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Arab-Israeli “Relations”: The Beginning

All of this talk about how bad Israel is and how poorly they have treated the Palestinians and how they are stealing Palestinian land and homes is getting pretty old, and in some ways some of the “opinions and policies” are becoming somewhat anti-Semitic.

Let’s take a look at the history of the region.

“On November 29, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 181 (also known as the Partition Resolution) that would divide Great Britain’s former Palestinian mandate into Jewish and Arab states in May 1948. Under the resolution, the area of religious significance surrounding Jerusalem would remain under international control administered by the United Nations. The Palestinian Arabs refused to recognize this arrangement, which they regarded as favorable to the Jews and unfair to the Arab population that would remain in Jewish territory under the partition. The United States sought a middle way by supporting the United Nations resolution, but also encouraging negotiations between Arabs and Jews in the Middle East. The United Nations resolution sparked conflict between Jewish and Arab groups within Palestine. Fighting began with attacks by irregular bands of Palestinian Arabs attached to local units of the Arab Liberation Army composed of volunteers from Palestine and neighboring Arab countries. These groups launched their attacks against Jewish cities, settlements, and armed forces. The Jewish forces were composed of the Haganah, the underground militia of the Jewish community in Palestine, and two small irregular groups, the Irgun, and LEHI. The goal of the Arabs was initially to block the Partition Resolution and to prevent the establishment of the Jewish state. The Jews, on the other hand, hoped to gain control over the territory allotted to them under the Partition Plan.”    Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State

Then on the eve of May 14, 1948 the Arabs proceeded to launch an air offensive against Tel Aviv. This was then followed up by an invasion of the former Palestinian  areas by forces from Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Egypt. Saudi Arabia sent army forces as well, which fell under Egyptian command. British forces intervened, but only in the areas that were , according to the United nations Partition Plan, were part of the Arab state.

The fighting continued until February 1949 when a formal armistice agreement had been reached. Israel entered into separate agreements with Transjordan, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon, which all agreed to formal armistice lines. All told because of these agreements Israel gained some land formerly granted to Palestinian Arabs under the initial United nations resolution of 1947. Egypt and Jordan retained control over the Gaza Strip and the West Bank respectively. These armistice lines held until the Ten Day War of 1967.

 

https://history.state.gov/milestones/1945-1952/arab-israeli-war

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The Ten Most Insane Anti-Israel Actions Taken By The UN In 2016

Habitat.com Staff

The Obama administration made waves this week by failing to block a U.N. resolution condemning the Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as illegal. But this resolution is just the latest in a series of anti-Israel actions undertaken by the UN this year. The non-governmental organization UN Watch recently released a list of the “Top Ten Most Insane U.N. Anti-Israel Actions of 2016”.
The below was originally compiled by UNWatch.org:
10. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon singled out Israel for unprecedented criticism in a New York Times op-ed, doubling down on a lopsided Security Council speech in which he justified Palestinian terror against Israeli civilians by saying, “it is human nature to react to occupation.”
9. The UN women’s rights commission condemned Israel as the world’s only violator of women’s rights, ignoring real abusers of women’s rights such as Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and many others.
8. In a new Palestinian-led bid to use the UN to wage a global BDS campaign, the UN Human Rights Council voted to create a special blacklist of companies doing business with Israeli residential communities over the 1949 Green Line, including in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem.
7. Canadian law professor Michael Lynk was appointed as the UN’s “impartial” investigator of alleged Israeli human rights violations—even though his application deceptively failed to disclose his long record of anti-Israel lobbying, or his board membership on three pro-Palestinian organizations including Friends of Sabeel and the National Council on Canada-Arab Relations.
6. The UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) singled out Israel as the only violator in the world of “mental, physical and environmental health.”
5. The UN’s ILO effectively singled out Israel as the world’s only violator of labor rights, through its production and debate of a massive report—to which no other country is subject—on “the situation of workers of the occupied Arab territories, including the occupied Syrian Golan.” Meanwhile, the plight of Syrians suffering in Syria was ignored.
4. When Palestinian men beat their wives, it’s Israel’s fault, argued UN expertDubravka Simonovic, in a statement summing up her September visit to the Palestinian territories.
3. In its ritual scapegoating of the Jewish state each year, the UN General Assemblyjust adopted 20 one-sided resolutions against Israel, and only 4 resolutions on the rest of the world combined.
2. Not even trying to appear impartial, UN General Assembly president Peter Thomson wore a scarf of the Palestinian flag around his neck as he addressed a gathering to mark the UN’s “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.”
1. UNESCO negated its mandate to protect world heritage by adopting a resolutionwhich used Islamic-only terms for Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, denying thousands of years of Jewish and Christian heritage, religion and culture.

