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(Vanity) Explain to me why it's "OK" for Israel to have settlements on The West Bank?
My Mind ^ | June 25th, 2002 | Johnny Shear

Posted on 06/25/2002 1:20:13 PM PDT by Johnny Shear

This is an honest question, no offense towards anyone is intended...

I won't try to claim I'm any kind of scholar on the subject of Isreal Settlements but I have done a bit of research on the subject. Yet, one question still remains...

I can't justify the Isreal Settlements in The West Bank and Gaza...In my own mind, anyway...

As far as I can tell, Isreal officially justifies these settlements based on the fact that they lay claim to Gaza and the West Bank due to defeating Arab aggressors in the 1967 war. And, Isreal is still technically at war with some Arab states so they can continue occupying these areas...

What I don't understand is how they justify the settlements. Occupation is one thing (Based on protecting themselves against an aggressor) but settlements are something completely different (In my opinion, anyway).

If anyone can educate me, I know Freepers can. And as a bonus, if anyone can supply information or sources on how the Palestinians "See Things", that would be great. (In the spirit of "Two sides to every story").


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And again no offense intended towards anyone but please separate the biblical or religious reasons for "Justifying the settlements" from other reasons. I would like to hear why some people use the bible to justify the settlements but I don't really want to argue it because I don't accept biblical reasons (mainly because I think religion is in the eye of the beholder). I understand it, but not being a "Religious" person, I don't absolutely accept it like others might.

Thanks in advance for your time and efforts. And please excuse my ignorance on the subject.

1 posted on 06/25/2002 1:20:13 PM PDT by Johnny Shear
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To: Johnny Shear
They won the territory in a defensive war and the Palestinians if they ever did own the land which is historically dubious forfeited any claim by their terrorist actions.
2 posted on 06/25/2002 1:23:40 PM PDT by weikel
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To: Johnny Shear
Because Israel wants the West Bank. Any other questions?
3 posted on 06/25/2002 1:25:36 PM PDT by guitfiddlist
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To: Johnny Shear
They defeated peoples and nations that wanted to annihalate them and drive them into the sea. Many of those same peoples and nations still have the same notion.

IMHO, and I tend to agree with it, it is not a matter of occupation, it is a matter of ownership now.

Given the territory and the lay of the land and defense and security considerations ... I believe Israel should simply state that those areas are now part of Israel by virtue of their taking it in a defensive war against total agression. Israel should administer it all as a part of its own territory. In fact they should have done so beginning in 1967 and again in 1972. Anyone in the area wanting to swear allegiance to the state of Israel can do so and through a normalization process become a citizen. Anyone not wanting to do so is deported.

That's why I will never be a politician I suppose.

4 posted on 06/25/2002 1:28:15 PM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: guitfiddlist
Because Israel wants the West Bank. Any other questions?

But how do they justify it? I'm sure we would like to have Cuba but how would we justify taking it?

5 posted on 06/25/2002 1:28:17 PM PDT by Johnny Shear
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To: Johnny Shear
The title of Israel to every inch of the land, whether downtown Tel-Aviv or Acre, or the newest settlement in the Shomron, is the very same-- God's deed of the land to them in the Bible.

If you are a Biblical believer, as Jews and Christians are, every inch of this is Jewish land and Arabs are just resident foreigners, guest-workers, to be deported if they will not be civil, will not live under the laws.

If your values are NOT Bible-based, but are based upon current leftist political correctness, then every Jew, like every white American, is just a "settler," a "colonist," sitting on land stolen from some nonwhite "people" who have every right to come in now or at any future time, and kill all such persons, as in Zimbabwe now.

You are no doubt one of those who are deluding yourself that there is a middle ground. Keep on dreaming, our wages, taxes, and armies are all that have kept you alive until now, or can keep you alive in the future.

