the numerous anti-Israel friends, associates, and key appointees he indeed has and has made, the telling "change" for this analysis came months prior to his election in 2008. He was quoted as stating that "Israel would be crazy" if it rejected the Saudi Peace Plan--the primary basis of current negotiations. He repeated that statement after he was elected as well.

Two key provisions--from which the Arabs/Arab League will not budge--call for Israel to return to its microscopic, '49 Auschwitz/armistice line existence and, after it becomes virtually invisible on a world map, it must next accept being swamped by millions of jihadi Arab refugees.

And the letters Dubya gave to Sharon are now either denied or scoffed at by the Obama Administration.

The settlement and building freeze issues are all about whether Israel gets the territorial buffer and compromise that 242 envisioned or not. Yet, the Obama Administration can only complain about settlements and building freezes--never tying the former and the latter together.

Unfortunately, America has come a long way in its vision of justice since Presidents Johnson and Reagan.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen…

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