Seventy-one years ago Thursday, the United Nations passed Resolution 181 (embedded below) which called for the partition of British-ruled Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state (back then Jews living in the Holy Land were called Palestinians). It was approved on November 29, 1947, with 33 votes in favor, 13 against, 10 abstentions and one absent (see the end of the post for who voted what). The original partition resolution passed by the UN in November 1947, did not call for the establishment of a state of Israel. UN Resolution 181 called for dividing Palestine into Independent Arab and Jewish States.
Even France voted in favor of the partition plan which may have been the last time France voted in favor of Israel at the UN. And in what started a pattern that continues for Middle East votes today Great Britain didn’t have the guts to take a stand (they abstained).
On that very same day, November 29th, 1947 the Arab world declared war on the nascent Jewish State, and seventy-one years later most of the Arab League still refuses to acknowledge that Jewish State’s existence, nor do they allow her citizens to raise their children in peace.
One day after the United Nations voted to partition Palestine, the Arab League announced its intention to occupy Palestine militarily to prevent forcibly the establishment of a Jewish state. Also on November 30th, passengers on a Jewish bus driving on the Coastal Plain near Kfar Sirkin were attacked. An eight-man gang from Jaffa ambushed the bus killing five and wounding others. Half an hour later they ambushed a second bus, southbound from Hadera, killing two more. Arab snipers attacked Jewish buses in Jerusalem and Haifa
As Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said in May 2009:
Even as we look toward the horizon, we must be firmly connected to reality, to the truth. And the simple truth is that the root of the conflict was, and remains, the refusal to recognize the right of the Jewish people to a state of their own, in their historic homeland.
The Arabs rejected any Jewish state, in any borders.
Those who think that the continued enmity toward Israel is a product of our presence in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, is confusing cause and consequence.
The attacks against us began in the 1920s, escalated into a comprehensive attack in 1948 with the declaration of Israel’s independence, continued with the fedayeen attacks in the 1950s, and climaxed in 1967, on the eve of the Six Day War, in an attempt to tighten a noose around the neck of the State of Israel.
All this occurred during the 50 years before a single Israeli soldier ever set foot in Judea and Samaria.
The Jewish state has contributed to the global community in myriad ways, including an entrepreneurial social sector and a cutting-edge high-tech economy. It has also generously offered its assistance to all countries in need. Yet Israel’s right to exist is still under attack, often by the same forces that rejected the two-state solution six decades ago.
(…) In an Orwellian twist contrived by Arab countries, the UN in 1977 declared Nov. 29 a “Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.” This distorted the original UN decision beyond recognition – using it to undermine, rather than promote, the cause of peace.
Today, Israeli contributions to U.S. national interests cover a broad spectrum. Through joint training, exercises and exchanges on military doctrine, the United States has benefited in the areas of counter-terrorism, intelligence and experience in urban warfare. Increasingly, U.S. homeland security and military agencies are turning to Israeli technology to solve some of their most vexing technical and strategic problems.
This support includes advice and expertise on behavioral screening techniques for airport security and acquisition of an Israeli-produced tactical radar system to enhance force protection. Israel has been a world leader in the development of unmanned aerial systems, both for intelligence collection and combat, and it has shared with the U.S. military the technology, the doctrine and its experience regarding these systems. Israel is also a global pacesetter in armored vehicle protection, defense against short-range rockets, and the techniques and procedures of robotics, all of which it has shared with the United States.
In fact, the Jewish State has not only aided the United States, but Israel has made contributions to the entire world:
(…) the UN’s partition decision has been overwhelmingly vindicated. In a region plagued with religious extremism, tyranny and economic stagnation, Israel stands as a model of democratic pluralism, economic growth and human progress. The Jewish state has contributed to the global community in myriad ways, including an entrepreneurial social sector and a cutting-edge high-tech economy. It has also generously offered its assistance to all countries in need.
Amos Oz’s father told his young son on Nov. 29, 1947, “From now on, from the moment we have our own state, you will never be bullied just because you are a Jew and because Jews are so-and-so’s. Not that. Never again. From tonight that’s finished here. Forever.”