6 posted on 06/25/2002 1:28:45 PM PDT by crystalk
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To: Johnny Shear
Do you remember the 1967 war? The war the Palestinians STARTED? How about England coming in and saying that they want the US back? Israel won a war they did not start. If the Israeli's do give the West Bank back, it would be out of their incredible generosity.
7 posted on 06/25/2002 1:30:23 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: Johnny Shear
Oh yes, and another thing. Christian Fundamentalists believe that there is no history before roughly 4000 B.C., but hardcore Occupationalists believe that date is more accurately 1967 A.D.
8 posted on 06/25/2002 1:30:29 PM PDT by guitfiddlist
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To: Johnny Shear
They won the territory fair and square in a war started by the other side. Should all the countries who won territory in WWII return in to Germany?
9 posted on 06/25/2002 1:32:48 PM PDT by LarryM
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To: Johnny Shear
See attached :

Conquest & Discovery

Under International law, a distinction is made in governing a colonized "wasteland," (or vacant land,) and a land acquired by treaty or cession, which had already been cultivated and organized. If an uninhabited country was discovered and planted by British subjects, the English laws were said to be immediately in force there - for the law was the birthright of every subject, carried wherever they went. However, the entire body of English law was understood to have application to these new circumstances only to the extent that it was found to be applicable to the settlers' new situation and consistent with their local comfort and prosperity.

A different rule applied to conquered and ceded countries that already had laws of their own. In such cases, the English Crown had a right to abrogate the former laws and institute completely new ones. Until such new laws were promulgated, the old laws and customs of the country remained in full force to the extent that they were not contrary to religion or morals.

Justice Blackstone, in his "Commentaries" took the position that American colonies were to be deemed principally conquered or ceded countries. He stated: "Our American Plantations are principally of this later sort, [i.e. ceded or conquered countries,] being obtained in the last century either by right of conquest and driving out the natives, (with what natural justice I shall not at present inquire,) or by treaties. And, therefore, the common law of England, as such, has no allowance or authority there; they being no part of the mother country, but distinct, though dependent dominions." [1 Bl. Comm 107; Chitty on Prerog. Ch. 3, p 29.] (Emphasis mine.)

According to Justice Story, in a conquered country, where there were no existing laws, or none adaptable to a civilized community, or where the laws were silent, or were rejected and none substituted, the territory must be governed according to the rules of natural equity and right. Englishmen settling there must be deemed to carry with them those rights and privileges that belong to them in their native country. [2 Salk. 411, 412; See also Nall v. Campbell, Cowp. R. 204, 211, 212; 1 Chalm. Ann. 14,15, 678, 679, 689, 690; 1 Chalm. Opinions, 194; 2 Chalm. Opinions, 202; Chitty on Prerog. ch. 2; 2 Wilson's Law Lect. 48, 49.]

"Moreover," states Justice Story, "even if it were possible to consider the case, as a case of conquest from the Indians, it would not follow, if the natives did not remain there, but deserted it, and left it a vacant territory, that the rule as to conquests would continue to apply to it. On the contrary, as soon as the crown should choose to found an English colony in such vacant territory, the general principle of settlements in desert countries would govern it. It would cease to be a conquest, and become a colony; and as such be affected by the British laws. This doctrine is laid down with great clearness and force by, Lord Mansfield, in his celebrated judgment in Hall v. Campbell, (Cowp. R. 204, 211, 212.) In a still more recent case it was laid down by Lord Ellenborough, that the law of England might properly be recognised by subjects of England in a place occupied temporarily by British troops, who would impliedly carry that law with them." [Rex v. Brampton, 10 East R. 22, 288, 289.] (Emphasis mine.)

Justice Taney in Martin v. Waddell's Lessee, 41 U.S. 367 (1842) confirms:

"The English possessions in America were not claimed by right of conquest, but by right of discovery. For, according to the principles of international law, as understood by the then civilized powers of Europe, the Indian tribes in the new world were regarded as mere temporary occupants of the soil, and the absolute rights of property and dominion were held to belong to the European nation by which any particular portion of the country was first discovered. Whatever forbearance may have been sometimes practised towards the unfortunate aborigines, either from humanity or policy, yet the territory they occupied was disposed of by the governments of Europe, at their pleasure, as if it had been found without inhabitants..."

