Israel’s Right or Not to Exist

The Facts and Truth

On Monday 12 October, Prime Minister Netanyahu opened the Knesset’s winter session by blasting the Goldstone Report that accuses Israel of committing war crimes and vowing that he would never allow Israelis be tried for them. But that was not his main message. It was an appeal, delivered I thought with a measure of desperation, to the “Palestinian leadership”, presumably the leadership of “President” Abbas and his Fatah cronies, leaders who are regarded by very many if not most Palestinians as American-and-Israeli stooges at best and traitors at worst.

Netanyahu again called on this leadership to agree to recognise Israel as a Jewish state, saying this was, and remains, the key to peace. And he went on and on and on about it.

“For 62 years the Palestinians have been saying ‘No’ to the Jewish state. I am once again calling upon our Palestinian neighbours – say ‘Yes’ to the Jewish state. Without recognition of the Israel as the state of the Jews we shall not be able to attain peace… Such recognition is a step which requires courage and the Palestinian leadership should tell its people the truth – that without this recognition there can be no peace… There is no alternative to Palestinian leaders showing courage by recognising the Jewish state. This has been and remains the true key to peace.”

As Ha’aretz noted in its report, Netanyahu’s demand for Palestinian acceptance of Israel as a Jewish state is for him “a way on ensuring recognition of Israel’s right to exist as opposed to merely recognising Israel” (my emphasis). This, as Ha’aretz added, is the recognition which Netanyahu and many other Israelis see as the real core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In the name of pragmatism, willingness to “merely to recognise” Israel – meaning to accept and live in peace with an Israel inside its pre-June ‘67 borders – has long been the formal Palestinian and all-Arab position. Why does it stop short of recognising Israel’s “right to exist”, and why, really, does it matter so much to Zionism that Palestinians recognise this right?

The answer is in the following.

According to history as written by the winner, Zionism, Israel was given its birth certificate and thus legitimacy by the UN Partition Resolution of 29 November 1947. This is propaganda nonsense.

  • In the first place the UN without the consent of the majority of the people of Palestine did not have the right to decide to partition Palestine or assign any part of its territory to a minority of alien immigrants in order for them to establish a state of their own.
  • Despite that, by the narrowest of margins, and only after a rigged vote, the UN General Assembly did pass a resolution to partition Palestine and create two states, one Arab, one Jewish, with Jerusalem not part of either. But the General Assembly resolution was only a proposal – meaning that it could have no effect, would not become policy, unless approved by the Security Council.
  • The truth is that the General Assembly’s partition proposal never went to the Security Council for consideration. Why not? Because the U.S. knew that, if approved, it could only be implemented by force given the extent of Arab and other Muslim opposition to it; and President Truman was not prepared to use force to partition Palestine.
  • So the partition plan was vitiated (became invalid) and the question of what the hell to do about Palestine – after Britain had made a mess of it and walked away, effectively surrendering to Zionist terrorism – was taken back to the General Assembly for more discussion. The option favoured and proposed by the U.S. was temporary UN Trusteeship. It was while the General Assembly was debating what do that Israel unilaterally declared itself to be in existence – actually in defiance of the will of the organised international community, including the Truman administration.

The truth of the time was that the Zionist state, which came into being mainly as a consequence of pre-planned ethnic cleansing, had no right to exist and, more to the point, could have no right to exist UNLESS … Unless it was recognised and legitimized by those who were dispossessed of their land and their rights during the creation of the Zionist state. In international law only the Palestinians could give Israel the legitimacy it craved.

And that legitimacy was the only thing the Zionists could not and cannot take from the Palestinians by force.

No wonder Prime Minister Netanyahu is more than a little concerned on this account.

Israel’s leaders have always known the truth summarised above. It’s time for the rest of the world to know it.

Alan Hart has been engaged with events in the Middle East and globally as a researcher, author, and a correspondent for ITN and the BBC. Read other articles by Alan, or visit Alan's website.

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  1. dino said on October 15th, 2009 at 10:00am #

    This is a very interesting thing.But how that no Nasser,no Arafat ,no the “arch-enemy”Ahmadinejad didn’t speak about it.And more than that how so many countries recognized the state of Israel if the procedure wasn’t legal then in 48?And what about Kosovo (and probably many others) which became a state without the Security Council decision?

  2. b99 said on October 15th, 2009 at 10:44am #

    Dino- what the author, Hart, is saying is that only the Palestinians can legitimize Israel. In their heart of hearts, the Jews know what they did to get a state – and recognition from all the states of the world counts for nothing without validation from its victims.

