Thursday, June 4, 2009

Who Opposed a Free Palestine? Egypt and Jordan That's Who!

In effort to win the hearts and minds of the Arab people. [Reads White House description of speech again.]

Sorry let me try that again.

In effort to win the hearts and minds of the Muslim people, President Obama outlined his case for an independent Palestinian state.
But if we see this conflict only from one side or the other, then we will be blind to the truth: the only resolution is for the aspirations of both sides to be met through two states, where Israelis and Palestinians each live in peace and security.
It remains unclear, however, how this will win the hearts and minds of the people of Jordan and Egypt. After the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, Jordan took control of the West Bank and Egypt controlled the Gaza Strip.

The West Bank
This was the perfect opportunity to establish an independent Palestinian nation. Arab nations controlled the land and began to establish provisional governments, but rather than allow the Palestinians to form their own state, Jordan did something crazy.

They annexed the West Bank.

Yeah. Jordan controlled the West Bank and could have granted independence to the Palestinians, but instead Jordan said, "Nope! You're coming with us!" The Palestinian people had no choice. Overnight the Palestinian people became Jordanian.

Wait, I always heard the Jews were oppressing the Palestinians. Depending on who you read, that may be the case, but Jordan was the first nation to stand in the way of an independent Palestinian State in the West Bank and continued to control the Palestinian people until the Six Day War.

Then along comes Egypt.

The Gaza Strip
After the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, Egypt took control of the Gaza Strip which also created the perfect climate in which to establish an independent Palestinian State. Egypt, instead formed the "All-Palestine Government" which had precisely zero authority in Gaza.

Egypt disbanded the All-Palestine Government in 1959 in order to grant the Palestinian people their independence. Right?

No. Egypt disbanded the puppet government in 1959, but refused to grant independence to the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip. They also refused to grant the Palestinians Egyptian citizenship.

The Six-Day War
After Israel finished its superior thrashing of the entire Middle East in the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel controlled the Golan Heights, the West Bank, and the entire Sinai Peninsula. But remember, these were not Palestinian regions. They were portions of Egypt and Jordan since those mean ol' Muslims had been unwilling to grant the Palestinian people independence for almost 20 years!

It was only after the Jews controlled the so-called Palestinian regions that the Muslim world began to cry foul and demand recognition of Palestine as a free nation.

So when Barack Obama parrots the cries for an independent Palestine, he does so in attempts to appease the hypocritical Muslim nations that refused the concept for a quarter century when Egypt and Jordan could have created an independent Palestine with the stroke of a pen.

I'm not saying the two-state solution is a bad idea, I'm just saying Israel is not to blame for hindering that process. To major players in the Muslim world, Egypt and Jordan, own this problem as they now use the Palestinians as political pawns in the game of international politics.

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