The ideological legal foundation for the American colonists' assertion of the right to English liberties and common law rested upon the validity of the claim that the colonies were vacant lands or "wastelands" settled by Englishmen and subject to English law. It is upon this foundation, in part, that the colonists justified their right to revolt against English acts of tyranny in regard to their liberties and rights.

RIGHTS OF CONQUEST

(Reference: John Bouvier, A Law Dictionary Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States of America and the Several States of the American Union, Childs & Peterson, c1856.)

CONQUEST, international law. The acquisition of the sovereignty of a country by force of arms, exercised by an independent power which reduces the vanquished to the submission of its empire.

It is a general rule, that where conquered countries have laws of their own, these laws remain in force after the conquest, until they are abrogated, unless they are contrary to our religion, or enact any malum in se. In all such cases the laws of the conquering country prevail; for it is not to be presumed that laws opposed to religion or sound morals could be sanctioned. 1 Story, Const. Sec. 150, and the cases there cited.

Conquest does not, per se, give the conqueror plenum dominium et utile, but a temporary right of possession and government. 2 Gallis. R. 486; 3 Wash. C. C. R. 101. See 8 Wheat. R. 591; 2 Bay, R. 229; 2 Dall. R. 1; 12 Pet. 410.

The right which the English government claimed over the territory now composing the United States, was not founded on conquest, but discovery. Id. Sec. 152, et seq.

DISCOVERY

DISCOVERY, intern. law. The act of finding an unknown country.

The nations of Europe adopted the principle, that the discovery of any part of America gave title to the government by whose subjects, or by whose authority it was made, against all European governments. This title was to be consummated by possession. 8 Wheat. 543.

                             

                   

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10 posted on 06/25/2002 1:34:24 PM PDT by Paul Ross
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To: Jeff Head
Given the territory and the lay of the land and defense and security considerations ... I believe Israel should simply state that those areas are now part of Israel by virtue of their taking it in a defensive war against total agression.

Yes, but they didn't "Take it" back during the 1967 war (Not for good anyway like they did other parts of what is now "Greater Isreal but wasn't in 1948....And those territories don't even seem to be disputed now), they simply "Occupied" it, and now we have all these problems.

So, do the settlers consider The West Bank as their home? Like they do Isreal? (And I'm not talking about those who use the bible as a way to state it's always been "Their home"), I'm wondering if they are of the opinion that they "Won" the West Bank in 1967???

11 posted on 06/25/2002 1:35:13 PM PDT by Johnny Shear
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To: Johnny Shear
Could it be because repeated attacks were launched against Israel from there, culiminating in the 1967 war and would continue to this day if they were not there? They won it fair and square, in a war they didn't start, and ought to keep it, not give back an inch. Ever.

Every square foot of land they return will mean more Israelis dead. The Palestinians have had 50 years to build a state, and have done nothing but whine and scheme, oh, and try to overthrown King Hussein. Going back a century or more, there was nothing there but sand when the first European Jews began returning. They made it the productive place it is today.

12 posted on 06/25/2002 1:38:56 PM PDT by 3AngelaD
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To: Johnny Shear
Isreal won the land of the west bank and the Gaza strip as a result of the 1967 war. They are entitled to the spoils of war. They have been very generous with the the people of that area, but are not obligated to give the land they won during that conflict.
13 posted on 06/25/2002 1:38:56 PM PDT by gunshy
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To: Johnny Shear
Assume there is a Palestinian state. Will it allow Jews, or will it be Judenrein?
14 posted on 06/25/2002 1:40:02 PM PDT by Virginia-American
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To: Johnny Shear
Conquest through colonization--same as the Mexicans are doing to the U.S. Southwest. It's OK only because they have the military might to do so, and boobs in the US are taught that might makes right, so Israel can do no wrong. The demographics are against them, though, and the Moslems will win out in the end, just as the Mexicans will outbreed the passive Norteamericanos here.
15 posted on 06/25/2002 1:40:20 PM PDT by warchild9
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To: Paul Ross
Thank you Paul Ross...Good info. But maybe I didn't convey my confusion good enough...

