Israel is often portrayed in the media as ‘land-grabbing’, so where did the land that is currently Israel’s come from?
The Partition Plan – creation of the first two-state solution
To the left is a map of the “Partition Plan” that was voted on in the UN on November 29, 1947. This was to be the second two-state solution offered to the Arabs, apart from the Jewish state.
The first two-state solution took place under Article 25 of the UN on 21 March 1921, where 75% of the land formerly under the British Mandate of Palestine and that was to be reconstituted as a national homeland for the Jewish people was allocated to the Arabs, as an Arab state; Transjordan, later renamed the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan).
The remaining 25% of the land on the ‘west bank’ of the Jordan River was then designated to become the Jewish national homeland.
When any size Jewish State was too big…
After the creation of the first Palestinian Arab state of Transjordan, Arabs living on the small piece of land on the “west bank” of the Jordan continued to attack and kill Jews living there in an effort to drive them out and claim all of land of the British Mandate for Palestine, as Arab land.
As Pan-Arabists (evidenced by both the flag of Jordan and the ‘Palestinian’ flag being based on the Pan-Arab flag of Hejaz), the Arabs remaining on the land earmarked for the Jewish state were determined that there would be no Jewish state. Such sentiments were fueled by their religious leader, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini
[see the two posts on The Mufti and the Fuhrer and Nazi Influence in the Middle East]
As the crisis with Arabs attacking Jews escalated, the British who were administering the Land at the time (under the Mandate system), grew weary of the time and expense involved and turned the matter over the United Nations (UN).
In a special session in November 1947, the UN General Assembly held a vote on Resolution 181, which would have partitioned the remaining 25% of the land set aside as the Jewish homeland into two states (again); one Jewish and the other Arab. That is, Resolution 181 would have allocated 43% of the remaining 25% of the land that the British set aside for the Jewish homeland to this SECOND Arab state.. This became known as the Partition Plan.
The Jews accepted the Partition Plan in exchange for peace with the Arabs, but the Arabs rejected it, wanting all of the Jewish homeland as theirs.
By rejecting the Partition Plan, the Arabs rejected making what is commonly called “the West Bank” (i.e. Judea and Samaria) and the Gaza Strip theirs. This is all the territory coloured orange, in the map above.
Let’s be clear; this land is not being occupied by Israel — it is Israel.
Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank”) was illegally occupied by Jordan beginning with the War of Independence that was launched by the surrounding Arab nations against Israel just one day after its creation in May 1948 – until Israel re-unified Israel after the Six-Day War in 1967.
Yes, Jordan, the Arab state that was part of the first two-state solution illegally annexed the “West Bank” and half of the capital city of Israel, Jerusalem.
Also following the War of Independence in 1948, Egypt occupied the Gaza Strip and did so until the Six-Day War in 1967, when Israel reclaimed it.
This was actual “occupation” – yet the Arabs of the “West Bank” and Gaza Strip had no objections, since they were being ruled by other Pan-Arab Hashemites whose goal it was to take over every inch of land of the Levant, as one “Arab nation”.
The “West Bank” is not “occupied” by Israel. The Arabs refused the Partition Plan, and every other subsequent offer by Israel of another “two-state solution” — in exchange for peace…a peace Israel has never known since its creation in 1948.
Jews living in Judea and Samaria (aka “the West Bank”) are not settlers and the Jewish communities there are not settlements.
This is Israel.