Proclamation of the “State of Israel” was announced in Tel Aviv at 4:00 P.M. on 14 May 1948. At 6:11 P.M. (about mid-night in Tel Aviv), the White House announced: “This government has been informed that a Jewish State has been proclaimed in Palestine, and recognition has been requested by the provisional government thereof. The U.S. recognizes the provisional government as the de facto authority of the new State of Israel.” (De jure recognition came about in January 1949).
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Ethnic cleansing was part and parcel of the Zionist project in Palestine. Plans and preparations for war aiming at implementing the Zionist goal began long before UN resolution # 181 of 29 November 1947.
About 8,000 Jews were living in Palestine before 1882. Creation of a “Jewish State” in such a small country with such a small Jewish community, which owned virtually no land to settle on, was practically impossible. Consequently, building an exclusive Jewish State in Palestine implied bringing Jews from the four corners of the world, acquisition of the land and ethnically cleansing it from its indigenous Arab population.
The first call for “Jewish” nationalism and the creation of a “Jewish” state came from Imperial France. In 1799, Napoleon Bonaparte, who was interested in expanding his Empire, stood within twenty-five miles of Jerusalem and proclaimed: “Israelites arise! Now is the moment…to claim your political existence as a nation among nations!” Eight years later, Napoleon issued an invitation for a Jewish convention for all European Jews.
Peaceful co-existence requires respect for and acceptance of the other as an equal human being with equal human rights. Zionism is based on ethnic superiority and complete denial of the other, which leaves no room for peace with Zionism in Palestine.
Sharon’s disengagement plan is part of a comprehensive political plan aimed at continuing the status quo of occupation under conditions more favorable to Israel. The dismantling of Gaza settlements and what is called the unilateral disengagement plan is one step in a larger project aimed at the wholesale freezing of the peace process and putting it on the back burner until Israel finishes imposing its unilateral plan on the ground. In particular Israel aims to expand and secure settlements in the West Bank, and to consolidate the occupation of parts of the west bank. The logic of the plan is twofold t: a. a political solution of the conflict is an impossibility. b. the use of military force is vital and instrumental for breaking the will of the Palestinian people. Until then Israel should implement unilateral disengagement from problematic areas that Israel does not want to annex anyway.