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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 27, 2011 / 23 Iyar, 5771

Putting ‘Palestinian’ claims under the microscope called history

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Arabs say Israel's present borders are illegitimate because they are the product of conquest. Israel took the Golan Heights from Syria, the West Bank from Jordan, and the Gaza Strip from Egypt in the Six Day War (5-10 June, 1967).

Arabs — and apparently President Barack Obama — think Israel's borders should revert to essentially what they were before the Six Day War.

Those borders too were a product of conquest — Arab conquest. And if Israel's borders are illegitimate, so, too, are the borders of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan.

Israel declared its independence on May 15, 1948. The next day five Arab armies invaded to try to strangle the infant nation in its crib. They failed — but not entirely. Egypt seized the Gaza Strip and Jordan seized the West Bank during this war. Israel's borders from 1949 to 1967 were the UN-brokered armistice lines from the 1948 war.

But the legal history of Israel's borders — and those of Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Jordan — go back to the end of World War I. For 500 years before then, all these lands had been provinces of the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire.

The League of Nations, predecessor to the United Nations, carved out of the corpse of the Ottoman Empire four "Mandates" — for Syria, Lebanon, Mesopotamia (Iraq) and Palestine, which was later subdivided between what was intended to be the "Jewish National Home" and Transjordan (now Jordan).

"Recognition has been given to the historic connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country," all 51 countries in the League of Nations declared on July 24, 1922.

The "Mandate for Palestine" gave Jews the legal right to settle anywhere in western Palestine, an area of 10,000 square miles stretching from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. The area set aside for "Jewish Palestine" included the Golan Heights, all of the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip.

The League guaranteed the right to self government for Jews in the Mandate for Palestine, for Arabs in the other three. The League gave responsibility for administering the mandates in Lebanon and Syria to the French; in Palestine and Iraq to the British.


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"The mandate (for Palestine) implicitly denies Arab claims to national political rights in the area in favor of the Jews," wrote international law expert Eugene Rostow in 1993. "The mandated territory was in effect reserved to the Jewish people for their self determination and political development, in acknowledgement of the historic connection of the Jewish people to the land."

So, according to the borders established by the League of Nations' Mandates, Israeli settlers in the West Bank aren't squatting on Arab land. The Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza are squatting on Jewish land.

There'd been a Jewish state for more than 1,000 years in "Jewish Palestine," but there was never a sovereign Arab state in the region, which was known as "Judea" until the Romans changed the name in the year 135 after crushing a Jewish revolt. The Jews in "Jewish Palestine" started calling themselves "Israelis" after independence in 1948. Before then, it was they who customarily were referred to as "Palestinians."

I have some sympathy for the argument these boundaries were drawn by European colonialists with little regard for the desires of the inhabitants, and ought no longer to be valid. But that would apply as well to the borders of Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Jordan. Iraq and Jordan didn't exist until the League of Nations Mandates created them.

Most Israelis wish neither to incorporate the 4.2 million Arabs who live in the West Bank and Gaza into Israel, or to expel them by force from "Judea and Samaria." The best solution, from an Israeli perspective, would be for Jordan to take back the West Bank, and for Egypt to take back Gaza. But neither Jordan nor Egypt want much to do with today's "Palestinians."

So most Israelis support creation of a Palestinian state. They ask only as a precondition that Palestinian leaders recognize the right of Israel to exist, and stop making terror attacks against Israelis. Legally and morally, it should pretty much be up to the Israelis to determine what the borders of a Palestinian state should be.

President Obama's understanding of Middle Eastern history seeems to go back no further than 1967. If he learned a little more, he'd make fewer mistakes.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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