Op-Ed: Arabs, Jews and Algebra
Gerald A. HonigmanThe author is an educator who has done extensive doctoral studies in Mid-East...
Pressure to give away the store, that's what's to be expected when Israel finds itself in the final status, direct negotiiations scheduled for early September when it's surrounded by Arabs who openly state that their idea of negotiations is Israel--and Israel only--doing all of the concrete giving while their role is purely receiving.
Add to this an American President who has repeatedly stated that Israel "would be crazy" not to accept the "Saudi Peace Plan," which calls for a total withdrawal to the '49 armistice lines (i.e., giving up the promise of UNSC Resolution 242 regarding secure, defensible borders and a return to a fragile, sub-rump state existence instead) and an inundation of Israel by "returning" jihadi refugees, and you can see the fun just in time for the High Holy Days.
In light of this breaking news, it's essential to look deeper into the heart of what Israel really faces in its conflict with the Arabs
Two newspaper articles caught my attention over the last month that got me thinking--about math...algebraic equations, to be specific.
When asked to give an account of Arab or Arabized (Islamic) peoples' contributions to civilization at large, the invention of algebra always makes the top ten. It continues to have a far-reaching impact on the world today, far beyond students' nightmares.
The word "algebra" itself comes from the Arabic word al-jabr (reunion) from the title of the book al-Kitāb al-muḫtaṣar fī ḥisāb al-ğabr wa-l-muqābala' translated as The Book of Summary Concerning Calculating by Transposition and Reduction. It was written by Muhammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī in 820 C.E. While other much earlier civilizations developed algebraic methods of solving problems, Al-Khwarizmi is often considered to be the "father of algebra" because some of his techniques on solving various types of equations are still in use today.
Before we take a look at a more practical use of this Arab invention or innovation there is another pertinent piece of history to review.
In 1938, Hitler's Germany demanded the rich Sudetenland area of Czechoslovakia largely because millions of ethnic Germans lived in that region.
The Czechs had a respectable army and were willing to stand up to Nazi imperial designs. Hitler was testing the waters to see what he could get away with. Czechoslovakia was soon forced by its "friends" to cave in to Hitler's demands after Great Britain's Neville Chamberlain's famous sellout of it for "peace for our time" at Munich. Sane minds understood that Hitler's appetite would only be encouraged further by such appeasement, but--like today--too many folks back then had their heads in the sand. The world was at war by the next year after Hitler's move on Poland.
The First Newspaper Article
The first of the newspaper articles mentioned above appeared on July 23rd. It was just a short piece titled, "U.N. court backs Kosovo independence." Some excerpts:
The ruling deals a blow to Serbia. Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic vowed never to accept the former province as a separate state and warned the ruling could embolden separatist movements around the world. Kosovo (note: Albanian Muslims call it Kosova) Foreign Minister Hashim Thaci hailed the ruling as a historic victory and "the best possible answer for the entire world."
Think Sudetenland and you'll see how, like the Czechs, the Serbs have been fed to the wolves.
Albania is an independent nation southwest of the former Yugoslavia. The Serbs fought their first major battle for Kosovo against the spread of the Dar ul-Islam (this time led by Turkish jihadi imperialists) in 1389--over six centuries ago.
Albania had become at least nominally converted to Islam via the Ottoman conquest. Over the centuries, ethnic Muslim Albanians increasingly encroached upon traditionally Christian Serbian lands in what became Yugoslavia.
That explains why, In the late 20th century, everyone knew that with the death of Marshal Tito, Iraq's virtual twin--the artificially glued together state of Yugoslavia, composed of diverse folks who largely hated and mistrusted each other--would fall apart.
Now, if you're an Albanian in Serbia and you already have one ethnic Albanian state in existence (so you can't claim "statelessness"), how do you press your claim for additional territory--at another people's (Serbs') expense?
You do what Arabs did when, relatively recently, they renamed themselves 'Palestinians' so they can claim "statelessness" even though there are twenty-one Arab states to date--including one on some 80% of the original April 25, 1920 Mandate of Palestine and now renamed Jordan.
Thus, it's not really Albanians who have been progressively taking over Serb lands...it's poor, stateless "Kosovars"--the ones who got assorted jihadis from the rest of the Arab/MuslimWorld to assist them in their spread of the Dar ul-Islam....and NATO as well. Those same Kosovars to whom the U.N just gave its blessing of independence.
Too much of the conflict regarding the breakup of Yugoslavia was deliberately biased against the Serbs.
Atrocities occurred (as they had for centuries)--but on both sides, with Serbs often the victims…victims the American State Department ignored as it sought Muslims it could point to as championing while America was fighting other jihadis in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and elsewhere. American jet bombers led the final dismemberment of Yugoslavia.
The Second Newspaper Article:
The second article appeared on August 15th, "Troops Open Fire On Kashmir Protestors."
Arab jihadi imperialist, colonialist armies burst out of the Arabian Peninsula and spread out in all directions in the 7th century C.E. Millions of native, non-Arab peoples died in the process. Before long, Arabs moved from a conquered Iran eastward into the Indian subcontinent. The nations of Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh are a modern legacy of those conquests.
