Sunday, 9 March 2008

Confused: Do i want peace? -- Part 1

I still remember when i was in high school when arab TV stations were spilt on how to address the Israeli army. is it "جيش العدو الصهيوني" or "جيش الدفاع الاسرائيلي" , translation: "The Zionist Enemy Forces" or "Israeli Defence Forces" till the day, i think Arabs don't agree about this term, among several others ofcourse.

you as an individual, what would you choose? how do you see it? are you truly at peace with making peace? i ask you to take a moment to think about it and think of your choice's implications, there is no right and wrong here.

speaking for myself i am so confused, i look at the international facts, agreements and history, thats not what they taught us in history class, all i read about our history even at college was bluffing the days of glory and that they are occupying our Land. i Never and i mean by never NEVER studied history from International Law point of view. hell! i didn't understand what my own rights are!!

as an Arab and Jordanian, i had the curiousity to know who among the world countries admitted to the state of Israel and who didn't?

in ANY Document i came across reading Israel history by Israelis it would start with this:

Some ask the question, "Does Israel have a right to exist?" That is not a proper question since Israel does exist, is recognized by the United Nations and many other countries, and is no more subject to being so questioned than is the United States, Japan, or any other country. Anyone who persists with the question of Israel's right to exist is one whose agenda is to eliminate Israel and its Jewish inhabitants

Israel Declared its independance on May 14, 1948 and The United States announced its recognition of the new nation only 11 minutes later. In the fall of 1948, Israel had applied for membership in the United Nations but failed to win the necessary majority in the Security Council. In February 1949, Israel renewed its application for membership in the United Nations. On March 4, 1949, the Security Council recommended to the General Assembly that it be admitted. On May 11, Israel was admitted, to become the 59th member. Between January 1, 1949 and May 11. 1949, Israel was recognised by 32 States, in addition to the 20 that had accorded it recognition prior to December 31, 1948. Today Israel has full diplomatic relations with most countries of the world, except portions of the Islamic/Arab block that continue to believe that Israel can somehow be eliminated.

Total number of countries with which Israel maintains diplomatic relations: 162. *

Number of states which renewed/established diplomatic relations with Israel from the Madrid Conference (October 1991) until September 13, 1993: 32.

Number of states which renewed/established diplomatic relations with Israel since the signing of the Israel-PLO Declaration of Principles (September 13, 1993): 37.

In addition, Israel maintains:
a mission to the United Nations (New York)
a mission to the United Nations institutions in Geneva
a mission to the United Nations institutions in Paris (in the embassy)
a mission to the United Nations institutions in Vienna (in the embassy)
an ambassdor to the European Union (Brussels)

Number of diplomatic missions:
71 resident embassies
18 consulates general
5 special missions
Total: 94

* Note: Morocco, Tunisia and the Sultanate of Oman closed the Israeli offices in these countries in October 2000 and suspended relations with Israel. Niger, which renewed relations with Israel in November 1996, severed them in April 2002. (link)

As of November 2006, 34 countries do not have formal diplomatic relations with Israel:
Africa: Algeria, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Guinea, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia
(The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic of Western Sahara does not recognize Israel, but is not a member of the United Nations.)
Americas: Cuba
East Asia: (Republic of China), North Korea
South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan, Maldives
Southeast Asia: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, (Vietnam)
Southwest Asia: Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen (link)

The Republic of China (or Taiwan) does recognize Israel, but does not officially conduct relations with it (though there are "unofficial relations") due to Israel's recognition of the PRC

we are a nation of lost rights primarily due to our ignorance of our surrounding. people, take a look at this book and tell me what you think. its called Myths and Facts about the Arab Israeli Conflict

what do we have ready to say in the face of the whole world on behalf of our part of the truth?

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