I understand "War Booty" and taking land from agressors for defensive reasons, but...

What I don't understand is why don't we ever hear about the land isreal took BEFORE the 1967 War? I've seen the maps...At the beginning of Isreal, it consisted of about 3 or 4 tiny little slivers...Then got a bit bigger after one or more of the wars before 1967. Now, we've got this problem because of Isreal occupying the West Bank but no problems based on what they occupied BEFORE the 1967 war (The land they took that was not part of Isreal after the 1948 UN Mandate).

I think I'm having trouble expressing my confusion...

16 posted on 06/25/2002 1:41:12 PM PDT by Johnny Shear
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To: Johnny Shear
Israel won the lands they have settled in a war in 1967 in which 5 arab nations were attempting to desstroy them.

The U.S. won Texas, New Mexico, Navada and Calaforina in wars with Mexico. We have settelements there, do we not?

17 posted on 06/25/2002 1:41:19 PM PDT by oneeye
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To: Johnny Shear
Using your analogy - if, for whatever reason, we fought against Cuban forces and beat them, we'd have it (Cuba). No justification necessary for "taking it" at that point - it's ours. Same now with the West Bank and Gaza.
18 posted on 06/25/2002 1:41:35 PM PDT by foolish-one
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To: LarryM
Actually, we returned all of West Germany to the Germans. (The rest we gave to the Soviet Union, which subsequently gave its portion back around 1991.)
19 posted on 06/25/2002 1:41:44 PM PDT by SteamshipTime
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To: Johnny Shear
So, do the settlers consider The West Bank as their home? Like they do Isreal?

Geez. That conquest thing shouldn't really be that hard to understand :).

Thw West Bank is Israel. When the IDF crushes the next attacker and Israel takes a bit more land, that will be Israel too.

Simple stuff, really.

20 posted on 06/25/2002 1:43:25 PM PDT by Cachelot
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To: Johnny Shear
Same way we justify using land not in the original 13 colonies. Once you take the land it's yours, either until you give it up or somebody takes it back. Possesion is still 9/10s of the law.
21 posted on 06/25/2002 1:43:42 PM PDT by discostu
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To: Johnny Shear
We could declare war against Cuba, invade and destroy their govt. Then Cuba would be ours.
22 posted on 06/25/2002 1:44:36 PM PDT by gunshy
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To: guitfiddlist
Because Israel wants the West Bank. Any other questions?

Name another country that conquered territory in a defensive war when attacked that had to give it back. It's a ludicrous notion.

23 posted on 06/25/2002 1:45:16 PM PDT by M. Thatcher
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To: SteamshipTime
(The rest we gave to the Soviet Union, which subsequently gave its portion back around 1991.)

They gave it back? I thought it got repossessed for failure to make payment.

24 posted on 06/25/2002 1:45:27 PM PDT by Tennessee_Bob
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To: Johnny Shear
Without my trying to be hostile, consider these points.

The so-called West Bank is the West bank of the Jordan River, and the West bank of the Dead Sea. The 'original' (pre-'67) borders were established by a UN ceasefire line in 1949, when it was obvious that the then Palmach was about to exterminate the British backed Arab Legion. A quick cease fire was called to save some segment of British authority in the region.

The West Bank has a natural defensive border on the river, much like another border, called the Rio Grande, where the land on the North side of that river was taken from another country.

The Brits, by the way, have NEVER liked the idea of Israel, and have done their level best to destroy it, from the beginning, up to and including stripping all the kibbutzs of weapons as they pulled out of Palistine and giving the guns to the Arabs in Jordan, Syria, and Egypt.

If Israel has no right to the West Bank, then by the same reasoning, we should give Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California back to Mexico, with improvements. How is your Spanish?

