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ITV News unfavourably compares Trump map to…1947 UN partition plan


A Jan. 28th ITV News video report by their Washington Correspondent Robert Moore focused much of his analysis of the new US peace plan on the immediate Palestinian rejection of what President Trump termed “the deal of the century”.

Whilst some of the criticism he cited seems uncontroversial, he included one line of argument that’s somewhat bizarre, not to mention highly misleading.

Yes, that’s right. The journalist is complaining that the US map doesn’t compare favourably to the 1947 UN partition plan, a plan that Jews accepted, and Palestinians not only rejected, but launched a war to prevent its implementation – inspired by an opposition not merely to those particular boundaries, but the entire idea of any Jewish state in the region.  (Even pro-Palestinian activists typically only advocate a return to the boundaries as they were after the 1948-49 war – not the borders proposed by the UN in 1947.)

Of course, Moore doesn’t inform readers of these inconvenient facts, nor that Palestinian leaders have rejected every serious peace plan offered to them since 1937.

Here’s a map of what was offered to Palestinian leaders, but they rejected, in 2008, offering almost everything they’ve ever asked for:

Whatever one’s views on Trump’s plan, the failure of media outlets like ITV to provide such basic facts on the history of Palestinian leaders’ rejectionism denies news consumers the important context they need to fully understand the PA’s reaction.

 

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  1. This type of lazy, slanted journalism direct into the UK living rooms is, with the BBC’s Bowen, Guerin et al., responsible for the casual anti Israel stance of many otherwise reasonable people in the UK.
    My own experience when I return there to spend time with old friends reveals that they are aghast that I am out of step with the general “poor Palestinians & nasty Israelis” narrative. They accept what they hear, namely that Israel is to blame & the Palestinians are victims.

    When I point out some relevant facts to support my own views, they have no meaningful response. They casually airbrush out of their thinking:
    – any Israeli casualties
    – any Israeli attempts to protect their own citizens
    – any Israeli attempts to present their side of events
    – any Palestinian complicity in invasions, terrorism, murders, intifadas
    – any Palestinian rejection of all peace plans
    – any Palestinian duplicity over a 2 state solution
    – any animosity between Hamas & Fatah
    – any curiosity as to why people from Gaza use violence at border fence with Israel
    – any oppression of minorities in Gaza & so called “West Bank”
    – any issue with Abbas being in 15 year of his elected 4 year term
    – any notion that Abbass, Arafat, Sinwar etc have all become billionaires while have no source of income other than WesternQatari aid money from which they’ve syphoned off as much as they wanted.

    In addition, they accept casually & without question
    – the use of terms such as Israeli genocide & apartheid but are astonished when I explain that there is in fact only Palestinian apartheid towards Israeli Jews.
    – that the wall/barrier is an ethnic fence & NOT peace wall, despite accepting the wall in Belfast, N. Ireland as such
    – that Palestinians are oppressed by Israel
    – that Palestinian groups such as Hamas & Fatah oppress their own people.

    If I had remained in the UK I do not think that this wretched excuse for journalism would have been so obvious to me.

    • Your report states: “The journalist is complaining that the US map doesn’t compare favourably to the 1947 UN partition plan, a plan that Jews accepted, and Palestinians not only rejected, but launched a war to prevent its implementation – inspired by an opposition not merely to those particular boundaries, but the entire idea of any Jewish state in the region.” Actually, it was the Arab states (with local Arab support) who launched the war to prevent implementation of the partition plan.

  2. There is a simple reason why the Palestinians rejected the 1947 UN plan: they were offered 43% of the land when they had two thirds of the population. The fact that they have had no better offer since is entirely due to Israeli military might and overwhelming international political influence. Natural justice has never been a factor in the equation.

    • The only thing simple here Sencar is you. Arabs are demanding more land from Israel in exchange for peace, however the irony is that Arabs have nearly all of the land in the middle east and, as experience has shown, no peace to give, not to each other and not to Jews.

