The United Nations is due to vote in a couple of days (on November 29, 2012) on whether to grant Palestine the status of a ‘non-member observer’ State. While it is expected that the vote will be overwhelmingly in favor of granting that status, naturally the governments of the USA and Israel are adamantly opposed to the idea. They say that granting this status will not help Palestine obtain its desire of statehood. That, of course, is only because Israel and the USA are staunchly opposed to Palestinian statehood, despite any claims to the contrary. You can count on it that, as in the past, the USA and Israel will vote against any recognition of the State of Palestine every time it comes to a vote.
Now I do not favor a “two State solution” to the ‘Israel’/Palestine controversy – not even a little bit. I definitely believe in recognizing the Palestinian State; but I wholeheartedly deny the legitimacy of the ‘Jewish State of Israel’. So far as I am concerned, Palestine is the only legitimate State in that ‘land’, and ‘Israel’ should be literally ‘wiped off the face of the map’. That is, maps should be revised so that where you now see the word ‘Israel’, in the future this should be replaced by the name ‘Palestine’. 😀
‘Israel’ has been an aggressor and oppressor from the very beginning. Long before the official establishment of that State ‘Zionist’ Jews were aggressors and oppressors by means of British approved mass immigration – seeking to displace the indigenous Palestinians (Muslims, Christians, and Jews) and replace them with ‘Zionist’ Jews from the countries of Europe and other foreign countries. This later turned into actual physical and military aggression and oppression through the murder and ethnic cleansing of the native Palestinians, and the destruction of their homes, villages, and crops. This continues to the present time.
I deny that the ‘Jewish State of Israel’ has any legitimate right to the plea of ‘self defense’ when its military forces injure and kill Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, or East Jerusalem. When a home invader kills inhabitants of a home who resist his criminal invasion, the invader does not have any legitimate claim to be acting in ‘self defense’. That is precisely the situation with ‘Israel’ and the Palestinians. ‘Israel’ is the “home invader”, and the Palestinians have every right to resist the invasion and occupation; they also have every right to legitimately claim ‘self defense’ for every single act of resistance to the occupiers. When the ‘Israelis’ respond with violence to the legitimate resistance of the Palestinians, the ‘Israeli’ response is nothing other than a continuation of their aggression and oppression as “home invaders”.
Someone once said this about ‘Israel’: Hear the word of the LORD, O children of Israel, for the LORD has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land. There is no faithfulness or steadfast love, and no knowledge of God in the land; there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed. But the speaker was not an ‘anti-Semitic’ Christian or Muslim; he was the Hebrew prophet Hosea (peace be with him) in Hosea 4:1 and 2 (English Standard Version).
Hosea was not alone among the Hebrew prophets to speak in this way about the ‘Israelites’; the prophets’ castigation of those calling themselves Jews was frequent. Later, John ‘the Baptist’ and Jesus (God’s blessing on them both) denounced in the same manner those who draw near to God with their lips, but their hearts are far from Him – those whose claim to be ‘children of Abraham’ is false, because they are in reality the ‘children of the devil’ or ‘the synagogue of Satan’. Later still, the Arabian prophet Muhammad (peace to him and his family) also denounced the Jews as being mostly unbelievers, arrogant, and deceivers. Those “with eyes to see” can perceive that as a whole the ‘Israelites’ have not changed in their character; they are still liars, murderers, thieves, and without any true knowledge of God.
Thankfully there has always been a ‘very small remnant’ that truly loved and served God, and practiced righteousness and good deeds. The Hebrew prophets, Jesus and his apostles, and Muhammad (with all of whom God is well pleased) recognized this fact. Today, there are voices from among the Jews who repudiate the actions of the ‘nation of Israel’ and its supporters. Some, in my estimation, don’t go far enough in their denunciations since they still believe in the legitimacy of the ‘Israeli’ State although denouncing many of its practices. Others though, like Neturei Karta (Orthodox Jews Against Zionism) go all the way in repudiating the very existence of the ‘Jewish State’ and call for its complete dismantlement and for the return of the land in its entirety to the Palestinians. Yet mainstream Jews repudiate and ridicule all such voices, claiming they are only a very small percentage of Jews and therefore don’t represent Judaism. I echo the prophets of old in saying: precisely so! Those who are godly and do good deeds are only a ‘very small remnant’, a ‘remnant according to the election of grace’ – while the overwhelming majority do not have the true fear of God ‘before their eyes’. Whether that remnant amounts to 7000 as in the days of the prophet Elijah, or 144,000 as seen by the apostle John in the Revelation, it is still a very small percentage of the Jewish people.
Now I don’t know the hearts of those who belong to this ‘small remnant’ who oppose “the Jewish State” today, so I don’t know if they’re truly among “the righteous”. God knows what is revealed and what is hidden, and He knows those whom He guides and those whom He leaves to stray. Nevertheless, I rejoice to hear their voices raised against that corrupt ‘State’; and unless God chooses to reveal otherwise, I will accept them as among “the righteous”.
Having said all that, though, to show that I do not for a minute recognize the legitimacy of the State of ‘Israel’, and therefore do not accept a “two State solution”; I nevertheless maintain that the Palestinian people have every right to call for official recognition of a Palestinian State. Their claim is legitimate that if the other nations insist on recognizing the legitimacy of the ‘Jewish State’ and therefore claim to desire a “two State solution’, then in all consistency such nations ought to quit fighting the recognition of the second of the “two States”! If you can’t see that ‘Israel’ is an illegitimate State, then at least recognize that Palestine has an equal claim to Statehood.
I do not expect such recognition to happen though, inasmuch as I don’t expect to ever see the hypocritical and lying ‘Israeli’ and US governments cease their opposition to the Statehood of Palestine. Therefore, I will continue to repudiate the very concept of “two States”, and to call for the complete dissolution of the ‘Jewish State of Israel’. Only when that occurs, and the power of the Jewish/Israeli lobby is destroyed, will there ever really be peace in the ‘Middle East’ and in the world.