In 1947, the UN established international law that led to the re-establishment of the state of Israel after 1900 years of Jewish dispersion. Another significant aspect of the exact UN resolution called for creating an Arab state in a specific area, also within the region of the British mandate. However, it is well-known that the Arab states rejected this idea and initiated a war to eliminate the Jewish population and take control of the entire British mandate, thus disregarding international law.
As a consequence of this unlawful conflict, approximately 650,000 Arabs fled as per their leaders’ instructions, with the expectation that they could return after a few weeks once they had defeated the Jews. It’s worth noting that some Jews, numbering around 26,000, were forced to leave Judea and Samaria (West Bank) due to the actions of the Jordanian army.
When a war of aggression is lost, it becomes challenging to argue for renegotiating one’s position. Why does the world engage with aggressors who have violated international law? The answer can be summarized in one word: Oil.
What’s even more perplexing is that the Arabs attempted again to destroy Israel in 1967 and lost additional territory in the process. Yet, the international community continues to show support for the Arab side and pressures Israel to make concessions for peace.
The 650,000 refugees from 1948 have now grown to seven million. The Palestinian refugees are unique in history as they have inherited their status as refugees. Why? The answer lies in their military failure, and now they rely on propaganda.
Israel absorbed around 600,000 Jewish refugees between 1948 and 1973, who were expelled from Arab countries and had everything they owned taken away. These refugees were fully integrated into Israel and not kept in refugee camps for political propaganda purposes.
The Arab nations could have easily absorbed the Arab refugees and granted them citizenship in their own countries, which would have resolved the issues in the Middle East.
Many leaders in the West are aware of these facts but choose to maintain the convoluted notion of a “Palestinian state living in security and peace side by side with Israel,” which is increasingly challenging to envision after 75 years of conflict.
It is undeniable that both Arabs and Jews were dispossessed from their lands in significant numbers. The Palestinian cause is often considered propaganda to further the ultimate goal of destroying Israel and eradicating its Jewish population.
Current events, such as the violence in Israel on October 7, have triggered protests in various countries around the world in support of Hamas, as seen on the streets. This situation speaks for itself.