Sixty-nine years ago the United Nations passed Resolution 181 (embedded below) which called for the partition of the British-ruled Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state (back then Jews living in the Holy Land were called Palestinians). It was approved on November 29, 1947 with 33 votes in favor, 13 against, 10 abstentions and one absent (see the end of the post for who voted what). The original partition resolution passed by the UN in November 1947, did not call for the establishment of a state of Israel. UN Resolution 181 called for dividing Palestine into Independent Arab and Jewish States.
Even France voted in favor of the partition plan which may have been the last time France voted in favor of Israel at the UN. It wasn’t the last time Great Britain didn’t have the guts to vote in favor of Israel (they abstained).
On that very same day, November 29th, 1947 the Arab world declared war on the nascent Jewish State, and sixty-nine years later most of the Arab league still refuse to acknowledge that Jewish State’s existence, nor do they allow her citizens to raise their children in peace:
Even as we look toward the horizon, we must be firmly connected to reality, to the truth. And the simple truth is that the root of the conflict was, and remains, the refusal to recognize the right of the Jewish people to a state of their own, in their historic homeland.
The Arabs rejected any Jewish state, in any borders.
Those who think that the continued enmity toward Israel is a product of our presence in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, is confusing cause and consequence.
The attacks against us began in the 1920s, escalated into a comprehensive attack in 1948 with the declaration of Israel’s independence, continued with the fedayeen attacks in the 1950s, and climaxed in 1967, on the eve of the Six Day War, in an attempt to tighten a noose around the neck of the State of Israel.
All this occurred during the 50 years before a single Israeli soldier ever set foot in Judea and Samaria. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu May 2009