    As the author says, the General Assembly recommendation was just that, it did not have the force of international law. The US did not want it to come to the Security Council because that would mean a definitive – and legal – stand by the US. The Palestinians were, of course, within their rights to reject the GA recommendation, and in so doing, it became a moot point. The US understanding this, then put its support behind a UN trusteeship. But by then, the Jews had begun their full scale ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

  3. b99 said on October 15th, 2009 at 10:51am #

    Dino – The vast majority of the world recognizes that Kosovo is overwhelmingly inhabited by Albanian-speaking ethnics, it was only part of Serbia because Serbia had a hegemony of force over it. In this endeavor – achieving statehood – it needs no UN approval.

    The dismemberment of Palestine by the UN was an effort against the majority population of Palestine – the Arabs. At this point in time, the equivalent world position should be to recognize Palestine as a state. Almost all countries in the world would certainly do so, but Israel threatens destruction if the Palestinians declare statehood.

  4. Willliam James Martin said on October 15th, 2009 at 2:25pm #

    Israel claims rights under international law, like the right or self defense, only with no constraints whatsoever, just as if it were a normal state minding its own business except unjustly attacked by ”terrorists”, i.e. meaning opponents of Israel willing to use violence..

    However, Israel is not a normal state, and it is certainly never just minding its own business.

    Israel is not a normal state because is constantly conducting a low level warfare with the Palestinians in an effort to destroy the Palestinians as a people and to assume possession of their ancestral land. Thus the continual Judefication of East Jerusalem in which Palestinian families are evicted from their homes and which everyday sees the ongoing construction of Jewish settlements designed to ring the outskirts of Jerusalem, thus blocking it off from the Arab population of the West Bank. Every day and every minute, Israel is confiscating Palestinian land in the West Bank and plundering Palestinian water and other resources, while Israeli settlers are poisoning Palestinian wells, setting their fields and farmland alight, and cutting down their ancient olive trees, all with the wink of the Israeli government.

    All of this while Israel is crying that it is the victim.

    William James Martin

  5. morris said on October 15th, 2009 at 6:21pm #

    Muhamed talking from Gaza

  6. john andrews said on October 15th, 2009 at 11:16pm #

    “There is no alternative to Palestinian leaders showing courage by recognising the Jewish state. ”

    Thatcher once famously used the TINA phrase (There Is No Alternative), and thankfully exposed it for all time as a flawed argument.

    There is ALWAYS an alternative. Jewish leaders recognising a Palestinian state is one possibility.

  7. deceschi said on October 16th, 2009 at 12:07am #

    “There is no alternative to Palestinian leaders showing courage by recognising the Jewish state. ”

    And this is the modern answer to this true phrase:

  8. sid wright said on October 16th, 2009 at 12:30am #

    below mr martin you will find 2 fairy stories

    Every day and every minute, Israel is confiscating Palestinian land in the West Bank and plundering Palestinian water and other resources, while Israeli settlers are poisoning Palestinian wells, setting their fields and farmland alight, and cutting down their ancient olive trees

    Many years ago, there was an Emperor, who was so excessively fond of new clothes that he spent all his money on dress. He did not trouble himself in the least about his soldiers; nor did he care to go either to the theatre or the chase, except for the opportunities then afforded him for displaying his new clothes. He had a different suit for each hour of the day; and as of any other king or emperor, one is accustomed to say, “He is sitting in council,” it was always said of him. “The Emperor is sitting in his wardrobe.”

    Time passed away merrily in the large town which was his capital; strangers arrived every day at the court. One day, two rogues, calling themselves weavers, made their appearance. They gave out that they knew how to weave stuffs of the most beautiful colours and elaborate patterns, the clothes manufactured from which should have the wonderful property of remaining invisible to every one who was unfit for the office he held, or who was extraordinarily simple in character.

    “These must indeed be splendid clothes!” thought the Emperor. “Had I such a suit, I might, at once, find out what men in my realms are unfit for their office, and also be able to distinguish the wise from the foolish! This stuff must be woven for me immediately.” And he caused large sums of money to be given to both the weavers, in order that they might begin their work directly.

    So the two pretended weavers set up two looms, and affected to work very busily, though in reality they did nothing at all. They asked for the most delicate silk and the purest gold thread; put both into their own knapsacks; and then continued their pretended work at the empty looms until late at night.

    “I should like to know how the weavers are getting on with my cloth,” said the Emperor to himself, after some little time had elapsed; he was, however, rather embarrassed, when he remembered that a simpleton, or one unfit for his office, would be unable to see the manufacture.

    “To be sure,” he thought, “I have nothing to risk in my own person; but yet, I would prefer sending somebody else, to bring me intelligence about the weavers, and their work, before I trouble myself in the affair.”

    All the people throughout the city had heard of the wonderful property the cloth was to possess; and all were anxious to learn how wise, or how ignorant, their neighbours might prove to be.

