Arab Countries Reaction to the State of Israel

How did neighboring Arab countries react?

It would not be wrong if we say that the whole Arab-Israel conflict rose from the 1947 UN Resolution. United Nations Resolution 181 (II) which was passed on November 29, 1947 stated “Independent Arab and Jewish States” in Palestine. While the proposed partition plan was readily accepted by Jewish Agency on behalf of the Jewish community in Palestine, the Resolution was widely opposed by the Arabs residing not only in Palestine but all over. The entire Arab leadership opposed the partition plan on the grounds that the proposal is a violation of the rights of Palestinian people living in the area which is 67% to 33% of the Jewish community.
Infuriated, Arab leaders threatened Jews to the length going as far as “Driving the Jews into the sea.” Azzam Pasha, the General Secretary of the Arab League, told reporters on May 20, 1948: "We are fighting for an Arab Palestine. Whatever the outcome the Arabs will stick to their offer of equal citizenship for Jews in Arab Palestine and let them be as Jewish as they like. In areas where they predominate they will have complete autonomy." Zionists attributed the opposition by the Arab world as mere adamancy; however, Arabs asserted that their rejection was due to the unfair decision of United Nations. Arab rejection is considered justified on the grounds that UN Resolution gave more than fifty percent of the land to the Jews whereas; legally they owned only 7 percent of it. Uprising by the Arab world has been regarded as intransigence by the Jews; however, the supporting Zionist parties fail to acknowledge that there was no ‘sacrifice’ involved on part of the Jews as a result of UN Resolution. A report correctly declared what was on the mind of millions in the world; “Inflamed by nationalism and religious fervor, Arabs in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Transjordan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia as well as Palestine are determined to fight against any force, or combination of forces, which attempts to set up a Jewish state in Palestine.” Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen all shared their concerns over this Resolution, fearing what lay ahead of it. These, among other countries, voted against the resolution but only to lose in the end. After 64 years, the situation has turned where Palestinians have become “terrorists” while the Jewish immigrants have become the “rightful owners of the land.”

§ 8 Responses to Arab Countries Reaction to the State of Israel"

  • kim says:

    i am asian and i will throw rice at you because you are mean.

  • Moshe Sphardi says:

    Assuming all of Palestine Facts are true. I hope that my further reading will indicate that when my Zionist family arrived in 1904, there was a cholera epidemic, that malaria or yellow fever killed many, and river water blinded thousands more. Most of the “land of milk and honey” was depressing scrub and rock with rival gangs and tribes making travel difficult and dangerous. Medical and educational facilities were sorely limited and all accounts that I have ever read of 19th century Palestine or in the Britannica of 1911, speak of the most wretched piece of land in the Middle East leased out by absentee Syrian landlords to destitute Arab tenant farmers. Mark Twain’s account of his visit in his “Innocents Abroad” is illustrative. I sense that you are trying to be objective in your publication for which I salute you.

    • Adam says:

      Actually, the style of writing is to look objective without actually being objective, by use if liberal interpretation of some facts and total omission of others, At no point was there ever talk during the Mandate period of Arabs as ‘Palestinians’ for instance and retrospectively putting the words into the mouths of those at the time is incorrect. The Jews were referred to as being Palestinians, though, after Transjordan was created and all Jews east of the Jordan River were forcibly removed to the 23% of the British Mandate Territory of Palestine in 1922…and no mention is made here of the San Remo Conference 1920 which stated that the portion between the Jordan and the Sea would be a Jewish state ONLY and open settlement for that.

      No mention either of over 850,000 Jews expelled without assets or property confiscated by the Arab states in 1948 or that 600,000 were absorbed by Israel without help from the UN and NO agency created for them, like UNWRA for the Arabs.

      BTW, my family were from Safed, Yafna and Jerusalem (Jewish Quarter and later Mea Shearim)We were forced out of the Jewish Quarter by the Jordanians. You are right about the conditions and photographs of Ottoman Southern Syria and Mandate Palestine (same area!) tend to show no bustling cities, no industry, little vegetation.

  • Sam says:

    The intro is very clumsy ‘It would not be wrong if we say that the whole Arab-Israel conflict rose from the 1947 UN Resolution.’
    There was no Arab-Israel conflict before this because ‘Israel’ did not exist.

    • Dan says:

      There was no Palestinian-Israel conflict before this because an independent Arab country called Palestine never existed

      “There is no such country as ‘Palestine’; ‘Palestine’ is a term the Zionists invented! There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries part of Syria”

      Statement by Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi to the Pell Commission in 1937

      “It is common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but southern Syria”

      Statement by Ahmed Shuqeiri, to the UN Security Council in 1949

      Truth of the matter is The Islamic imperialist has conquered half the world and now they are shouting “thieves! thieves!” and portray themselves as victims by inventing the never existing Arab country called Palestine.

    • Adam says:

      Dan is right but I go one step further…there was no Arab-Israeli conflict before 1947, and the Arab objections to UNGA Resolution 181 had nothing to do with Jewish land ownership because the Arab population did not own a large percentage of land, either. Absentee landlords did or, post Ottoman Empire, they squatted on land on which they were previously tenants because the absentee landlords were gone into the maelstrom of war and the formation of Turkey and ‘population transfers’ which created upheavals post-war between Greece and Turkey.

      The objection was, is and always will be, to a non-Muslim, non-Arab(ised) independent people existing in the Middle East, even on a fraction of their ancient homeland. And Dhimmi status is not peaceful, either.

  • Vivarto says:

    Jews were living in exile. Palestine is national home of Jewish people, and Jews needed time to come home.
    Just because some Arabs were squatting the Jewish national home that does not make them rightful owners.
    It is a great injustice that Arabs have 99.7% of the total territory and they can’t accept that Jews get the remaining .3% !

  • Mike says:

    The zionist called it Palestine just to say it did not exist and there is no such thing. Its really called Falastine, just how it is said in the Bible and Quran.

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