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50 years since Khartoum, the Arab world united against the Palestinians

Image of the attending heads of state at the Arab League Summit in Khartoum following the 1967 Arab–Israeli War [Wikpedia]

Fifty years ago the realities of the Khartoum Resolution were beginning to sink in. Signed on 1 September 1967 it contained the infamous three Noes – No peace with Israel, No recognition and No negotiations. The mantras paraphrased the intra-Arab deal clumsily, became a propaganda gift for the Israelis and, in 2002, were rescinded.

At the Beirut conference that March, and then at the Islamic Summit in Senegal in April, they became the Three Yes’s – Yes to direct negotiations, Yes to recognition and Yes to establishing normal relations. Few in Israel noticed – little effort was put in to publicise the enormous move, especially compared to how the Khartoum Resolution had been promoted. Foreign propagandists also went to great lengths to ensure Israel’s supporters abroad were kept in the dark too. They continue to do so today.

For a time the principal effect of Khartoum was to unite the Arab world – exchanging humiliating military defeat for comforting solidarity against a singular enemy. Nasser, the Saudis and the Jordanians reconciled on Yemen and Black September respectively. Oil as a weapon for strengthening the Arab states, rather than for strangling enemies, became a common endeavour. Riyadh and others agreed to start sending their oil cash to the states closest to Israel, while ignoring Egypt’s increasing reliance on the Soviet Union.

None of this helped the Palestinians. One of the decent points the pro-Israel lobby sometimes makes is that Arab autocrats use hatred of Israel to deflect from their own faults. Arab leaders failed to grasp that arming themselves with more and more kit and conscripting more and more soldiers was nothing if the on the ground officers which lost the Six-Day War were not better trained.

The ever duplicitous Hashemites of Jordan reneged on the no negotiations element of Khartoum almost immediately, unsurprising given that in the early days of Israel they were as determined as the hardline Zionists to destroy the Palestinian identity. The Egyptians soon followed suit. Knowing that the Western nations would not come to their aid, nor that of the Arab militaries, the Palestinians turned their minds to domestic militancy, often stretching into conventional definitions of terrorism.

Faced with an Arab world united in principal but ineffective in practice, Israeli lawyers in the foreign ministry soon issued “top secret” guidance advising that settlement building on Palestinian land would be almost certainly illegal. This was advice the Israeli politicians ignored. They have used the Khartoum Resolution for the last 50 years to justify their settlements; perhaps the largest and most flagrant property theft in history.

Today, half a century from Khartoum, key Arab nations are uniting again. This time though, it is with the Israelis, and against the Palestinians.

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The United Arab Emirates has been using Israeli security companies for years to build their own security state. They have been assisting Mossad with deporting Fatah and Hamas exiles back to face Israeli courts. The Saudis appear to have resurrected Prince Bandar’s plan of intimate ties with Tel Aviv, only to counter Iran. The Egyptian state, under military rule once more, is as close to Israel as it has ever been and is far more brutal than Israel in preventing aid entering Gaza. Only Qatar, Iran and Turkey seem at all interested in freeing the Palestinian people.

Yet still, remarkably, the narrative of “surrounded by enemies” is prevalent. Michael Gove, the fiercest proponent of Israeli expansionism in Westminster, repeated the falsehood at a speech to Conservative Friends of Israel last year. The liberal Jewish magazine Tablet repeated the same lie earlier this summer, as did the far-right Jewish Defence League. During their high-profile trustees dinner last year the major education charity World Ort discussed the importance of education in the context of arms production. There are numerous other examples from the columns of newspapers across the West.

This year is a year of anniversaries for Israel. I was at the Western Wall in May, watching a gloating Naftali Bennett dance with settlers, as a sea of white and blue flags filled the Old City. His security guards naturally pushed everyone out the way who wasn’t prepared to dance with him.

They celebrated 50 years of what they call the liberation of Jerusalem. As non-Jews, we alone were asked to circle all the way round to the rear exit rather than being let in the front. The stark contrast with the bawdy crowds outside were the Orthodox praying beautifully in the secluded halls, as they always do. They seem to be in Israel for the right reasons.