    “I will send my faithful old minister to the weavers,” said the Emperor at last, after some deliberation, “he will be best able to see how the cloth looks; for he is a man of sense, and no one can be more suitable for his office than he is.”

    So the faithful old minister went into the hall, where the knaves were working with all their might at their empty looms. “What can be the meaning of this?” thought the old man, opening his eyes very wide. “I cannot discover the least bit of thread on the looms!” However, he did not express his thoughts aloud.

    The impostors requested him very courteously to be so good as to come nearer their looms; and then asked him whether the design pleased him, and whether the colours were not very beautiful; at the same time pointing to the empty frames. The poor old minister looked and looked; he could not discover anything on the looms, for a very good reason, viz.: there was nothing there. “What!” thought he again, “is it possible that I am a simpleton? I have never thought so myself; and no one must know it now if I am so. Can it be that I am unfit for my office? No, that must not be said either. I will never confess that I could not see the stuff.”

    “Well, sir Minister!” said one of the knaves, still pretending to work, “you do not say whether the stuff pleases you.”

    “Oh, it is excellent!” replied the old minister, looking at the loom through his spectacles. “This pattern, and the colours-yes, I will tell the Emperor without delay how very beautiful I think them.”

    “We shall be much obliged to you,” said the impostors, and then they named the different colours and described the pattern of the pretended stuff.

    The old minister listened attentively to their words, in order that he might repeat them to the Emperor; and then the knaves asked for more silk and gold, saying that it was necessary to complete what they had begun. However, they put all that was given them into their knapsacks; and continued to work with as much apparent diligence as before at their empty looms.

    The Emperor now sent another officer of his court to see how the men were getting on, and to ascertain whether the cloth would soon be ready. It was just the same with this gentleman as with the minister; he surveyed the looms on all sides, but could see nothing at all but the empty frames.

    “Does not the stuff appear as beautiful to you as it did to my lord the minister?” asked the impostors of the Emperor’s second ambassador; at the same time making the same gestures as before, and talking of the design and colours which were not there.

    “I certainly am not stupid!” thought the messenger. “It must be that I am not fit for my good profitable office! That is very odd; however, no one shall know anything about it.” And accordingly he praised the stuff he could not see, and declared that he was delighted with both colours and patterns.

    “Indeed, please your Imperial Majesty,” said he to his sovereign, when he returned, “the cloth which the weavers are preparing is extraordinarily magnificent.”

    The whole city was talking of the splendid cloth which the Emperor had ordered to be woven at his own expense.

    And now the Emperor himself wished to see the costly manufacture whilst it was still on the loom. Accompanied by a select number of officers of the court, among whom were the two honest men who had already admired the cloth, he went to the crafty impostors, who as soon as they were aware of the Emperor’s approach, went on working more diligently than ever; although they still did not pass a single thread through the looms.

    “Is not the work absolutely magnificent?” said the two officers of the crown, already mentioned. “If your Majesty will only be pleased to look at it! what a splendid design! what glorious colours!” and, at the same time, they pointed to the empty frames; for they imagined that every one else could see this exquisite piece of workmanship.

    “How is this?” said the Emperor to himself. “I can see nothing! this is indeed a terrible affair! Am I a simpleton, or am I unfit to be an Emperor? that would be the worst thing that could happen-oh!”

    “The cloth is charming,” said he, aloud. “It has my complete approbation.” And he smiled most graciously, and looked closely at the empty looms; for on no account would he say that he could not see what two of the officers of his court had praised so much. All his retinue now strained their eyes, hoping to discover something on the looms, but they could see no more than the others; nevertheless, they all exclaimed, “Oh, how beautiful!” and advised his Majesty to have some clothes made from this splendid material, for the approaching procession. “Magnificent! charming! excellent!” resounded on all sides; and every one was uncommonly gay. The Emperor shared in the general satisfaction; and presented the impostors with the riband of an order of knighthood, to be worn in their button-holes, and the title of “Gentlemen Weavers.”

    The rogues sat up the whole of the night before the day on which the procession was to take place, and had sixteen lights burning, so that every one might see how anxious they were to finish the Emperor’s new suit. They pretended to roll the cloth off the looms; cut the air with their scissors; and sewed with needles without any thread in them.

    “See!” cried they at last, “the Emperor’s new clothes are ready!”

    And now the Emperor, with all the grandees of his court, came to the weavers; and the rogues raised their arms, as if in the act of holding something up, saying, “Here are your Majesty’s trousers! here is the scarf! here is the mantle! The whole suit is as light as a cobweb; one might fancy one has nothing at all on, when dressed in it; that, however, is the great virtue of this delicate cloth.”

