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THE HOTHEADS POSITION ON ISRAEL

I make no apology whatsoever for supporting Israel and its right to exist. Although I am an Atheist and detest all religions because they are stupid myths without foundation in fact, I acknowledge the fact that Judaism is by far the oldest of the Abrahamic religions and that Jews have occupied the area now known as Israel for at least 5000 years. Christianity is only a little older than 2000 years and Islam is not even 1400 years old.

This means that the Jews, having lived and occupied in that area now known as Israel for over five millennia, have every right to still live there and call it their nation. Even though Christians claim it to be the birth of Jesus Christ, they often fail to acknowledge that Jesus (if he actually existed) was a Jew. Muslims have absolutely no legitimate claim on one square millimetre of Israel because Mohammed, the barbaric, genocidal paedophile founder of Islam, had never even been there and there is not even a mention of the area in the Koran, apart from one veiled reference to "the farthest mosque" that could have been anywhere in the then known world.

In fact, the whole story of the "farthest mosque" being the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem is a load of utter garbage. Mohammed was born in the year 570 and died in 632. The Al-Aqsa Mosque was not built until well after Mohammed's death, so he could not have travelled to this "farthest mosque", where he allegedly departed the world on a horse, another really stupid fable. But the Muslims, having latched onto this nonsensical "farthest mosque" fiction, claim that Jerusalem belongs to Islam. But Muslims claim that every place belongs to them and they have a doctrine that states that once Muslims move into an area, it becomes Islamic forever.

Disregarding the baloney of Muslim claims, Israel was provably the original land of the Jews from 5000 years ago, Israel must be acknowledged as the rightful nation of the Jews and its right to exist in its present state must be upheld to the utmost. This is the Hotheads position, based on historical fact, not religious nonsense and dogma. I abhor the claim of Muslims that they are entitled to any part of Israel and as far as I am concerned, the Israelis have every right to defend themselves and their nation to the extreme.

NO PEACE IN SIGHT

Conflict has been raging in the Middle East for the past 5000 years and even in these so-called enlightened times, nothing much has changed except that the weapons are so much more deadly. Apart from the various Arab states fighting and arguing among themselves, their common enemy is the State of Israel, however most people do not seem to know the reason for this apart from the obvious and totally irrational religious hatred between people of different faiths. A study of history will hopefully enlighten those who have allowed unfounded rhetoric and tub-thumping get in the way of facts.

UNDER THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE

Until 1918, the Middle East had been controlled by the Turks for some hundreds of years under the Ottoman Empire. Arabs and Jews lived and worked side by side, apart from the times when ethnic conflicts broke out. When the Turks, who were on the German side, lost control of Palestine after being defeated by the Allies, the British were given the task of administering this territory under a League of Nations mandate. They occupied Palestine and for many years attempted to keep the various religious groups from continuing to slaughter each other.

The Jews, having scattered to every part of the globe during the Diaspora for many centuries and not having their own country literally since Biblical times, had been pressing for a homeland in their historical birthplace, which they called Erez Israel. Various organisations sprung up, most notably the Zionists in Europe, led by Theodor Herzl in Switzerland, to push for the establishment of such a homeland, however this did not achieve much momentum until World War One (WW1).

THE BALFOUR DECLARATION

A letter sent to Herzl in 1917 by the British Foreign Secretary Lord Arthur James Balfour became known as the Balfour Declaration. It stated "His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of the existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country."

With this letter, the British formally expressed the government's approval of Zionism and the establishment in Palestine of the State of Israel. It was widely believed that the motive behind the British policy was to have a strategic presence in a place that was located right on the land and sea routes to India and the oil-producing nations of the Middle East.

In 1922, the forerunner of the United Nations, the League of Nations implemented the Balfour Declaration in a mandate for Palestine, where the British were entrusted with the temporary administration of this area on behalf of both Arabs and Jews. As a result, in 1948 the State of Israel was created.

JEWISH SETTLEMENT FROM EUROPE

From that time, large scale Jewish settlement began, with development of agriculture and industry in the mandated area. Huge numbers of Jews came from Europe, fleeing persecution by the Nazis. Large cities and towns were established and political parties with their roots in Europe gained influence. The Jews continued to recruit more immigrants from Europe to increase their numbers. However the British were still responsible for security, defence and other essential infrastructure and they tried to keep the peace between Arabs and Jews, but as the Jewish population increased, so did Arab resentment and opposition. This culminated in an uprising in 1939 which was suppressed by British military power.

