Gaza crimes, result of historic retreats of Arabs against Israel

Gaza crimes, result of historic retreats of Arabs against Israel
Tue Aug 12, 2014 11:33:34

Without any doubt, one of the main questions among the people around the world in recent days is why Arab states do not take a firm stance on the bloody Israeli aggressions against the Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip.

What is the motive behind their inaction against the massacre of Palestinians by Tel Aviv?

We should take a look at history to find the reasons for their silence because the retreats of Arabs against Israel has historic backgrounds.

After the World War II, global powers used their influence in the United Nations and created a new regime in the Middle East that was named Israel. From the first days of the inception of Israel, the Arab states announced their opposition to it in the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council, but because of their weakness and the influence of the Israeli lobby they failed to take a serious action against the Zionist regime.

Fighting with Israel has been on the agenda of the Arab states since 1948 when the regime was established on occupied Palestinian lands.

Arab nationalist leaders such as Gamal Abdel Nasser and Hafez al-Assad, the former leaders of Egypt and Syria, had supported the annihilation of Israel and the freedom of Beit-ul-Moqaddas as the joint goal of the Arabs. In this way, four wars were launched against Israel by the Arab states but due to lack of unity, ideology and strong goal they suffered defeats against Tel Aviv’s invasions.

The failures triggered the trend of the Arab states’ retreats against Israel. The conflict has shifted over the years from the large scale regional Arab-Israeli conflict to a more local Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as large-scale hostilities mostly ended with the cease-fire agreements, following the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Subsequently, peace agreements were signed between Israel and Egypt in 1979, and Israel and Jordan in 1994.

Following the Camp David Accords of the late 1970s, Israel and Egypt signed a peace treaty in March 1979. Under its terms, the Sinai Peninsula was returned to Egyptian hands, and the Gaza Strip remained under Israeli control, to be included in a future Palestinian state. By signing the peace agreement with Tel Aviv, former Egyptian president Muhammad Anwar El Sadat accepted the regime as a ‘state’.

A picture taken from the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza Border on August 10, 2014 shows smoke rising from the coastal side of the Gaza strip following an Israeli military strike.

Israel-Egypt peace deal was the first torpedo to the resistance movement against the occupying regime because Egypt has a significant place in the Arab world in view of its civilization and culture.

Jordan and Syria also kept distance from fighting directly with Israel after 1993 when Israeli and Palestinian representatives engaged in peace talks in Oslo, Norway. As a result, Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) signed the Oslo Accords. Based on the agreements, Israel recognized the PLO as the legitimate representative of the Palestinian people while the PLO recognized the right of Israel to exist.

The Oslo II agreement was signed in 1995 and detailed the division of the West Bank into Areas A, B, and C. In 1994, Israel granted the right of self-governance to the Gaza Strip through the Palestinian Authority.

Prior to this, Gaza had been subject to military occupation by Israel (1967–94).

Therefore, the partition of Palestinian lands into West Bank and Gaza is the result of Oslo agreement which was brokered by the US and singed by PLO leader Yasser Arafat and former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

The accord provided for the creation of a Palestinian interim self-government, the Palestinian National Authority (PNA).

The Palestinian Authority would have responsibility for the administration of the territory under its control. The accord also called for the withdrawal of the Israel troops from parts of the Gaza Strip and West Bank. But after 20 years, Israel is still keeping its soldiers in the occupied West Bank and breaching the Oslo Accord.

It was anticipated that this arrangement would last for a five-year interim period during which a permanent agreement would be negotiated (beginning no later than May 1996).

Outstanding issues such as Beit-ul-Moqaddas, Palestinian refugees, Israeli settlements, security and borders would be part of the “permanent status negotiations” during this period. But these do not happen.

These events change the balance of the Israeli-Arab conflict in favor of Israel despite the vast resources the Arab states have.

Meanwhile, most of the Arab states suffer from lack of public support because of their conservative and undemocratic structures.

Since the start of Arab Spring in 2010, Arab States have been counting more on political and military supports from the West instead of their people.

Despite their geopolitical capacities including their large population and natural resources compared with Israel, they still take no stance against Israeli crimes in Palestinian lands.

The Arab states also suffer from internal rifts. For example the war in Syria, chaos in Libya and Egypt as well as the differences between Iraqi groups brought about the progress of the historic enemy (Israel) of Arabs in the Palestinian lands.

Despite the ongoing crimes committed by Israel in Gaza, the Arab states were unable to take any action against it and are still are engaged in their internal conflicts.

If Arabs want to prevent Israeli invasions, they should settle their differences and foster unity among themselves.


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