    “Yes, indeed!” said all the courtiers, although not one of them could see anything of this exquisite manufacture.

    “If your Imperial Majesty will be graciously pleased to take off your clothes, we will fit on the new suit, in front of the looking-glass.”

    The Emperor was accordingly undressed, and the rogues pretended to array him in his new suit; the Emperor turning round, from side to side, before the looking-glass.

    “How splendid his Majesty looks in his new clothes! and how well they fit!” everyone cried out. “What a design! what colours! these are indeed royal robes!”

    “The canopy which is to be borne over your Majesty in the procession is waiting,” announced the chief master of the ceremonies.

    “I am quite ready,” answered the Emperor. “Do my new clothes fit well?” asked he, turning himself round again before the looking-glass, in order that he might appear to be examining his handsome suit.

    The lords of the bed-chamber, who were to carry his Majesty’s train, felt about on the ground, as if they were lifting up the ends of the mantle; and pretended to be carrying something; for they would by no means betray anything like simplicity or unfitness for their office.

    So now the Emperor walked under his high canopy in the midst of the procession, through the streets of his capital; and all the people standing by, and those at the windows, cried out, “Oh! how beautiful are our Emperor’s new clothes! what a magnificent train there is to the mantle; and how gracefully the scarf hangs!” In short, no one would allow that he could not see these much-admired clothes; because, in doing so, he would have declared himself either a simpleton or unfit for his office. Certainly, none of the Emperor’s various suits had ever made so great an impression as these invisible ones.

    “But the Emperor has nothing at all on!” said a little child.

    “Listen to the voice of innocence!” exclaimed his father; and what the child had said was whispered from one to another.

    “But he has nothing at all on!” at last cried out all the people. The Emperor was vexed, for he knew that the people were right; but he thought the procession must go on now: And the lords of the bed-chamber took greater pains than ever, to appear holding up a train, although, in reality, there was no train to hold.

  9. b99 said on October 16th, 2009 at 6:30am #

    Sid- And one established fact.

    As per the judgment of the world – the West Bank and Gaza are illegally occupied by Israel. That is the LAW.

  10. sid wright said on October 16th, 2009 at 7:18am #

    whose law is that?

  11. kalidas said on October 16th, 2009 at 8:04am #


  12. David said on October 16th, 2009 at 8:21am #

    The nature of the state of Israel is for Israeli citizens to determine, not the Palestinian Authority. The contradictions of democracy and a form of government based on religious and ethnic Herrschaft are apparent to even Israelis and many would like to change it. No one should expect Palestinians to embrace Jewish Apartheid and become card-carrying Zionists. Netanyahu has been self-medicating again.

  13. b99 said on October 16th, 2009 at 12:41pm #

    Sid – that is the judgment of the international community which has the force of law behind it – the same body- the UN – that gave the US the right to kick Iraq out of Kuwait.

    David – The nature of the state of Israel is for ALL Israeli citizens to decide, not just Jews. Unfortunately, Palestinian citizens of Israel have very close to zero role in determining the nature of their state.

    However, the political nature of the West Bank and Gaza are for Palestinians to decide, and only Palestinians – whether through Hamas or Fatah or other organizations of their choosing.

  14. bozhidar balkas vancouver said on October 16th, 2009 at 9:16pm #

    Nothing or everything wrong/right with laws, but i still like tanks a lot better.
    Pal’ns have none. This ends all converations ab.who decides what happens not only in palestina but also in afpak, somalia, syria, iran, and iraq.
    So, until people with tanks US/Europe change their minds or arabs aqcuire an equilibrium in military might, Euros and isr solely decide.
    And pick the conclusion ab. what it will best sooth your nerves.
    One good news is that no normal ‘jew’ can get along with orthodox, ultra-orthodox, gush enumim, haredim, or hassidim
    I don’t wish an israel on any other people. Tnx

  15. Rehmat said on October 17th, 2009 at 5:23pm #

    Now, is there a way to tell this Zionazi PM that before demanding that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a “Jewish state” – the idiot should asking the world body (UN) and Tel Aviv’s puppet ZOGs to accept his lie. They all address the UNcountry as the “State of Israel”. With the exception of Israel’s ministry of religious affairs – nothing can be found “Jewish” in Israel. The great majority of Zionist leaders are and were atheist (the only ‘Jewishness’ they have wass that they were given birth by Jewish women) and very anti-Semite in their writings and actions. The UNcountry tops the list of eveything which is regarded “unkosher” in Torah – from pornography to prostitution; from drugs to sex-slavery; from war to legal land robbery; from gayism to human organ trafficking, and using a foreign country (US) to wage wars against the Muslim world.

    Bibi: Israel is “a Jewish and civilized state”