Israel vs Palestine: Palestinian territory is
officially known as Occupied Palestine by the United Nations and last May
Ynetnews, the English-language edition of Ynet, an Israeli news and content
reported that Israel's construction and housing minister forecast that the
settler population would grow 50% in the colonized area west of the River
Jordan, in the next five years - - in Irish history the major English
colonization movements of settlers were known as the plantations of Munster and
Ulster, and the strategy of Israel is the same.
|The US recognises the state of Israel in 1948
"I think that in five years there will be 550,000
or 600,000 Jews in Judea and Samaria, rather than 400,000 (now)," Uri Ariel, a
member of the hard-line Bayit Yehudi party in Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu's conservative coalition government told Tel Aviv radio station 102
FM, using a biblical term for the West Bank, which many Israelis see as a
religious birthright and security bulwark.
AFP, the French news service, reported last year
that Israeli anti-settlement group Peace Now had accused the government of
encouraging Israelis to move into Jewish settlements.
"The government is offering land free of charge (to
settlers)... and under such conditions it is no surprise that Israelis are
moving into settlements," said Peace Now head Yariv Oppenheimer.
Meanwhile Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennet, economy minister, was quoted
as saying in media reports that the government was preparing to issue tenders
for the construction of new settler homes in east Jerusalem.
(1858-1919) who later was the 26th president of
the United States, wrote in the opening chapter of his 1889 book, 'The Winning
of the West:'
During the past three centuries the spread of the
English-speaking peoples over the world's waste spaces has been not only the
most striking feature in the world's history, but also the event of all others
most far-reaching in its effects and its importance."
There were of course people in "the world's waste
spaces" and it took until Dee Brown's book, ‘Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee’ in
1971 for a rare eloquent platform to be available for the voices of the vanquished, in this case
a chronicle of the sweeping injustices and official betrayals experienced by the
original settlers from Asia, in North America.
So when Israel distributes "free" land to settlers, it evokes
Chief Red Cloud's
famous claim that the US government “made us many promises, more than I can
remember, but they never kept but one; they promised to take our land, and they
The creation of the state of Israel in 1948 is a
historical fact and General George C. Marshall, then secretary of state, opposed
President Truman's decision to recognise the new state. The general made an
interesting observation on the presence of Clark Clifford, a domestic adviser,
at a crucial meeting in the Oval Office in May 1948: "I don't even know why
Clifford is here. He is a domestic adviser, and this is a foreign policy matter.
The only reason Clifford is here is that he is pressing a political
US domestic politics and Israel remain entwined
to this day and while Israel withdrew settlements from the Gaza Strip in 2005,
its policy since capturing the West Bank region in 1967 has been to ignore the
rights of Palestinians in the name of security while expanding Israeli enclaves
on their lands.
Various US presidents have begged Israel to stop
expanding settlements but after temporay halts, the Americans are always
ignored - - the latter fearing domestic political consequences.
Netanyahu's goal to destroy Hamas could well
suceed but history shows that Netanyahu's iron fist will only promote more
violence, at a huge human cost.
It's an extraordinary situtaion where the once
opressed people encourage foreign-born people of Jewish origin to claim Arab
land as if the world hasn't changed since the years of Roosevelt or 1917 when
the British government in the Balfour Declaration, could promise to support the
establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine, then ruled by the crumbling
Ottoman Empire, without any regard to the then majority population living
In the 1990s, I lived in the area that is called
the 'Middle East' for five years -- the term is said to have been coined by
Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840-1914), an
American admiral and historian.
Robert Fisk, the British
journalist, has written of turning up at the Saudi embassy in Beirut
and handing his visiting card to the press counsellor. "Robert Fisk, Middle East
Correspondent" was printed in English and Arabic. And the English-speaking
diplomat looked at him quizzically. "What is 'Middle East'?" he asked.
It's a place people in the West need to know
about - - in particular Americans.