Thursday, November 29, 2007

While experts and others are busy trying to 'convince' us who 'won' at Annapolis ( three examples: here, here, and here, the latter almost sounding like wishful thinking of an extremist who has some of the appearances of a supporter of Israel ) and the Vatican tries to play its usual constructive role in finding a solution for what unfortunately is also - or largely - a religious conflict, I almost forgot that today we should remember an important historical event.

60 years ago the UN voted, through resolution 181 ( 33 for, 13 against, with 10 abstentions ), to partition the British Mandate territory of Palestine into a Jewish and a Palestine state. Yesterday on channel 1 I watched a fascinating documentary about the Jewish-Israeli side of the story of that vote and of what preceded and followed it. It had interviews with some of the few key players in the process who are still alive, plus with the relatives of others, such as the widow of Abba Eban, and the son of Moshe Sharet ( one of the underestimated giants of Zionist history ). Hearing them talk I realized once more that we often fail to appreciate how important the establishment of the state of Israel was for the Jewish people - at that moment in history, and in general - and how easily things could have turned out very differently.

I understand why the partition plan was far from perfect or even totally unacceptable for the Palestinians, but looking at the pictures below ( found at the website of the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs ) you have to admit that not accepting the plan was one of the many utterly mistaken decisions that the Palestinian and other Arab 'leaders' made for - or rather against the best interests of - their people and their 'brothers'. Meanwhile so-called supporters of the Palestinian people still waste their, our and the Palestinians' time trying to 'convince' us that the partition plan was unfair, a result of Jewish scheming and lobbying, and unacceptable to Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims.

Illustrations found here ( click on picture to enlarge ).

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