Clevelanders read in the past two days three bits of recent news from Israel. In Ashdod, two sisters and their husbands were shot to death at point blank range by Arab terrorists while in their car. Bombs rained in Eilat, killing seven. During the Sabbath missiles injured at least eleven, including an infant, in Beersheba. Last week, an article appeared in which Palestinian kindergarten teachers were training students to be prepared for martyrdom rather than live in peace with Zionists.
In recent weeks Clevelanders have also read that the Palestinians are pushing for the United Nations to recognize Palestinian sovereignty at the next meeting of the General Assembly.
Allowing Palestinian statehood, according to the terms of the United Nations’ own charter as reexamined by its General Assembly on February 27, 1996 is an illegal act. A resolution passed at the fiftieth session of the General Assembly of that date reaffirmed the UN charter. The resolution states that the United Nations “Condemns any act of armed aggression or threat or use of force against peoples, their elected Governments or their legitimate leaders.”
Of course, the Palestinian entity refutes this aspect of the UN charter. After all, Article 19 of the Palestinian Charter notes “The partition of Palestine in 1947 and the establishment of the state of Israel are entirely illegal, regardless of the passage of time, because they were contrary to the will of the Palestinian people and to their natural right in their homeland, and inconsistent with the principles embodied in the Charter of the United Nations, particularly the right to self-determination.”
In its own document, the Palestinian government thumbs its nose not only at the State of Israel, but at the United Nations to which it appeals to legitimize national aspirations. To the Palestinians they are the only arbiter of Israeli rights.
The Palestinian Organization, particularly since accepting Hamas as a partner in its government, has no qualm in relying upon terror and murder as instruments to advance national aspirations. This policy is not directed at the Jewish State, which one could potentially defend as a potential opponent to Palestinian national interests, but at the entire Jewish people. The Hamas charter specifically states, “The Day of Judgment will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews)” (related by al-Bukhari and Muslim).
The two-state solution is not permanently wrong. Israel cannot forever control and contain Palestinians. Until there are two separate states, the problems facing Jews and Palestinians will likely escalate, and there is an immediate need to contain that escalation. Even the current Conservative, Likud based Israeli government has recognized this. However, the Palestinians have yet to show that they are prepared to accept the responsibilities of statehood.
A state cannot be allowed by the United Nations until that state is prepared to live by UN principles. Despite assurances by Yasser Arafat to Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, clauses of the Palestinian Charter calling for Israel’s eradication remain in the Palestinian Charter. Despite unilateral grants of land for peace, including the relinquishing of the Gaza Strip, attacks against Israel have increased steadily. Recently the world has witnessed more and more ventures against unarmed civilians well within the Green Line. Palestinian curriculum continues to foment anti-Semitism, using both word and art to depict Jews despicably.
All too often Palestinian propaganda has excelled at casting Palestinians as poor underdogs suffering from unmitigated Israeli power. They claim a right to the realization of their aspirations at any cost. They balk at the notion that all citizens of Israel are human beings deserving respect and the inalienable right to live safely within secure, sovereign national borders.
Until that happens, fellow Ohioans, all that can be done to delay Palestinian independence must be pursued. Petitions to the United Nations for that end are being circulated on the Internet. Moreover as the citizens of a United Nations member state, as Americans, Clevelanders have a right to call on our national government, both the Congress and the Administration, to do possible to deny the current call for Palestinian independence.
The Torah reading for this coming Saturday at synagogues all over the Jewish world states, “When yougo over the Jordan, and dwell in the land which the LORD your God causesyou to inherit, He givesyou rest from all your enemies round about, so that youdwell in safety.” (Deuteronomy 12:10)
Jews have lived in that land since Joshua first crossed the Jordan. Despite exiles to Babylonia and around the globe, there has been a continuous Jewish presence in the Land of Israel. While that fact may be obscured by the Palestinian Charter (See the Palestinian Charter Article 20: “:The Balfour Declaration, the Mandate for Palestine, and everything that has been based upon them, are deemed null and void. Claims of historical or religious ties of Jews with Palestine are incompatible with the facts of history and the true conception of what constitutes statehood.”) The reality is that there is a Jewish State, and Jews are its most numerous citizens. When and if the Palestinians allow Jews to live safely and peacefully in their sovereign state, Ohioans should be among the first to call for Palestinian independence. Not a moment sooner.