Outside, as rock bands played and the laser shows started, we bought mineral water from enterprising settlers who had set up a stall to service the great and dehydrated. They were carrying M16 assault rifles for no other reason than they could.


Myself and my colleague, another journalist, did not point out that it was 100 years since the Balfour Declaration, which said that Palestinian rights should be protected. There was no point. Curiously, thousands in the crowd were clearly not Israeli but Americans visiting, largely male and largely drunk. Trump had been in town just a few days before. And there was Independence Day to celebrate too. It was a Zionist bonanza.

The greater reason to celebrate was that 50 years from Khartoum, which laid the groundwork for Arab foreign policy towards Israel and Israeli foreign policy towards the Palestinians, Israel had almost won.

Far from an Arab world united against them, Israel now has the backing of the most powerful Arab states. Perhaps now we should start treating them like an ordinary country then, which is what Zionism is about.

That will require some very tough conversations. Given how “tough” Britain talks to our other allies in the Middle East about their human rights abuses we shouldn’t hold our breath.

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  • Hind Abyad

    Because those Wahhabi Bedouins nouveaux riches have no history no culture, they were jealous of Palestine, in the 20thies, Palestine was the most progressive entity in the Middle East, considered by Western universities researchers as the most intelligent educated and productive businessmen, with no oil.

  • Blake

    It hasnt been normalised thus far and I still live in hope it never will be.

    • abu antar

      You hate Jews more than you care for the well fare of the Arab nation. What was “normal” 1000 years ago, 100 years or even 5 years ago, in many instances is not relevant any more. The Japanese may not like the Americans but they communicate and do commerce with them.Britain ,France, Spain and Germany have bled one another for centuries.Endless examples of historical enemies taking a 180 degree turn.You can choose to live in a dark past but the world won’t wait for you.

      • Hind Abyad

        But the Palestinians didn’t exist..right?

        • Benjamin Goldstein

          No, they did not…… If you want to continue to pander that term, at least call them in the correct Latin name the Romans used, Not what your Russian mates told Yasser Arafat to use…

          • Hind Abyad

            Zionist thieves Nobody need barbarians your God is Money.
            Your money is no God.

          • Helen4Yemen

            Karl Marx – on the Jewish Question:
            We are trying to break with the theological formulation of the
            question. For us, the question of the Jew’s capacity for emancipation
            becomes the question: What particular social element has to be
            overcome in order to abolish Judaism? For the present-day Jew’s
            capacity for emancipation is the relation of Judaism to the
            emancipation of the modern world This relation necessarily results
            from the special position of Judaism in the contemporary enslaved

            Let us consider the actual, worldly Jew – not the Sabbath Jew, as
            Bauer does, but the everyday Jew.

            Let us not look for the secret of the Jew in his religion, but let us look
            for the secret of his religion in the real Jew.

            ♦ What is the secular basis of Judaism? Practical need, self-interest.

            ♦ What is the worldly religion of the Jew? Huckstering.

            ♦ What is his worldly God? Money.

            Very well then! Emancipation from huckstering and money,
            consequently from practical, real Judaism, would be the
            self-emancipation of our time.

            An organization of society which would abolish the preconditions for
            huckstering, and therefore the possibility of huckstering, would make
            the Jew impossible. His religious consciousness would be dissipated
            like a thin haze in the real, vital air of society. On the other hand, if the
            Jew recognizes that this practical nature of his is futile and works to
            abolish it, he extricates himself from his previous development and
            works for human emancipation as such and turns against the supreme
            practical expression of human self-estrangement.

            We recognize in Judaism, therefore, a general anti-social element of
            the present time, an element which through historical development –
            to which in this harmful respect the Jews have zealously contributed –
            has been brought to its present high level, at which it must necessarily
            begin to disintegrate.

            In the final analysis, the emancipation of the Jews is the
            emancipation of mankind from Judaism.


          • Helen4Yemen

            So now the white men is telling us how to refer to our people?

