The 1947-1948 Israeli war of Independence established the Jewish state of Israel, and successive wars by the Arabs sought to destroy Israel and throw the Jews into the sea. Those same Arab countries lost progressively more land, but we're now at a point where the diplomats are more than willing to give Palestinians land from Israel in the name of peace even as the Palestinians themselves seek Israel's total destruction.
Hamas on Thursday called on the UN to rescind the 1947 decision to partition Palestine into two states, one for Jews and one for Arabs.Peres is deluded if he thinks that Oslo was the beginning of recognition of Israel's borders. The Palestinians refuse to accept Israel's existence, and their official media propaganda machines churn out maps and videos showing no state of Israel and an Islamic state in its place.
The group said in a statement, released on the 60th anniversary of the UN vote, that "Palestine is Arab Islamic land, from the river to the sea, including Jerusalem... there is no room in it for the Jews."
Regarding the partition decision, Hamas said that "correcting mistakes is nothing to be ashamed of, but prolonging it is exploitation."
Meanwhile, President Shimon Peres told Army Radio that recognition of the 1967 borders began with the Oslo accords.
The diplomats keep papering over this, but the facts on the ground show something quite different.
Of course, this need by Hamas to revise history brings up another uncomfortable fact about the history of the Middle East. None of the countries in the region are older than 100 years - they're all colonial fictions that are now unquestioned facts, except Israel.
So, if we're going to wind back the clock, why stop at 60 years?
Well, if we're going on about do-overs, then let's go all out, shall we? Sadly, the map history doesn't go back far enough.
And then there's that little part of the Bible where G-d himself deeds Israel to the Jews as His Chosen People. /hey if the shoe fits? And that's a might big Shoe.
This uncomfortable fact shows the silliness of thinking that diplomacy between Israel and its mortal enemies will result in peace by 2009.