"This Land is Mine"
David Horowitz creates a slide show describing the history of the Middle East from one point of view. But are there many points of view? Is there not one account of the past? I leave that to reader to decide. What seems incontrovertible is that the current conflict is rooted not only in the region's past, but in Europe's too. Whatever Ahmedinejad may or may not be planning to do, the genocidal efforts of Central and Eastern Europe regimes are a matter of sad record. The Jews desire survival. Hitler showed that it may not be possible in the West. Time will tell whether it will be possible in the historical homeland.
Whether or not the Arabs and Israelis could have reached a lasting settlement before the departure of the British is now one of history's might-have-beens. The apparent reality is that now the Jews are existentially committed to the retention of their homeland and the Arabs -- and perhaps even non-Arab Muslims -- have defined their identity in terms of a land free from the Jew. It is a terrible clash because the Jews have no physical recourse and the Arabs no psychological alternative but to keep butting heads. One side fights for the survival of its life and the other for the core of its self-respect, as defined. Which way out? Not Oslo's. Not for now.
But history, some entangled quantum particle, reflects the action at a distance. Recently the BBC apologized for calling Jerusalem the capital of Israel and promised not to repeat "the mistake," following a complaint by four British organizations.