With the Abraham Accords, Trump was delivering peace
When the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, the much-maligned Neville Chamberlain would not have thought of calling on both sides to lay down their arms, unlike the recent call from the US Secretary of State and the Australian Foreign Minister on Israel and the Hamas terrorists concerning the Iranian surrogate’s unprovoked rocket attacks on Israel. At the time of writing Hamas has stopped the rockets and agreed to a cease-fire.
There can be no doubt that that the aggression against Israel had been significantly encouraged by Biden’s predictable appeasement of the Wests’ enemies, including his revival of the Obama-Biden administration’s policy of not only to unleashing but also subsidising massively the nuclear ambitions of the America-hating Iranian mullahs who control Hamas.
Although the American mainstream media has increasingly supported Hamas, it is not that the terrorist organisation has ever hid its true intentions. Article 13 of their Covenant declares that there is no solution ‘for the Palestinian problem except by Jihad’ and that international conferences are a ‘waste of time’ and ‘an exercise in futility’. Article 32 incorporates that notorious and evil fabrication beloved of the Nazis, ‘The Protocols of Zion’. It is no surprise that at the height of the current crisis, the senior Hamas Official Fathi Hammad would tweet:
“People of Jerusalem, we want you to cut off the heads of the Jews with knives. With your hand, cut their artery from here. A knife costs five shekels. Buy a knife, sharpen it, put it here and just cut off (their heads).’
While elites may favour the terrorists, Israel practices a higher morality, doing what few powers have ever done, including Britain when she was bombed by the Nazis. Where possible she tries to warns civilians in buildings cynically used by Hamas to secrete rocket launchers and other military assets, something known to foreign journalists in Gaza. Although foreign journalists were given an hour to get out before bombs fell, they still denounced Israel rather than Hamas.
The Biden administration even blamed Israel for provoking the Hamas rocket attacks, with national security adviser Jake Sullivan expressing “serious concerns about planned evictions of Palestinians from their homes in Jerusalem.’’ The truth is that the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood was for long Jewish, prior to their expulsion in 1948 by invading Arab forces, who illegally leased their homes to Arabs.
In 1967, Israel prevailed against another invasion and liberated all Jerusalem with an Israeli court subsequently finding for the original owners but ordering that Arab lessees could stay, provided they paid the legal owners a fair rent. They never did. After decades of litigation, another court finally ruled that the defaulting tenants and squatters could be evicted from property stolen in 1948. These legitimate evictions have been cynically used as a pretext for raining down rockets onto Israel. This has not stopped Western elites from protesting and demonstrating.
But blaming Israel or claiming that she is equally at fault only encourages terrorism as well as anti-Semitic hate crimes.
As to increasing elite support for ‘a Palestinian state’ from some political parties including Labor, the fact is that as explained in 2017 in Obama Notes: Stabbing an Ally in the Back, Israel occupies less than a quarter of the League of Nations mandate awarded to Britain after the First World War for purposes which included providing a homeland for the Jews who had, after all, lived in the Holy Land for over 3000 years.
Despite the Arab state of Jordan being carved out of the mandate, and Israel absorbing large numbers of often penniless refugees driven out of Arab states, there have been seven attempts to establish a second Arab state. But whenever Israel or the Jewish community has agreed, opponents either backed away or imposed ridiculous conditions. The Left used to be pro-Israel, but that has changed.
When Australia changed its UN vote on Palestine, according to ALP MP Michael Danby, Foreign minister Bob Carr justified this by asking how would he have explained the previous position ‘from the steps of the mosque at Lakemba?’’ The solution is not another state more likely than not to be ruined by yet another kleptomaniac tyrant. The solution is in what Trump was achieving spectacularly with what should be recognised by a Nobel Peace Prize, his Abraham Accords significantly increasing peace and cooperation between the Arabs and Israel.
There is much to be gained from this for the Arabs, with Palestinians already holding high political and judicial positions in Israel, and being allowed something unknown in most Arab countries: full voting and human rights. With only 0.2 per cent of the world’s population, Jews have been awarded more than a quarter of all scientific Nobel Prizes. So it is not surprising that minuscule water-harvesting Israel has become one of the world’s most technologically advanced nations, something she is more than willing to share with her neighbours rather than their endlessly brooding over destroying what is a jewel, a veritable Garden of Eden.
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Professor David Flint AM is an emeritus professor of law and was chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Authority and the Australian Press Council, president of the National Federation of the English Speaking Union, Associate Commissioner with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and convenor of the Committee of Australian Law Deans. He has been National Convenor of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy since the 1999 referendum campaign. He has authored books on topics such as the media, international economic law and on the Constitution. At Barcelona in 1991 he received a World Jurist Association award as World Outstanding Legal Scholar. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1995. His Good Sauce show,Take Back Your Country, discusses the problems and solutions to the decay of federalism and democracy.