May 15, 2006

Back when Israel was "liked"

Meryl Yourish dissects the contention that anti-Israel sentiment is all about ... the "occupation":

Like in 1960, when the UN Security Council released this resolution, in protest of violating Argentina's sovereignty. Why did Israel violate Argentina's sovereignty? Because the Mossad found Adolf Eichmann hiding there, and kidnapped him, brought him to Israel, and tried and executed the Nazi war criminal.

In 1961, there was another UN Security Council resolution against Israel, this one on "the question of Palestine." But — but — I thought it was all about the occupation!

In 1962, the UN felt it necessary to come down on Syria's side in this resolution on the Lake Tiberias incident. Here you can see a report to President Kennedy discussing the many times Israel has been chastised for "retaliatory raids" in response to her Arab neighbors firing on her citizens. But Tony says the world admired little victim Israel, the Middle East David. According to him, before 1967, Israel was the world's darling!

In November of 1966, days after three Israeli soldiers were killed by a mine laid by terrorists from Jordan, the IDF entered the Jordanian village of Samu, destroying several buildings. Three civilians and at least fifteen soldiers died, as well as an Israeli commander.

Fatah was raiding regularly from Jordan for years. The raid was in retaliation for attacks on Israelis. The UN was silent about the years of terrorist attacks on Israeli citizens, but found its voice over the Samu incident. Against Israel, of course. Always against Israel. If there is a resolution against the PLO or Fatah in existence, I'll eat my sneakers.

When you review the UN Security Council resolutions in 1967, you don't see a single resolution condemning, say, Egypt's closing the Straights of Tiran to Israeli shipping (a clear violation of international law), let alone notice of the UN Secretary General's removal of UN forces from the Sinai at Egypt's request — clearly an indication that something nasty was about to occur. Instead, there are no resolutions concerning the Middle East at all — until the Arab nations started losing the war.

Interesting! But many claim it is Israel that has rejected peace since 1967 because it is out for a "land grab." The West Bank and Gaza Strip meet this goal perfectly. Unfortunately for these folk, the Khartoum Resolutions are a fly in the ointment:

Following the 6-day war of 1967, the Israel unity government declared on June 19, 1967 that it was ready to return the Golan Heights to Syria, Sinai to Egypt and most of the West Bank to Jordan, in return for peace treaties with its Arab neighbors, normalization of relations and guarantee of navigation through the Straits of Tiran. The refugee problem would be solved by resettlement outside the borders of the State of Israel.

In addition:

The Arab Heads of State have agreed to unite their political efforts at the international and diplomatic level to eliminate the effects of the aggression and to ensure the withdrawal of the aggressive Israeli forces from the Arab lands which have been occupied since the aggression of June 5. This will be done within the framework of the main principles by which the Arab States abide, namely, no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with it, and insistence on the rights of the Palestinian people in their own country.

This is the continual problem: Israel's neighbors' so-called "peace" offers continue to be transparent. Only Egypt has made a legitimate peace. I wonder what would happen if Israel's other neighbors followed in Anwar Sadat's footsteps. I especially liked commenter Alex Bensky's words over at Meryl's:

Well, it's false that the non-communist left liked Israel before 1967 unless you define "non-communist left" in a way that includes mildly liberal Demcorats, say, and no one else.

It's worth looking for Ephraim Kishon's article, "How Israel Forfeited World Sympathy," written not long after the Six Days War. His thesis is that Israel forfeited world sympathy by…well, surviving. I have no doubt if they hadn't left-wingers all over the world would hold Israel Memorial Days, lamenting that wonderful, kibbutznik country that so tragically went down before the onslaught.

My guess is that if the Israelis had to choose they'd opt for what happened rather than maintaining the sympathy of the world.

Posted by Hube at May 15, 2006 09:58 AM | TrackBack

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