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Israel

The Israeli/Palestinian conflict is perhaps the most complex political issue of our time. Many have resorted to simply blaming one side or the other. But if we take the time to understand the history and correct our misconceptions a potential path forward for the Palestinians begins to emerge.
So let’s start by trying to get the story straight – and clear up 10 of the biggest misconceptions out there:
 Misconception #1 – Israel illegally stole land from the Palestinians – In 1947, the UN voted to give land to both the Jews and the Palestinians. The Jews accepted their partition and legally formed the state of Israel. The Palestinians rejected their partition and attacked. Even after losing the war, the Arabs still had most of the land from the UN ruling. Which leads us to…
Misconception #2 – The surrounding Arab nations actually want to create a Palestinian State – So after the war the West Bank and Gaza were controlled by Jordan and Egypt…for 19 years! During that span, those governments never established a Palestinian state. Instead–they kept the land for their own use. 
Misconception #3 The Arab nations want to solve the refugee crisis – Palestinians have settled in Arab nations throughout the Middle East. These nations could solve the crisis immediately by granting refugees equal rights, but instead they refuse to let them vote, own land, or even study in public schools. Ironically, The only country to grant them full citizenship rights is Israel which absorbed 156,000 Arabs after the 1948 war and even today Arabs hold seats in the Israeli government and Supreme Court.
“Misconception #4 UN efforts are helping to solve the refugee crisis – The UN did step in to provide assistance to the Palestinian refugees. But instead of using their existing agency that helps resettle refugee populations around the world the UN created UNWRA which labels every Palestinian as a refugee until a Palestinian state is formed within the borders of Israel. This makes it more difficult for Palestinians to thrive in their host countries and locks them into perpetual refugee status passing it on to their children, grand-children and great-grandchildren swelling the refugee population from 500,000 in 1949 to nearly 5 million today. As conditions worsened– the international aid started to pour in– which incidentally is…
Misconception #5 – The solution is more money – Really? Western nations have given the Palestinians a ton of aid. Even taking inflation into account, they’ve been given 25x more money per person than Europe was given to rebuild after WWII. Where’s the stable economy? Where’s the improved infrastructure? That money sure could have helped, but it was given to some leaders who had a different agenda… Which brings us headlong into…
Misconception #6 – Forming a State is the primary goal of top Palestinian leaders – All of this international aid did go to help ease one man’s suffering – Yasser Arafat. After his death accountants hired by Arafat’s own family discovered secret investments worth more than 1 billion dollars. That income stream would be threatened if a new state was formed– which gives leaders like Arafat– or Mahmoud Abbas for that matter– a billion plus reasons to never actually sign a peace treaty. Which leads us to…
Misconception #7 – Israel has a true peace partner – in the year 2000 desperate for a resolution, the Israelis elected Prime Minister EHud Barak with a mandate to make peace with the Palestinians. Barak offered Yasser Arafat 94% of the land he demanded, except Jerusalem. Arafat flatly refused. President Clinton blamed the failure of the best chance at peace in 60 years squarely on Yasser Arafat. Which brings up perhaps the most common misconception of all… 
Misconception #8 – Israel just needs to give up land for peace –The last time Israel tried this was in 2005. They forced thousands of Jewish settlers out of Gaza and in exchange the Palestinian leaders promised peace. But when the Israelismoved out, the Palestinians voted Hamas in. Yep- they elected a terrorist organization who — since taking power– has fired more than 10,000 rockets into Israel. Surprised? Then you’ve probably bought into…
Misconception #9 – Most Palestinians want a lasting peace with Israel. Some Palestinians do, but they are a minority. For 60 years Palestinian educational leaders have fed their children a steady diet of hate. Idolizing suicide bombers and celebrating death, right in the classroom. And finally…
Misconception #10 – Giving the Palestinians a state now is the only solution to their suffering. – This has been the only approach tried for the last 60 years. But these are people we’re talking about, and waiting until they have a state to give them equal rights

has only made things worse. Currently, Israel is the only nation to grant full rights to the Palestinians within their borders, but by granting them equal rights in every nation where they live, we could immediately increase the quality of life for every Palestinian.

Let’s be honest. These Misconceptions have concealed potential solutions. When we take time to clear up confusion and face reality, we begin to uncover the truth and that’s when real progress towards justice can begin.

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The Birth Of Christ

Luke 2:1-20

2 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. 4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife,[a] who was with child. 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Glory in the Highest 8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold,[b] an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”[c] 15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely[d] known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them. Luke 2:1-20

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Electoral College Laws By State

http://www.nass.org/component/docman/?task=doc_download&gid=1864&Itemid=391

Might also want to read Article 2, Section 1 and the 12th Amendment to the Constitution.

And become familiar with the 10th Amendment.

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Nowhere in any of this are the words, or anything similar, “shall prevent someone who is unfit from holding office” like  I see a number of people on Social Media claiming is the purpose of the Electoral College.

Additionally, the EC was never created to benefit, nor ever had the intent to benefit, the “slave states.”