During World War Two (WW2), when Zionist leaders realised the liquidation of the Jews by the Nazis, they demanded self-government and facilitation of far greater immigration of Jewish refugees from Europe. Not wishing to cause more friction among the Arabs, the British resisted such demands. Apart from the flood of Jews illegally entering Palestine, aided and abetted by local Jewish organisations, a number of clandestine Jewish terrorist organisations were formed and engaged in systematic attacks on the British authorities in an attempt to drive them out. One such attack resulted in the blowing up of the King David Hotel.

BRITISH WITHDRAWAL

The British, by this time fed up with problems in their colonies, decided to withdraw from Palestine and demanded that the newly formed United Nations deal with this problem. In November 1947, the UN called for the partitioning of Palestine into Jewish and Arab states, with Jerusalem as an international zone. The idea was that the State of Israel would be established west of the Jordan River and the State of Palestine would be created east of the Jordan River, at that time known as Transjordan. The proposal was passed by vote, however Arab protests caused attacks on Jewish settlements and led to a full-scale civil war. where the British refused to intervene.

Furthermore, in a deal made by the British Government with the Hashemite tribe in that area, the Hashemites were given ruling status. Abdullah, the leader of the Hashemites first ruled Transjordan under British supervision until after World War II. In 1946, the British requested that the United Nations approve an end to British Mandate rule in Transjordan. Following this approval, the Jordanian Parliament proclaimed King Abdullah as the first ruler of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

THE FIRST ARAB-ISRAELI WAR

When it became clear that the British were going to vacate Palestine shortly, regardless of the civil war, Jewish leaders decided to implement the UN partition and on May 14, 1948, declared the establishment of the State of Israel. The very next day, the military forces of Egypt, Transjordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria joined forces with Palestinians and attacked the newly declared Israel in a battle known as that first Arab-Israeli War. The Arabs failed and the UN arranged armistices between the warring sides and also defined Israel's borders, which remained until the Six-Day War of 1967.

Because the UN brokered armistices extended Israeli territory, however the Gaza Strip was left to Egyptian control and the West Bank was annexed by Jordan. Most Arabs in the newly acquired Israeli areas became refugees in surrounding Arab countries. The problem was that these countries really did not want these newly named Palestinians there and their policies made life very hard for them. Jordan literally treated its Palestinian Arab brethren as criminals, forcibly expelling many of them and herding virtually all the rest into what were not much more than concentration camps.

Meantime Israel's first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion who placed a huge value on national security, instituted universal military conscription and huge development of modern armed forces. He also opened Israel up to unfettered Jewish immigration from all parts of the world and this angered the Arabs immensely.

SUEZ CANAL BLOCKADE

Attempts to establish peace between Arabs and Israel failed, as the Israelis refused demands to allow Arab refugees to return to their homes and to allow Jerusalem to be internationalised as per the original UN plan. Many attacks by Arab guerrillas and military forces were made and the Israelis retaliated in kind. The Egyptians refused to allow Israeli shipping in the Suez Canal and blockaded the Straits of Tiran, Israel's access to the Red Sea. Hostilities and border incidents increased to the point where they erupted in the second Israeli-Arab War in 1956.

Because of their dispute with Egypt's President Nasser, who had just nationalised the Suez Canal, Britain and France joined the attack. Israel seized the Gaza Strip and Sinai Peninsula and ships were sunk in the Canal by the British and French. After a few days, the UN brokered a cease-fire, forcing the three countries to leave Egypt. Israel did not leave Gaza until 1957 and only because the USA promised to keep the Straits of Tiran open.

THE SIX DAY WAR

Demands for revenge against Israel intensified, led by President Nasser of Egypt. The massing of united Arab military forces along its borders led Israel to simultaneously attack Egypt, Jordan and Syria in 1967. This war ended in only six days, where Israel wiped out the entire air and land forces of its enemies and literally drove its armies to the outskirts of the Arab capitals of Cairo and Damascus. Israel took possession of Gaza and the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, East Jerusalem and the West Bank from Jordan and the Golan Heights from Syria. These occupied territories contained 1.5 million Arabs.

Apart from calls by Israeli political factions for the annexation of the occupied territories which were opposed by other groups, virtually all Israelis were united behind the proposal for a united and Israeli controlled Jerusalem. This inflamed the Arabs even more, as some of their most holy Muslim shrines were in this area. There was a huge increase in terrorist attacks by guerrilla organisations such as the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO), who bombed schools, marketplaces, airports and bus stations, indiscriminately killing many innocent people. Attacks against Jews outside Israel occurred, such as the massacre of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972.

