Jews have been living in all parts
of "Palestine" since Biblical times. After World War I, Britain was
in control of Palestine. Earlier, in 1917, it issued the Balfour Declaration.
It called for the establishment in Palestine as a "national home for the
Jewish people," with the understanding that the civil and religious
rights of the existing non-Jewish community would be respected. Jewish
presence in Hebron lasted over 3,000 years, interrupted only by the Arab
pogroms in 1929. What is often referred to as “Arab East Jerusalem” hosted a
vibrant and just as deep-rooted Jewish community until they were exiled and
the Jewish Quarter with its ancient synagogues was destroyed by the
Arab armies in 1948. Similar ethnic cleansing and murder was the fate
of communities in the West Bank (e.g. Gush Etzion) and Gaza.
In 1920, the League of Nations made Britain the mandatory power in Palestine, effective in
1922. The Mandate, in line with the Balfour declaration, provided for the
establishment of a Jewish national home in all or any part of Palestine. The
British, however, contrary to the spirit of the Balfour Declaration and the
Mandate, divided the country into two parts. They granted the area east of the
Jordan River to the Hashemite tribes, thus excluding it from Jewish
settlement. They limited the Jewish National Home to an area within the 23%
remaining west of the Jordan River. That entire area is about half the size of
San Bernardino County in California. Transjordan (the name implied that it is
on the East bank of Jordan river) was given independence by Britain in
Israel declared its independence in April of 1948, on the same day as Britain relinquished
its Mandate, and after the Arabs had rejected a partition plan proposed by the
United Nations, a plan that the Jews had accepted. In its War of Independence,
against overwhelming odds, the newly-formed Israel Defense Forces were able to
defeat five combined Arab armies. Transjordan, however, succeeded in pushing
westward across the Jordan River and in occupying Judea and Samaria (the
"West Bank"). They were the occupiers, and they stayed in that
occupation until they attacked Israel in 1967 and were defeated in the Six-Day
War. During its 19 years of occupation, Transjordan, now renamed "Jordan“
(to reflect the occupation results), systematically removed all Jews from the
territory. Jewish holy places were profaned and destroyed.
Israel has administered Judea and
Samaria (the "West Bank") since 1967. Approximately 250,000 Jews
have returned to live there. Another 250,000 Jews live in the areas of “East
Jerusalem” officially annexed by Israel after 1967.
A homeland for Arab Palestinians? Of course, they deserve one. They have such a country. It's
Jordan. Jordan (77% of the British Mandate) is Arab Palestine. Never in
history has there been an Arab state in Judea and Samaria, and there certainly
was never any mention of it during the 19 years of Transjordanian occupation.
The myth of the “occupied territories”
As Adolf Hitler discovered, the Big
Lie will eventually be accepted as the truth. The Big Lie, the monster
whopper of our time, is that the provinces of Judea/Samaria, often called the "West
Bank," are "occupied territories."
Palestine in the time of Saul 1020 BC (1915 map)
Under Ottoman Empire Palestine did not exist as a single entity. The area was divided into 3 administrative districts
Palestine under British Mandate in 1920
In 1923British create an Arab state of
Transjordan on 78% of the Mandate Palestine
1949 Armistice. Transjordan occupies West Bank and Egypt occupies Gaza.
1967 Israel Captures West Bank and Gaza in a defensive war.