Friday, June 1, 2018

4 Countries Attacking Israel in 1967 With Outcome of Occupation of Judea-Samaria and Gaza, and What That Really Meant

Nadene Goldfoot                                               

Israel's enemies were greedy who stuck together in attacking Israel on June 5, 1967.  Israel had to fight a defensive war.   These neighbors had refused to accept Israel's right to exist.  

They all escalated in their attacks throughout May, and by June had created the Six Day War with the unbelievable outcome of Israel having won the battle by June 10th.  The Soviet Union had helped it get started by also spreading false reports of a concentration of Israel's forces on the Syrian frontier.The UN had countered that by letting countries know it wasn't true, but they preferred to believe it.  Egypt went ahead and demanded that the UN Emergency Force leave the scene and they complied.  They had acted as a barrier between Egypt and Israel.  Now Egypt closed the Straits of Tiran, and led the countries in the attack.  It was Egypt, Jordan, Iraq and Syria who attacked this little country.   They were her closest neighbors.  

Palestinians had not made any claims on Judea-Samaria which were the lands of the bible, Israel's ancient lands.  Of ancient Israel, Judea was the southern section, surviving the Assyrian assault in 722 BCE and then later with Solomon's death.  Samaria referred to the  section around Jerusalem.  In these 6 days of battle, they came back into Israel's hands and out of Egypt's and Jordan's.  These 2 Arab countries had occupied the land for 19 years up to 1967.  Judea and Samarian Arabs had become Jordanian citizens.  

13 countries had actually participated in some ways.  Yes, this is shocking. 
It was a real miracle that Israel won against such odds.  We haven't been forgotten.  
Israeli Cabinet 1967
Moshe Dayan standing, Ben Gurion with white hair

The PLO Covenant of 1964 did not say anything about a creation of Palestine from these two territories.  It called for the destruction of Israel and replacing it with Arab rule.  After 1967 they amended its Charter with a claim on the Territories because Israel had captured them.  Now they wanted them and felt they would have had them if they had won.  You'd think 4 armies to one little one would have won, wouldn't you.  They had thought it would be easy.

1967 Khartoum Conference Atendees 

THE ARAB Khartoum Conference in Africa and its outcome:
1. NO peace with Israel
2. NO recognition of Israel
3. NO negotiations with Israel.  
Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol of Mapai Party

NO Peace partner stepped up to the plate to negotiate with Israel from 1967-1993.  Israel administered the Territories and tried to improve the lives of the Palestinian Arabs.  
Golda Meir was next Prime Minister of Israel from Labor Party

True Fact:
"During the 1970s, Judea-Samaria and Gaza constituted the 4th-fastest-growing economy in the world--ahead of such "centers" as Singapore, Hong Kong and Korea, and substantially ahead of Israel itself."
  Historian Efraim Karsh  

1. Judea-Samaria per capita income rose 80% between 1967 and 1973.  
2. Unemployement in Gaza dropped to 2%.
3. Infant mortality plunged from 60 to 15 per 1,000 births between 1968 and 2000.
4. Israel spent $ millions of dollars to improve refugee camps. 
5. Palestinian children in school rose 102%.
6. Illiteracy dropped to 14% for adults over age 15.  

Israel's Claims:
  A.  The British Mandate of 1920-1948 was the last legal sovereign authority for the Territories through the League of Nations.  
  B.  Jordan and Egypt illegally held them from 1948 to 1967.  
  C.  No government formally replaced the mandate's jursdiction.
  D.  Mandate's guidelines called for Jews to settle the area, even called it the Jewish Homeland.  

  A. Judea and Samaria (West Bank, called by Jordan in 1951) were settled by Joshua and Exodus slaves from Egypt (Jews)-the cradle of Jewish civilization
  B.  Jews had continuous presence here until 1948 birth of Israel on May 14th and ensuing war when Jews were killed in territories and about 10,000 Jews were expelled by Jordanians.

  A. Arab states launch attacks against Israel from the Territories.  Look at Gaza this moment.  
  B. UN Resolution 242-called for bilateral negotiations to give Israel more secure borders for greater regional stability. 
  C.  Till 1988, PLO called for a Palestinian state to REPLACE Israel.  They did not call for a 2 state solution.  
  D. Negotiations up to this date show Arabs not interested in a 2 state solution with a Palestine next to an Israel.  Their 2 state solution is more like Gaza and West Bank as the 2 states of Arabs and NO Israel.  

Jews living in Judea-Samaria 

The Jews' right to settle the land is a legal right assured by treaty and specifically protected by Article 80 of the UN Charter...The Jewish right of settlement in the area is equivalent in every way to the right of the existing Palestinian population to live there."
    Eugene Rostow, former U.S. Under Secretary of State, 1990.

1. 1967-1977  ISRAEL ALLOWED 76 Jewish communities to be built in the Territories on undeveloped land to ensure security.  Survivors of the Gush Etzion block returned to their own previous land  to rebuild that Arab forces had captured and destroyed in the 1st 1948 War.  

2. After 1977, 74 more Jewish communities were built in the Territories on unallocated govenment land.  

3. 2005, the 150 communities included about 200,000 Israelis living on less than 2% of Judea-Samaria's land.  

4. 80% of the Jews live in communities close to the GREEN LINE, which are the suburbs of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.  

Update: 6/8/18 with poster of 13 countries against Israel in 67 War.  Resource:
Facts About Israel 1973 from Division of Information, Ministry for foreign affairs, Jerusalem
Israel 101 from 2010's StandWithUs p. 16-17 of The Aftermath of the 1967 War

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