THE YOM KIPPUR WAR

Egypt and Syria, still smarting after their defeat in 1967 and determined to regain lost territory, attacked Israel in 1973 on the holiest Jewish day, where the Arabs correctly perceived that Israelis would be less than diligent while observing Yom Kippur. After suffering many losses, the Israelis eventually won this war, however the efforts of the Arabs won them support from the USSR and other developing countries. Arab oil producers also cut off petroleum exports to the USA for its support of Israel.

ATTEMPTS AT PEACE

All of these wars had a huge effect on the economy of Israel and it was only the financial assistance of the USA that allowed Israel to maintain its military and economic base. In 1973, Menachem Begin became Israeli Prime Minister and although a right-wing hawk, he agreed to what was considered to be impossible, the 1979 peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, largely initiated by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, who was assassinated not long afterwards by opponents of the treaty.

Against much opposition for other Arab states, Sadat's successor, President Hosni Mubarak maintained the peace treaty, but so far Egypt is the only Arab nation to not still be technically at war with Israel. Although the PLO has now somehow legitimised itself and the declaration of the State of Palestine may be pronounced sometime in the near future, a number of Arab terrorist organisations such as Hezbollah and Hamas still mount attacks on Jews and Palestinians in Israel conduct occasional uprisings.

DIFFICULTIES IN IMPLEMENTING PEACE TREATIES

With such a long history of wars, hatred and perceived grievances, it is no wonder that Palestinians and their backers from other Arab nations will not settle for peace on Israel's terms. They claim, with some legitimacy that their country was taken from them and handed to the Jews who formed the State of Israel and forced them out. On the other hand, the Israelis claim the country as the historical homeland of the Jews and believe they have a perfect right to occupy it, including Jerusalem, even though it contains the most sacred sites from all Biblical religions.

Such animosity cannot be allayed by any peace treaty and terrorist groups will not cease their killing and bombing just because Israeli and Palestinian leaders shake hands. A lot of time has to pass before both sides can really coexist in harmony, therefore there is only one real and practical solution for the moment and eventually for the long term.

As per the Balfour Declaration, a true partitioning of the area should occur and the State of Palestine should be created. This will finally provide a true homeland to all those displaced Arabs that are now calling themselves Palestinians. Strongly guarded borders should be maintained and the two sides should be kept apart for as long as it takes for them to come to their senses and realise that regardless of which God they worship, they are essentially all members of the human race and should live together in harmony.

JERUSALEM

The status of Jerusalem is problematic because of its significance to the three major religions in the area. However apart from the Al-Aqsa Mosque, there are no religiously significant Muslim sites in that city, as Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia are the main focus for that religion. Furthermore, Muslims have no claims on Jerusalem based upon historical significance because Israel became a nation, including Jerusalem, some two thousand years before Islam was founded by Mohammed.

Making Jerusalem a neutral territory under the administration of the United Nations can only create a source of ongoing conflict and friction between Jews, Arabs and Christians. Up to now, Israel has not restricted access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque except for times of the most dangerous conflict. Christians and Muslims have always enjoyed fairly unfettered access to Jerusalem, so there is no reason to believe that this situation would not continue if Jerusalem remained as Israeli territory. Not only that, Jerusalem has always been historically regarded as the capital city of the Jews, so they have a more legitimate right to control of that city than any other group. So until all of these steps are taken, there will never be peace.

NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Despite its denials, Israel possesses nuclear weapons and the means to deploy them against any Arab nation in the area. Some Arab countries are also improving their technology and it is only a matter of time before they also develop or buy nuclear weapons. Israel has already proven its responsibility and restraint during the Gulf War. Despite constant ballistic missile attacks by Iraq, with the threat of the deployment of biological and chemical warheads, Israel did not retaliate in any way, let alone succumb to the temptation of bombing Baghdad back to the Stone Age, as it could have done.

However what is really scary is that if unstable Arab leaders should manage to acquire nuclear weapons, they might consider it their holy duty as Muslims to sacrifice themselves and their countries in the act of destroying their sworn enemy, Israel. Until more moderate leaders are in power, peace will never be achieved and the slaughter will continue in one form or another.

RELIGION IS ALWAYS THE CAUSE AND THE PROBLEM

As usual, religion is the root of the problem in the Middle East, as it is in virtually all the other trouble spots in the world. It is quite incredible to realise that so many people have died and are still dying because of millennia-old fairy stories. Despite the huge gains in scientific knowledge, especially in the past century, there are still enough stupid people engaged in spilling blood over the most preposterous fictions. Underlying all the other proposed solutions for the Middle East is the fundamental fact that peace will never really be achieved anywhere until mankind wakes up and realises that all religions are just shams, and only then does will this planet stand a chance of eliminating its greatest source of conflict.