25 posted on 06/25/2002 1:45:51 PM PDT by jonascord
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To: Johnny Shear
1st, read the book of Genesis,

2nd, consider that Israel is surrounded by racist, hostile arab states that have all participated in wars hoping to annihilate Israel and that if Israel went to the old borders, it would only be 7 miles wide in some places.

3rd, there are currently over 20 "arab countries" - even president Bush refers to them as such. It only seems fair that there should be one state of Israel.

Why should arab's be allowed to have "arab countries" while everyone else has to be dilluted with diversity, immigration, affirmitive action and other crap? Who in their right mind would give a country to a bunch of murdering, corrupt, undemocratic villains hell-bent on the destruction of western civilization?

Hey, if Israel should give land "back" to Palestinians and Yasser Arafat, [who was born in Egypt], won't the United States be pressured by the "international community" to "give back" our "occupied Territories" of Texas, New Mexico, California and Arizona?

26 posted on 06/25/2002 1:46:33 PM PDT by jonatron
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To: Johnny Shear
I believe that is exactly the opinion, and I tend to agree with it.

I believe many in the Israel govrnment share the opinion, and that is why they do not definitively close it down ... but that is just my opinion.

Ultimately, I believe it is going to come to either that (meaning they simply annex it and end up fighting a war to defeat their enemies once again) or it is going to come to some gross compromise of Israel's security with people who have vowed to destroy them. That could lead to a much worse outcome IMHO.

There is an outside chance that over a relatively long period of time, that true moderates gain control in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and through sustained preservation of peace and destruction of the terror network that currently exists amongt them, the Palestinians actually become peaceful and the Israelis work out an agreement with them for a small "Palestinian State".

With all that has happened, I believe that is the most remote possibility ... again, IMHO.

27 posted on 06/25/2002 1:47:01 PM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: Johnny Shear
I wouldn't say there are no problems. Remember directive 4 of the PLO (oops, PA always screw that up) is still the absolute destruction of Israel and the death of all Jews in the area. They're just focusing on the stuff taken in the '67 war because that's the most recent expansion. If Israel were to give that stuff up today their enemies would be bitching for other land tomorrow.
28 posted on 06/25/2002 1:47:48 PM PDT by discostu
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To: Johnny Shear
Consider the West Bank "spoils of war." They also captured the Sinai Peninsula, but I believe that was returned to Egypt at some point when Egypt made nice with Israel. If I'm wrong about the Sinai, I'm sure someone will correct me.
29 posted on 06/25/2002 1:48:02 PM PDT by Catspaw
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To: discostu
Bigger army. Same as The US owns it's lands. Same as Russia owns Koenigsburg. Same as Englans owns Belfast. God is on the side of the big battalions.
30 posted on 06/25/2002 1:48:25 PM PDT by Doctor Stochastic
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To: LarryM
Should all the countries who won territory in WWII return in to Germany?

Well you've also got a bunch of third-world'ers south of the border who insist that California is "occupied territory" and should be returned to Mexico as well.

The fact remains that the Arabs lost the war and lost the territory.

32 posted on 06/25/2002 1:49:54 PM PDT by mgstarr
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To: Johnny Shear
What follows is just my personal opinion. I'm not sure I'm better informed than you. You'll have to be the judge.

On one level the conflict between the Arabs and the Jews is a real tragedy. Two peoples, with equally good claims, lay claim to one land and are unable to find a compromise which allows them to share. The early Zionists recognized this: The Arabs, after centuries of domination, wanted to re-establish a united Islam under which they could live with pride and power. The Jews, after centuries of unpleasant habitation in other peoples countries culminating in a frightful Holocaust, wanted the same thing and felt the only place they could do so was in their ancient homeland.

Everything else follows from that. The conflict continues. The settlements are both defensive and offensive; needed as protection in future conflicts, desired as part of the homeland and to make it more viable.

As for how human beings justify these things, perhaps you are young and naive. Human beings can find endless justification for anything. Remember manifest destiny? The white man's burden? I only mention these things because I think you'll be familiar with them. Not because I think white men or Americans are evil. Dark peoples have plenty of the same. Just look what the Arabs are justifying.

