October 12, 2010
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
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?
Gerald A. Honigman is a Florida educator who has done extensive
doctoral studies in Middle Eastern Affairs. He has created and
conducted counter-Arab propaganda programs for college youth, has
lectured on numerous campuses and other platforms, and has publicly
debated many Arab spokesmen. His articles and op-eds have been
published in dozens of newspapers, magazines, academic journals and
websites all around the world.
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
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
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
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,www.ekurd.netdefensible
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
What the Arabs failed to achieve in 1967, they aim
to accomplish in 2010…and this time with an American
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
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
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
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
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
Oh, how the mighty have fallen…
Gerald A. Honigman is a Florida educator who has
done extensive doctoral studies in Middle Eastern
Affairs. He has created and conducted counter-Arab
propaganda programs for college youth, has lectured
on numerous campuses and other platforms, and has
publicly debated many Arab spokesmen. His articles
and op-eds have been published in dozens of
newspapers, magazines, academic journals and
websites all around the world. Visit his
Gerald A. Honigman, a longtime contributing writer
for ekurd.net. Honigman has published a major book,
Quest For Justice In The Middle East--The
Arab-Israeli Conflict In Greater Perspective."
By Gerald A. Honigman for eKurd.net,
October 5, 2010. You may reach the
author via email at: honigman6 (at) msn.com.
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