One of the most persistent and easily proven wrong claims made by Israel is the myth that Hamas presents an existential threat to Israel. Israeli propaganda keeps harping on the theme that Hamas wants to drive Israel into the sea, an obvious empty threat to Israel. What are "the facts on the ground"?
Fighting vehicles5,5000
Patrol naval vessels280
Missile boats100
Self propelled guns8550
Antiaircraft guns13000
Atomic Weapons200+0
Sling Shots**ManyMany More

*Source: Armies of The World Web Site.
**Authors tongue in cheek estimate.

All this armament was provided by United States taxpayer dollars, in the form of direct aid and indirect military aid. Aren't you proud of your government?
It would appear that the Israelis fear being Goliath against Palestine's David.
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Two State Solution? What Two State Solution?

Quoting from the White House web page:

"Promoting Peace and Security in Israel and the Middle East"

"The President believes that we cannot afford to wait to work for peace in the region, so he appointed a Special Envoy for Middle East peace on his second day in office. In the Middle East, we share the goal of a lasting peace between Israel and its neighbors. The United States strongly supports the goal of two states, Israel and a Palestinian state, living side by side in peace and security. The President has committed himself and his Administration to actively pursuing this goal."

How sad it is that the Obama policy for mid-East peace rests on the "two state solution". This is a pipe dream that will never become reality.

The fact is that Israel never wanted and still does not want a "two state solution". From its very inception, Zionist leaders have expressed this many times. Zionism is an organized movement of world Jewry that was founded by Theodor Herzl in 1897 with the aim of reconstituting a Jewish state in Palestine. Modern Zionism is concerned with the development and support of Israel.

In 1937, David Ben-Gurion told the Zionist Executive, "After the formation of a large army in the wake of the establishment of the state, we will abolish partition and expand into the whole of Palestine". ("The Israel Lobby and U. S. Foreign Policy", Mearshimer and Walt, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, pg. 93.)

In that same year, he told his son, "Erect a Jewish State at once, even if it is not in the whole land. The rest will come in the course of time. It must come." (Ibid.)

Again, Ben-Gurion, in 1947, to the Jewish Agency Executive in the U. S., "We want the Land of Israel in its entirety. That was the original intention."(Ibid.)

How was this to be done? By expelling the Palestinian people, by force if necessary, i.e. by ethnic cleansing.

Ben-Gurion, writing in 1937, "We shall organize a modern defense force...and then I am certain that we will not be prevented from settling in other parts of the country , either by mutual agreement with our Arab neighbors or by some other means."(Op. Cit., pg. 95)

And in 1941, "It is impossible to imagine general evacuation [of the Arab population] without compulsion, and brutal compulsion."(Ibid.)

Former Israeli Defense Minister Moishe Dayan was quoted in Khalidi, All That Remains, xxxi, as saying, "Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages...because geography books no longer exist...the Arab villages are not there either...There is not a single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population."(Op. Cit., pg. 96)

Did it work? One picture is worth a thousand words.


How was this done? In 1973, Ariel Sharon, the architect of the massacre of the men, women and children of the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon equal in ferocity to the Nazi destruction of the town of Ludice in World War II, said, "We'll make a pastrami sandwich of them. We'll insert a strip of Jewish settlement, in between the Palestinians, and then another strip of Jewish settlement, right across the West Bank, so that in 25 years time, neither the United Nations, nor the United States, nobody, will be able to tear it apart."(The Nation, May 10, 2004.)
On Oct. 3, 2001, Ariel Sharon said on an Israeli radio show, "Every time we do something, you tell me America will do this and do that ... I want to tell you something very clear: don't worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people control America, and the Americans know it."

west bank
Sharon's pastrami sandwich

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the American Israel Public Affairs Council on March 22, 2010 that "Jerusalem is not a settlement." He continued that the historical connection between the Jewish people and the land of Israel cannot be denied. He added that neither could the historical connection between the Jewish people and Jerusalem. He insisted, "The Jewish people were building Jerusalem 3,000 years ago and the Jewish people are building Jerusalem today." He said, "Jerusalem is not a settlement. It is our capital." He told his applauding audience of 7500 that he was simply following the policies of all Israeli governments since the 1967 conquest of Jerusalem in the Six Day War.

Even a blind man can see that there can never be a Palestinian State. The West Bank Palestinians are divided into small, isolated enclaves, surrounded by illegal Israeli "settlements". Can this lead to a viable state? Not without dismantling the "settlements" and returning the West Bank to its 1967 boundaries. There is absolutely no chance of this ever happening.

There will be no peace, no resolution as long as Israelis feel as former Prime Minister Golda Meir put it: "There is no such thing as a Palestinian." (Op. Cit. pg. 96.) The West Bank is gone, pastramied just as Ariel Sharon intended. Gaza, however, can be saved.

For a detailed treatment of the Palestine-Israel problem and it's history, see this Palestine web site


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