Sunday, December 4, 2011

Arabs recognized Israel - 1919


By Charles A. Morse
web posted June 17, 2002

The Arab position is that Jewish settlements on the West Bank
and Gaza are "illegal" because they interfere with the right,
usually articulated with vague references to international law, of
the Arabs to create an all-Arab state west of the Jordan. In
addition, over 50 per cent of the Arab population on the West
Bank and Gaza, according to a recent poll, support the idea of
Arab control over all of "historic Palestine" which is to say they
support Israel's destruction. History stands witness to the
falseness of these claims.

The fact is that the international community, including the
emerging Arab nations, recognized Israel at the 1919 Paris
Peace Conference which was held by the victorious Allies in
order to settle international questions after the 1918 Armistice
ended World War I. An official Arab and Zionist delegation, as
well as delegations from nations and groups from around the
world, were invited to attend the conference. The head of the
Arab delegation, Emir Feisal, great-grandfather of Abdallah, the
present King of Jordan, agreed that "Palestine" would be the
Jewish homeland.

Feisal accepted the British Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917,
which afforded recognition to a Jewish national homeland, and
agreed with the Zionist delegation stating, "All such measures
shall be adopted as we afford the fullest guarantee of carrying
into effect the British Government's Balfour Declaration." Emir
Feisal confirmed this determination in a March 3, 1919 letter to
Harvard Law Professor and later US Supreme Court Justice
Felix Frankfurter with whom he wrote: "Our deputation here in
Paris is full acquainted with the proposals submitted by the
Zionist organization to the Peace Conference, and we regard
them as modest and proper. We will do our best, insofar as we
are concerned, to help them through. We will wish the Jews a
most hearty welcome home."

In exchange for Arab recognition of Israel, the allied powers, in
1919, agreed to the eventual sovereignty of almost 20 Arab
States, covering vast oil-rich lands, after a period of mandatory
oversight by European powers. The Europeans would proceed
to draw the borders of their respective mandates and, in
essence, create the system of Arab States that would emerge out
of the remnants of the old Turkish Ottoman Empire. In 1922, a
couple of years after the Conference, in a land for peace deal,
the British would split Mandatory Palestine into an Arab and a
Jewish Mandate using the Jordan River as the line of
demarcation. The Arabs were granted East Palestine, or
Transjordan, which would later become Arab Jordan while West
Palestine, or Cis-Jordan, would become the Jewish National
homeland of Israel.

In 1948, upon Israel's declaration of Independence from Britain,
Jordan and Egypt, by use of aggressive military force, illegally
occupied portions of the internationally recognized Jewish State.
The Arab occupation continued until Israel reasserted its
sovereignty, June 1967, after defending itself against an
aggressive military campaign launched by combined Arab forces.
Following the June 1967 war, UN Resolution 242 called on
Israel to withdraw from "occupied territories." Israel proceeded
to fulfilled the letter and spirit of UN Resolution 242 when, in
1978, it concluded a peace treaty with Egypt and withdrew from
the only territory that was, in fact, occupied by Israel which was
the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula. Since that time, Israel has existed
within borders that are, and have been since 1919, recognized
by the nations of the world, including the Arab nations.

In light of the seditious opinions of over 50 per cent of the Arab
population on the West Bank and Gaza, and the murderous
campaign that has been launched from that territory against
Jewish citizens, its time for Israel to stop playing along with the
charade and re-assert its legitimate sovereignty over its
internationally recognized territory. While it would be reasonable
for Israel to consider the establishment of a regional elected
Arab Authority on the West Bank and Gaza, Israel would be
acting entirely within international law and custom if it did what
any nation would do in similar circumstances. Try those involved
in conspiring to overthrow the state by violent means and expel

Chuck Morse (www.chuckmorse.com) is a radio host with
Salem Radio/WROL in Boston.

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