July 6, 2011
The Reason For The Six-Day War And Clarification Of The USSR Involvement
In 1960 the USSR and China (along with all other Communist nations) signed onto the ‘Long-Range [Deception] Policy’,1 a strategy to confuse/disinform Western analysts on the true dangers of International Communism. The Arab nations decided to follow the Communists’ example and initiated a strategy of stealth whereby instead of the Middle East crisis being seen as a conflict between the underdog Israel facing a menacing Arab world (which wasn’t doing the ‘Arab cause’ any good), the new strategy created the ‘Palestinian entity’. So in 1964, at the first Arab League summit meeting in Cairo, the PLO was created by the Arab governments to advance the new strategy. Now Israel would be the bully on the block, stifling the aspirations of the newly minted ‘Palestinian People’. But how to make this new strategy come to life? With a little help from the USSR, that’s how.
In the mid 1960s Russia and the Arabs coordinated a plan whereby Russia ‘misleads’ Egypt that Israel is massing troops on the border with Syria.2 Egypt responds by entering the demilitarized Sinai Peninsula and massing its troops close to its border with Israel. Israel takes the bait and launches a preemptive attack against Egypt. Jordan then attacks Israel. In the end Israel wins back the West Bank and Gaza and all the baggage those conquests came with. The Arab-USSR plan, known to history as the Six-Day War, worked. The Arab nations could now step back into the shadows and allow the ‘Palestinians’ do their work in delegitimizing Israel in world opinion.
The main reason for the Arab governments' shift in strategy towards Israel in the early 1960s was the new military balance of power. Between the declaration of the Jewish state of Israel in 1948 and the early 1960s, a critical event occurred within Israel that gave Arab governments pause in their quest to destroy Israel: Israel had acquired the nuclear bomb. Hence the urgency for the change in the Arab governments' strategy towards Israel. Israel couldn't nuke a PLO cell now, could it.
Israel must cease allowing Arab strategy to dictate her Middle East foreign policy; Israel will not succeed in playing the Arab governments’ game. Israel’s military actions in recent years have been disastrous for her image. Whether it is assassinations, lobbing missiles into apartment buildings or piracy on the high seas, Israel behaves like a cornered animal, lashing out unthinkingly at her PLO/Hamas/Hezbollah adversaries.4 Such behavior is doing Israel more harm than Arab governments could ever hope to achieve by their own overt devises, which was exactly the raison d'etre for the Arab-USSR strategy that handed to Israel the West Bank and Gaza in 1967.
As a first step in regaining the moral high ground, Israel needs to change the Middle East discourse in her favor by admitting what the main goal of her Arab neighbors is, as admitted to by high-ranking PLO officers during moments of candor:
"Since we cannot defeat Israel in war, we do this in stages. We take any and every territory that we can of Palestine, and establish a sovereignty there, and we use it as a springboard to take more. When the time comes, we can get the Arab nations to join us for the final blow against Israel." — Yasser Arafat, 1993.
"The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct "Palestinian people" to oppose Zionism.
For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan." — Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member Zahir Muhsein, as reported in the Dutch newspaper Trouw (March 31, 1977).
The world will always be swayed by the underdog in a conflict; it is human nature. In the current Middle East narrative the misidentified ‘Palestinians’ are the David to Israel’s Goliath. As a corrective to reclaiming the underdog designation in this conflict, Israel must first make clear that there are no such persons as ‘Palestinians’, as admitted to by the PLO and known to those who know their history of the Levant pre-World War I; and secondly, expose the Arab-USSR strategy that made Israel a pariah in world opinion.
See Jackson Report news filing for 2/2/12.
3. "The First Congress of Muslim-Christian Associations (in Jerusalem, February 1919), which met for the purpose of selecting a Palestinian Arab representative for the Paris Peace Conference, adopted the following resolution: 'We consider Palestine as part of Arab Syria, as it has never been separated from it at any time. We are connected with it by national, religious, linguistic, natural, economic and geographical bonds.'"
Notice that the congress identifies itself as Muslim-Christian, not Palestinian Muslim-Christian, proving that a Palestinian ethnic group didn't exist, but did exist, however, in the cases of the Druze and Alawites, both of whom were provided their own separate states by the League of Nations. If a genuine Palestinian ethnic group had existed, then naturally the League of Nations would have created a homeland for them too (or at least adopt a resolution calling for such a homeland, as in the case of the Kurds), but since such an ethnic group didn't exist, no such national homeland was created.
The Palestinian nationality was created by the League of Nations in 1922 (under the Palestine Mandate charter) for the newly created Jewish Homeland. When the area of Syria called Palestine was controlled by the Ottoman Empire before World War I, residents there, which included Jews, Muslims, Christians and the Druze ethnic group, referred to themselves as Syrian, not Palestinian.
In 1947 the non-binding United Nations Resolution 181 sought to divide Palestine into two states, one for the Jews, and one for the Arabs. Note that United Nations Resolution 181 mentions a state for the Jews and a state for the Arabs. Nowhere in the document does it mention a state for the Palestinians. If a Palestinian ethnic group had existed in 1947, then United Nations Resolution 181 would have mentioned it, since the new state would be for the Palestinian ethnic group.
See Jackson Report news filing for 2/2/12.