While the main partition of the subcontinent came in 1947 (the same year that Arabs would reject a second partition plan which would have given them about another 10% of the original 1920 Mandate of Palestine to add to the 80% already given over to Arab nationalism in 1922), Muslims based in Pakistan have continuously tried to encroach upon Indian territory in a variety of ways. The article deals with one example of what they have in mind.
Guess what nation has the largest population of Muslims?
India...about two hundred million...!!!
There are about nine hundred million others--Hindus, Sikhs, and so forth--who have a vibrant democracy and also see to it that the Muslims who remained after '47 refrain, for the most part, from jihadi pipedreams.
Kashmir, however, is that border area with Pakistan where Islamists infiltrate from and which has a large Muslim population. Pakistan holds part of it, but India controls most of the territory. Think Sudetenland--and Kosovo/Kosova--because the game plan that Muslims have for Kashmir fits into a similar mold.
Forget about Muslims having states of Pakistan and Bangladesh on the Indian subcontinent carved out for them. Now, Kashmiris are "stateless" too. Shame on those mean, selfish Indian Sikhs and Hindus!
The main difference here, however, is that India won't give a hoot about what the press, the U.N, or others will say about this. It's a huge country--both in territory and in population--and is not subjected to the usual "special treatment" the Jews receive. India will act as it needs to in order to prevent further external jihadi incursions or an internal Islamic takeover of its country.
The Two Sides of the Equation
Now that we have one half of the modern Arab/Arabized algebraic equation, Kosovo and Kashmir (K + K), we can supply the other side of it.
Despite Arab claims, so many Arabs were newcomers themselves into the Mandate of Palestine after World War I and the breakup of the Ottoman Turkish Empire (which controlled the land for over four centuries) that when the United Nations Relief Works Agency--UNRWA--was set up to assist Arab refugees (after a half dozen Arab states invaded a nascent Israel in 1948 to nip it in the bud and their attempt backfired), the very word "refugee" had to be redefined from its prior meaning of persons normally and traditionally resident to those who lived in the Mandate for a minimum of only two years prior to 1948 to assist these people.
More Jews fled the "Arab" World then vice-versa--but with no UNRWA to assist them.
Hamas's patron saint, for whom its terror brigade and rockets are named, Sheikh Izzadin-al-Qassam, was born in Latakia, Syria. Arafat was from Egypt. And both of those alleged "native Palestinians" had plenty of company, pouring into the Mandate because of the economic development due to the Jews. The Minutes of the Permanent Mandates Commission of the League of Nations and official correspondence from Churchill, Roosevelt, and others give ample testimony to this huge influx of Arab settlers setting up Arab settlements in Palestine...
Colonial Secretary Churchill convened the Cairo Conference in 1921 where he engineered the separation of the lion's share of the Mandate of Palestine as a gift to Britain's Arab allies in World War I. The Emirate of Transjordan was created the following year.
To distinguish the rest of the Mandate from Transjordan on the East Bank, the name West Bank was born--a direct result of the Brits' 20th century imperial shenanigans. The area had been known as Judea and Samaria for millennia. The New Testament states that Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, not Bethlehem of the West Bank-- and so forth.
Adding to this distinction, upon its rebirth in 1948, Transjordan's Arab Legion--led by British officers--joined the five other Arab nations in attacking Israel. Seizing Mandate land across the Jordan River (the West Bank), Transjordan--now holding both banks--renamed itself Jordan. Only two states recognized Transjordan's illegal conquest of the territory.
Judea and Samaria were non-apportioned parts of the Mandate where all residents--Jews, Arabs, and so forth--had rights to live. Indeed, Jews lived there for thousands of years and owned land clear up to the Arab massacresin the 1920s and 1930s.
Jerusalem, Beth-El, Shechem, Hebron, Bethlehem, Shilo have Jewish history. Arabs claim them to be purely Arab land. But they do the same for all of Israel and most of the entire region as well.
After Jordan grabbed the "West Bank," it made it Judenrein as it had done earlier on the east bank. At the same time, more and more Arabs continued to settle the area.
As Hitler told the world that all he wanted was the Sudetenland and used resident ethnic Germans to further his claims; as Albanian Muslims got the world to cave in to hand them Kosova; as Arabized jihadis plan a similar takeover in Indian Kashmir, we are now told that if only Israel returns to its 1949 armistice lines (not borders)--which made it 9-15 miles wide at its strategic waist ( virtually invisible on a world globe), where most of its population and industry are located--then all will be fine...peace for our time, once again.
The Arabs really don't want all of Israel--just all of Judea and Samaria.
It is true that all of Hamas's and the "moderate" Mahmoud Abbas's maps, textbooks, websites, and so forth show "Palestine" replacing all of Israel, not just the "West Bank, " but maybe they have had a change of heart.
Unfortunately, however, modern Arab/Arabized algebra states otherwise...
K + K = J + S