33 posted on 06/25/2002 1:50:16 PM PDT by liberallarry
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To: Johnny Shear
Don't forget. When Israel was forced to wander the desert for 40 years - they picked up the rights to the lands they wandered through as well. I think a bunch of arabs back then looked at them wrong - so they're completely justified in occupying Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon and anywhere else they might have camped back then. You see, they have a very generous god. But then again, they are "God's chosen people".
34 posted on 06/25/2002 1:51:14 PM PDT by guitfiddlist
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To: Johnny Shear
The West Bank encompasses the regions of Judea and Samaria which were parts of ancient Israel, and have historically been in Jewish hands more continuously than any other peoples throughout history.

Part of Transjordan, which was established by the British after 1917, devolving the Hashemites under the late King Hussein's father...Jordan lost the territory in 1967 as in #2. It has never been part of any other "state", which includes Jerusalem, lying within it, which has certainly never been anyone elses capitol, other than the Jews.

To include this area west of the the more natural "border" of the Jordan River to the east, as "Palestinian" (the name Palestine given the region by Rome) would be to thrust yet another Arab state into the belly of Israel proper, which is otherwise already surrounded by Arab states but for the Mediterranian Sea.

Many Israeli settlements in the region undoubtedly predate the independence of modern Israel itself in 1948. Others originated in the spirit of that ancient Judaism, and the accession of Israeli administrations since then that take in the predominance of this general overview.

So it may ultimately be a matter of opinion, of which mine is that the notion of a Palestinian state within the West Bank, if even in Gaza, or as much of the northern Sinai that so-called "Palestinians" might prevail upon Egypt to "give" them (which would be none), is ridiculous.

35 posted on 06/25/2002 1:51:27 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: 3AngelaD
Could it be because repeated attacks were launched against Israel from there, culiminating in the 1967 war and would continue to this day if they were not there? They won it fair and square, in a war they didn't start, and ought to keep it, not give back an inch. Ever.

What confuses me is: Why is the West Bank looked at any diffently than the land Isreal won in wars BEFORE 1967? We NEVER see any maps that show what Isreal was like in 1948 but we ALWAYS see the maps that show the West Bank and Gaza as not being part of Isreal.

It seems very inconsistant. Hell, even the Palistinians don't seem to want anything more than "Pre-1967 land". Which, based on the maps I have seen actually means "Pre-1967 but Post (For whatever reasons) 1948"???

And on top of that, I never really see a compelling argument made by Isreal that they actually do have a "Right to the West Bank" as a result of winning a war. They just seem to never address it???

You say they "Won it fair and square from agressors" (Which I beleive they very well may have) but they don't even present it that way themselves?????

36 posted on 06/25/2002 1:51:44 PM PDT by Johnny Shear
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To: Johnny Shear
Explain to me why it's "OK" for Isreal to have settlements on The West Bank?

Explain to me why it's OK for the Palestinians to have a perfectly "JEW-FREE" state?

37 posted on 06/25/2002 1:53:16 PM PDT by Alouette
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To: liberallarry
I'm sorry I just thought of much more dramatic examples. People justified the Gulags and the Concentration Camps, the Rape of Nanking, the burning of witches, and all the various Holocausts - of Jews, Gypsies, Armenians, Russians, etc.

38 posted on 06/25/2002 1:54:41 PM PDT by liberallarry
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To: rabidone
The Olso accords were, IMHO, a sham and meanginless from the getgo. Foolish agreement, made to appease aggression and kiss up to a Clinton White House by very liberal leaders in Israel at the time.

They have been violated so regularly by both sides, almost from the inception, that it is abundantly clear that this is so.

Oslo = Enabling Terrorism = Clinton's Real Leagcy

Isreal, now that the Olso accords are quite obviously dead, would be absolutely foolish to consider embarking in that direction again.

But, like I said, just my opinion.