            Vladimir Jabotinsky – The Iron Wall  (1923)
            ♦  Compromisers in our midst attempt to convince us that the
            Arabs are some kind of fools who can be tricked by a softened
            formulation of our goals, or a tribe of money grubbers who will
            abandon their birth right to Palestine for cultural and
            economic gains I flatly reject this assessment of the
            Palestinian Arabs                    
            Vladimir Jabotinsky – The Iron Wall  (1923)
            ♦ Colonization itself has its own explanation, integral and
            inescapable, and understood by every Arab and every Jew with
            his wits about him Colonization can have only one goal For the
            Palestinian Arabs this goal is inadmissible This is in the
            nature of things To change that nature is impossible                    
            Vladimir Jabotinsky – The Iron Wall  (1923)

            ♦ If it were possible to discuss Palestine with the Arabs of
            Baghdad and Mecca as if it were some kind of small, immaterial
            borderland, then Palestine would still remain for the
            Palestinians not a borderland, but their birthplace, the
            center and basis of their own national existence Therefore it
            would be necessary to carry on colonization against the will of
            the Palestinian Arabs, which is the same condition that
            exists now

          • Helen4Yemen

            Chaim Weizmann (1919) :

            “By a Jewish National Home I mean the creation of such conditions that

            as the country is developed we can pour in a considerable

            number of immigrants, and finally establish such a society in

            Palestine that Palestine shall be as Jewish as England

            is English or America American.”

          • Helen4Yemen

            Jewish land ownership in Palestine
            of total area of 26,323,000 dunums

            1882 — 22500 — 0.1%
            1900 — 218000 — 0.8%
            1914 — 418000 — 1.6%
            1927 — 865000 — 3.2%
            1936 — 1231000 — 4.7%
            1945 — 1588365 — 6.0%
            1947 — 1734000 — 6.6%

            For over a thousand years, there were no Jews living in Palestine

            In 1882 when European Jewry arrived in Palestine as Zionist
            colonial settlers, they found:

            • 400,000 Arabic-speaking indigenous Palestinian Muslims (78%)
            • 40,000 Arabic-speaking indigenous Palestinian Christians (6%)
            •15,000 YIDDISH-SPEAKING European Jews (3%)

            Today, there are no Palestinian indigenous Jews anywhere in the world. What became of them? Over centuries, they adopted Islam and Christianity as their religion and today’s Palestinians are in fact descended from the ancient Jews. The Ashkanzi on the other hand who makes up 95% of world Jewry is a former Khazar who converted to Judaism in the 9th century. The Ashkenazi is in fact 99.9% of European ancestry with no trace of Middle East ancestry – ZERO!

            Alan Dershowitz
            99.9% European
            0% Middle Eastern


          • Barry

            Helen’s sanity – yesterday: 1%
            today: not much better

          • Helen4Yemen

            Exodus 15:14 The people shall hear, and be afraid: sorrow
            shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina.

            Isaiah 14:29 Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina,
            because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of
            the serpent’s root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit
            shall be a fiery flying serpent.

            Isaiah 14:31 Howl, O gate; cry, O city; thou, whole
            Palestina, art dissolved: for there shall come from the
            north a smoke, and none shall be alone in his appointed

            Joel 3:4 Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and
            Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render
            me a recompence? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and
            speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head.

            (King James version)

          • Barry

            Wrong translation.

          • Benjamin Goldstein

            Why not use the actual Latin Name the Romans gave the region after stealing the region from the Jews..

          • Helen4Yemen

            Can you please answer this question for me so that we can know which “Jews” we are talking about? I posted it 2 days ago and yet nobody dared to touch it. Why do you think they are afraid to answer it? Here is it again:

            Is the Ashkenezi a hybrid of Israelite men
            and European women? Is he:

            a) 50% European … 50% Israelite

            b) 75% European … 25% Israelite

            c) 25% European … 75% Israelite

            d) 99% European …. 0% Israelite

            e) 0% European …. 99% Israelite

            Only one is the correct answer. Which one?

