It would appear that swarmy nobhead David Miliband is single handedly trying to end the problems in the Middle East by asking Abbas (Which isn’t code to suggest that there is a new member of Abba, but if it were, it would explain why the Middle East is killing itself rather than listen to Abba again) to uphold the Gaza truce.
In 1917, the Balfour Declaration, a letter of support by the Foreign Secretary, Arthur Balfour, for a Jewish state in Palestine, stated “His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish People….”
And so in one swoop, the British had decided we’d create a nation, in a land that wasn’t actually ours in the First place. It’s the same, in principle, as me going into France now, and saying “ok, i’m setting up a new nation of Jamie, right here in France” (If I were to do that, it certainly wouldn’t be in France). And so the Palestinians, who lived there, were quite understandably pissed off. And the Jews, who have been persecuted where ever they’ve lived, chased out and killed of every land they’ve settled, were now becoming the hated people of the middle East.
The Arabs then revolted, in disgust, in 1936 for three years, against all the commissions that came out of Britain. They killed Jews, they boycotted Jewish and British goods. All hell broke loose.
In 1937, the Jews were given 20% of Palestine, the rest went to the Arabs, who still, understandably weren’t happy. It’s their land! Arab killed Jew, Jew killed Arab, Arab killed Brit, it was a lawless mess. And we created it.
skip 70 odd years, since the year 2000, 1062 Israeli innocents have been killed by Arab forces. 4876 Arab innocents have been killed by Israeli forces. An Israeli force that may not have existed, if it weren’t for The British. A war that will never end, over land that both groups consider themselves the rightful heirs of. Holy Land that people on both sides of the conflict are willing to die to protect for their people.
Some Palestinian media outlets even promoting violence against Jews. It’s just how it is. Whoever manages to sort the problem and create lasting peace will be remembered forever as a political giant. Greater than Churchill, greater FDR, greater than any other political legend. It will be the defining moment of the century.
Since the creation of Israel, 4 million Arabs have been forced out of Israel. Palestine wants a right of return for those people and their descendants. They also want Jerusalem, as does Israel. Until those issues are sorted, which never will be sorted, then the war will continue.
But it’s ok, because Miliband has asked them to be nice to each other.