“Israel proclaimed its borders May 15th 1948… in its official plea for recognition.” Really?
Jewish leader David Ben Gurion advised his colleagues to accept UN partition because, he told them, “there is no such thing in history as a final arrangement — not with regard to the regime, not with regard to borders, and not with regard to international agreements.” [David Ben-Gurion, ‘War Diaries,’ quoted in Flapan, ‘The Birth of Israel,’ p. 13]
Israel’s Declaration of Independence did not mention any borders, and the Jewish state has never publicly declared the extent of its limits. [McDowall, ‘Palestine and Israel,’ p. 193]
“Real estate?” Really?
Some Palestinians still have written deeds to their property. They have Ottoman deeds or British Mandate deeds. I’m still waiting for Jews from Brooklyn or Beverly Hills to show me their deeds to presumed “Israeli real estate” in Palestine.
“There was no confiscation ‘within’ the 1947 partition plan. Within the partition plan land ownership in either proposed state was to have remained intact and all citizens treated equally, no dispossession.
“There was to be no ‘loss’ of land or dispossession of Palestinians who chose to become Israeli citizens.”
In fact, Israel’s army was on the march within weeks after the Nov. 29, 1947 UN Partition Plan. Organized military action by the Zionists began in mid-December under Plan Gimmel. By early March 1948, the Jews were pursuing Plan Dalet, aimed at capturing areas in Galilee and between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv that had been assigned by the UN Plan to the envisioned Palestinian state. [Ben-Gurion, ‘Israel,’ p. 80] Thus, by May 15 when five Arab states began military action in Palestine, Israel had already conquered substantial portions of Palestine outside its own UN-defined state. [Sanders, ‘The High Walls of Jerusalem,’ p. 612-13]
Within the 1947 UN Partition Plan or without, the focus of Israel’s leaders was to get rid of the Palestinians, not to encourage them to remain in the Jewish state. [Sachar, ‘A History of Israel,’ p. 163]
Israeli historian Benny Morris reports: “Ben-Gurion clearly wanted as few Arabs as possible to remain in the Jewish state. He hoped to see them flee. He said as much in meetings in August, September and October 1948.” [Said et al., “A Profile of the Palestinian People,” in Said and Hitchens, ‘Blaming the Victims,’ p. 235-37]
In their internal discussions, a number of Israeli officials proclaimed they wanted no non-Jews in their new state. Knesset member Eliahu Carmeli said: “I am not willing to take back even one Arab, not even one goy. I want the Jewish state to be wholly Jewish.” Moshe Dayan’s father, Shmuel, also a Knesset member, said he opposed any return “even in exchange for peace.” [Ben-Gurion, ‘Israel,’ p. 80]