          • Benjamin Goldstein

            I know which one silly little illegal arab settlers and their marxist cohorts like to pander….. lols… shows just how stupid you really are…

        • abu antar

          The Palestinians will have an independent Palestinian state called Palestine. When? not before the Palestinians will prove they are worthy of an independent state. Their “leadership” is a bunch of cynical self serving worst kind of leaders.Fatach and Hamas.(i live long enough to know “Mr. 5% of Gaza (Dahlan)and Mr. 5% of the west bank (Rajoub) and the king of them all, the head plunder, Arafat.(did you know that the Palestinian authority can NOT annul the 10,000,000 million $$ monthly pension for Suha? that could have paid for all the hydro expenses for Gaza, Where’s Mash’al , the teacher turned billionare and Abu Marzouk? follow the money my friend)The Palestinians need to grow up in a sense.See what happened in South Sudan. The world was quick to “solve” the ethnic and religious wars and caused same chaos. The Europeans pulled out of Africa and left the population with no means and culture of govern and the Africans are dying ever since in the millions. The Palestinians are not ready to self govern. Sad but realistic. If you stop and think for a minute, would you want to create a welfare state depending on handout? The Arab nations have realized this. What is the solution? i don’t have all the answers but i do have an idea.
          In my opinion, “normalization” with israel will benefit everyone. As i wrote before, what was said or done 50 years ago(Khartoum resolution) is an archaic resolution holding the Palestinians back.
          Of course i feel for my brothers and sisters.But they are not ready.(for a state)

      • Helen4Yemen

        Well, why can;t Europe’s Jewry then go home and be friendly with his European brothers. The Ashkenazi in fact is 100% European, is he not? Palestine is not his grandma’s land, Poland is.

        Alan Dershowitz DNA
        99.9% European
        0% Middle Eastern

        • Barry

          White male envy is an ugly thing.

  • charliematerne

    The real problem was that no Arab nation made it clear to the “Palestinian Leadership” that they Could negotiate with Israel

  • Benjamin Goldstein

    Oh well….. You win some and you lot certainly have lost some, well, lets be honest, you lot have completely lost…. There never was a Palestine state and never will be….Regardless of how many lies you tell….. so have a fun future….

    • Helen4Yemen

      For over a thousand years, there were no Jews living in
      Palestine. In 1882 when European Jewry arrived in
      Palestine as Zionist colonial settlers, they found:

      • 400,000 Arabic-speaking indigenous Palestinian Muslims (78%)
      • 40,000 Arabic-speaking indigenous Palestinian Christians (6%)
      •15,000 YIDDISH-SPEAKING European Jews (3%) All
      •15,000 YIDDISH-SPEAKING European Jews (3%) All
      the 15,000 Jews were Yiddish-speaking migrants from
      Eastern Europe who had arrived in the 1830’s and
      1840’s to live on Halukka (charity) sent them to from
      abroad. Make no mistake about it that these indigent
      Jews of Eastern Europe were sent to plant the seed
      for Jewish presence on that land before the stampede
      to colonize the land would begin by European Jewry.

    • Helen4Yemen

      The Ashkenazi is 100% deficient in Middle East ancestry.
      The Ashkenazi and the Eskimos are both at 0% Middle East ancestry.
      Tell me how this white man is connected to the Middle East?

    • Helen4Yemen

      But the problem is that no Goldstein or Silverstein had have set foot on that
      land until the came as predatory colonial settlers. Prove me wrong.

    • Helen4Yemen

      In the compartment Hechler unfolded his maps of
      Palestine and instructed me for hours on end. The
      northern frontier ought to be the mountains facing Cappadocia;
      the southern, the Suez Canal. The slogan to be circulated: The
      Palestine of David and Solomon! (page 342)

      Theodor Herzl Complete Diaries

    • Helen4Yemen

      From Herzl Complete Diaries

      “Lunched at the home of Sir Samuel Montagu, MP A house of
      English elegance, in grand style. Sir Samuel a splendid old chap,
      the best Jew I have met thus far. At table he presides over his
      family -The pious Christians of England would help us if we went
      to Palestine. For they expect the coming of the Messiah
      after the Jews have returned home.” (page 282)

      “Montagu thinks that one might offer the Sultan two million
      pounds for Palestine.” (page 306)

      “Then he spread out before me his chart of comparative history,
      and finally a map of Palestine. ” (page 311)

    • Helen4Yemen

      From Herzl’s book, “The Jewish State”

      Palestine OR ARGENTINE?

