When viewed in the current context, the war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing war on Syria, not to mention the process of regime change in Egypt, must be understood in relation to the Zionist Plan for the Middle East. The latter consists in weakening and eventually fracturing neighboring Arab states as part of an Israeli expansionist project. “Greater Israel” consists in an area extending from the Nile Valley to the Euphrates.
– Israel Shahak
Are Israel’s borders are bigger than the ones they started with?
This argument revolves around the assumption that the United Nations Partition Plan included borders that the Arabs and Jews agreed to, this is a mistake. The United Nations suggested a two state solution and drew up the borders it considered most fair (based on land ownership and population densities), neither the Jews nor Arabs agreed to these borders and they were not legally binding. They were merely a suggestion that the international community endorsed.
Although unhappy with the proposed allocation for a Jewish State, the Jews recognised that an unsatisfactory state was better than no state. Despite their proposed nation having indefensible borders and being a much smaller territory than envisaged, the Jews declared independence. It was this declaration and not the partition proposal that brought the state into existence. In contrast, the Arabs rejected the proposal outright unwilling to concede even on an inch of the Levant to the Jews.
As soon as the Jews declared independence, eight Arab armies invaded, but by some miracle the Jews repelled them capturing more land than allotted by the UN partition. Much of this land had sizable Jewish populations, so Israel took the decision to retain the area to assure the safety of its citizens. It is this new border that most people refer to when they speak of the Pre-67 Borders (or the 49 Armistice Lines).
The Palestinians did not declare a state, but Israel did and as neither side had agreed to the borders the UN proposed – Israel incorporated the no-man’s land from which they pushed back the invading Arab armies into their state.
The Arabs also captured no-man’s land, the Egyptians took Gaza, while the Jordanians conquered the West Bank. Unlike Israel, the retention of this land was not for security but a land grab to increase their own territory. By the end of the war, according to Morris, the “Arab war Plan changed . . . into a multinational land grab focusing on the Arab areas of the country. The evolving Arab ‘plans’ failed to assign any of these whatsoever to the Palestinians or to consider their political aspirations.” 2
Israel’s has given away 70% of the land it once controlled
After repelling two huge Arab invasions Israel was again left with more territory. However, Israel had no intention of expanding its borders – its intention was to trade back the land in exchange for peace.
In 1974 Israel returned some territories to Syria that it captured defending its borders in 1967 and 1973 and in 1979 they returned the entire Sinai Peninsula, a mass of land rich in oil, with Jewish settlements and three times the size of pre-67 Israel.
In September 1983, Israel withdrew from large areas of Lebanon to positions south of the Awali River. In 1985, it completed its withdrawal from Lebanon, except for a narrow security zone just north of the Israeli border. That too was abandoned, unilaterally, in 2000.
After signing peace agreements with the Palestinians, and a treaty with Jordan, Israel agreed to withdraw from most of the territory in the West Bank captured from Jordan in 1967. A small area was returned to Jordan, and more than 40 percent was ceded to the Palestinian Authority.
Finally in 2005, all Israeli troops and civilians were evacuated from the Gaza Strip and the territory was turned over to the control of the Palestinian Authority. In addition, four communities in the West Bank covering an area larger than the entire Gaza Strip were also evacuated.
In total Israel has withdrawn from approximately 94 percent of the territory it captured in 1967, which is 70 percent of the territory it once held.
There are few nations in the history of the world that have returned lands they retained in defensive did the French return Alsace-Lorraine to the German’s after defeating them in World War 1? Did Czechoslovakia return the Sudetenland or Poland return the Oder–Neisse territory to Germany after WW2? If we do not expect this from other nations, why the double standard with Israel?
Was the Security Fence was built to steal land?
Most Israelis wake up wishing the fence wasn’t there, while simultaneously being incredibly grateful that it is. This contradiction exists because this physical barrier between them and their neighbours is a stain on the land and a constant reminder of the seemingly eternal conflict they are trapped in. However, they also recognise it has saved the lives of thousands of Israeli civilians, who before its constructions were being slaughtered in huge numbers by Palestinian terrorists.
The fence, and we say fence because 95% of it is wire, is a necessary security measure, its route is not defined by areas Israel seeks to “steal” but to protect civilian populations that already existed at the time of construction. It zig-zags across Israel protecting any sizeable Jewish outposts along the Israeli/West Bank border. This has produced territorial claims, but as the Palestinians have never defined their borders it makes these claims absurd (the Palestinians have only ever said they “would consider” pre-67 borders – but this is not a definitive territorial claim and could include all of Israel).
- The borders of the UN partition plan for Israel were not legally binding borders but suggestions
- Israel retained areas in the 48 war that had large Jewish populations
- The Palestinians have never defined their borders, which means their accusations of theft are unfounded.
- Israel has returned 94% of the territory it has captured since the 67 war
- The security fence isn’t a land grabbing tool, but a fence designed to stop terror attacks – which since its erection have almost completely ceased.
Learn more about how Israel as created:
- Did Israel get all of the good land?
- Did America create Israel?
- Is it true that Israel stole Palestinian land?
- Was there ever a Palestinian people?
- Was there ever a country called Palestine?
- Was the Zionist movement a plot to colonise the Middle East?
- Were the Jews unwilling to share Palestine?
- Was the UN Partition Plan unfair to the Palestinian majority?
- Are Israel’s borders expanding?
- Is it true that Britain created Israel?
- Why should the Palestinians pay for Europe's wrongs during the Holocaust?
1. “‘Greater Israel’: The Zionist Plan for the Middle East”, Israel Shahak, GlobalResearch.ca, 29/4/2013
2. Righteous Victims, Benny Morris, p221
3. Iran Terms ISIL Product of Mossad, Fars News Agency, 4/11/14