39 posted on 06/25/2002 1:54:48 PM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: rabidone
Except the PA hasn't honored one single line of the Oslo Accord in almost 10 years (not even the part that says they should stop calling for the destruction of Israel on their state run radio stations). Israel traded land for peace, they got no peace, they should get "refunded" the land just like if the TV you bought didn't work.
40 posted on 06/25/2002 1:56:33 PM PDT by discostu
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To: Johnny Shear
The Suicide-Worshipers attacked Israel, got their butts kicked, lost the West Bank and promptly began whining for its return.

Q. If the Suicide-Worshippers had won territory in their attack instead of losing it, would they have given it back?

41 posted on 06/25/2002 1:58:54 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
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To: Johnny Shear
Conservative U.S. Christians have decided that we have a stake in this millenia-old dispute among various Semitic tribes. Otherwise, it would no more merit our consideration than, say, the tribal dispute between the Hutus and the Tutsis.
42 posted on 06/25/2002 1:59:13 PM PDT by SteamshipTime
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To: Johnny Shear
All of the above answers are good but they are wrong. The number one deal breaker in peace negotiations is the palestinian right of return to Israel. The Israelis are building bargaining chips in the desert. They will trade the settler's homes for the right of return when the time comes. They did it with Egypt over Sinai. Ariel Sharon was instrumental in that decision too.
43 posted on 06/25/2002 1:59:30 PM PDT by Soliton
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To: oneeye
The U.S. won Texas

Everyone should know that Texas won Texas

44 posted on 06/25/2002 2:01:08 PM PDT by duckln
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To: Johnny Shear
Howdy

The arab world engaged in an unprovoked aggressive war of annihliation against the population of Israel. They lost militarily, but the state of war has never ended.

Under these circumstances, the land is Israeli territory under international law. The most arab friendly connotation one can ascribe is that the land is "disputer territory."

The "palistinean" people have no claim to these lands, there is no "palistinean" ethnicity, no "palistinean" nation has ever existed, the closest one can come to that is that the Romans named the province Palistine after defeating Isreal in another war of annhiliation in antiquity. They did so as an insult to the Israeli nation, deriving the name from the Philistines, the Israelis bitterest local adversaries.

So the "occupied territories" are nothing of the kind, they are Israeli territory, and the "palistinean" people are the victims of their own duplicity in leaving their homes in 1967 to march back at the head of a conquering Arab army and conduct genocide against innocent civilians. They are Saudi Egyptian, Lebonese, Iranian, arafat himself is Egyptian, only united in infamy as turncoats who attempted to abandon their neighbors and assist in their mass murder. Arabs to remained in Isreal when the "palistineans" ingnored Israeli pleas that they stay and defend their homes are living today in Israel in peace and prosperity, the only Arabs in the world with democratically elected representation.

Isreal, having been repeatedly invaded through these lands, has chosen to construct settlements in strategic areas in order to provide security to their civilian population by obstructing future armies of murderers from their genocidal goals.

The miasma of propaganda surrounding the arab Israeli conflict make such simple distinctions exceedingly difficult to apprehend, and the cause of millions of enslaved people suffering under palistinean authority bondage is valid, but the terriroty they wish to claim is not their land, it never was.

45 posted on 06/25/2002 2:01:10 PM PDT by MoscowMike
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To: Johnny Shear
Israel has done at the national level what THIS GUY has done at a personal level.

The only difference is, Mr. Yisrael is going to jail.

46 posted on 06/25/2002 2:02:53 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: Soliton
Good point...if it wasn't for islamism, which seethes for Israel's eventual destruction.

Best.

48 posted on 06/25/2002 2:03:53 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: MoscowMike
All well and good. Let the Israelis and Palestinians settle it. They don't need my tax dollars to do it.
49 posted on 06/25/2002 2:03:53 PM PDT by SteamshipTime
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To: SteamshipTime
Howdy

And yet we send bazillions to both sides...

50 posted on 06/25/2002 2:05:18 PM PDT by MoscowMike
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