THERE CAN NEVER BE PEACE WITH PEOPLE LIKE THIS

A member of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, Dr Arieh Eldad recounted one of his experiences.

"I was instrumental in establishing the Israeli National Skin Bank, which is the largest in the world. The National Skin Bank stores skin for every day needs, as well as for wartime or mass casualty situations. This skin bank is hosted at the Hadassah Ein Kerem University hospital in Jerusalem, where I was the chairman of plastic surgery."

"This is how I was asked to supply skin for an Arab woman from Gaza, who was hospitalised in Soroka Hospital in Beersheba after her family burned her. Usually, such atrocities happen among Arab families when the women are suspected of having an affair. We supplied all the needed homografts for her treatment. She was successfully treated by my friend and colleague, Professor Lior Rosenberg and discharged to return to Gaza."

"She was invited for regular follow-up visits to the outpatient clinic in Beersheba. One day she was caught at a border crossing wearing a suicide belt. She meant to explode herself in the outpatient clinic of the hospital where they saved her life. It seems that her family promised her that if she did that, they would forgive her."

This is only one example of the mentality of Muslims and why there will never be peace between the Jews and Muslims in Israel.

INTERESTING FACTS ON THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT

The following information was compiled by a Christian university professor. Presuming it is accurate, the Jews certainly seem to have a moral and legal basis to claim the land of Israel by virtue of historical right.

THE PALESTINIAN MYTH

The following came from a very interesting article published in a number of areas, including the Internet. It dispels the myth that the Palestinians were a separate nationality dating back to Biblical times. Read on.

PROOF THAT PALESTINIANS ARE A COMPLETE FABRICATION

On 31 March 1977, the Dutch newspaper Trouw published an interview with Palestine Liberation Organisation executive committee member Zahir Muhsein. Here's what he said:

So there it is, right out of the mouth of one of the chief organisers of the PLO, that bunch of terrorists who, along with a few splinter groups, hijacked aircraft, murdered innocent people and terrorised the world into recognising a myth. That's the truth - the Palestinian people don't exist and they never did. Those alleged Palestinians are mostly just Syrians, Lebanese and Jordanians. Unfortunately the PLO has shown the world and other terrorist groups that terror sometimes actually achieves its goals.

PLO TERRORIST CONFIRMS THAT PALESTINE DID NOT EXIST

Here is a quote from somebody who should know more about the issue of Palestinians than most people.

HAMAS MINISTER STATES THAT PALESTINIANS ARE EGYPTIANS AND SAUDIS

In March 2012 on Egyptian television Al-Hekma on Memri TV, Fathi Hammad, the HAMAS Minister of the Interior and of National Security stated:

HAMAS MINISTER CONFIRMS THAT THERE ARE NO PALESTINIANS

Fathi Hammad, HAMAS minister and member of the Muslim Brotherhood stated this on 23 March 2012.

These are blatant admissions from the top echelon of the HAMAS terrorist organisation that Palestinians are just Arabs from various nations. The absurdity of this whole situation is that much of the world gives these criminals recognition, even when these alleged Palestinians admit that the Palestinian people do not exist, but are really Egyptians, Saudis, Jordanians and others. As PLO leader Zahir Muhsein stated, the invention of the Palestinians and their territorial claims is nothing more than a device to destroy Israel.

INTERESTING OBSERVATION BY BOBBY KENNEDY

Former US Attorney-General Robert Kennedy made a very interesting statement about so-called "Palestinian" Arabs. He said:

This is rather embarrassing for all those Arabs who claim that the Jews stole Palestine from the Palestinians. In fact Palestine only existed as a name on a map because the Ottoman Empire ruled the area until it was defeated in World War One. There were no Palestinian people, just Egyptian and Syrian Arabs in the area at the time. The truth is that all Arab nations were completely poverty-stricken, but the Jews had made the land that would soon be known as Israel into a powerhouse of agriculture, industry and innovation.

The Arabs in surrounding nations could not believe the phenomenal standard of living that the Jews had created in a barren desert and they flooded in. There was no PLO, HAMAS or Hezbollah trying to exterminate the Jews back then. Those Arabs came to the land of the Jews to enjoy an unprecedented and never before experienced standard of living and wealth.

It was only in the 1960s when the Arabs saw what Israel had developed, along with a resurgence of Islamic fanaticism, that they wanted to expel the Jews and take over the land of Israel. But by then, the Jews had decided that they would not take any more persecution without fighting back and they won four major wars against the Arabs. But the revelation that half a million Arabs came to the Jews for a better life is highly embarrassing for all those Islamic fanatics who claim that the Jews dispossessed them and destroyed their lives.