Unfortunately, Amos Oz’ dad was wrong. Israel and Jews all over the world are bullied and just because we are Jewish. Former President Obama, much of the Democratic Party, most Muslim countries, and the organization that gave birth to the Jewish State, the United Nations are doing their best to lead the rest of the world to make Mr. Oz a liar.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu outlined it brilliantly in his speech before Congress in 2011. He talked about how Israel has been ready to establish a Palestinian State for decades, but there has been one hold-up.
“You see, our conflict has never been about the establishment of a Palestinian state. It has always been about the existence of the Jewish state. This is what this conflict is about….
They were simply unwilling to end the conflict. And I regret to say this: They continue to educate their children to hate. They continue to name public squares after terrorists. And worst of all, they continue to perpetuate the fantasy that Israel will one day be flooded by the descendants of Palestinian refugees.
My friends, this must come to an end. President Abbas must do what I have done. I stood before my people, and I told you it wasn’t easy for me, and I said… “I will accept a Palestinian state.” It is time for President Abbas to stand before his people and say… “I will accept a Jewish state.”
In fact, every prime minister after Yitzchak Rabin has agreed there should be a Palestinian State (Rabin did not agree).
Sadly, at times Israel and the Jewish people, in general, have been their own worst enemies, accepting “peace partners” and voting for politicians here in the United States who wish to see them destroyed. Ze’ev Jabotinsky was correct when he wrote in “The Iron Wall:”
“It is incredible what political simpletons Jews are. They shut their eyes to one of the most elementary rules of life, that you must not “meet halfway” those who do not want to meet you.”
Here are a few things about Israel that the UN, the EU, Arab League or even the Democratic Party doesn’t understand. Jews were in the Holy Land since the time of Abraham, over 4,000 years ago. He even purchased land there in Hebron. Abraham’s grandson Jacob (Israel) purchased land at Shechem. Though the numbers have varied Jews have lived in the Holy Land continuously since Joshua crossed the Jordan River 3,500 years ago (by the way the Jordan River is more like a creek). The top of the Temple Mount was purchased from Araunah the Jebusite, by King David for the precise purpose of building Jewish Temples about 3,000 years ago. Jews lived in Jerusalem ever since.
The UN vote seventy-one years ago UN didn’t give the Jews the right to live in the holy land, neither did any country or the land purchases by biblical heroes. The landlord was never the Arabs (before the partition in 1947 there was never a state of Palestine). Jews have lived in the Holy Land continuously for the past 3,500 years because of an unbreakable contract with the real landlord, God. We may have been punished at times with exile but God always promised our return. The UN may have voted for partition, but they were simply acting as the agent of God, and if they didn’t pass that resolution, he would have found another way.
As Israel’s first prime minister David Ben Gurion once told CBS News
“In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.”
About 2,600 years ago the prophet Jeremiah was sitting in prison as the Armies of Nebuchadnezzar were about to invade the Kingdom of Judea. His cousin Hanamel visited him and asked the prophet to buy his land in the field in his hometown of Anathoth. Needless to say, property values were not great since Jerusalem was being besieged by what was then the most powerful army in the world. It didn’t seem as if it would be a good investment. But God told Jeremiah to buy the land, not because the prophet would ever get to enjoy it, but as a symbol, that one day the Jews would return to the land. And on November 29, 1947, God kept his promise.
Somewhere buried under the ground in the biblical city of Anathoth the bill of sale is buried, as an everlasting symbol to the Jewish people’s eternal covenant with God, a covenant that was recognized by the UN 71years ago via General Assembly Resolution 181.
Below you will find a video explaining the passage of UN 181, the vote by country, and an actual copy of the resolution passed seventy-one years ago Thursday.
In favor: 33
Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Byelorussian S.S.R., Canada, Costa Rica, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Haiti, Iceland, Liberia, Luxemburg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Sweden, Ukrainian S.S.R., Union of South Africa, U.S.A., U.S.S.R., Uruguay, Venezuela.
Afghanistan, Cuba, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, Yemen.
Argentina, Chile, China, Colombia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Honduras, Mexico, United Kingdom, Yugoslavia.
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