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Friday, May 9, 2008

Israel: Celebrating 60 Years on the Edge of Destruction

At sundown Wednesday Israel began marking its 60th Independence Day with pride and uncertainty about its future.

Melanie Phillips at The Spectator (where incidentally the 180 year mark was passed in festive atmosphere) clarifies yet more (of the same) Postmodern revisionism in "The war against the Jews (21)":

"I’ve just caught up with Jeremy Bowen’s documentary on the birth of Israel which was transmitted last Sunday evening.

Sigh.

Most of what I want to say about it is said in this critique by Honest Reporting. I would just make a couple of additional points.

The first is that, like so much journalism about Israel, this programme failed to acknowledge the true perfidy of the British in reneging on the terms of the Mandate they were given to (re-)establish a Jewish National Home in Palestine.

First, in 1921/2 Churchill unilaterally give away three quarters of Palestine to the Hashemites to create Jordan;

then the UK sought to appease Arab terrorism (so what’s new?) by reneging on its undertaking to encourage Jewish immigration into Palestine, even while the Holocaust was unfolding in Europe, and instead turned a blind eye to mass illegal Arab immigration;

then it divided the quarter of Palestine that had been left for the Jews in 1922 and offered half of that to the Arabs — as a response to the terrorist attacks they were carrying out against both Jews and British to prevent the Mandate from being fulfilled.

The notion peddled by the programme that the British tried to steer a middle course between the Arabs and the Jews is simply false, as Bernard Wasserstein’s classic book, Britain and the Jews of Europe, makes all too shockingly clear.

The other point is that Bowen’s view that the creation of Israel was (...)" >>>

Tomorrow ... yet more revisionism, but of a more surprising nature!

Updated:

Enter Stage Right: Living on the edge of destruction: Israel's 60th anniversary"

"Trusting in the Rock of Israel we now place our signatures in witness to this proclamation, sitting as the Provisional State Council, on the soil of the homeland, in the city of Tel-Aviv, this day, Friday afternoon, the 5th of Iyar, 5708, the 14th of May, 1948." (...) >>>

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