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      09-18-2006, 11:00 AM   #58
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Originally Posted by BadBob
BMW320i doesn't understand that the kingdom of Israel existed prior to the current state of Israel. This is historical fact. I'm not suggesting that this information means anything other than the fact that the Jews ruled what is now known as Palestine before being crushed by the Romans. It was the Romans who named this area Palestine as a further insult to the Jews.
Following World War II, the British announced their intention to withdraw from the British mandate of Palestine. The United Nations General Assembly proposed the partition of Palestine into two states, an Arab state and a Jewish state, with Jerusalem to be under United Nations administration. Most Jews in Palestine accepted the proposal, while most of the Arabs in Palestine rejected it.

Violence between Arab and Jewish communities erupted almost immediately. Toward the end of the British mandate, the Jews planned to declare a separate state, a development the Arabs were determined to prevent. On May 14, 1948, the last British forces withdrew from Palestine, and the Jews, led by David Ben-Gurion, declared the creation of the State of Israel, in accordance with the 1947 UN Partition Plan.

Most countries boundaries have been shaped by war and few have an absolute moral claim on their land.

Israel and Palestines history is more controversial than most.

What if the UN decided to give the USA back to the Native Americans? Or the UK back to the Celts? Or Northen Ireland back to the Irish? Or Australia back to the aboriginals? etc.... etc.... etc....

Soviet occupation of East Germany didn't work out so well did it?

Regardless or your views on this, the state of Israel is not going anywhere. Israel and it's neighbours need to stop mourning the past, get to grips with this fact and start making peace.