      Shall we choose Palestine or Argentine? We shall
      take what is given us, and what is selected by Jewish public
      opinion. The Society will determine both these points.

      Argentine is one of the most fertile countries in the world,
      extends over a vast area, has a sparse population and a
      mild climate. The Argentine Republic would derive
      considerable profit from the cession of a portion of its
      territory to us. The present infiltration of Jews has certainly
      produced some discontent, and it would be necessary to
      enlighten the Republic on the intrinsic difference of our
      new movement.

      Palestine is our ever-memorable historic home.
      The very name of Palestine would attract our
      people with a force of marvelous potency. If His Majesty
      the Sultan were to give us Palestine, we could in return
      undertake to regulate the whole finances of Turkey. We
      should there form a portion of a rampart of Europe against
      Asia, an outpost of civilization as opposed to barbarism. We
      should as a neutral State remain in contact with all Europe,
      which would have to guarantee our existence. The
      sanctuaries of Christendom would be safeguarded by
      assigning to them an extra-territorial status such as is
      well-known to the law of nations. We should form a guard
      of honor about these sanctuaries, answering for the
      fulfillment of this duty with our existence. This guard of
      honor would be the great symbol of the solution of the
      Jewish question after eighteen centuries of Jewish

    • Helen4Yemen

      Jabotinsky – The Iron Wall – 1923

      “If it were possible to discuss Palestine with the Arabs of
      Baghdad and Mecca as if it were some kind of small, immaterial
      borderland, then Palestine would still remain for the
      Palestinians not a borderland, but their birthplace, the
      center and basis of their own national existence Therefore it
      would be necessary to carry on colonization against the will of
      the Palestinian Arabs, which is the same condition that
      exists now.”

    • Barry

      Helen is obsessed with white men and copy/pasting non sequitors into these debates. Pay attention at your own amusement.

  • They failed to defeat Israel, and now suffer the consequences of that great failure. Perhaps they can only blame themselves, and their leaders at the time, for being so poorly organized.

  • Barry

    ‘Nasser, the Saudis and the Jordanians reconciled on Yemen and Black September respectively.’
    Black September was in 1970. Khartoum was 1967. Research, eh?
    As for the rest – seems like someone is a little jealous that Jews are alive and kicking in the only tiny state they call home. Sorry there could not be more dead Jews because we know the media loves that. Live Jews, not so much.
    Arab states are finally figuring out that Israel is the winning horse. Palestinians blew multiple opportunities to walk away with some version of a state but they wanted the destruction of Israel too much to take the money and run.
    Sorry, mate, but Israel is doing fine.

    • Helen4Yemen

      Why is the European Jew not back home in his grandma’s
      lands of Lithuania, Hungary, Ukraine, Russia? Is Palestine
      is grandma’s land? It is a simple question that requires
      a simple answer.

      • Barry

        I am Latino. Europe is a place I visit for business.
        Europe is also your psycho sexual fixation due to self loathing of your appearance, probably caused by abuse or neglect in your childhood. Very sorry, but it has nothing to do with the Jews.

        • Helen4Yemen

          S H O O ! BLOCKED!

        • David Wolff

          Estoy de acuerdo 100 por ciento!

  • Helen4Yemen

    Is the Ashkenezi a hybrid of Israelite men
    and European women? Is he:

    a) 50% European … 50% Israelite
    b) 75% European … 25% Israelite
    c) 25% European … 75% Israelite
    d) 99% European …. 0% Israelite
    e) 0% European …. 99% Israelite

    Only one is the correct answer. Which one?