In the background of the aggravation of the situation around Israel, a member of the Supervisory Board of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine, Honorary Consul of the State of Israel in Western Ukraine Oleg Vyshniakov has cited some facts from the history of Israel and the participation of Jews and Arabs in it on his Facebook page.
“The situation around Israel is sharply deteriorating. Almost everyone is discussing Israelis sitting under a hail of rockets. Many countries seem to be on our side, but taking advantage of the moment, they are reviving the principle of two states for two nations. In other words, this is the way to dismantle Israel. They want to place a terrorist formation next to it with the attributes of a state, membership in the UN and a natural belonging to the Iranian axis. This line finds support among various politicians.
It's high time to wake up; it's time to see the main, not the scenery. The current round of the conflict has once again raised eternal questions before us: Who are we? Who are the people of Israel? What are we doing on this land? Why do we arrogate to ourselves the right to it? Why is the world not ready to consider it ours?” writes Vyshniakov and gives 20 historical facts about the Arab-Israeli confrontation:
1. Nation and Jerusalem? Israel became a state in 1312 BC, 2,000 years before the advent of Islam.
2. Arab refugees were identified as “Palestinians” only in 1967, twenty years after the formation of the modern state of Israel.
3. Before the seizure of the country in 1272 BC, Jews had lived in it for a thousand years and have been constantly there for 3,300 years.
4. The domination of the Arabs in the country after its capture in 635 lasted only 22 years.
5. Jerusalem has been the capital for Jews for over 3,300 years. Jerusalem has never been the capital of an Arab or Muslim country.
6. Jerusalem has been mentioned more than 700 times in the Torah and never in the Quran.
7. King David founded Jerusalem, Muhammad never set foot there.
8. Jews pray facing Jerusalem, Muslims pray facing Mecca.
9. Arab and Jewish refugees? In 1948, the leaders of the Arab countries persuaded the Arabs to leave Israel with assurances that they would “cleanse” the country from Jews. 68% of refugees fled without seeing a single Israeli soldier.
10. Jewish refugees were forced to flee Arab countries because of the brutality, persecution and pogroms by the Arabs.
11. The number of Arabs who left Israel in 1948 is estimated at 630,000; the number of Jews who left Arab countries is estimated at the same number.
12. Arab refugees were deliberately not assimilated into Arab countries, despite their vast territories. Of the 100,000,000 million refugees in the world after World War II, Arab refugees make up the only group that was not accepted or assimilated in the Arab countries. All Jewish refugees have been accepted to Israel.
13. Arab-Israeli War? The Arabs have 22 states, not counting Palestine. Jews have only one state. Arabs started all six wars and lost. Israel defended itself and won all those wars.
14. The charter of the Palestine Liberation Organization still requires the destruction of the State of Israel. Israel handed over most of the West Bank to the Palestinian Authority and gave them weapons.
15. During the Jordanian rule, the holy places of the Jewish people were plundered and Jews did not have access to them. Under Jewish governance, all the holy places of Muslims and Christians have been preserved and access has been opened to them for the believers of these religions.
16. Jews and Arabs in the UN? Of the 175 decisions of the Security Council before 1990, 97 were against Israel.
17. Of the 690 decisions of the General Assembly before 1990, 429 were against Israel.
18. The UN was silent when the Jordanians destroyed 58 synagogues in Jerusalem.
19. The UN was silent when the Jordanians systematically desecrated the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives.
20. The UN was silent when the Jordanian authorities, as under apartheid, did not allow Jews to climb the temple mountain and pray at the Western Wall.
“Has anyone heard of Israeli terrorists taking planes, taking hostages or blowing up vehicles near embassies? Do Israeli children set fire to Arab cars in Israel?
It’s time for the world to understand that this is a conflict between the democratic state of Israel and radical Islam!” summed up Vyshniakov.