The Imperialist Roots of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

1920-mandate_for_palestineThe latest outbreak of the very one-sided war between Israel and the Palestinian half-state once again demonstrates the dead end of the international policy of the Western imperialist nations in support of Tel Aviv. In order to better understand how this conflict arose it is important to explain some of the imperialist origins and development of the Israeli state.

The First World War
The decisive step behind the establishment of the modern state of Israel was the famous Balfour Declaration issued by the British Government in 1917 in the middle of the First World War. This declaration promised to provide Jews throughout the world with a “national home” in Palestine, under British “protection”.

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How Politics and Lies Triggered an Unintended War in Gaza

isra-MMAP-mdThe following article
by J.J. Goldberg
provides a very useful explanation for the latest Israeli-Palestinian crisis and was published on
July 10, 2014 in the Jewish Daily Forward

In the flood of angry words that poured out of Israel and Gaza during a week of spiraling violence, few statements were more blunt, or more telling, than this throwaway line by the chief spokesman of the Israeli military, Brigadier General Moti Almoz, speaking July 8 on Army Radio’s morning show: “We have been instructed by the political echelon to hit Hamas hard.”

That’s unusual language for a military mouthpiece. Typically they spout lines like “We will take all necessary actions” or “The state of Israel will defend its citizens.” You don’t expect to hear: “This is the politicians’ idea. They’re making us do it.”

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