by Harry Kanigel
It's a puzzle - isn't it? A a tiny state of a few million industrious souls is viewed as a truculent, sneering imperialist bully. Surely there's a story behind such a cognitive burr. Why would we dispute the morality of a nation that retains territory of high military value gained in a defensive war?
At bottom, Israel is seen by its enemies as a blemish on the regional caliphate and a rent in the fabric of pan-Arabism. This viewpoint was stated with spareness and clarity during the run-up to the 1967 Six-Day War by then Iraqi President Abdel-Rahman Aref who said in a radio interview "The existence of Israel is an error which must be rectified." With refreshing directness, for a head of state, he added "This is our opportunity to wipe out the ignominy which has been with us since 1948. Our goal is clear - to wipe Israel off the map."
A state acting in lawful exercise of its right of self-defense may seize and occupy foreign territory as long as such seizure and occupation are necessary to its self-defense.
Where the prior holder of territory had seized that territory unlawfully, the state which subsequently takes that territory in the lawful exercise of self-defense has, against that prior holder, better title.
Prior to the Disengagement, weapons smuggling into the Gaza was a major concern; tons of weapons had flowed into the Gaza from Iranian freighters, from Syria, and from Saudi Arabia. But Israel's misguided attempt to placate terrorists was transformative. Since the Disengagement, Iran has overseen a sophisticated arms smuggling network that is organized by its Revolutionary Guards. Arms traffic passes through Somalia, Sudan, the Red Sea, and the Nile to the Bedouin tribes in Sinai and finally -- its passage smoothed by corrupt petty officials -- through the system of tunnels at the Rafah-Gaza border crossing that has been a conduit for everything from suicide belts to long-range rockets.
The above maps are also found at http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/ which sources defensibleborders.org. They are published with the kind permission of Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs: http://www.jcpa.org/. Data based on reporting by Jane's Missiles and Rockets and Israeli government statements to international media outlets.
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