      In 1922 the Arabs received 78% of the Mandate. This region, known as Jordan, was as established as a Judenrein enclave in the Arab world. As a further act of appeasement, in 1947, they were offered 43% of the remainder. The 57% you refer to was mostly desert as the Negev is largely uninhabitable by the technology of the day. In terms of value the intransigent Arabs were offered far more than 50%. Unfair you claim? Yes – to the Jews who made up then as they do now 4% of the population of the Middle East but in the end were only allowed to live in 1/2 of 1% of the region. As a measure of “historic Palestine”, the Arabs received 81.5% of the whole, Jews received 18.5%, about half of what you claim we deserve. About half of that, the Negev, aside from its value as a port and as a geographic barrier, is a value in potential that has yet to be fully realized.

      • The so-called West Bank is geographically Israels East Bank, otherwise known as Judea and Samaria, not Arabia or Muslimrabia or any names with ties to the Muslim Arab occupiers who have attempted to destroy Israel since the 7th Century. Jordan is Israel that the Brits gave away to appease the Arabs, so the Arab Occupiers of Israel were already gifted a homeland.

    • Jordan was created as a Jew-free Palestine in 1921, Sencar. If you really were a historian, as opposed to a dancing shit tossing monkey of hatred and ignorance, you’d know that.

      Dance, shit tossing monkey! Dance!

    • Always good to have Sencar chime in with something that’s not based on anything other than his own delusions.

      • It’s impossible at once
        to maintain millions of Arabs in Palestine
        and retain Israel for the Jews.

        Arabs were granted Israeli citizenship (or residency) contrary to the 1947 UN resolution on separating two peoples in Palestine.
        Arabs carried out the UN decision and deported Jews from many Palestine’s cities.
        An Arab state, without a Jewish presence, exists in Palestine since the end of the 20th century.
        A left-wing myth disintegrated.
        6.5 million Palestinian Arabs have no rights to choose for themselves the particular citizenship.
        Arabs are not eligible for citizenship (or residency) of a Jewish state.

        It is necessary to initiate a referendum on the issue >
        Separation of Jews from Arabs on the basis of citizenship.
        Citizenship ✡️ of a Jewish State – for Jews Citizenship ☪️ of an Arab State (without an army) – for Arabs.
        The party that will organize a referendum will double its attendance in the Knesset.

        After 2 million Arabs become citizens of their state (without an army), they will pay taxes in Ramallah and gradually all Arabs will be absorbed in Ramallah, Nablus, Jenin, Hebron, Jericho, Abu Dis, Bethlehem, Gaza, etc.

    • No, sencar, that is not why the local Arabs unknown at that time as “the Palestinians” rejected the offer of an Arab state west of the Jordan for which no mandate existed. It’s just another piece of propaganda to justify their outright rejection of Jewish independence anywhere in the Jewish homeland.

  3. The Islamofascist colonists have no legal claim to any land. They are part of the largest empire in the world and already have over 99.97% of the land in the Middle East and yet that is not enough for those thieves.

    The Arabs need to go to ARABIA while the Jews need to keep JUDEA

    • Yes, the land Promised to Israel is the whole area from the sea to the River. And Arabs have their own ground to where the so called “Palestinians” should be accepted and received by their good brothers! Jesus the Lord will return soon. And He will fix the broblems. So it is better to be on His side, and have the Life Eternal! He is the Door…

  4. Yes, the land Promised to Israel is the whole area from the sea to the River. And Arabs have their own ground to where the so called “Palestinians” should be accepted and received by their good brothers! Jesus the Lord will return soon. And He will fix the broblems. So it is better to be on His side, and have the Life Eternal! He is the Door…

  5. The 1947 maps are always a hoot. It’s as if the world didn’t experience at least 1,947 years of Middle East map making before then. Modern day Israel, of course, is only 24% what Palestine once was, but Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq are not considered Occupiers of Palestine. Only Israel is.

    The Western world is filled with Jew haters, and they’ve hated us for over 3000 years. Sweet, lovely, white Westerners are still mad over Jesus, and, of course, blame us. How else does one stay in power?

  6. Actually the original plan also included what today is Jordan. So the Jews were screwed. It is the Jews who have made incredible concessions from day one.

  7. You are correct. Additionally, the two state solution what is a creation of mainly western countries, without meaningfully consulting the Arabs, and the type of Arab state envisioned by the partitioners was very different than the one the Arabs had in mind. Very few Arabs accepted the concept of a Jewish state in the Middle East; Mohamad Abbas emphatically and consistently rejects the concept of a Jewish state.