In order to obtain the support of World Jewry, the British Government in 1917 issued the Balfour Declaration. The Jews understood that, if the experiment of establishing a Jewish National Home succeeded and a sufficient number of Jews went to Palestine, the National Home might develop in course of time into a Jewish State.
The occupation of Palestine with time
Hundreds of thousands of Palestinian men, women and children were violently forced from their homes and villages. The Arab villages were destroyed to keep the Palestinians from returning to their homes. In the Ha'aretz article, Morris says, "...there were far more Israeli acts of massacre than I had previously thought. To my surprise, there were also many cases of rape. In the months of April-May 1948, units of the Haganah [the pre-state defense force that was the precursor of the IDF] were given operational orders that stated explicitly that they were to uproot the villagers, expel them and destroy the villages themselves."
When we occupy the land, we shall bring immediate benefits to the state that receives us. We must expropriate gently the private property on the estates assigned to us. We shall try to spirit the penniless population across the border by procuring employment for it in the transit countries, while denying it any employment in our own country. The property-owners will come over to our side. Both the process of expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly.
Setting up settlements was a matter both of ideology and of strategy. Zionism from inception had held that agricultural settlement was the chief means by which the Jewish people would "return to the soil," fashion the "new Jew," and again become productive members of the family of nations. Settlement was also the means by which the Land of Israel would be "redeemed" from its centuries-old desolation and usurpation by foreigners.
The Israel lobby
I know what America is, America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction. (video)
Pro-Israel figures have established a commanding presence at the American Enterprise Institute, the Center for Security Policy, the Foreign Policy Research Institute, The Heritage Foundation, the Hudson Institute, the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. These think tanks are all decidedly pro-Israel and include few, if any, critics of U.S. support for the Jewish state.
The Israel lobby, and AIPAC in particular, gained a reputation as the National Rifle Association of foreign policy: a hard-edged, pugnacious bunch that took names and kept score. But in some ways it was even stronger. The NRA's support was largely confined to right-wing Republicans and rural Democrats. But AIPAC made inroads in both parties and both ends of the ideological spectrum.
The Israelis first sought nuclear assistance from the United States under the Atoms for Peace initiative. In 1955, the two countries signed a nuclear cooperation agreement through which the United States provided Israel with a small research reactor under bilateral safeguards and with peaceful-use provisions.
Total fatalities in the history of rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza into Israel: 44.
Between 8 July and 27 August, more than 2,100 Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip... The UN says the vast majority of Palestinian deaths are civilian. But figures from previous operations over the past six years in the densely populated Gaza Strip show it is not the first time civilians have paid a heavy price.
Neither Israeli nor Hamas authorities have prosecuted anyone for alleged crimes committed during the 2014 Israel-Gaza war, which, according to the UN, killed 1,462 Palestinian civilians, including 551 children, and 6 civilians in Israel, including one child. Israel and Egypt have maintained their partial but highly damaging closure of Gaza's borders, an unlawful act of collective punishment; they impeded the rebuilding of Gaza's devastated economy by severely restricting exports from Gaza.
The Holocaust the West doesn't want to talk about
Israel's repeated firing of white phosphorus shells over densely populated areas of Gaza during its recent military campaign was indiscriminate and is evidence of war crimes.
White phosphorus burns in contact with oxygen and causes deep burns when it touches human skin, sometimes reaching to the bone.
But if there is injury, then you shall give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, lash for lash.
Netanyahu with his ridiculous bomb at the United Nations
Well, the only way we can say if we're proportionate or disproportionate is to look at the only other example of a city rocketed by about the same number of rockets, 4000 rockets, and that's London. And Churchill's response was to obliterate Dresden and close to I think alltogether 200,000 German civilians, they were bombed by day and firebombed by night. Deliberately. So we are disproportionate, disporoportionately restrained because we seek to just attack the rocketeers who are committing a double war crime, both roketing civilians and hiding behind civilians.
The western walls
Israeli West Bank barrier
Donald Trump praying at the Western Wall
President Trump on Monday became the first sitting U.S. president to pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, one of the holiest sites in Judaism.