A Political Analysis of the Arab-Israeli Conflict – May 2016

The last time I wrote a political commentary on the Arab-Israeli conflict was in 2009 in an essay titled The Second Intifada Revisited, where I wrote about my predictions of what direction the Arab Israeli conflict was heading.

It is now 2016, seven years later and much of what I predicted has come to pass. I will hopefully write more frequently on this topic from now on, but first I am sure many of you reading did not read my previous forecast. In 2009, I drew on the work of William Zartman in his  International Conflict Resolution after the Cold War.1 and what he describes as Ripeness theory in conflict resolution.

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Anti-Semitism Denial

We are now facing a new phenomena in light of the recent row over anti-Semitism in the Labour party where members were suspended for anti-Semitic comments. In some cases such as Naz Shah, she has rightly apologised for her comments. In others, most notably Ken Livingstone, he has repeated his insidious remarks and made matters worse.

The Chief Rabbi Efraim Mervis recently wrote an article in the Telegraph and his point has also previously been said by former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks that Zionism and Judaism are inseparable and those who seek to make this distinction are far from qualified to engage in such an analysis of what the central components are of Judaism and Jewish identity.

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From the Battlefield to Social Media

In May 2015, Israeli Defense Minister, Moshe Yaalon announced at a Shurat HaDin conference in Jerusalem that Israel’s enemies “can’t wipe it out by conventional warfare.” He went on to say that that those enemies had “moved on to terror, trying to develop weapons of mass destruction and other tools: delegitimization, BDS and lawfare,” which would “keep challenging us.”

The war on the battlefield is every bit as much today being fought on college campuses and on social media through the spreading of lies and anti-Israel propaganda.

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How Israel Sought to Maintain a Jewish Majority without Expelling the Arabs

BDS activists assert that Israel came into being through a calculated plan to ethnically cleanse the country of the Arab population, this is simply libel and the evidence shows the complete opposite.

The mainstream leadership under Chaim Weizmann, the head of the World Zionist Organisation and David Ben Gurion as the head of the Jewish agency had a different plan for dealing with this demographic question.

On 7th June 1939, the Jewish Agency Executive held a meeting where Ben Gurion proposed his ‘lines of action’ regarding the question of the Arab population in the prospective Jewish State.1 He proposed the following points:

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