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Batya Medad made aliya from New York to Israel in 1970 and has been living in Shiloh since 1981. Recently she began organizing women's visits to Tel Shiloh for Psalms and prayers. (For more information, please email her.) Batya is a newspaper and magazine columnist, a veteran jblogger and recently stopped EFL teaching. She's also a wife, mother, grandmother, photographer and HolyLand hitchhiker, always seeing things from her own very unique perspective. For more of Batya's writings and photos, check out:
Tammuz 18, 5770, 6/30/2010
A history lesson...
Even though the slogan is "two states," international pressure is actually for three, but that won't work either.
There never was an independent country called "Palestine."
It doesn't exist in the history books. This is one sick fairy tale.
Various countries ruled in this part of the world as imperialists, invaders, most recently the Turks and then the British. They named the "mandate" "Palestine." Then after the Balfour Declaration which pledged that the land would be a Jewish State, the British imported the Hashemites to take over the eastern bank of the Jordan. The Hashemites weren't native to this area at all, but they enjoyed their perks of kingship and all sorts of other freebies the British offered in exchange for limiting Jewish settlement. The remaining part of the mandate, from the Jordan to the Mediterranean plus the Negev desert was then promised to the Jews, but the British decided to renege again.
According to their grand plan there was to be another Arab state between Hashemite Jordan and the sliver of land left for the Jews. That new Arab state would be "Palestine." The British were hoping to get them ready to take over before the Jews declared a state. The British plan didn't work, because of Hitler. There was too much anger and too many Jewish refugees, survivors of Nazi's incomplete extermination. The Zionists were too impatient and declared its State of Israel before the Arabs were ready.
Now, sixty-two years later, the world is still trying to invent that country.
They've created a monster they can't control. Those Arabs don't want to share the land, even though the pro-British Leftist Israelis have been waiting to fulfill the British plan.
Unfortunately, the con is so old, people think it's real. And frequently I wonder if I'm the only sane one in the insane asylem.