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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

The erosion of the 'Palestine Mandate'

Wallace Edward Brand explains how the Jews may soon have less than 20% of the original 'Palestine Mandate.'
If Obama's fiat were to be heeded, it would mean that in addition to the British foreclosing Jews from settling in 77% of Palestine that is now Jordan by a law enacted in 1922 and still current, and Sharon, at Dubya Bush's urging, ejecting Jews from the very desirable Gaza strip area on the Mediterranean coast in 2005 that is .3% of Palestine, Obama would foreclose settlement in another 4.8% in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria). That would leave the Jews 6.7% of Palestine, Israel proper, that they must share with the Arabs and the not very habitable 9.9% of Palestine which is the Negev desert. If Israel can manage to hang on to the Golan Heights, which doesn't appear likely, it would have just short of another 1% to share with the Arabs.

There is not much left of the Balfour Declaration. It was adopted by the Allies in WWI as their policy in the Conference of San Remo. The policy was set forth in Article 95 of the Treaty of Sevres transferring undisputed sovereignty over Palestine that the Ottomans exercised for 400 years in trust for the Jews. The League of Nations was to have enforced the policy through the British as trustees over the British Mandate of Palestine. That policy was to to give Palestine, comprising 1% of the captured Ottoman Empire in the Middle East and the Mahgreb (North Africa) to the Jews as a National Homeland for settlement. The same policy was also adopted by the United States in a Joint Resolution enacted on June 30, 1922. See House Resolution No 360 (House Report No. 1172)
The rest of the Ottoman Empire - 99% - went to create 21 Arab states.

Read the whole thing. Israel has made more than its share of sacrifices for 'peace.'


At 7:21 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

To the rest of the world, Israel looks huge. People forget that including the Golan Heights, Yesha and Gaza, present day Israel is no bigger than the State Of New Jersey. And shrinking Israel further would not make country attractive for more Jews to come and live. Israel has nothing to lose by saying "NO."


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