The Mandate For Palestine, Why Ignored by Israel?

What is good about the Internet is that your word floats in it for years. An article I wrote in 2011 has been making the rounds again. It is an important subject and I thought reviving it is imperative.

The Mandate For Palestine dates and facts must be hammered into the conscience of every Israeli and Jew.

The best and ONLY defense tool for the existence of Jews and the Jewish state of Israel was ever given and held is the Mandate For Palestine Document. However, for 71 years, from the time the Jewish state was reestablished, the leadership of Israel chose to ignore this profound declaration. They have not been using this monumental document to their advantage.

The “Mandate for Palestine,” is the League of Nations’ historic document, which laid down the Jewish people’s legal right to settle anywhere in western Palestine, a 10,000-square-miles area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. This internationally legal binding document was conferred on April 24, 1920, at the San Remo Conference. Its terms were outlined in the Treaty of Sèvres on August 10, 1920.

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British Mandate in Palestine: if Jews and Arabs to share the land, the split should have been in the middle. Edited base image from Eli E. Hertz.

On July 24, 1922, the Mandate’s terms were finalized and unanimously approved by the Council of the League of Nations, comprised at that time of 51 countries, and it became operational on September 29, 1923.

The “Mandate for Palestine” was not a naïve vision briefly embraced by the international community in the blissful unawareness of Arab opposition to the very notion of Jewish historical rights in Palestine.

The Mandate weathered the test of time. On April 18, 1946, the League of Nations was dissolved and its assets and duties were transferred to the United Nations (UN). In essence, the international community reaffirmed the validity of this international accord and reconfirmed that the terms for a Jewish National Home were the will of the international community. It was a “sacred trust” – despite the fact that by then it was patently clear that the Arabs opposed a Jewish National Home, no matter its form.

The Mandate For Palestine is the Jewish State of Israel’s best defense tool that is not used to its full potential. Therefore, Israel is forever in a battle to justify her right to exist as a Jewish state. Had the Mandate For Palestine became an integral part of the curriculum of Israel’s education system, the mindset of the Israelis would have been solid as far as what is and what is not in the best interest of Israel, what belongs to her and must not, at any price, be treated as a giveaway, as a failing appeasement incentive to her enemies.

One of the core issues Israel has been overlooking these past 71 years of her existence, is its Arab minority population. These Arabs, mostly of the Moslem faith, are living as a minority in a Jewish State.

Though they were awarded citizenship, few behave as citizens. They do not identify with Israel’s national symbols. i.e. the national flag, the country’s anthem, Ha’Tikvah, and the state’s official Jewish Holidays. In other words, this Arab minority is really a foreign entity and for them Israel is just a piece of real estate where they live.

In recent years, these Arabs have been rather transparent that they have no love for the country. They hold much disrespect and contempt for the Jewish State where they own full citizen’s human rights. Yet, they greatly relate to and have close affiliation with the State of Israel’s hostile neighboring Arab States. One can go so far as to accuse many of these Arabs of treasonous behavior and for being a growing 5th column force within the borders of the Jewish State of Israel.

About the Mandate For Palestine

Edification on the Mandate For Palestine document is available for FREE, HERE.

On The Mandate For Palestine, Page 13: Political Rights in Palestine Were Granted to Jews Only.

The “Mandate for Palestine” clearly differentiates between political rights – referring to Jewish self-determination as an emerging polity – and civil and religious rights, referring to the guarantees of equal personal freedoms to non-Jewish residents as individuals and within select communities. Not once are Arabs, as a people, mentioned in the “Mandate for Palestine.” At no point in the entire document is there any granting of political rights to non-Jewish entities (i.e., Arabs).

What The Mandate For Palestine Says

Article 2 of the “Mandate for Palestine” explicitly states that the Mandatory Authority should: ” … be responsible for placing the country under such political, administrative and economic conditions to secure the establishment of the Jewish National Home, as laid down in the preamble, and the development of self-governing institutions, and also for safeguarding the civil and religious rights of all the inhabitants of Palestine, irrespective of race and religion.”

Political rights to self-determination as a polity for Arabs were guaranteed by the League of Nations in four other mandates – in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and later Trans-Jordan, today Jordan.

International law expert Professor Eugene V. Rostow, examining the claim for Arab-Palestinian self-determination on the basis of law, concluded: ” … the mandate implicitly denies Arab claims to national political rights in the area in favor of the Jews; the mandated territory was in effect reserved to the Jewish people for their self-determination and political development, in acknowledgment of the historic connection of the Jewish people to the land.”

Lord Curzon, who was then the British Foreign Minister, made this reading of the mandate explicit. There remains simply the theory that the Arab inhabitants of the ‘West Bank’ and the Gaza Strip have an inherent ‘natural law’ claim to the area.

Neither customary international law nor the United Nations Charter acknowledge that every group of people claiming to be a nation has the right to a state of its own.

Since the political rights in British Palestine, the futuristic State of Israel, were granted to Jews only, why did the State of Israel not adhere to her sole rights? Why does she agree to share these rights with local Arabs, who disrespect and subvert Israel from the halls of the country’s parliament, the Knesset?

What is becoming clearer by the day is that way too many Arabs, carrying an Israeli ID, are the nemesis of the state avowed to destroy her and are now a danger to her existence from within.

Where is the sense and good judgment?

Nurit Greenger
During the 2006 second Lebanon War, Nurit Greenger, referenced then as the "Accidental Reporter" felt compelled to become an activist. Being an 'out-of-the-box thinker, Nurit is a passionately committed advocate for Jews, Israel, the United States, and the Free World in general. From Southern California, Nurit serves as a "one-woman Hasbarah army" for Israel who believes that if you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything.

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