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An Open Letter to the Arab League: Thanks, but no Thanks

Throughout all of history, did an Emir, Sultan Caliph or Arab or Islamic King rule in Jerusalem even for one day?
A meeting of the Arab League.

A meeting of the Arab League, who are unified in denying that Israel should be recognized as a Jewish state.

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To the Honorable Leaders of the Arab States,

We in Israel received with great pleasure your agreement to normalize relations with Israel  on condition that we agree to the establishment of a Palestinian state and exchanges of territories between that state and Israel. The Palestinian state that you propose to establish in Judea and Samaria would be the second Palestinian state, since the first Palestinian state was established six years ago in the Gaza Strip, and you clearly recognize it as such in practice. How else can the state visits of the Emir of Qatar and the secretary of the Arab League in Gaza  be understood?  Now you propose the establishment of a second Palestinian state? Perhaps a third!! Because Jordan is also a state with a Palestinian majority. And all of these states were established – as you know – on land that the League of Nations had designated for a Jewish state at the San Remo Conference, in April  of 1920. So why should we agree to exchange territories with any state or states that have been established or will be established on our land?

And if indeed a second Palestinian state will arise in Judea and Samaria (that which you call “the West Bank”) can you promise us that this state will not at some time in the future become another Hamas state? Do you not recall that Hamas won a clear majority of the seats in the Palestinian Legislative Council in January 2006? Did you not see how Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip with bombs, fire and kalashnikovs in June of 2007? Will you send a military force to get rid of Hamas after this terror organization also takes over – by means of elections or revolution – the new Palestinian state as well? Or perhaps you will leave us bleeding as a result of the problem that you have created?

We in Israel are very touched by the fact that you, as an Arab collective, not as individual states that have made a peace agreement with us, finally agree to accept us as an existing state in the Middle East. Indeed, it has taken you 65 years to understand that we are here, on the land of our fathers, that we have come back to stay in our land forever and ever until eternity. But why do you call to displant Jerusalem,  the historical capital of the Jewish people, from the Jewish state? Was Jerusalem ever a capital of something connected to the Arab world or Islam? Throughout all of history, did an Emir, Sultan Caliph or Arab or Islamic King rule in it even for one day? Do you not remember that since the Islamic conquest in 637, the capital of “Jund Filastin” (the region of Palestine) was called Ramle? Then why has Jerusalem suddenly emerged as a candidate for capital of the second Palestinian state? Just because it is our capital?

Just to remind you: Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria were under Jordanian occupation for 7000 days, from May of 1948 until June of 1967. You had 7000 golden opportunities to establish a Palestinian state on this territory with Jerusalem as its capital. Why didn’t you do it? Why did you think of it only after the Jewish people liberated the territory from the Jordanian occupation whose legality even you, the Arab League, never recognized? What did you know all those years about “the rights of the Palestinian people” that you don’t know today? And why is Israeli “occupation” worse than Jordanian occupation?

Just imagine that we had made a peace agreement with Assad’s Syria. Would the Saudi Arabian jihadists, followers of al Qaeda who want to eliminate Assad, honor the peace agreement that he signed with the Zionists? And what about the Palestinians in Jordan -  if they will also rise up and overthrow the royal house that the British imported from Saudi Arabia, are you sure that they would honor the agreement that that royal house signed with us over the Palestinians’ objections? Are you willing to assure us that the Muslim Brotherhood, which has taken over Egypt, will always honor the peace agreement with Israel after all the years that they said that they would cancel it when they could? Just to remind you, Israel has had agreements of mutual recognition on different levels with Qatar, the United Emirates and Tunisia. Why did they cancel these agreements and close the Israeli diplomatic missions? Is this what your signature is worth?

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About the Author: Dr. Mordechai Kedar (Ph.D. Bar-Ilan U.) Served for 25 years in IDF Military Intelligence specializing in Arab political discourse, Arab mass media, Islamic groups and the Syrian domestic arena. A lecturer in Arabic at Bar-Ilan U., he is also an expert on Israeli Arabs.


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5 Responses to “An Open Letter to the Arab League: Thanks, but no Thanks”

  1. Actually the third "Palestinian State" the first took 78% of our territory that is on the other side of the Jordan River, then the Hamas Gaza, now they want a 3rd state.

    I think the Arabs already have enough countries.

  2. Tim Upham says:

    The Arab League says it will accept land swaps. So that means Israel can keep all of Jerusalem, and possibly Area C in the West Bank. For exchange of something else. So has the Israeli Government explored what that something else can be? But to say "no thanks," just indicates you want to annex the entire West Bank. To have the West Bank, and it 75% Palestinian population, and with this unruly population, then Israel can say "yes thanks."

  3. Jack Huffman says:

    you are right but i think it's time for us to call for this last opportunity!
    i mean we can't live like this all the time! we need friends in the area and we need peace!!! think of it this way "war is hell to everyone" beside not all the arab are bad i mean the leaders are but what about the ppl!!! we can friend them if we know how to deal with them, i mean if we didn't what we could gain????
    we need a new approach and this time we need to become the friends of the arab ppl cuz they need one! so are we.

  4. As good as these arguments are, you are wrong to belittle any concession from an Arab state.

    I once asked the PLO representative on a radio program if the PLO would agree to Israel keeping the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem and he said yes.

    Even if 2013 is not a good time for a negotiated settlement, we must keep the door open, not closed to arrangements with our neighbors.

    If Hamas renounces violence, it may be possible to open the border with Gaza to more trade.

    Other arrangements can be made with Palestinians in Judea and Samaria.

    But at a minimum any movement from the Arab side towards Israel must be handled with the utmost respect.

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